I have spent countless hours working with some pretty wonderful trainers, and something that every trainer has in common is their short quips to help students remember valuable lessons. Here are a few of my favorites:
Raising a puppy can be overwhelming. Housebreaking, crate training, mouthing, chewing, exercising… the list goes on. But it can also be really, really fun. Sure there are messes, and things can get destroyed, but with a little planning the anxiety of puppy rearing can be a fun adventure.
Having a well mannered dog on leash is not hard, but does take some skill. In our programs we work with 2 different types of heeling: “Structured Heel,” “Tactical Heel,” as well as loose leash walking. I will break each one down as well as how we use them with our own dogs.
Congratulations! This can be an exciting, albeit overwhelming time for both you and your new dog! The first bit of advice we like to give new dog owners is to go slow! There is no reason to allow your dog to have access to everything in your home, be best friends with all your current pets/neighbors/friends, go to the dog park etc within the first hour or two of arrival.
Being a leader means helping your dog understand it's place in the world. It doesn’t mean being a bully. It means having clear expectations, being fair and teaching your dog a system of how you want your dog to live with you day-to-day. It’s our job to teach our dogs HOW to exist in our homes and our human world. Minus your leadership, your dog will make choices based on what they think will best serve them, from their point of view.
It’s that time of year when thunderstorms and fireworks can put a damper on your dog’s summer. So, how can you help your dog feel better when the storms roll through or when the neighbor decides to set off a roll of firecrackers? Here are some suggestions to helping your dog feel safe and overcome their fears.