Training Tip Tuesday

 

Are you a first time Puppy Owner?

Puppies are really cute and fun to have; but they are a lot of work too. You see them at breeders, the pet store, through rescues, on websites, or even maybe at your friend’s house whose dog just had puppies, and they look perfect. What is sometimes forgotten is that when we take them home, we are now completely responsible for their health, education, and safety. This is where all the work lays and sometimes they can become a real handful.

 

Puppies really just need a few essentials to keep them happy and safe the first few days. Don’t get sucked in at the pet store and buy everything puppy.

  • Dog crate with divider, to allow the crate to grow with the puppy
  • Small bag of a good quality dry dog food
  • Food bowl and water bowl
  • Collar/harness and a 6 foot leash
  • 3 or 4 chew toys
  • Nature’s Miracle (for toileting mistakes)
  • Several old towels

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Having the right Attitude when Training your Dog

As the new school year approaches, we can reminisce of the feeling of new classes, new schools and new teachers. When you were older and your teacher was new, you might pick up on how nervous she was in the beginning of the new school year. If this was the case, then you may have not given her your full and undivided attention, until she became more confident in her teaching style. This is the same when you are teaching your dog to have the right behaviors. You need to be a confident and calm educator.

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Should You Get A Second Dog?

Many times I have clients that tell me their dog is lonely and they want to get him a companion. I usually ask them why they think their dog is lonely – is he behaving poorly, being destructive, excessively barking for seemingly no reason, or overly demanding attention?

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The mistake that most people make is to put their human emotions and feelings in the place of their dog’s. In fact, as a Canine Behavioral Therapist, I would say if you answer NO to any of the questions above, that your dog is just fine. The problem was that my client perceived that her being away during the day was making her dog lonely. Chances are, he was probably happy to get a break and have a nice quiet house to nap.

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Tips to help your Dog with Fear of Thunderstorms

Although thunderstorms can instill fear, dogs can be trained to manage their reactions and feel calmer through all the noise and bright flashes. Thunderstorms are a common fear in dogs, causing many dogs run away or get lost, become destructive or even hurt themselves. Dogs can sense a storm’s approach by the rapidly barometric pressure, and they can begin to show signs of anxiety even before the storm can be heard.

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