Quick DIY Dog Training Tip for Greeting Enthusiasts (including jumpers, crotch sniffers or barkers)

Young kids get excited when someone new comes to the house. They like to see who's visiting - to check them out. Some kids will even ham it up, hungry for attention and determined to be center stage.

Here in Doglandia, dogs are just like kids! When somebody comes into your home, he/she is entering what your dog considers her den. Your dog will naturally want to come and see who’s visiting.  

But here is where chaos can erupt...

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Training Dogs & Children to the Dangers of Thin Ice: Plus A Happy-ending Video

We teach our children water safety, to never go out on the ice alone and to watch for signs of thin ice. Ever wonder, "Can I teach my dog water & ice safety?". You sure can! A recent outing brought this lesson home, and thankfully had a very happy ending!

This past weekend was a beauty: the weather app promising sunny Spring-like weather, though the calendar still read mid-February. I packed leashes, snow boots, sled and grabbed my husband for an excursion to one of our favorite hiking spots. Driving north, past lakes, reservoirs, streams, and rivers I couldn’t help noticing the most dangerous signs of rising temperature: thin ice.   

“We packed Tally Ho’s drag leash right?” I called back to my kids. Thumbs pointed up, “Roger that!”. Although our other dogs avoid wet like the plague, Tally is a curious 100-pound water puppy, who though schooled to the properties of ice and water, is like other young, energetic dogs, who race around first and think later.

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Gift Splurge For Dogs & Puppies and the Parents Who Love Them So Dear!

How’d we end up on December 21st? I’m still getting over the election! 

While my two-legged puppies gift list is satisfied, I haven’t gotten a thing for the plethora of fur children who ornament my home with their unconditional adoration and good cheer. Bad Mommy!

I know I can count on local shops, and Chewy.com in a pinch, but I do have some picky pets & pet parents who won’t be satisfied with any generic Kong toy, catnip or ball. For these picky-uns, I had to dig a little deeper.  

Below I’ve compiled a list of unique finds, that I have discovered through hip clients and creative sellers. Anything strike your fancy? Please share with us & add it to the list!  

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What’s the Best Harness to Use to Walk Your Dog? Choose the Front Clip Chest Harness - It’s A Walk In the Park! (And a great stocking stuffer too!)

If you’ve ever walked a dog, chances are you’ve been pulled by a dog too. Now that winter is here, it’s more important than ever to get your dog’s leash walking skills in shape. Familiar with this situation? Dog pulls on the leash in an effort to increase meandering. Human pulls back to increase restriction. This combination of pulling away and pulling back puts pressure on the dog’s collar and he starts to choke & feel very anxious, and more times than not human lands hard on their behind!

In an effort to stay on my feet and more so for the beautiful benefits a cooperative walk can bring to both myself and my furry kids, I’m a big fan of the front clip harness. Most harnesses encourage a sled dog mentality: with the leash clipped across the shoulder, dogs forge ahead when they feel a tug. No-pull harnesses, however, restrain dogs across pressure points, which prevents pulling. It’s magical! 

Not only do I suggest them for clients, I’ve got my own personal collection: a red one for Boozle - my little pirate; a pink one for Hootenanny, who is, well, a Hootenanny & our girly girl, and a striking royal blue one for Tally Ho, my 100-pound baby! 

Recently, when my schedule blossomed with Daucsies, Bulldogs & Mastiffs, I set out to discover the variation of front clip harnesses on the market to see which ones work best for specific breeds & body types.  

After hours of reading and note taking, I struck gold!

A true expert - Meet Samantha Randall from Top Dog Tips! After speaking with me at length, I asked her if she would be so kind as to write a guest blog. Lucky me and lucky you, she said yes!  

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Why Bulldogs and Other Flat-face, Brachycephalic Breeds (French Bulldogs, Pugs, Etc.) Show Aggression towards Visitors and Strangers

Have you ever raced up to a bully breed only to have it stiffen up, turn away or lunge at you. Love a bully but wonder why they suddenly adopted stranger danger and visitor violence at about a year of age?  I have some insights that might help.  First I'd like you to meet a friend of mine.  His name is Sal.

