January 30, 2018

2 Things You Should Teach Your Dog Today

The foundation for all “good” behaviour is impulse control (patience) and focus and response to handler. Animals are naturally impulsive; it’s up to us to teach them what we DO want them to do instead of constantly reacting negatively to what they are doing that we don’t like. How can we expect them to change their behaviour if we don’t teach what we would like. As always, methods that are non-confrontational and do not involve using fear or punishment has been documented as most effective. 1. “Let’s Go!” Let’s Go is a great skill to teach your dog that can get you out of sticky situations or prevent incidents from occurring.  Teaching your dog that it’s not safe, nor realistic, for them to pull towards every dog, human or bird they desire is critical. Animals are impulsive; they are animals. If we don’t want them to act on their impulses, it’s up to us to teach them a different skill that pays off as much, or better, than what they’d like access to. I love Emily Larlham’s of Dogmantics demo of teaching Let’s Go. You can use a marker word “yes” instead of a clicker. 2. Wait… Teaching “wait” is more about safety than anything. I like to teach the initial concept with the food bowl but then transfer to other environments.  Waiting before doors so that your dog doesn’t dash out into the street, waiting before jumping out of a vehicle or flying into the dog park… all good times to practice the patience muscle. I use a marker word “yes” instead of a clicker.

Puppy Socialization and the Window of Opportunity 

Welcoming a puppy into your home can be one of the most exciting and joyous times. The anticipation of the new arrival can send us into a scurry of purchasing new items that the puppy will need; collars and tags, a cozy bed and crate, treats, and the list goes on. We envision a bundle […]

Camping with Dogs 

If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, enjoy camping and have a dog you likely want to include your dog in these outings. Some dogs will be suitable and some won’t, often depending on where you go and the type of camping you do. If you’d like things to go as smoothly as possible, here are some […]

Adding a New Dog to the Family 

These guidelines should help during that crucial initial stage of integration. Most people rush into introducing the dogs and expect them to “work it out”. Often times this is a stressful scenario and you can start things off on the wrong foot without intending to. If you follow these guidelines and take your time you […]