Showing posts from June, 2012

How Do I Keep Wolfie From Going Nuts With The Pool

It is getting warmer now (South Florida, what a stretch!) and we are spending more time in the pool.  If we keep Wolfie inside, he jumps at the glass door.  If we let him out, he barks all around the pool or jumps in on top of us and just drives us nuts!  What can we do?

All Wolfie is doing is copying what you are doing.  You run out the back door, all excited about getting in the pool.  You jump in the pool, splash, scream, and have a great time.  If you leave Wolfie inside, he simply wants to get out to have fun too.  If he is outside, he wants to be a part of the action.  You haven't directed Wolfie to do anything different.

What you must do is to direct his actions in a direction you desire when you are in the pool.  The process is called socialization and it is accomplished through providing him the appropriate direction while you are in the pool in a consistent and repetitive manner.  Here is what I suggest:

You need to build standard activities for Wolfie when you are outside …

Is There a "Quick & Dirty" Fix When Wolfie Is Afraid of Thunderstorms?

As a professional dog trainer, I go through an in-depth process with my clients to help them and their pooches regarding the fear of thunderstorms.  I just talked to a client this week who used a product we recommend and achieved remarkable results....
There is a product that was introduced on the market about a year or so ago called a "Thunder Shirt"  (  From the documentation I have read, it works on pressure points to naturally calm Wolfie.  It is called a "Thunder Shirt", but it also can be very useful for anything that might agitate or frighten Wolfie.  These things can be car rides, separation anxiety, etc.

I don't want to imply or state that this is a replacement for the proper training to create the bond, trust, and relationship to allow Wolfie to understand his place in your pack and the fact that, no matter what, you will always keep him safe.  This is an enhancement to the training process that has the possibility of speedin…

Wolfie and the Summer Heat

It is South Florida and it is now summer.  I know that Wolfie is more sensitive to the heat than "we humans", so what should I do to keep him okey dokey?

For the current purpose of discussion, I would like to keep this short and sweet.  If Wolfie is outside, but sitting in the shade with a nice breeze blowing or if cloud cover is keeping the temperatures down to something manageable, the times I am about to give can be extended.  I am assuming that it is a regular hot and humid summer day and the sun is big and yellow overhead.
The schedule below shows the length of time that I allow our dogs to be out at any one time during the summer heat.  It is OK to let them out multiple times, but always allow at least one hour between outings:
6AM to 9AM:    30 minutes 9AM to 11AM:  15 minutes 11AM to 6PM:  10 minutes 6PM to 8PM:    15 minutes 8PM to 6AM:    no limit
Be sure to provide Wolfie water while he is outside.  Do not leave the bowl outside all day because it will become very hot and…

Wolfie and Pottying When It Is Raining

Wolfie had no problem with pottying until a few weeks ago and we got into rainy season here in South Florida.  Now he doesn't want to go outside and is messing up my carpets!  What gives?

The bottom line here is very simple.  It has been pretty dry here all winter long and Wolfie has been taught to go outside on this stuff that is rather dry when he is not getting wet.  Now he is getting wet and the ground is mushy with puddles and mud.  Some dogs just don't like that.  

"No thank you, I won't go here, I will just wait until I get back inside.  By the way, when is it going to be dry again?"

The answer is that it will be too long to keep my carpets from being ruined.  So, what do we do?  The answer, as with most of my blogs, is pretty simple.  First, we have to understand the situation when everything was going great.  Next, we have to identify when it all fell apart.  We then have to review what is different about the two situations.  And, finally, we have to create…