The inspiration behind this post is my own on the mend dog, Toby. Late last year he partially ruptured his cruciate ligament and it has been a long road to recovery.
It is normal for people to fall into a pattern of training their dogs through correction training. This is tiresome, negative, often loud & raucous and most definitely not a very calm relaxed household.
All of your energy is spent through saying “get down”, “leave it” or “quiet”. You are always on the back foot and your dog is not learning what he can do, only what he can not do.
With Summer coming we will all be taking our dogs to beaches in the morning or evenings, and dog parks during the day to enjoy the great outdoors. With responsible ownership it can all go well, however it is important to understand some of the natural characteristics of dogs. Recognising what is “Good Play”, and having off lead control of your dog are essential ingredients to safe socialising.
Separation anxiety is one of the most common issues we are called in to deal with. It is usually something that we inadvertently reinforce, because often we are giving our dogs mixed messages.
Everyone has that home they avoid visiting because as soon as you walk through the front door you get jumped on, wee'd on, scratched by, and slobbered on by their adorable dog. We love dogs, but it is always so much nicer to be around well mannered dogs.