The 4th of July is just over a week away and everyone is starting to get ready. The fireworks stands are getting set up. The markets are starting their sales on hot dogs and beer. People are making plans to meet in the park or to travel to friends’ houses. The last thing that many people worry about or consider is how their dog is going to respond to a holiday that all American humans always love.
We must remember that the loud noises, flashes in the sky, and different environments can be very stressful to our doggies. We often think we are helping them when we are really putting them at great risks!
Robin and I have been training dogs for a rather long time. Over the years we have come to the conclusion that one of the major issues with canine behavior is family dynamics. Crazy families normally create crazy dogs. Families that are calm and focused normally have very well behaved dogs.
That doesn’t mean that you can’t have a great dog even though your family is a little weird. The important point here is that you need to understand that family dynamics will come into play when building your bond with your dog. It is one of the factors that you need to take into consideration during the training process.
School will be out in less than a week and we (parents) still have a few weeks until we have our Summer Vacations scheduled. That means that the kids are going to be home and looking for things to do. Well, Mollie, our family dog, is home and ready to play.
Instead of doing (all the things we used to do as kids) like putting peanut butter on the top of her mouth or putting her favorite toy just out of reach, let’s have our kids do something fun and bond-building with our family dog.
Fetch is always a great game that both kids and dogs love to play. It isn’t very heard to learn and keeps them occupied and in the back yard. That is really a winning combination!