A lot of people look confused when l tell them to implement structures in their life. They think it is very odd that they should put the dog in commands all the time. (Who does that?) They can not comprehend why they should not give their dog excessive affection (isn’t that why we have dogs?) And they cannot imagine how to tire out their dogs if they do not go to dog parks (l need to let my dog play to tire him out or else he won’t sleep!) When l told them not to let other pe
"My dog needs a best friend. That is why I take him to the dog park." Your dog's best friend should be YOU; it should not be your neighbor's dog, the dog he grew up with, or the dog he met at the dog park. Dogs crave for an intimate relationship with you. They want to have you lead them, inspire them, direct them, and protect them. They crave for a relationship whereas they can lean on you, follow you, and be one with you. Please honor that. "Who is your dog's best friend?" "
Q: l can’t leave my dog in the crate for 8 hours!
A: If you feel bad about leaving your dog in a crate for 8 hours, l like you to think about this.
There are 24 hours in a day, which means you have 3 sessions of 8 hours.
You sleep for 8 hours, you work for 8 hours (when your dog is crated), and you still have another 8 hours which you can choose what to spend on.
Letting your dog free roam in the house does not teach your dog how to become a better and stronger dog -
A dog can become reactive with too much love and freedom.
A lot of dogs ended up in the shelter because they were given nothing but love and freedom by their owners (should say ex owners).
Freedom is not a good thing for a dog when the dog has no idea what to do with it. Love without guidance is not going to make the dog stronger or happier.
Lots and lots of misplaced love and freedom will result in lots and lots of entitlement, confusion, and anxiety, which are what dr
I focus a lot on the walk.
When the walk is right, the mind is right and lots of problems will go away.
When l see a dog barking, lunging, growling, l usually see a dog who is also pulling, sniffing, and totally disconnected from the owner.
When l see a dog who is pulling and sniffing constantly, l usually see a dog who is wearing a harness, or a flat collar, with a very long leash held by an owner who is totally separated from the dog both physically and mentally.
Dogs are being rehomed or put down daily because of behavioural issues. This is a fact.
It is also a fact that many of these dogs were once little puppies who were very loved by their owners.
One common mistake l have seen new owners (or even experienced dog people) make over and over again is their misunderstanding on “socialization”.
For some reason, many people mistakenly believe they need to find some doggie friends for their puppies, and they believe t
Many puppies are overwhelmed by the amount of attention they receive once they arrive in their new homes.
When they are with their mother and litter mates, the dog mother would make sure the puppies are advocated for; she will make sure they have their privacy and down time so they can feel safe.
However, very often, once the puppy arrives in the human’s home, everyone comes to fuss around the puppy, they give the puppy lots of attention but no one takes up the role of be
Puppy owners often told me they could not get their puppies to calm down until they have given the puppies lots of exercise.
This is a common problem with puppy owners. A lot of it has to do with the energy and behaviour of the people around the puppy. It is largely about how they live with the puppy.
If they are always showing excitement (o look at him, come to me, l miss you so much, give me a kiss...) and rewarding the puppy with attention and affection whenever the pu
Many people feel bad about implementing structure for their dogs.
But structure is not a bad thing. It is good for your dogs.
Dogs love structure.
Structure clarifies the confusion for a dog who may find our world intimidating, and it gives the dog a sense of security and stability as he/she knows what to expect so he/she does not need to guess and worry.
Structure is a life style.
A structural life style for a dog is like working in a very organized office - you kn