Saturday, July 19, 2008

Jumping Dogs

Personally I do not like to have a dog jump on me. More often than naught, jumping is a greeting or an excited way of saying welcome home. But in some cases it is about control.

Blocking the dog access to what he wants until he is calm, putting your knee into the dog, and turning your back are many ways that help to stop this behavior.

Dog And Owner Meet Again

When an owner comes to pick up his dog who has been staying with me I always ask the owner not to pay attention to the dog right away. Especially if the dog was hyperactive.

I remove the dog until he is relaxed and then the owner greets him in a calm way. This helps the dog to stay calm and remember wjat he has been taught instead of going back to his old habits.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Do I Practice What I Preach?

My Grandmother asked me some days ago if I walk my dog with the same discipline as I tell my clients to. I explained to her that unless it is storming violently outside, that dog is run twice a day. I make the time because I took the responsibility of adopting him.

It has poured rain many days this month and has rarely stopped. But my boy has not missed one run. I am just assuring all of you that I talk the talk, and in this case, run the run!

By the way, I had four dogs staying with me for more than three weeks. Nobody missed any of their two outings per day each... and did I ever get wet!

Their ears had to be cleaned every day go make sure no water got trapped in there. They had to be dried, and some of them re-brushed each time...

You get the idea... Lots of work!

But walking a dog and basic dog care cannot be skipped...

Rena Murray

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Dog Walk Courtesy - Pick Up Poop!

It goes without saying that you should always pick up your dog's poop when he goes on other people's grass or around sidewalks and roads, and certainly anywhere people might walk. If you own the dog, you are responsible for the dog, and that includes his dog poop!

Be courteous. Be respectful of others.

But there needs to be some balance in all this. Cities add waste receptacles for trash that might otherwise be dropped on the road or in a park. Those can be used for smelly food scraps. Well, those should be available for bagged poop, too!

Rules are important, because some self-absorbed people don't tend to think of others and must be "reminded" to be courteous. But for those who are trying, there should also be some grace when there are extenuating circumstances - such as a thunderstorm, injury, or dog diarrhea and you're out of bags for the last droplets.

We need to face a couple of realities here:

(1) There are millions of dog owners around the world. People who don't like them need to learn to live with having them around, because they aren't going away.

(2) People get stuck in these stupid squabbles that don't mean anything... such as your neighbor's dog going to the bathroom in your yard. Don't call the police or Animal Control! Talk to your neighbor and try to resolve it.

(3) For anyone starting to post something reminding me to pick up my dog's mess, no matter how many I am walking... know that I pick it up every time they go. If you find it, it doesn't belong to my dog!

The point of writing this is asking all people to work together and be in balance.

Rena Murray

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Monday, July 14, 2008

Crate Training Can Be Easy

A dog crate or kennel should be your pet's den or special place from day one.

People often have trouble crate training a puppy because they do not make it part of the dog's life from the beginning of ownership.

If you choose to begin crate training an older dog because he is getting destructive, then you must make it a process.

Put your dog in the crate in a matter-of-fact way and allow him to smell around and get comfortable. When he is relaxed, close the door. Be sure he has a couple of toys to chew on in there. Leave for a few minutes while he is relaxed.

Do not allow him to come out of the crate without your cue, or he will come barging out in time.

For more tips on crate training your dog the right way - so that he loves his den and you have peace of mind - see my article Puppy Training - Crate Training A Puppy - It's My Den!

If you want to find a quality dog crate for home or travel, there's a great selection at value-conscious prices on our Dog Kennels & Carriers page. There's a dog crate to suit every need, even a one to fit your home decor.

Do it right and your dog will love you... and so will your house!

Rena Murray

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