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Training Tip: A Dog’s Training is Never Done

For a dog – training is never done. Learning is a life-long endeavor and a dog’s behavior is always in flux. Sometimes, they finally get what you have spent weeks trying to teach them, and other times, they seem to completely forget something they used to do with expert precision. It’s important to always continue to train your dog both new and old behaviors. Most of what we ask of our dogs is a bit counterintuitive for them — don’t jump on guests, walk in a straight line and keep my pace, don’t sniff everything or play with every dog may seem like a piece of cake to a human but to a dog, it’s pretty challenging. Keeping it fresh and exciting is the key to keeping your dog interested in your silly little rules. Another good thing to keep in mind is your dog doesn’t owe you anything. When I hear someone say “but he should know that” I am quick to remind them that he will always repeat what has worked for him in the past. If that is humping, pulling or barking, he is going to keep on doing it. It’s our job to teach our dogs what is expected and teach him that following our lead is more rewarding than not. That it’s an ongoing relationship builder. Now get out there and train your dog!


Preparing Your Dog for a Baby


I conducted a seminar this week on preparing your dog for a new born baby. There are many things to cover on this subject but the going theme was to make a plan and stick to it.

Does your dog jump on guests? Does he bark at outside noises? Where these things may have flown under your radar until now, viagra ambulance they will likely be a really big deal in a few months. Decide now what the rules will be and let your dog know what’s expected.

Will your dog be allowed to sleep in the bed? Will you allow him into the nursery? These are things that will be difficult to teach once the baby comes and you are overwhelmed. Teaching your dog that some nights he sleeps on the floor or waits for permission to come into the nursery and then goes to a designated spot like a dog bed, viagra will be much easier to teach now over the next few months rather then all at once while everyone is confused and sleep deprived.

These are just two examples of things you need to be prepared for, but the first step is making the plan. No detail is too small. Bringing a baby home can be stressful on your dog, but it doesn’t need to be. Don’t wait for game time to practice the game.

Ruff Rules Episode Two – How to Get Your Dog to Stop Pulling the Leash

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In the next episode of Ruff Rules, generic cialis prostate Sadie learns to ignore distractions and direct her attention to her owner when being walked.
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The Magical Link – Love, generic Mystery and Other Secrets About the Bond Between Animals and People
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Curb your dog!

Curb your dogIf you live in NYC, discount cialis medicine then you are familiar with the term “PLEASE CURB YOUR DOG”.  It’s printed on little signs and placed on many of the tree beds that line the residential streets of the city.  Many homeowners consider the sidewalk in front of their buildings to be part of their home. They can be seen sweeping it or hosing it down. They are in fact responsible for cleaning the snow and ice from it and can face penalties if it is not shoveled and salted in a timely fashion. It shocks me however at how few people actually know what it means to curb your dog. Very simply it means don’t let your dog urinate or defecate in the middle of the sidewalk, cheap on trees and plants or on stoops and buildings. It means bring your dog to the curb to do his business in the street. It always irritates me to see a big smear of doggie diarrhea that someone attempted to pick up but was only able to finger-paint the sidewalk with. Especially when I am wheeling my daughters’ baby carriage and have to wiggle around other pedestrians who are also trying to avoid the despicable specimen (credit brent). Even worse are “professional” dog walkers who are chatting on their phone while the dogs in their care are peeing on a neighbors stoop.