The cue "come" is like the human phrase equivalent "huddle!" It's the ultimate invitation to reconnect. An attitude of play and camaraderie will go further in helping a dog learn to come than using fear and intimidation.
If left unaddressed, separation anxiety can last a lifetime and is a debilitating condition for the dogs who experience it. Beyond emotionally upsetting, its psychic drain can affect a dog's health and overall well-being, not to mention the stress it enacts on a household.
A quick eye scan will tell you all you need to know, as dogs talk in postures, not words. If you strive to be a good dog Samaritan, listen with your eyes, and respect a dog -- no matter what their people might tell you.
At one point or another, everyone can say they have experienced a few unforgettable memories in their lifetimes. You know those kinds of memories where you remember every single little detail even though years and years have gone by?
For many dog guardians, our relationships with our dogs can be a taste of heaven. Except when the cuties start having surprising behavior that isn't so cute. Dogs are known to be stress reducers; however, for many people, their dog's behavior can be a huge source of stress.
Positive, in the world of animal behavior, means adding something. Reinforcement means making something more likely to occur. So, "positive reinforcement" just means adding something to the equation to encourage that a behavior will happen again.
As with kids, there are many paths to raising happy, well-socialized dogs. It's important to recognize that each situation is unique -- not only to those involved, but to the age and personalities of the individual dog or puppy.
Three years can be a very long time and a very short time. It seems like only yesterday that Daddy was with me. It seems like a hundred years that he's been gone. And yet, he is here with me, every day.
Once I've profiled someone's breed, I have a better grasp on how to win him or her over. It's habitual and fun. By applying the same, positive dog training techniques found in my books, I've found great amusement in getting to know all types.
I've written a good deal on about some of the problems involved with using shock collars in animal training, mostly to stop behaviors. But an even worse application of this form of training is sing the shock to elicit desired behaviors.
Any relationship with a dog needs to be grounded in reality. That's the "Honesty" part in "Honesty, Integrity, Loyalty." Before you start looking for a dog -- or when you start looking at the causes of your dog's problems -- you have to look at yourself first.
Now I'm at five days of ignoring him. Our walks aren't perfect but they have gotten better. Time can only tell. The only thing I am looking forward to now, is that bonding sensation so many people have told me about.
It's early in the New Year, and no doubt many have vowed to exercise and get into shape. But do you look at your dog and feel guilty that you're working out instead of playing with him? How about incorporating your dog into a cardio, calorie-burning workout?