This post was originally written for Sidewalk Dog Media. You can see the original article here. March 17, 2017
Is your pup a little unsure in new situations? Want to remind your dog of his inner strength and super powers? Just looking for a way to connect more with your four-legged pal? Here are some tips to build your dog’s confidence – and his trust in you!
Let Them Explore
Encourage your pup to explore her new surroundings and sniff as much as she wants. Ju...
You’ve found yourself in a situation. Your dog is doing something different, or strange, or bothersome, or even worrisome. You aren’t quite sure what to do about it, but you know that something needs to happen. That’s likely why you ended up on my website.
This article will outline ALL of your options for what to do next, whether you decide to work with me or choose a different route. It’s good to know what’s on the table, and what...
This was originally posted on Sidewalkdog.com as a guest blog post June 20, 2017. Original link here.
If you are going to get a puppy, THE MOST IMPORTANT THING you can do is to select the right breeder. All too often, I have depressing conversations with new puppy parents (or owners of teenager dogs) where I have to explain that the "nature" portion of their dog's behavior is not fixable. Genetics are HUGE.
I've changed River's food from kibble to dehydrated raw. Next up is exercise.
Here's what would NOT work: more chuckit/frisbee/runningandchasingthings. This is arousing exercise and does nothing for her brain. It expends some calories, but it gets her brain into a heightened level of arousal, and I have no good way of bringing her back down.
Enter decompression walks ala Sarah Stremming.
I've been off leash hiking with my dogs since I got them. Seriously, Mic...
If you're just joining, I'm blogging about trying to "fix" my own dog, River, using my own training principles. Right now we're going through the fundamentals: nutrition, exercise, mental stimulation, and communication.
First up: nutrition.
I thought I had done a pretty good job on the nutrition front. Listening more and more to Sarah Stremming's podcast (cogdog radio) though has led me to take a closer look at this and go deeper. And be more thorough...
My dogs are not perfect. Well, Mica is close, but they both have flaws. And I certainly am not perfect. I'm chock full of flaws!
You know that saying about the cobbler's kids going barefoot? Yeah, it's starting to happen to my poor dogs. I help other people with their dogs all day long, so I find myself entering "appeasement" mode with my own two.
What's the minimum I can do to keep them happy because I'm exhausted and mentally spent?
You're walking down the sidewalk with your dog by your side, enjoying the afternoon sunshine. Ahead, another dog and her person come around the corner.... You panic.
You stop breathing for a moment, feeling the burst of adrenaline sweep through you. You glance quickly down to your dog, hoping he hasn't seen the trigger yet. Unconsciously, you tighten your grip on the leash and shorten your step.
Your dog, in tune with your physiological changes, notices the d...