Posts Tagged ‘“puppy training”’

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I was talking with a friend of mine this morning and she asked me what one thing is most important in order to have well-trained dogs..

I thought about this for a moment and realized that the one thing I do that makes all the difference in how any dog responds to me is that I always work with them when my mind is clear and calm..

I have found a way to shut out thoughts about yesterday and tomorrow..

and to just be present..in that moment of time…

It’s in these moments of mindful awareness that we can both share peace…

Dogs are masters of living in the moment.. but because of the stress of living in our world they often have difficulty calming their mind.. this is when we start seeing behavior problems..

People have difficulty with this concept.. but can experience life in the moment.. for example..

If a soldier is going into combat ..there are no thoughts of tomorrow or yesterday..they are focused on the task at hand..

so to is the person who jumps out of an airplane..

But how can someone get into the present moment from the safety of the living room couch?..

I would like for you to try this 30 second experiment.. sit quietly in your living room or any room for that matter.. and focus on a spot on the floor.. don’t move your eyes from that spot or move your body.. this is important because if your body is moving..your mind is not settled….

Now become aware of the weight of gravity pulling on your body holding you to the chair or floor..

Now focus on a sound in the room..

the hum of the refrigerator ..

the ticking of a clock..

If there is no sound..then the white noise you hear in your head…

Now just hold that focus and mindful awareness of sight,feeling,and sound.. if a thought creeps into your mind that’s o.k..just go back to focusing …

As you hold this mindful awareness for the 30 seconds try to think about what you will do tomorrow.. you will find it is very hard to do.. practice this daily and work it up so you can hold this focus and awareness for 5 minutes at a time..

Then let your dog into the room..don’t look at your dog or speak to them.. just go into this mindful awareness.. you will be surprised how your dog reacts to it.. in most cases your dog will lay down and go to sleep.. and when they do you will know that you have connected with your dog in that present moment.. and you both will feel the peace..

Your training will grow exponentially.. I guarantee it..

I would love to answer any questions you might have, or discuss with you how living in the moment can vastly improve the relationship you have with your dogs.. contact me anytime.. and have a great day!

Harley

 

Here is a scenario that plays out on your street, the dog park and in most people’s homes. It’s a great lesson in why you should not train a dog to stop growling.

dog growling

Jim takes his dog Bully Boy for a walk through the neighborhood park, it’s a lovely morning the birds are chirping, the sky is sunny and blue, and there are a few people also taking advantage of the early morning, and exercising their dogs. Jim Looks across the park, and just there is a woman with a younger puppy coming directly towards him at a high rate of speed.

 

 

Now Jim is a mindful dog owner and has taught Bully Boy how to properly handle a meet and greet. The puppy however is exuberant and very inexperienced when it comes to interacting with older dogs, so once he was within reach of Bully Boy, he began to jump relentlessly up against Bully Boy, trying to initiate play.

 

 

The woman seemed oblivious to what was happening and did nothing to curb her puppy’s excitement, and Bully Boy while he was not aggressive did not want to be bothered, so he growled at the pup. The puppy did not understand that growl as a warning, so he continued to jump, and lick Bully Boy’s face and nip at his legs, Bully Boy growled louder,.. loud enough to get the attention of not only the pup, but Jim and the woman also.

 

Jim who was throughly embarrassed by Bully Boy’s growling, apologized and quickly walked away.

 
Jim should not have been embarrassed by Bully Boy’s growling, and had nothing to apologize for, you see, growling is a perfectly normal and necessary form of communication, a warning that say’s “Hey I don’t like that”, or Don’t come any closer”

 
It should have been the woman who apologized to Jim for not having her pup on a leash, and hopefully the pup will learn to stop when warned off by older dogs, before he gets the crap beat out of him.

 
The lesson in this story is this:

 
Never punish a dog for growling, it is the same as taking the safety off a loaded gun, it can go off at any moment without notice.

 
Growling is meant to avoid aggression, not cause it.

 
A dog that has been trained to stop growling is a very dangerous dog.

 

There are better ways to deal with a growling dog, like distraction, turn your dog away from the source of their uncomfort, this tells the dog that there is nothing here for you to worry about.

 
Never yell or hit a growling dog, as this will only make things worse, and could end very badly.

 
If it is your dog that is growling at you, for what ever reason, wait until the dog calms down and then work on the issue, for example, resource guarding. If you need help contact a professional trainer to help you.

 
Remember, growling is a perfectly normal way for dog’s to communicate their feelings, and we should never train a dog to stop growling, figure out why your dog is growling, help them to feel better,and don’t view it as bad behavior.

 
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