One of the most challenging aspects when training our family dog is — yes, you guessed it — walking nicely on leash.
Owner often say, “He looks guilty,” or, “She’s rude,” or perhaps, “He’s quirky.” But if I asked five different people what each of these words means to them, I’d probably get five different answers.
You’ve probably heard this old saying that ends with, “… everything looks like a nail.” It occurred to me that this applies to some commonly used cues/commands we use with our dogs.
The toolbox analogy has often been used in dog training, because, as trainers, we have a toolbox.
My newly adopted 2-year-old terrier mix, Lawrence, is not a trained dog in the fullest sense. He meets people easily wagging his whole body.
It’s been a long time since I’ve been a student in a group dog training class, but since the loss of our bull terrier, Stuart, and the adoption of our 2-year-old terrier mix, Lawrence, I’ve been riding a whirlwind of lessons and learning with lots of interesting and mixed emotions.
Animals in our care require a consistent routine. This includes food, water, access to safe areas and enrichment. They also need to know they can rely on us for these survival necessities. This includes being dependable.
While attending a seminar on canine behavior during the weekend, I was reminded of the long journey of growth in the world of dog behavior and training I have taken through many years’ time. Things have changed.
Sandra Kruczek and I will finish this semester’s Head Start Puppy Class this week. I can’t think of too many things that make me happier than spending six weeks watching these amazing puppies grow, both physically and “intellectually.” I use that word light-heartedly. They are puppies, after all.
I believe dog training or behavior modification requires total teamwork.
If you don’t know this sweet song or the musical from which it came, “The King and I,” by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein, do yourself a favor and check it out. The lyrics are, in my mind, a perfect description of how a new friendship might be formed.
For our canine walking buddies, sociability is the number-one personality trait required to have good off-leash encounters with other dogs.
A person who multitasks is often held up as the ultimate achiever (but) there are times when it’s a good idea to allow ones self the luxury of focusing on a single task. Learning or teaching a new skill is one of those times.
We just started a new series of puppy classes. The best thing for me is to meet these bright and hopeful families who are seeking knowledge to set their life on a course of establishing a great relationship with a new family member.
Asking your dog to generalize communication learned and practiced at home to all conceivable situations is like asking a toddler to cross the street by himself.