TIPS

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SAFE WALKING IN TOWN WITHOUT A LEASH

How quickly we can teach our dog to walk at heel in street traffic?

Some dog owners could say this is impossible to do with their dogs. This is not true. We can do it with any dog of any age within one month. Of course we have to fulfill some conditions. The most important condition is not systematic but SATISFACTION. People usually have this feeling if their dogs are well turned-out, obedient or more agile compared to other dogs. The first incentive is the most common but not permanent, but the second one is more durable, stable and long-lasting. Dogs are very empathic animals and the thing they most desire is our SATISFACTION. When they sense this, they work better. Now, lets start.

If our dog likes our company it is enough to use the motto of Happy Paw Training : “Everything we do with our dog becomes a habit, and after years each habit becomes a pure happiness“.

  1. Before the walk with our dog we need to plan a route. It is important to incorporate places where the dog can easily and safely run and sniff – to go into „its world”. In such places we can call commands such as „break – run” (or similar). Dogs also use such places for toileting and to mark their terrain. It is an important signal to other dogs.
  2. Initially our chosen location should be close to home and the time for play no longer than 5 minutes. It is recommended to play with a small ball.
  3. Exiting from the home should be calm and quiet, with the dog walking on our left side and his chest positioned roughly in line with our leg.The lead need not be tight. We can use the command “heel”
  4. We should avoid walking close to walls, corners, posts and trees. These places are marked by other dogs and distract our dog. They are „a treasure trove of information” for all the local canines. Which female is in heat – who is the „top dog”in the area – what is the news generally in the local dog world. In such situations our position as leader diminishes and our ability to steer and command the distracted dog is at its minimum.
  5. These walks don’t need to be long. But they should be well thought out and active. It is important to change the pace of the walk or run. We should use 3 types of march: funeral, natural and military. The same with running.

If you follow these guidelines above I can guarantee full success. In other cases I will train your dog free of charge. Call or write for more information to happypawtraining@gmail.com, 0876 883 900.

VISITING THE VET

How behave to let our dog survive veterinary or groomer visit without stress?

Some people say that dogs have fear and stress written in the genes – for example, barking at the postman. Nothing could be further from the truth. The reason for this behavior is the scent of these places and people. I have often assisted with veterinary examinations and seen how many mistakes are made by dog owners and even by vets. Fear had paralysed the dogs and even increased their aggression. I saw dogs peeing or pooping because of this fear. Each vet or groomer’s premises has a unique smell of disinfectants, which are stressful for the dog because of negative associations with these kinds of situations. This situation can be compared to a human’s nervousness when entering a dentist’s clinic. The particular smell experienced in the dentist’s is immediately associated with toothache or pain.
In this case the best and only method is using the motto of Happy Paw Training : “Everything we do with our dog becomes a habit, and after years each habit becomes a pure happiness“.
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Let’s start with a nice touch in the form of a full body massage for the dog, especially the groin, belly, legs and even the snout. It should be just petting but a long, drawn-out massage with the habitual use of comments like “Doctor” or ” inspection”. Or any other keyword related to the situation which we choose and continue to use.
The best time for such a preparation massage is just after a walk when the dog is tired. It should be performed when the dog is lying or sitting on some elevated place (ie. chair, table, sofa). It is important that dog is not on the floor but raised. Such a position mirrors the situation in a vet clinic when the dog is placed on a table. At the very beginning we can start on the floor but progressively it should be done on an elevated surface. We should practice this exercise over a dozen times. After this we can ask a friend (who is not emotionally related to our dog) to practice it a couple of times too. A well-conceived exercise and massage session will guarantee a stressfree visit to the vet or groomer.

Usually we go to the vet in emergency situations only but we always have to remember – dogs are the most empathic animals in the world. They feel our emotions immediately! If you cannot manage your emotions and whole situation – ask for help – I will be delighted to help.

WHAT DO WE NEED TO KNOW BEFORE WE DECIDE TO GET A DOG

What sort of dog should it be?

I am aware this is a complex topic and very difficult to describe in a few words. First of all we must realize it is a decision for the next 15 or more years. It is tied to our spirit and soul, our emotions and, of course , to our finances. The economic aspect is important nowadays. By this I mean the cost of feeding, medical and general care plus training. I will try to present criteria by which we should make our decision to buy or adopt a dog.
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We should:

  1. Clearly define our expectations from our new friend – dog
  2. Gather information about the needs and requirements of particular breeds
  3. Create suitable living conditions (house, garden)

Before expanding on each of these points I would like to mention the main mistakes people usually make when selecting a dog:

  • Taking only appearance into consideration – a very harmful motive, although I know it is very common for many people
  • Over -indulgence of family members, especially kids. And believing their declarations that they will look after the dog
  • Being lead by fashion or trends – it is important to have only limited trust in new or highly- promoted breeds.Just before the Christmas period I saw some TV commercials where huskies were pulling a sleigh with RTV, toys and sweets. They were even dressed up as reindeer – arousing the desire to own a similar dog..

Coming back to our first point – our expectations of our dog should be related to our personality. If we are active and act as a leader we can acquire a playful and active dog. On the other hand – if we are rather less active, withdrawn, and not so self-confident, we should perhaps look for a submisive breed. That is to say one of the more ‘cuddly’ sofa dogs.

Taking the decision to own a dog we need to ask ourselves a couple of questions related to:

  • buying or adoption
  • breed of the dog (mongrel or stud dog?)
  • age (puppy or matured trained dog?)
  • size – small or large?
  • purpose – fun, home, work, garden?
  • one or several dogs?
  • how much time we want to spend on dog-care (combing, brushing and so on)?
  • who will be the dog’s guardian/owner? An adult? Teenager? Child?
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