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3.04 - Festive or Foolish

The Holiday Pet Hokum:  Every December a lot of puppies are purchased as presents for their families. Sometimes these puppies are purchased as a surprise for children who will not be able to properly train the new pets, and as result some of them end up being surrendered to shelters.  A puppy is a living, breathing creature and you can’t take out the batteries when you get bored with it.  Please don’t get a puppy for someone without first understanding the time and energy that will be required to raise it.  Additionally, the holidays are a busy and stressful time, so think about

 
iWoofs Seas:  Season 3

3.03 - Peaceful Paradise or Wild Kingdom

Living with multiple dogs can be a lot of work, even in the best of cases.  If those dogs don’t get along though, it can turn your entire life into a stressful nightmare.  As with all dog aggression, the first question is how good is their bite inhibition.  If the dogs are aggressive, but don’t actually harm each other, then the solution lies in lots of classical conditioning.  However, if the dogs are hurting each other you have a dangerous situation and you may have to find a new home for one of the dogs.

 
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3.02 - Resource Guarding

Resource guarding is a very natural behavior for dogs.  It’s very important that you take the time to teach your dog that they have no need to guard objects from humans.  Otherwise, you’ll have a ticking time bomb that’s eventually going to scare or hurt someone.  Meanwhile, they’ll live a life filled with unnecessary stress and anxiety.  Fortunately, training your dog to enjoy surrendering objects couldn’t be easier.

 
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3.01 - Pressure Cooker Behavior

Dogs have needs.  They’re dogs and they were born to do certain doggy things.  If you try to stop your dog from ever barking, chewing, digging, chasing it’s going to go crazy.  It’s just not fair to the dog.  The secret to success is teaching your dog when and where to do the things they love.  If you can put the behavior on cue, it will cease to be a problem.

 
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2.12 - Puppy Problems: When Will it End?

Puppy problems may look harmless now, but unless you do something about them, they’re going to get bigger and badder.  Puppies don’t naturally grow out of their biting, jumping up, barking or chewing habits.  Instead you have to train them how to do these things appropriately.  Fortunately, puppies are eager to learn.  The Dunbars explain the importance of tackling puppy problems head on, as early as possible.

 
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2.11 - Punishment

Punishment is one of the most misunderstood elements of dog training.  There is certainly a place for punishment in dog training, but there is no reason it has to be painful or mean.  Successful punishment decreases the frequency of an undesirable behavior, and can be phased out as the dog learns.   The Dunbars explain how to tell your dog when it is misbehaving, without hurting or scaring it, which is likely to aggravate most behavior problems.

 
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2.10 - Reliability (Beyond the Cookie)

Good dog training goes through several important steps.  Using lures and rewards to teach a command is just the beginning.  A dog that sits on command while you’re alone in the living room and holding a cookie is not necessarily going to sit on command at a BBQ in the park, surrounded by playing children and plates of food.  First you must phase out your food lures & practice training with longer durations, greater distances and more distraction.

 
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2.09 - R-E-S-P-E-C-T

In dog training the concept of respect can be a dangerous thing. Too many owners expect their dogs to behave appropriately out of sheer respect. While that would be nice, it’s simply not the case, and it’s foolish and inhumane to expect that. If you want your dog to listen to you, first you must communicate what you want them to do, then you must motivate them to want to do it. If you do this in an enjoyable and engaging manner, not only will your dog respect you, they’ll adore you!

 
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2.08 – Multiple Dog Households

Getting a dog is always a big decision and everyone in the household should be a part of the process. Of course, this includes any dogs that you already live with. You certainly don’t want to bring home a new dog without first checking that it will be a good fit for your household. The Dunbars explain the pleasures and pitfalls of living with more than one dog, and what to keep in mind when it comes to training and socialization.

 
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2.07 - Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety is a phrase that gets used a little too much in dog training. That’s not to say it doesn’t exist, but that some people are too eager to use it as a scapegoat and an excuse to put their dogs on drugs. Anxiety is a terrible thing for a dog, but it’s usually easy to fix with appropriate training. The Dunbars explain how to teach your dog to be comfortable spending time alone. Give your dog an acceptable activity to keep them busy while your gone. A few stuffed chewtoys will go a long way.

 
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