Teaching Self Control
Why do some dogs lunge at other dogs or people, while others are perfectly calm in the face of distractions? The short answer is obedience, which is nothing more than a dog exhibiting self control. So how does a dog learn self control? He must be taught, just as he must be taught to sit or come when called. Here are some guidelines:
Dog Food Dilemma
With the myriad choices of dog foods on the market, how do you know if your pet is getting the most nutritional bang for your buck? The best way to approach your pet food buying decisions is the same as buying groceries for your family - read the ingredients! If the first 5 ingredients are meat (beef, chicken, lamb, etc.), eggs, and vegetables, you can rest assured that it is a quality food. If you see grains (wheat, corn, etc.) or words you can't pronounce in the first 5 ingredients, that is not a food your pet will thrive on.
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Tire 'em Out
A young, energetic dog can be a handful. They bark, chew, jump, and do other annoying things. So use that energy to your advantage. Walks, time at the dog park, games of tug or fetch - these all help to tire out your pooch. Also, don't forget that training is mentally stimulating (and tiring). A tired dog is a good dog!
Is Training A Chore?
If you look at training your dog as work, you are looking at it all wrong. Training should be a labor of love. And with positive, consistent practice you will have a best friend for life.
Jeff Dentler, CPDT-KA, IAABC-ADT, FFCP, CTDI