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Training Tips ~ The Recall

Training your dog to come when called is probably the most important thing you’ll ever teach him. At some point, responding to your recall command will keep him from danger. If your dog does not come, some consistent training and lots of praise can fix that.

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Putting your dog on a long lead, walk away from him. Crouch down (this is an inviting pose for your pooch) and call “Come.” Gently reel your pup in. When he gets to you, no matter how long it takes, reward him with a treat and generous praise. Continue working with the long lead, and always make coming to you a rewarding experience. Never scold or punish when your dog comes to you, even if you’re smoking at the ears because of something he’s done. He’ll associate the punishment with the last thing he did – which is come to you.

Continue working consistently with your dog, taking him off the lead in an enclosed area, but never take him off leash out in the open until you feel you can trust him completely to obey your recall command. When he’s mastered this command, it will give both of you more freedom out hiking or at the dog park.

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Friends for Fido

dog wash in EvergreenDoes your dog do well meeting other dogs? Even when you’ve successfully socialized your puppy, having given her lots of positive interactions with people and other dogs, she needs continued socialization into adulthood. Some activities that encourage this include taking your pooch out to meet other people often. Regular play dates with other dogs and trips to the park can also be beneficial, but always be aware of your dog’s behavior and how she’s feeling. Don’t let her experience anxiety or show aggression toward other animals. 

If your dog doesn’t have regular playmates, there are ways to help her meet some friends. An afternoon or two a week at doggie day care will allow her to have play time with lots of other dogs, and you will quickly see how she does in social situations without you being present. Or you could consider using a dog-walker who walks several dogs at one time. The key is to provide lots of opportunity for positive interaction between your fur-kid and other dogs. If a negative situation arises, don’t hesitate to remove your pooch from the situation and discontinue the activity.

Dogs also need to meet and have positive experiences with people who come into your home. If your pet is aggressive toward your guests, one technique to try is to give every visitor treats that they can toss on the floor for her immediately upon entering your home. And of course, always reward good behavior with generous praise. Your fur-kid wants to please you more than anything.

 
 

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Contest!!

We’re running a contest for the month of March on our facebook fan page. Have you already *liked* us on facebook? Then go to our wall and post the cutest, most original pet name and you could be our winner! It’s all up to our fans, who will be voting.

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Not a fan yet? That’s okay, too. Just go to our facebook fan page and click *like*. Then you can post your best pet name, and see what the people think.

The winner receives a $50 gift certificate to Dogma, to buy whatever he or she wants. The prize will be awarded on March 30th. We’re all cheering for you, so get those creative juices flowing and join in the fun at Dogma!

 
 

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Fresh Breath

This leaves the kitty with minty-tuna breath and is reason enough to store the toothbrushes in the cabinet, don’t you think?

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Posted by on February 28, 2012 in Better Life, Center of the Universe

 

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West Side Story?

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Safe and Cozy

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Oh, Uh …. Hi Mom.

Toilet paper? What toilet paper?

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