Thursday, August 31, 2006

Dog Solution - The Ripple Effect

Anyone ever come home to bits of fur scattered on the couch . . . the couch that Fido NEVER inhabits in your presence?

There's always this solution -- which is also very good for building arm strength by the way: Piling book after book in neat stacks all across the couch when you leave, then laboriously unpiling them upon your return. A pain, isn't it? Don't you wish there were a simpler solution?

Next time, try a sheet of aluminum foil across the couch. Quick, easy, and lightweight. . . Dogs HATE the crinkly sound when they climb on it! Trust me, it works.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Tired of Training?

Someone asked me today if I ever get tired of dog training, of doing the same things over and over, day in and day out.

"You've got to be kidding!" I yelled out spontaneously, as I caught myself in mid-air almost falling off my bike. The dog I was running stopped, looking as though the comment startled him equally.

Each dog is a distinct individual, with its own personality, hang-ups, and preferences, and clearly with its own pace of learning. As with people, the way a dog feels each day is different. Every day is an adventure, and every time you encounter a dog, you learn something new. I love it!

Oh, and the answer to the question: "NO, I do not!"

Thursday, August 24, 2006

Paw Print Solution

It's a rainy day. Don't you just hate the pernicious pattern of muddy paw prints tracked through your house? I sure do, especially on my white tile!

Ah, but there's a solution. Make sure the dog is on a leash until he is used to this.

Walk your dog across a good, absorbent welcome mat 2 or 3 times. (Of course, paper towels work well, too, and for excess soil they are needed.) Choose a command. I use "track, track!" After all, the mat is where I want it tracked!

It does not take long for the dog to learn to wipe his feet, and especially when you give your command. "Track, track!" . . . No more paw prints!

Rena

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Inspiring Paws

I was asked how we came up with the name, "PAW PERSUASION."

The credit goes to my Border Collie, Gatsby. He is very well trained, but sometimes when I am sitting down, he tries to persuade me to give him a hug with a gentle nudge of his paw and a persuasive look. Melts your heart, doesn't it!

Saturday, August 19, 2006

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Friday, August 18, 2006

Running a Dog on a Bike

Running a dog on a bike. Crazy or a life saver?

Not everyone is coordinated enough to ride a bicycle and control a dog at the same time. But ask the owner of the eight-month-old Beagle I am training what a life-saver this is!

Dogs of many breeds are born to run. They need to run! Unless you are an incredibly serious athlete, you are not going to be able to keep up with them without the aid of a skateboard, a pair of roller-blades, or a bicycle.

Go for it!

Old Dog in the Pack

Recently my mother brought my aged Beagle Hound for an overnight visit.

When my old Beagle met my young Border Collie for the first time a few months ago, he liked her and was quite the gentleman, deferring to her age at the food bowl even.

This time was different. His consistently gentle, respectful self appeared changed at the food bowl when he growled at her, preventing her from eating. It took me by surprise until I realized the sad fact that she is dying.

You see, dogs have emotions, but they are canine emotions and not human emotions. Dogs respond according to their age-old instincts which, in this instance, meant that those who are dying are supposed to leave the pack. She tried in her own way to leave, but was unable.

Those remaining in the pack deny the dying one food, driving him or her away and saving the precious food for the young and productive ones. You see, the old ones survive for a while on the fringe by eating off the carcases abandoned by the strong ones.

Sad, but true. Don't misinterpret the interactions of younger dogs with very old dogs. They are not being rude or improperly aggressive in most circumstances, but instead are responding according to ingrained pack laws. It defies our human emotions.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

What's the Problem?

I had an experience today that is not uncommon. I went to walk a neighbor's six-month-old Australian Cattle Dog who clearly adores me, as evidenced by his consistently enthusiastic greeting. Still, he sometimes wants his own way and must learn who is boss.

Here is the common "stubborn puppy" problem and the simple solution. Let me share.

When a dog lays down after you put a leash on him, and will not get up when you tell him to walk or heel or you pull on the leash, a lot of people believe that he just doesn't like you. Wrong! It simply means a dog doesn't want to do something.

What to do? Take the dog by the scruff of the neck and gently pull him into a sitting position. Then with one hand on him and the other holding the leash, walk a short distance until he follows willingly. If he balks, go back to where he commenced this tantrum round and repeat the process.

It's nothing more than a temper fit that will be resolved if you work through it. After I did that with the neighbor's pup, he trotted along with clear enjoyment.

Rena

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Look Out! - Dangerous Dogs On The Loose

Everyone has to watch out for a lot of things -- and dangerous dogs on-the-loose are one of them.

