Puppy Myth Buster #4

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Answer: b), d) and e)

Whenever a puppy becomes hyper stimulated, out of control and is nipping and biting the first thing to look at is how much structure and boundaries are in place. Have you ensured that he has stimulating, appropriate activities when he is out of the crate? Is he getting enough crate time? Often too much unsupervised freedom is the root cause of an overly rangy, nipping biting pup.

What do you have in your Bag-of-tricks to keep your puppy fulfilled and occupied when he’s out of the crate?

Learn More: House Training, Dog Meets Human Reality

Cabbagetown Marilyn

Marilyn is a four year old American Bulldog who was rescued as an adult dog.

“She’s the BEST DOG EVER! We don’t exactly know her past and she seems to have a fearfulness around other dogs. It looks aggressive. She’s never broken the skin on any dog. It’s just a lot of noise and saliva. We suspect she had to defend herself a lot around other dogs. It’s something we’re aware of and we manage by steering clear of other dogs. We don’t want to lose her. She’s really gentle around kids. Super sweet. We attended socialization classes with her at the Humane Society. Like I said, she’s the best dog ever! We love her.”

Puppy Myth Buster #3

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Answer: False

Most of the behaviors that we want from our dogs are unnatural for them. Food is a motivator. It is payment for a job well done. There are things everywhere that the puppy and adult dog are going to deem more interesting than you. We need to give them a reason to want to pay attention and work with us. Would you work for free? Probably not, so why should your dog. Food is one of the most potent motivators for animals and since they won’t accept cash, teach your puppy using food.

Learn more about working with food here.