As we head into the home stretch toward the Holidays, please remember to make arrangements for your pets if you are planning any vacations or long weekends. As an alternative to boarding, we can come by your house 2 or 3 (some folks even request 4) times a day and keep your dog(s) happy, excercised, and fed in their own comfortable and familiar home environment. Or if your daily schedule is sometimes a little tight, and you find yourself wishing you had a "relief pitcher" to help keep your dogs from getting bored, overweight, or sometimes even destructive during the day (hey, it's not their fault!), please contact us and set up a consultation where we can meet and discuss a healthy walk routine that best fits you and your dog's needs.
Please remember when reprimanding your dog that dogs live in the moment. After the "deed is done", or the incorrect behavior has already happened, verbally punishing them will only confuse them. Say you come home and find a piece of furniture chewed on, something destroyed, or a "potty accident": most folks can't resist dragging their beloved partner over to the violated piece, or object, and start scolding him/her. Hey, we've all been there! But any professional animal trainer/behaviorist will tell you that the dog isn't making the connection. I know, at this point you're all saying "Oh HE(SHE) knows!!", pointing out the guilty look on the poor dog's face... of course they look confused and anxious, their equally beloved owner is obviously upset about something, or worse, with them, but believe me, they have no clue as to the nature of your anger - they just know you're pissed, and it apparently involves him/her. If you don't catch your dog while they are actually doing something unacceptable (or immediately after), reprimanding will only confuse them - it doesn't help. Ask yourself how many times you have done this, only to come home the next day to see a repeat performance - and now you're even more upset and frustrated! "WHY ISN'T HE/SHE GETTING MY POINT?!" Because you weren't there to correct them when they were going back to something that seemed fun (or was a good boredom reliever) the day before! Patience, and POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT when your dog behaves correctly is the key. And never, EVER strike your dog in anger. They don't like it any more than you would, and will respond likewise. Striking your pet is at the least counterproductive, at the worst, a dangerous precedent to start in a relationship.