Face it. They should be confined, but sometimes they get out. They should be trained, but sometimes they are not. Sometimes they are fenced and ignored, so they grow angry, frustrated, and vicious.

A few months ago, whenI was walking with a friend, we heard a loud scream and a lot of snarling down the street from us. As I turned, commencing my run in that direction, I saw two huge Dobermans circling a neighbor and her Labrador Retriever with bared teeth, displaying distinctive, pre-attack, practice lunges.

Normally, as I raced to the site, I would stop when I came within a proximate range and command their attention. This time, though, the male Doberman was launching himself off the ground with jaws wide open, aimed at the neighbor's neck!

Instinctively, I dove at him, shoving my fingers on his neck with an intense "pack bite." That immediately broke his attack focus, and he went into a submissive state, perfectly still and under my control.

His change of mode automatically caused the same change in the female, who suddenly became calm as well. She became a sweetheart. She was just a follower. Actually, a follower can be worse when in aggression mode, but now she was easily led home.

You, too, can learn to protect yourself and others from dog aggression and danger. I have written a series of articles on Dog Dominance Behavior and will write more on this issue, both in articles published on my site and in my free newsletter. I welcome your questions and concerns, and will seek to address them here and in future articles or ezines.

Be safe,
Rena

When to Start Puppy Training

It has come to my attention that too many owners just coddle their two-and-three month-old "babies" and think that puppy training can start later. NO! All puppies -- and especially the more intelligent and spirited ones -- must be "trained" and directed from day one with consistency, with You clearly as the Master!

If you love your child, you will train your child. That protects your child, lets him know with confidence what is expected, and instills the joy of intrinsic reward for good behavior and a job well done. Why should it be any different with your puppy?

Just look at some of the benefits from training young puppies -- a happy, secure puppy, a happy and relieved owner, and a happy and intact home. Even your belongings would thank you if they could!
  • Training helps provide behavioral boundaries, which makes the puppy feel more secure.
  • Training helps remove puppy boredom, thereby lessening temptation to cause trouble.
  • Training helps the pup release energy, too, so it is less destructive or frustrated.
  • Training gives the animal a source of pride, a proper goal for which to strive, and achievement about which to strut with regal, dignified, proud bearing and the clear satisfaction of pleasing.
"Don't move with them, you lose them!"

For clear direction on training any puppy, as well as pointers on handling personality types and special help with dominant dogs, subscibe to our free internet newsletter, Paw Persuasion Pointers, go to the ARTICLES page on my website, or peruse the dog training books available through the product links and search boxes on http://www.PawPersuasion.com .

Still have a problem? Go to the CONTACT US page on my website, or send an email to rena@pawpersuasion.com .

Enjoy your puppy and let us help with puppy training, both dog obedience training and puppy house training -- and get started with the training guidance from the beginning!

Your friend,
Rena

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Eulogy to UPPIE

This August 2nd was very hard for me.

Sadly, the sweet Labrador-Border Collie cross pictured with me on my ABOUT US page died. Uppie was his unusual name, because when Uppie was a very young, newly rescued puppy, the owner's toddler could not say "puppy" and the nickname stuck.

Uppie was an undisciplined, wild thing when his owner first brought him to me. A ten-year-old backyard dog who would disappear for 2-3 miles through any opened door or gate . . . well, I was not truly sure WHAT could be done with him.

The owner left him with me for seven weeks. We worked together daily, and Uppie was made a part of this household and "pack." As he was given the security of boundaries and expectations, released his abundant energy through long walks and play, and experienced pride in his "job" of heeling and obeying, the results were phenomenal. He became a dog I would love to have for my own ... so you see, you CAN teach an old dog new tricks!

When the owner came for Uppie, upon seeing this dignified creature he exclaimed in astonishment: "Is this the same dog?!!" Uppie was so very proud of himself!

The owner eagerly learned what had worked for Uppie, established himself as Pack Leader, and joyfully carried that authority home with them. So, Uppie returned to Virginia to become a loved addition to the family home ... welcomed inside for the first time since his bad-behavior puppyhood.

But inevitably, old age, aches and pains, and physical failures set in, and the end came. In the midst of tears and sorrow there was, nevertheless, the true reward ... the peace and comfort of knowing what the owner then expressed to me: "You have given to us and to him the best two years together in his life!"

I will always remember the diligence, consistency, and patience that Uppie taught me -- but most of all, I will remember his wonderful, happy eyes, his proud, regal bearing when he "discovered" who he was and could be, and all the love he gave. Uppie, your memory is cherished, and you will never be forgotten!