Got a new puppy? How fun! Except when you come home and find one of your favorite shoes or one of your throw pillows in chewed to shreds all over the living room floor. This might not make you feel any better, but you’re in good company…most new puppy owners face the same situation.
Dogs are a lot like humans in the fact that no matter how “good” we/they are, there will be times when we misbehave and do something wrong. Here is where the similarity ends…we can change our own unwanted behaviors, but our dogs won’t know or be able to change theirs without our help.
Given the fact that our dogs want…
Clicker training is a great form of communication between you and your dog (or other animal you are working with)…it’s a way to let them know when they are doing the right things or what is expected of them.
If you have a dog that is trained to go potty outside only, there are many options for you to choose from when deciding what to do onboard a boat.
My preferred option for giving your pup a place to go that will seem natural and meet your sanitation needs is the Pup Head™ by Pup Gear, available at www.YachtDogs.org.
The slapping water against the hull of your boat, as you rock back and forth in the bay, lulls your mind to a quiet, peaceful place. You’ve anchored down for the night, the kids are all snuggled safely in their bunks and your spouse is snoring softly beside you.
One of the exercises on the first week of class is to sit and observe your dog for 3 minutes. The point is to be more aware that of what behaviors your dog is doing at any given moment. As trainers, we refer to this as “splitting” behaviors as opposed to “lumping” them together.