FEBRUARY 2015 NEWS AND TIPS
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Have you been to an SFDC Meetup yet? People are really enjoying this easy and fun way to learn and practice training tips, meet other dog owners, and have a great time playing with their dogs. Our next Meetup with FREE training tips, behavior help, treats and socialization practice is:
Saturday, February 28th @ 12:30 PM. – Beer & Dogs!
at Triple Vodoo Brewery – A dog friendly brew pub!The theme for this Meetup is Restaurant Etiquette for Dogs.So far, all of our Meetups have been at the park dealing with outdoor dog behavior and commands. But what if you’d like to bring your dog to a dog friendly cafe or pub? Well, here’s your dog’s chance to learn & practice! The Pooch Coach will be on hand to give you tips to help get your dog to settle and be relaxed in these types of environments, all while you get to enjoy some amazing freshly brewed beer & snacks! (Don’t drink beer? No worries! They also have a killer root beer). Just come on out and support this wonderful, dog-friendly establishment!
Pooch Coach for one-on-one help.
Here’s a video of people enjoying previous Meetups – hear what they have to say!
Click here to see Meetup testimonials
DOGTV covered our January Meetup – check out their blog about us
And they will be at this Meetup to take pictures and report on it as well!
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This month’s training tip: Resource Guarding
Most people have heard that you should mess with a puppy’s food when he’s young to ensure he doesn’t growl or bite. But did you know that you need to keep doing this throughout your dog’s life to ensure his and your safety? You never know when you’ll need to grab something dangerous from your dog’s mouth, or when someone might try to pet your dog while he’s chewing on something. So, you need to make sure your dog knows that it’s OK.
Make sure your dog doesn’t react in any of the following situations:
– Put your hand in his food bowl and take the bowl away while he’s eating
– Pet him while he’s eating his food
– Pet him when he’s chewing on a bone or other chewtoy
– Take away anything he’s chewing on or playing with
– Once you’re assured he’s safe, ask other household members and friends to do the same actions
If you can easily do all these things, great! Just keep practicing occasionally to ensure your dogs stays in shape.
If you don’t feel safe trying these things, then don’t do it! But, do get help. We can help train your dog to feel comfortable – and even enjoy – having someone handle his food bowl. We can also teach your dog to drop any item in his mouth…. In fact, here’s a video of The Pooch Coach teaching “drop it” live on TV to a shelter dog who was protective of her bone: View “drop it” being taught on live TV
The bottom line is, just as you should easily be able to take away your child’s toy or food plate, you should be able to take away whatever your dog is eating.
Here is a brand new video to demonstrate how to get your dog comfortable with having her food dish handled. Click here to view some easy tips
Please read my short article on resource guarding to understand about the causes and how we can help.
Click here to learn more about dog resource guarding
For more video tips, check out
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