Tag Archives: Obedience

Dog Tip of The Day, August 1

Everytime I take my dog out and I see other dogs, I always check to see if they are aggressive.  It is a good idea to not only socialize your dog with people, but also with other dogs.  Dogs love to play with each other, but unfortunately some dogs have never been taught how to behave.  For you new puppy owners, if you start early, (you should be getting your puppy at least 8 weeks old), your puppy will grow up to be a friendly adult dog and will not become aggressive with others.  Take the puppy around as many different people and dogs as you can.  Keep it away from the aggressive ones and always ask first. If you have a dog that is aggressive, now would be a good time to start thinking about an obedience class.  Make sure you have a competent instructor.  Go on-line and look for an obedience and/or agility club.  A well-behaved, obedient dog will make the owner proud and possibly same you money in the long term.

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Dog Tip of the Day, July 29

Coming up soon in September, I will be starting Turbo’s beginner obedience class.  He has already completed his puppy obedience class.  In the puppy class one of the things I learned was to sit quietly with your dog for about a half an hour every day.  This will be hard to do at first because puppies are so full of energy and older dogs might not be sure how to handle it. I think this is an important activity.  It helps you bond with your dog and solidify that loyalty you expect. All dogs should be good citizens and this ability to lay quietly by your side while you are eating, chatting with a friend or strange or just wanting some quiet time is essential.  Start out with just a few minutes and build up to a half an hour.  Who knows maybe the quiet time will relieve some of your daily stress too.

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