One of the first behaviors we teach in dog training class is the “name game.”
We hear so many sad tales about dogs that find their way to a shelter and, conversely, so many good results, as well.
We have just completed our puppy classes and our family dog classes for the fall semester at Colorado Northwest Community College. It makes me very happy to know that these special people with their family dogs have deepened their understanding of each other.
A few weeks ago I wrote about how Halloween might be experienced through my dog Stuart’s eyes. It probably seems pretty weird for dogs to hear the voice and scent of their owners coming from an unrecognizable costume. Another side of this holiday experience is the fun of putting costumes on our dogs.
Several times through the past month, I have heard people refer to their dogs as “spoiled,” and that prompted me to send this article out again. My thanks to those of you who mentioned that your dogs are spoiled because they have toys to keep them busy and you have invested time in their training.
Well, it’s upon us. This may be a most confusing night for dogs. It’s Halloween. I can only imagine what is going through my dog, Stuart’s, mind.
I know many dogs ride loose in cars. I hope that, after reading this article, pet owners will give serious thought to obtaining a kennel crate to be used in the car for their dog.
This article is addressed to you, the readers. Those of you who regularly read this column are already at the top of my star list. You are interested in knowing more about dogs and doing right by the dog you have. You are the special people who know it takes time and commitment to raise a behaviorally healthy and happy dog.
Training a dog is not like tuning up your skis before the season starts; it’s a continual process to keep their skills sharp and compliance dependable.
The above title is true, but only to a point. We have to take into consideration why, through generations of specialized breeding, dogs no longer all look alike.
You can hardly invest too much in your relationship with your dog. When a rough patch comes along — and it surely will — a small withdrawal from the relationship account will have little effect on your long-term bond.
Without frequent reinforcement of the behavior you want, once strong behaviors tend to break down. Little things creep into your dog’s stellar performance.
Have you wondered why some dogs bark intermittently, day or night, in your neighbor’s yard? Are you that neighbor? Have you thought that there could be a connection between the dog’s type or breed; his age, energy level or temperament; or the environment the he is in?
An animal’s ability to thrive in captivity (and in our homes) is greatly improved when they’ve been empowered to initiate activity.
More and more, I’m hearing complaints by clients that they can’t even take a walk in their own neighborhood without being accosted by off-leash dogs. For puppies, this can signal the onset of defensive behavior.