My 3-year-old fox terrier (whom we have had since a puppy) bit my 9 year old daughter. My daughter simply walked near our dog as she was by the garbage. Normally you can approach or even take food from the… Continue Reading
Leadership, Part 2 Location, location, location – you may not realize it, but dogs place as much importance on prime real estate as humans. Areas like beds, couches and even doorways are potential hot spots for conflict.… Continue Reading
Question: “Our 5-month-old German shepherd jumps up on people. He already weighs 60 pounds and we’re afraid he will hurt my mother-in-law. Will he eventually outgrow this?”
Answer: You could wait the 10 or 12 years it will take for him to become too arthritic to jump up, or you can train him now to do something more socially acceptable. As we’ve talked about before, greeting disorders are best handled sooner than later. Continue Reading
Developing the Skills of a Benevolent Leader – Part 1: FOOD
Last month we featured a dog that was adored and spoiled by his owner, yet died in an animal shelter.
This month we’ll begin to explore how the sad scenario might have been prevented through simple leadership and training.
In our story, the owner of the dog wanted so desperately to make him happy that she treated him like an exalted guest in her home.
Dog trainers talk about the importance of providing good leadership and structure for pet dogs. Unfortunately, the public is most familiar with terms such as “alpha” and “show him who is boss.” But we love dogs; we love their goofy… Continue Reading