As professional dog trainers, we are constantly interfacing with Veterinarians and Vet Techs on a daily basis. Even though there are so many animal blogs and articles on the “Idea of the Day”, we like to confirm and refine our information and techniques from the people who really know what is happening.
That brings us to Dominance Theory. There are many articles that say this is an outdated idea based on an outdated concept that dogs learn from pack socialization and rules. First of all, having lived with seven dogs for over eleven years, I am here to tell you that pack socialization is alive and well with our dogs.
Next, I want to debunk the idea that “Dominance Theory” is based on aggression, pain, fear, or entrapment. It is simply a method that provides a consistent form of leadership and safety for the canine group.
Posted by Bruce Edwards
on July 18, 2016 / Posted in Really Good Pet Food
As we get older, dog ownership becomes a larger responsibility than when we were young and spry. When we are older, we can’t take those long walks like we could when we were in our twenties and thirties. We can’t pick up our big dogs to put them in the car like we did in the past. A dog that might need a great deal of exercise and attention may become unruly because we now need to take a long nap in the afternoon. The place that we live may have restrictive rules when it comes to pets.
All of this doesn’t mean that just because we have white hair and remember watching The Ed Sullivan Show; that dog ownership is not right for us. We just need to have a longer check off list when we start our search for our new companion.
Although it is just like summer for 365 days down here in South Florida, the months of June through October can be something like “Extreme Summer”. The kids are out of school, out-of-state friends & family members are visiting, you may be traveling, and much more.
We have put some of our “best summer tips” into one article that can make your summer activities with your dog a great time. Remember that a great time also means a safe and secure time.
Posted by admin
on July 06, 2016 / Posted in Really Good Pet Food
As Pet Professionals, we have found that many pet owners don’t really need a lot of training help. Many pet owners are simply looking for some tips to make sure that they are going in the right direction. These can be considered “thought starters” to make sure that they are going in the “right dog ownership direction”.