Management

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. You also decrease the likelihood of a recurring behavior problem developing. If your puppy …

Retractable Leash Safety

Retractable leashes can come in very handy for exercising your dog in safe places. They let your dog run around a bit at a distance while still being attached to you, without the leash getting tangled. But you need to be aware that they do have a dangerous aspect. I have known the following things …

THINK DOG

Your dog sees the world differently than we do. If we learn to “think dog”, we can avoid some kinds of trouble (especially with dogs and small children) and communicate with our dogs more easily. To a dog, a pat on the head can be a sign of dominance. Scratching a dog …

SEPARATION ANXIETY

Dogs with separation anxiety exhibit extreme behavior problems when they are left alone. The most common behaviors are destruction of property (sometimes injuring themselves in the process), especially around doors or windows, howling and barking, and urination and defecation from distress. The destruction and house soiling is not an attempt to seek revenge on the …

Electronic (Invisible) Fencing

Electronic fences (also known as “invisible fencing”) have become popular in some areas. One advantage is cosmetic– you can’t see the fence, so it is allowable in housing areas that prohibit regular fences. Electronic fencing is relatively low-cost compared to regular fencing. And some dogs do well with this type of fencing and learn to …

Crates

I wouldn’t dream of raising a puppy without using a crate. Crates are a great tool to use when you can’t actively supervise your pup. And you know how much trouble puppies and young dogs can get into when they are not supervised! A crate will also make the job of housebreaking much easier. The …

PLAYING TUG WITH YOUR DOG

Tug can be a great game for your dog – IF played by the rules. Tug is a good substitute for body-slam wrestling. It is also a good way to use up energy when you can’t get the dog outside due to bad weather. Playing tug properly can teach self control and mouth manners. Playing …

CANINE STRESS SIGNS

Some stress signs may be difficult to see, while others are very noticeable. Some signs relate to an increase in activity, as in acute stress – body and mind go into “red alert” status. Others relate to a decrease in activity or shutting down – in response to chronic stress. These differences are due to …

LEADERSHIP

Why is leadership important? Dogs are social animals that live in a pack, or family. When you bring a dog into your family you become their pack. Even if you are a single person with one dog, you are a pack. It is extremely important for a dog to know where he stands in the …

Submissive Urination

Submissive urination is NOT a house-training problem. It is exhibited during greetings, either because the dog instinctively feels a need to show submission, or when the dog loses control due to being excited. Submissive urination or “Happy Bladder” is not a willful behavior, and punishment can make it worse. Many dogs outgrow submissive urination by …