February 16, 2012
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Winter is beginning in our valley. For some us who aren’t conditioned for winter sports, it leaves us wishing for more activities to fill our time and keep from experiencing the winter doldrums. After a life enriched with outside activities and basking in the sun all summer long, our dogs can start feeling bored, too.
You’ve tried turning away only to have him jump up and scratch your back or pounce on you while biting at your clothes or your hands, but have you been proactive by not giving attention to the jumping? Remember, attention still is attention, even if it’s negative.
Excessive barking is right at the top of the list of dog owner or dog neighbor complaints. It can cause great upheaval between neighbors or family members, and even law enforcement might become involved. Usually, when this happens, everyone has reached the limit of tolerance.
In the initial teaching of the dog’s name (name recognition), owners should begin by offering a treat and praise each time the puppy turns to look in the direction of the person who said the sound of his name.
Responsible pet owners, you are on my hero list. Let’s continue to set an example for dogs in public places and spread the word that dog waste has no place on the trail, in the parks or on the school grounds where our children play.
With summer here and days heating up, remember to keep your dogs safe while traveling in your car. Yeah, yeah, yeah, you’ve heard it 100 times already. But important information is worth repeating.
How do we define the teenage years in canine terms? It varies from dog to dog and breed to breed and, along with that, the size of the dog.
Because dog training is an ability to be developed with time and practice, the fundamentals of training serve to become our guidelines. One of the most important skills is timing.
Not all herding dogs love to herd, nor do all sporting dogs love to hunt. Their characteristics can vary from animal to animal.
I wonder if, as a community, we might adopt a habit of having our reactive or fearful dogs wear a red bandana tied around their necks to signal to others that our dogs should not be approached.