Now is the perfect time to start getting your dog used to the many sounds of summer. If you have a new puppy, or even an older dog that has not had positive exposure around some of the dramatic sounds we associate with summer, you can do a lot to get your dog acclimatized to startling sounds like thunder, fireworks, and even lawn mowers.
Please don't throw you dog in the midst of extreme noises and hope for the best. Even the loud music, as well as a large crowd, at an open air music festival can be overwhelming for most dogs.
Obedience training is not the same as training a dog to do a 'trick' like roll over, shake a paw, or asking it to speak. There will be a future blog on this. Working with a qualified instructor is extremely important. Don't try this on your own by just 'winging it' - there are many steps to training your dog and each dog is different.
Obedience training, when done properly, teaches the dog to learn a set of drills as well as what is appropriate behaviour and what is not acceptable. The dog also learns to listen to you because YOU ARE IN CHARGE.
Most people are confused on how to fit their dog's collar properly. While out for a walk, or during training, the collar should be nice and snug - like a watch band, when high up behind the ears. You should be able to comfortably get one finger between the collar and your dog's neck when it is in this position.
The reason for having it this snug is so that it won't pull over the dog's head should the dog back up and try to get free. Many will have learned this trick at an early age. Should this happen, you will be grateful for fitting it correctly, but you mu...
Bite prevention is very important for anyone, but especially children who are often very eager to pet strange dogs. Here are a few tips. If you would like to know more, please contact me, or if you think your child's school would be interested in having a dog safety and bite prevention talk and demo, please contact me for that as well.
1. A child should never run up to a strange dog - always approach calmly AFTER asking for PERMISSION to pet the dog first.
2. Once the dog is calm (on leash and by the master's side), slowly approach and allow the dog to smell...