The intent of this blog is to facilitate a deeper understanding and connection with your pet(s).
If your pet has health or behavioural issues we always recommend contacting your vet and/or a certified trainer/behaviourist.
The weather has gotten cooler and the rainy season has begun. For the next several months most of us will be spending more time inside with our dogs. So how do you keep your dog active physically and mentally?
There are an endless number of reasons for playing games with your dog. Here are just a few:
These are just a few of the many reasons why games are beneficial to your dog - and to you.
A simple search of the internet will provide you with an endless number of ideas on how to engage your dog.
One of my all round favourite websites is www.ultimatepuppy.com/
They have a full section dedicated to games; the why and how of playing with your dog, along with game ideas. Check it out here.
You can buy games at your local pet store or online, but why not try making your own? Here's a quick and easy game to get you started...
*Remember it's important with most of these games that you monitor your dog to ensure their safety. Plus - a big part of the fun for your dog is getting to share time with you!
A reliable recall is one of the most important and useful things you can teach your dog.
HAVing your dog come immediately when you want need/want them to, is an invaluable tool for keeping them safe, and a great way to build trust.
IT'S IMPORTANT THAT YOU WORK AT YOUR DOG'S PACE AND ESTABLISH A SOLID RECALL IN EACH SCENARIO BEFORE MOVING TO THE NEXT VIDEO IN THE SERIES.
TEACHING YOUR DOG SOMETHING NEW REQUIRES PRACTICE, PATIENCE, CONSISTENCY, THE RIGHT MOTIVATION, AND PLENTY OF PRAISE.
SETTING YOUR DOG UP TO SUCCEED HELPS BUILD CONFIDENCE AND AVOID FRUSTRATION....YOURS AND THEIRS!
DO YOU KNOW WHAT YOUR DOG IS TRYING TO TELL YOU?
EVEN THOUGH DOGS CAN'T TALK THEY HAVE VERY CLEAR WAYS OF COMMUNICATING WITH HUMANS AND OTHER DOGS.
KNOWING WHAT YOUR DOG IS TRYING TO TELL YOU CAN MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN YOUR RELATIONSHIP AND THEIR QUALITY OF LIFE.