February News & Tips
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:
at Christopher Playground in SF.
Free demos, advice & treats from The Pooch Coach!
Come out with your dog for some socialization and some fun. Learn a new trick or 2. Have a question about your dog’s behavior? The Pooch Coach will be offering free 1-1 advice to attendees. It’s a great way to practice your dog’s greeting skills with others dogs as well as with humans… All overseen by an expert canine behaviorist.
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Here’s a video of people enjoying previous Meetups – hear what they have to say!
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Babies ‘R Us has teamed with The Pooch Coach to give a talk on how to safely introduce your dog and your baby. Whether you have a new baby on the way, or are getting a new dog and already have a small child, this is sure to be helpful information for you. Click for more info on Facebook or Meetup.com
February Training Tips
“Get in your bed” command… Train your dog to settle anywhere.
First, here are tips I give my clients for getting a dog used to his crate:
-Use treats & toys to lure him into the crate or bed.
-Once in say: “Good dog! Get in your bed”!
-Continue to use the command “get in your bed” as you lure him in and reward him.
-Slowly build up time in crate/bed and closing & opening the door.
-You can also tie a favorite bone to the back of crate so that the only way he can chew it is to stay inside.
-Some people recommend feeding in the crate as well, which is OK, but I’m not a big fan of that.
-Never let him out if he’s whining or barking. He must learn that only silence/calm gets him out of his crate.
-Always reward him for getting in his bed with a favorite treat or chew toy before closing the door if – especially if you’re going to leave him in there for a bit (for bedtime or going out).
-Be patient. In time, he will learn to like and even love his crate and know it’s his special safe, quiet place.
All in all, the crate should be a peaceful place where he knows he can go to get away from too much noise or hectic activity around him. I especially recommend having a crate for houses with small children or lots of parties!
Here’s a brand new 2 min video that demonstrates not only how to get your dog into a crate, but also how to teach him that any place can be a “bed” where he can settle down. Click here to view video
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