If your dog doesn’t get a good introduction to its new doggy door, then it can very easily get a fright and refuse to use the door in the future. Here is how to get it right.
Denmark’s national TV station aired a program featuring Kira as a Danish dog whisperer living downunder. Popular Comedian, Jan Gintberg, tagged along with Kira as they visited Murphy, a Wheaten Terrier that really doesn’t like visitors coming into the house.
Puppies easily win over our hearts in a single beat, and you are without a doubt totally in love with your new puppy. However, issues that are perhaps only small now tend to grow bigger along with the dog. It is much fairer to the dog and easier for you, if you teach your puppy good manners from the start, rather than correcting bad behaviour later on.
If your dog wants to go and sniff a tree and pulls you towards it (with tension on the lead), then every step to you take towards the tree becomes a reward for pulling. Your dog is learning that if it pulls you hard enough, for long enough, frequently enough… you will give in. Sadly, it is easy to end up in a situation where we have trained our dogs to be persistent leash-pullers.
DON’T let your dog and your children play together without having put some guidelines in place first, especially if the game involves toys. It can get out of control very quickly.
DO teach your children to always hold dog toys below their waist. If they hold them up at head height, they will soon have dog teeth and dog claws flying around their face.
I have no intention whatsoever of discouraging extensive training of your dog. In fact I highly recommend it. But for those of you, who feel too busy to train your dogs,
it could be well worth it to invest in just three simple commands:
Stay, Free and Come. They can make your everyday life a lot easier and save you time.
It is easy to fall into the trap of focusing on how smart your dog is or isn’t at learning. You’ll be astounded at how smart your dog turns out to be, once you start communicating with it in a language that it understands.
Humans and dogs both have a body language and they are in fact very similar. Using signs/ body language is a much faster way of getting the desired responses from your dog.
Dogs are territorial animals and by nature attack or chase strangers away.
Socialization with unfamiliar dogs is something that we train against their instinct and therefore need to maintain.
Once an aggressive dog has had a chance to slowly get to know another dog, it will start to interact and make friends, because a familiar dog is a completely different concept to it than a stranger dog!