Pat Scott

MOUTHING

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OUCH! Does your pup leave teeth marks on your hands from play? A young dog often tries to play with his human family the same way he would play with other dogs.

JUMPING UP

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Let's look at this from the dog's point of view. Fido is so happy to see you, and he naturally wants to get close to your face, so he does what comes naturally -- he jumps up. And guess what - chances are, he has been rewarded many times for his jumping behavior!

TEACHING YOUR DOG TO "GIVE"

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First of all, recognize that you have an obligation to prevent problems by using good management of the environment. A puppy sees the whole world as her chew toy. You need to puppy proof the area where your young dog will be, and to provide appropriate chew toys for her.

Pat's "NO FREE LUNCH" Program for Problem Dogs

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This program is intended for any dog that has an "Attitude". It is just as important for a fearful dog as it is for a bully type. Either type of dog will benefit from learning that YOU will make decisions for him or her.

Digging

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Dogs dig for a variety of reasons -- to bury or recover bones, dig up prey, to make cooling pits and even as means of escape from a boring environment.

MANAGEMENT

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Management is another word for controlling the environment. It involves making changes in your dog’s immediate living conditions and situations. Management will help you to PREVENT some problems from happening, especially with a puppy or young dog.

KIDS AND DOGS - SAFETY FIRST

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Very few bites happen without provocation - but the provocation may exist only in the dog's mind! We need to realize that dogs are not little people in furry costumes. They don't think in the same way that we do.

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