I recently joined a couple of dog related social media groups and pages with the intention of staying in touch with popular trends and concerns within the dog community. But what I found was a lot of misinformation and lack of basic knowledge about dogs. This really isn’t anything new to me. Being in the dog training business for more than 20 years now, I am very well aware that there are people who should have a stuffed toy dog rather than the real deal.
When someone asks me “How do I stop my dog from jumping on people?” my usual response is: “How did you let it start?”
I’m not trying to be pejorative by giving that reply, but rather attempting to turn the gears of responsible dog training in their brains as they ponder the question. You see, dogs just don’t start randomly jumping on people. It is a learned behaviour that begins in puppyhood and is, for the most part, rewarded.
I hit a major milestone with my newly adopted dog Carter this week: our first off-leash walk. It’s always a bit nerve-racking letting your dog off leash for the first time, but I had been working diligently on-leash the last five months, building a solid leadership foundation by setting consistent boundaries for our walk. Five months of leashed walking may seem extreme but my goal was never unbridled freedom for Carter but rather managed off-leash freedom in designated areas.
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Selecting a term
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Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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