We are often asked by our clients if they should get a second dog. First of all, we are the wrong people to ask because we have six dogs and probably would have more if we could. But since we are dog trainers, we need to provide our clients with some professional direction. We always begin the discussion by stating that there is no right or wrong answer when it comes to getting a second dog. They shouldn’t get a second dog out of guilt because they feel that their current dog is lonely. This normally is not the case.
They should also not consider getting a second dog because they want to mate their dog. There are far easier methods to mate their dog than bringing in a new dog.
We like to provide thought starters and guidelines that help our clients guide themselves to the appropriate answer. Several of the topics we like to include are (1) Temperament, (2) Gender, (3) Proper Introduction, and (4) The Ability to Maintain Order.
The Holidays are quickly approaching and that can be a wonderful time. We look forward to having great meals, getting together with old friends and out of town family members, and watching all those great old Holiday movies on television. This is a special time of the year that is different from the rest of the year.
This is a good thing for us, but our dogs really don’t like change. They like the way it has been the rest of the year. They have become accustomed to how things have been run, when we go to work, when we eat our meals, when we take them for a walk, who normally comes over, etc. Everything is about to instantly change and they may not know what is happening and how to deal with it.
The Holidays are right around the corner and your home will probably fill up with “Show Bird” family members from the northeast as well as all sorts of neighbors wanting to watch the big game on your extra large, high definition TV. With all this going on, you will be having a lot of meals with a lot of people.
When there are just the few of you, you probably don’t mind your dog when they beg at the table every once in a while. Now that you will have a lot more food and people in play, their begging is going to increase exponentially. Besides that, if they don’t get what they want by begging, they will step up their game to simply stealing the food from the table.
You need to tell your dog that it is not OK to beg or steal from the table. This will not only make your Holiday festivities far more enjoyable, it could also eliminate a safety risk of them getting into something that might be poisonous do dogs.
We love our dogs and we love to have them outside with us in the back yard. We can play ball with them, have them sit next to us while we read the paper, or even be in the pool with us.
The one thing that is universally annoying is when our dog is a “fence runner”. Gets outside and just barks and runs back and forth right at the fence as fast as he possibly can. The more we try and stop him, the more we think he is doing everything to ignore us, avoid us, and just make us really mad. We are afraid that the neighbors will complain because all of the noise and are worried that all our beautiful and costly plants next to the fence will be destroyed…