Showing posts from September, 2011

Some Things to Remember When Walking Wolfie

Whenever I walk Wolfie, sometimes he runs to the bushes to sniff, sometimes he just wants to look around, other times he wants to pull me down the street...  What should I do?

The big thing to remember is "who is walking who".  Many times, when we go for a walk with our dog, he is walking us.  This is not good.  We need to be in control when we are in public with our dog.  The first thing to remember is that walking is a lot more than just walking.  Let me walk (ha-ha) through a scenario of the pieces of a walk and you will see what I mean:
The Front Door:  You don't want to just open the front door and dart out into the walk.  It is very important that you establish that you are in the driver's seat from the very start.  Have Wolfie sit and stay for you at the front door.  Now you open the front door while Wolfie isn't moving.  Invite Wolfie out and ask him to sit again.  Once everything is calm and Wolfie is giving you focus, begin your walk.  Do this in reverse …

How Often Should I Work With Wolfie?

OK, I know all about the exercises and I do them with Wolfie every once in a while, but Wolfie just doesn't seem to get it!  What's the buzz?

Remember Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy?  Most of you probably don't, but if you are as old as I am, you will remember the cartoons where Doggie Daddy was always trying to teach his son, Augie Doggie a lesson.  Crazy as it seems, they were spot on regarding how dogs want to learn and how they will retain the lesson.

I am not saying that our Bark Buster methods are based on a 1960's cartoon show, it just so happens that the show mimics the proven methods we use to gain our great results.  So what happened between Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy?  It is real simple...
YOU MUST BE CONSISTENT.  Dogs learn by doing the same thing the exact same way.  In order for us "humans" to accomplish this, we can't spend a whole lot of time every day working with Wolfie.  If we do, we will get sloppy and we won't be consistent.  That …

Getting Wolfie Ready for a Plane Flight

So Wolfie and I are taking our first trip up to see Grandma up in Ohio this Thanksgiving.... Why do I have to worry about this now?

Getting Wolfie ready to take a long plane trip is something you can't just do with the snap of your fingers. There are many things that you need to prepare and teach Wolfie. Remember that being under the seat of the plane can be a very scary thing, if Wolfie is not properly prepared.

(Please note: I will not talk about putting your dog in the baggage department of a plane. We did this with our dogs once and I will never do that again. I suggest you please follow this same policy.)

Now, back to our regularly scheduled blog... So what do I do to prepare for the trip? Here are some quick, initial steps:
You are going to need a proper carrier to transport Wolfie on the plane. Contact the airlines you will be using and ask them for the proper specifications for the dog carrier. Have the airlines confirm that Wolfie is the proper size to be in the passenger sec…

Going Nuts With Your Dog

Sometimes I just get so mad at my dog, I start screaming and chasing him...   ...But it doesn't do any good!  He doesn't respond to me.  Is my dog just nuts or stupid or what?

Well, there is "someone" stupid and nuts in the group, but it is not the dog.  We have to understand that the way we communicate is not necessarily the same way that our dogs communicate.  We get mad, we yell, we scream, we chase.  What we aren't doing is communicating to Wolfie that he is doing something wrong and that is why we are mad.
Even though the way that humans and dogs communicate is quite similar, it is different enough to breed miscommunication.  Eighty percent of how dogs communicate is with their body language.  When they are looking at us for communication, they are watching our body language very carefully to understand, from their point of view, what we are trying to say.
One of the most important parts of good body language in portraying that you are the leader and should be …