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.
These past several days, with large accumulations of snow and lowering temperatures, brought to mind my checklist for winter pet care.
We see the signs that say “share the road” and gladly give space to cyclists on the road. We really need to “share the trail” and keep our dogs under control.
I lost my bull terrier, Stuart, Dec. 2. He had been sick for a while, and the curse of cancer finally overcame his body but not his spirit.
Many people, including me, have adopted rescue dogs. Sometimes, a dog will arrive with baggage from his former life. Occasionally, we get lucky, and the dog we adopt fits easily into the family, has no bad habits and turns into a true companion with little extra help from us. That is the exception, not the rule.
My last article, “Eyes Wide Open,” offered tips about gathering information before choosing to get a dog. This article arrived in my mailbox with so much great information I wanted to share.
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.