Monday morning came, and I couldn’t wait to see Sal!  

Sal is one of my square-faced, saddle back puppy clients - a sweet, chubby faced bulldog who I almost packed up in my training bag when it came time to leave. 

But wait! Seven months had passed since our puppy series ended. Sal isn't a pudgy, roly-poly pup anymore. Sal is a big adolescent boy. And true to adolescents of all species, it not a pretty time. Although he is as cute as ever!

While all young dogs do something naughty, tree the neighbor's cat, dig up the flower garden, or eat the couch, Sal had just started to lunge and bark at people who approached him. Aggression in the dog world is a four letter word.  

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How to Solve All Your Dog Problems Without Raising Your Voice - from Bratty Barking & Jumping, to Stealing, Nipping & Nudging.

Meet Tictoc, the Tibetan Terrier. His favorite morning activity is bark-at-Mommy at-the-breakfast table. Yelling, shoving or locking him in the crate have only given him the nickname “Our little rapper!”. Tictoc has a lot in common with the neighbor’s three-year-old toddler, William, who shouts “NO TECH” whenever his Mommy pauses playtime to answer a text.

Across the street lives Bumper the border collie-mix who’s notorious for using her stealthy underarm nose-jab to send yet another coffee cup flying. Bumper lives with Sadie, her favorite diaper-clad human who tops the morning coffee upheaval with her spoon-fling off the highchair maneuver!   

What do these kids have in common? They all want attention—negative or positive, it doesn’t matter. React to it, and you’ll be guaranteed a repeat performance. Parents of any species can relate: unconditional love isn’t always easy. 

What if we could instantly get rid of all these aggravating, attention-getting behaviors and find a solution that doesn't raise your blood pressure?

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Luring- A Dog Training Technique for Parents on the Go!

Have you ever worried your dog thinks his name is Bad Dog?  Are you having trouble getting your dog's attention for more than 30 seconds?  Do you long for a dog who comes the first time you call, or who doesn't confuse the command come with R-U-N!?

Dog training can be confusing when you first start out.  You know what you’re saying, but your dog ignores you.   Maybe you’ve tried to repeat yourself, or beg, or plead: nothing gets through.  Your dog just stares up at you, clueless, or worse runs off and continues to misbehave.

When frustration sets in you know you’re in trouble.  How could such a cute adorable creature create such emotional tornados? 

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Dog Training - Positive Reinforcement, Negative Reinforcement and Everything In Between!

The other day my daughter brought home two rats.  Yes, rats, not dogs.  She outlined their feeding schedule, their daily routines and arranged a rat's playscape in our (mostly) unused shower.

Rats, she informed us, are a lot like dogs.  They need to eat, drink, sleep, play and potty. They're motivated by positive reinforcement, e.g. treats, toys and soft touches.

Huh, I thought. Dogs are like rats and kids - so does that mean that kids are like rats? The jury is still out on that one but there are surprising similarities.     

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Rate Your Dog's Sense of Smell!

Dog's have incredible noses: it's how they "see" their world.  In her book Being a Dog,  Barnard College, Columbia University professor and canine researcher Alexandra Horowitz challenges us to consider what it's like "to be able to smell not just every bit of open food in the house but also to smell sadness in humans, or even the passage of time?"

But just how good a sniffer does your dog have and what exactly might breed have to do with his/her olfactory savvy?

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Seasonal Separation Anxiety

If my dogs had to pick a least favorite month, it'd be September.  After the hullabaloo of summer, when foot traffic is high, and laughter surrounds them, back to school spells one thing: B-O-R-E-D-O-M.

Frantic activity in the days leading up to school can ratchet up the overall household anxiety level. Dogs may start to act out, hoping for attention in their dog-like way. 

 

It's a good time to remember this favorite phrase: anytime your dog acts out, or your kids for that matter: 

 

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