Posts Tagged ‘park’

download (1)Good morning, I hope you are all well and having a great day with your pups.. today I wanted to chat with you for a bit about the dog park.. just a few things I feel is important for you to know in order to have the best possible experience for both you and your dogs, and while I am not a fan of the dog park, I know a lot of people are,. so if you are determined to take your dog or pup to the park there are a few things you should be aware of.

When you enter the dog park with your dog..the first thing that happens is your dogs stress levels go up.. the stress hormone cortisol begins to flood your dogs system ..

and depending on your dogs temperament.. stress can be a good thing or a bad thing..

In well-balanced dogs, stress can help them to learn new things in an excited environment.. in fearful or shy dogs stress can lead to aggression..and if someone doesn’t step in on behalf of the fearful/shy dog..he or she will do a number of things to ward off the dog that is causing the stress..

The first thing a fearful/shy dog will do is to crouch/lie down an attempt to stop the interaction..if this is unsuccessful, they will then snap, bark, and lunge at the dog.. and as always as a last resort they become defensively aggressive and may attack the offending dog.

If you see a dog displaying these signs and your dog is engaging with them.. immediately call your dog to you.. if it is your dog that is showing signs of unhealthy stress..perhaps the dog park is not the best place for you to bring your fearful/shy dog.

I will leave you with a few of my top tips for having a safe and fun-filled romp in the dog park..

1. Before you consider heading out to an off leash park..make sure you have a solid and reliable recall with your dog..if you don’t,.. then the dog park is not going to be a safe place for you or your dog.

2. The idea that dogs should work things out among themselves is a recipe for disaster.. and for this reason you should always be watching your dog and know where they are and what they are doing at all times, leave your cell phone, i-pads and pods in the car..

and finally..

If you do have a solid recall with your dog sure to not sabotage it by calling your dog to come and then clipping the leash on them and going home..your dog will see this as punishment and your reliable recall will suffer.. if you call your dog to come to you often during play,,have them sit..and give them a tasty reward.. then release them to go and play.. you will ensure your dog will always want to come to you when you call ..not matter what they are doing at the time..

Remember ..a dog will not just snap and attack another dog..there are many subtle signs and warnings a dog will give before they resort to defensive aggression.. so observe not only your dog,.. but all the dogs at the you can recognize these signs and get out ahead of any problems at the park.

All the best


guard dog





The first question that you need to ask yourself is,. “Do I know how to train a guard dog”? If the answer is no, then you need to hire a professional dog trainer to help you.

Guarding is a natural dog behavior, and some dogs can be trained very easily to guard us and our property. The ideal candidate for guard dog training would be a dog that is confident, has a strong drive..(either for food or toys), and is responsive to their owner at all times even when there are distractions. A dog can be trained to guard without fostering aggression. Teaching your dog to bark at strangers, and laying out clear boundaries for him to patrol is the only method I use.

Must Have A Strong Foundation In Obedience

A good guard dog will have been trained to come,sit,down,and stay reliably. In the event of an intruder you will want to be sure your dogs are going to do what you ask the moment you ask them.

Do not move forward with training until you are sure you can control your dog.

Set The Boundaries Your Dog Will Patrol

Using treats or toys as a reward, walk your dog around the perimeter of the area they will be guarding, and periodically toss a treat ahead of the dog, when the dog perks up and looks say,”Watch it”, and let the dog have the treat as a reward for looking.

Put Barking on Command

You will want your dog to bark at certain times to alert you of strangers coming on to your property. To train your dog to bark on command first get a toy or food reward, hold it up and get your dog excited about the reward to the point that he barks. Use a happy, playful, and excited tone in your voice to encourage your dog to bark. As soon as he barks give the reward. Repeat this exercise as much as you can, and in a little bit your dog will bark as soon as you give the command.

Train Your Dog To Bark at Strangers

Have a few of your friends that your dog is not familiar with to stand just outside the boundaries to your property. Walk you dog around the perimeter, and when you see a person, say,” Watch it”, and when your dog looks at the stranger, give the command to speak. Reward him the second he barks, to reinforce the idea that it’s good to bark at people we don’t recognize.

Change up your friends so the dog don’t get familiar.

It is of the utmost importance that you continue to socialize your dog in order to prevent him from getting to possessive of you, take him to the dog park often, and other family outings. Teach him the difference between being home( where his job is), and being out with the family (the times when he can relax, be social with everyone, and have fun).

Never train a guard dog to bite, there is a distinct difference on how to train a guard dog v.s. how to train a protection dog. I will cover this topic in a future post, so stay tuned.

That’s all for today

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Good luck, and good training.