This blog is a tribute to Belle, and all the dogs who have come before and after. They are my friends, my companions, my teachers and my students. They bring me both joy and heartache, laughter and tears. There is nothing as sweet as the smell of puppy breathe, and nothing as sad as the final goodbye.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Crisis Management for Dog Aggression with your Personal Dogs

 Cheri Lucas tells it like it is!

 This video is about crisis management and damage control when you're on the precipice of an aggression issue between your dogs. If you’ve had a bad fight between two or more of your dogs or if you can see that you’re on the verge of having a fight, or a bite, then this video is for you. Please keep the context of this video in mind when you’re viewing it. It’s not meant for everyday issues, although some if not all of this can be applied to other behavioral issues in measured doses, with significant success.

Act as if your dog is irrelevant to you. Develop a command presence around your dogs. Don’t give any affection or practice baby talk. It creates excitement which is always a precursor to a fight. It can also be misunderstood by your dog as softness or weakness. Don't allow the dogs to claim you or your space. No leaning, sitting on your feet, or positioning themselves in front of you. Ask for respect from your dogs by creating an aura of space around you that your dog can't breach without your permission or invitation.

Get your dog out of your bed. When they’re on the same physical level as you, they consider themselves to be your equal or superior to you. Feed your dogs apart from each other. Food conditions the brain to be excited plus it’s one more thing for them to fight over. Walk your dogs together if possible. Make sure they walk in complete control - by your side or behind you. Otherwise the exercise will not be effective.

Everything must be on your terms. Ask for something before you giving anything, including going through thresholds or eating. Remember that leadership is a gift to your dog. It is not punishment. Commit to the process and stay consistent.

Be 100% in it. Wholeheartedly embrace and make peace with the program. Believe in this strategy without reservations. After all, you can always go back to your old ways.
Accept the fact that if you don't change the way you relate to your dog, you will not see any behavior changes in your dog.

And last but not least….avoid complacency. If what you’re doing is working, don’t get lazy or complacent. The reason it’s working is because the changes you made are the right ones.

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Hyperarousal is a sign of stress

Stress is the cause of many unwanted behaviors. A calm body is a calm mind. If your dog often displays these signs of hyperarousal help him learn to calm down by teaching a few simple exercises to alleviate his stress.

I promise your dog will thank you.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

How to properly fit a harness

While I'm not a big fan of harnesses except for the little one's with weak tracheas, this guide may help those of you who are using them how to properly fit a harness on your dog. I cringe when I see a dog wering a poorly fitted harness, knowing how common it is for a determined dog to back out of it and run away, sometimes right into the path of an oncoming car. So as a public service I am posting this guide.