Puppy Myth Buster #3

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How Dogs Learn

3.   Using a treat to train your puppy is a form of bribery.

True or False

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.

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Daisy goes to City Hall

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“She’s a Shiatsu. Her name is Daisy and she’s 5 years old. I got her when she was a year an a half old. Once this woman thought it was cruel that she rode in my bike basket, so she snatched her away from me. I had to go to the Humane Society and pay to get her back.

She attacks people and dogs. She keeps me safe. It’s all about how you approach her. Everyone loves her.”

Puppy Myth Buster #2

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Games

Playing Tug-of -War with your puppy will teach him to bite.

True or False?

Answer: False

Guess what? All dogs bite. Dogs are predators and inherently they need to tug, pull and chew. It is our responsibility to provide them with these outlets in a safe, controlled manner. Tug, played with structure and rules is therapeutic for your dog.

Check out this great online resource care of the San Francisco SPCA to learn more about the value of playing Tug-of-War and how you can safely teach it to your puppy.

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