three ways to show your dog love, and train them too!
teach your pup "kisses" on cue ~ when they lick your face, say "kisses, kisses" and make a huge deal out of it. "oh, my goodness, you are amazing (she is)." you can later use this cue to redirect your dog if they are getting nippy (puppies), scared, or if you just want to get kisses!
teach your pup "hugs" on cue ~ this was my toby's favorite. kneel down and guide your pup into your arms with a treat (if you need one). once they are in your arms, say "hugs, hugs," again making a very big deal out of it!
it can be so much fun taking our rascals on road trips with us, whether it’s to the local dog park, outdoor shopping area or on an adventure to an exotic place far, far away, having them with us makes the trip so much more enjoyable.
however, the sad fact is that not all dogs enjoy car rides. for some, it is one of the most frightening places they’ll ever be. they shake, cry, bark, get destructive, vomit and sometimes defecate. it’s a tragic experience for everyone involved.
teaching your puppy that people are absolutely wonderful is one of the most important things you’ll ever do as a puppy parent. proper socialization when they are just babies will help build the foundation for a happy, well-adjusted adult dog.
as stated in the book, “before and after getting your puppy, “ by ian dunbar, “the general rule of thumb is that puppies should meet at least one hundred people before they are three months old.” so this means you need to get to work immediately after bringing your puppy home.
tonight is the night we’ve been waiting for, the wonderful manhattan beach holiday fireworks festival. this night can be a magical eve for us humans, but for our furry friends it can be profoundly terrifying.
so, when night falls and the lights in the sky start to fly, be sure to take these precautions to help your pup make it through the night, safe and sound.
leave your pups at home ~ The crowds and noises of the fireworks can be overwhelming and scary for your rascals. The loud explosions can send them into a sheer and utter panic.
please don't give dogs as gifts this holiday season! making the decision to bring a pup, of any age, into your life is a very personal decision that requires a great deal of thought and planning. even though it may seem like a nice gesture to give a dog to a friend or loved one, please think again. before adopting a dog, one must plan financially, make sure they are ready for the time commitment, and do the proper due diligence to figure out the right dog for their life.