We all get dogs because we love their companionship and we look forward to sharing them with our friends and neighbors when they come into our house. When we have a very nervous dog, our ability to share this experience becomes quite difficult. We always are deciding if we have to put our dog away when friends come over or if they are going to lunge or bark incessantly during the entire visit.
What we need to understand is that nervous dogs are often that way because of prior experiences or the lack of prior experiences. We need to be their leaders and mentors. This means that we need to socialize them to new experiences or redirect their past experiences that might have caused fear or trepidation into trust and focus.
We all love walking our dogs around the neighborhood. It can be a great time to meet our neighbors and to allow our dog some “social time” with the other humans and dogs. The problem comes when our dog doesn’t pay attention to us and pulls or jumps as we try to walk. Although proper training is an essential part of correcting this issue, the proper equipment is also very important.
There are many trainers that only recommend one type of collar or device to walk a dog. We take a different approach and suggest multiple options, based on the issues at hand. Sometimes a collar is the best solution and sometimes a harness is needed for added safety and security.
I know that it just sounds so despicable that it is hard to believe, but people steal dogs every day. Your dog can be sitting on the front porch and someone will stop their car, walk up, take him, and drive away. You may have left your dog in the back yard while you went to your neighbor and someone walking by could open the gate, click on a leash, and whisk him away.
Why do they do this? More than just being bad, bad, people; they normally do this because they want to sell them. Many people “fish our neighborhoods” with orders for dogs. Once they find a dog that someone wants to buy, they simply scoop it up and away they go.
Many times we have to go to the front door to get a package, pay for the pizza, or let in our friends and neighbors. What we don’t want to happen is to have our dog run out the front door and down the street. That was just something we didn’t want to deal with. In the same respect, we may want our dog to stay put while we are getting something out of the oven or even stay back when we are putting his food down for dinner.
“Stay” is a classic command that most people want to teach their dogs. The problem is that they often rush the process before the dog is really ready for the lesson. It is important to know the multiple levels of training and conditioning that must be accomplished to have your dog really obey “Stay”.