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Week 36 - Is Your Canine Stressed Out?
You have taken on a living being
- similar to a human child - that has natural
behaviors that need outlets and channeling.
Dogs don't raise themselves and are somewhat
co-dependent on their human families.
37 - Cabin Fever
your dog out of the house (safely) as
much as possible, preferably on a daily
basis. Canines love and need
companionship, physical and mental
stimulation. Visit pet-friendly pet
stores such as PetSmart. Teach your dog
how to be a good canine citizen by
asking for lots of "sits" and teaching
to walk next to you - not out in front.
Week 38 - Rank
and Serial Number, Please!
Canines know we are not canines but will determine, "Am I in control of
this situation or do I need to defer?" Canines are watching our
every move to figure out the family social structure.
Who is serving who in your family? Asking your canine to
sit is like asking for a salute. It's a gentle reminder of
39 - Raising Canine not Cane
Think more about helping your canine to
learn human ways with games and exercises and less about
formal dog training. There's no room for Grouches or
Grinches with this approach. To have a happy canine, you need
to be a happy pet parent.
Week 40 - No
If your canine
has been scolded or punished and did not understand the
circumstances - which is usually the case - then you may be seen
as someone to avoid. Your puppy needs you to be
predictable to be able to relax, learn, and go with your
program. It is hard for humans to be consistent so this
takes conscious effort on your part
41 - Cause and Effect
Beware! What you do and how
you respond to to your canine when you
are on cruise control may have long-term
damaging consequences! There are
very few bad dogs but very many confused
42 - Go Fetch
What's MOST important when teaching "fetch" is to NOT take away the
toy as a result of the retrieve. That's a loss not a wind. Instead, give a back rub,
praise enthusiastically, give a treat or
throw a second item.
43 - Child Safety
children dog safety rules to help
prevent the estimated 800,000 dog bites
each year in the United States that
required medical attention - the
majority of victims being children
bitten in the face. If you have
children, review these rules with them
on a regular basis.
44 - Classifying Canine Aggression
combination of the following types of
aggression may be present:
barrier frustration, displaced
aggression, dominance, drug induced,
housemate, irritable, pain-induced,
predatory, possessive, fear, hormonal,
maternal, pack response, play, family
protection, rage syndrome,
encephalopathic, improper socialization,
trained, unintentionally learned.
Week 45 - Classifying Canine Fearfulness
Anxiety is a mild
type of fear, and in people is defined as a concern
about an imminent danger. In context of pet
behavior problems, signs of fearfulness and anxiety
may include: cowering, hiding, dilated pupils,
drooling, withdrawal, and trembling.
Week 46 - Party On!
Nature seems to
insist on play as a requirement for healthy physical
and mental and social development. Individuals
of any species that do not play as youngsters appear
to be severely compromised as adults in social
skills and mental health.
Week 47 - Hide-and-Seek
Begin by showing
your dog that you have a delicious treat. Then, you
go hide while another person counts, holding onto
the dog. After the counter yells, "Ready or
not, here we come," the goal is for the dog to find
the person and get the treat.
Week 48 - Puppy Push-Ups
A really good way to help calm
your puppy is to ask for puppy push ups. Teach this
exercise by first asking for a "sit" then a "down"
then a "sit" then a "down" - get the picture?
This is also a good exercise to earn a meal,
permission to go through a door, or get a favorite
toy or chew.
Week 49 - Tunnel Vision
You can play games
that teach your dog to put on blinders and ignore
distractions when you want him/her to pay attention
to you. For example, let's say you are on a walk and
you don't want your dog to see the cat run across
the street or the squirrel run up the tree.
Week 50 - Teaching Your Puppy to Crawl
You need to keep learning and
teaching your puppy new games and cues to keep your
interactions from being boring and routine. Mix it
up! Once he/she knows how to lie down on cue, you
are ready to teach this new exercise.
Week 51 - Challenging Pet Behaviors
may be the only symptoms of a serious disease or
condition such as hypothyroidism, epilepsy,
hydrocephalus, or metabolic dementia. Even minor
conditions such as fleas, dermatitis, ear or bladder
infections, dental pain, or allergies can contribute
to your dog's frustration and inability to settle or
adapt to your routines.
Week 52 - Recommended Reading
Week 53 - Recommended Behavior Products
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