One of the most important skills a dog can learn is how to walk nicely on leash – but I notice that it’s a skill few dogs have! Leash training is probably the most difficult part of training a puppy, but it tends to be the part that many people spend the LEAST amount of time on. Here are some common leash training mistakes, and how to fix them. Moving too fast – When they get a new puppy, many people can’t wait to start taking their dog everywhere with them, going for long
I’m not a fan of leaving dogs outside unattended or giving them the freedom to go in and out as they please. It provides too much freedom and the opportunity for bad habits to set in. Dogs that are left outside unattended on a regular basis are more likely to dig and bark excessively. They are also more likely to become over-frustrated and over-stimulated because backyard time is usually substituted for real walks and exercise. Letting your dog out in the backyard IS NOT
Owning a fearful dog can be very stressful and confusing for pet parents. It is not always clear how or why the dog became fearful, which can make treating the condition quite challenging. Fearfulness manifests in a number of ways in the canine world. Some dogs are more passive and their fear causes them to retreat, cower and avoid the things they are fearful of. Other dogs become defensive and their fear triggers what appears to be an aggressive response - barking, lungi
Working with reactive dogs is one of my specialties, and as much as I love helping rehabilitate dogs with this issue, I wish that it wasn't such a common problem. It is agreed upon by many dog trainers that reactivity is now the most prevalent behavioral issue, and the rates of occurrence are still on the rise.
I recently wrote a blog post on techniques to help heal a dog that is already experiencing reactivity issues - but the best strategy is prevention. Here are some t