November News & Tips
Hello! Welcome to our November Newsletter We hope you enjoy it.
SFDC Meetups are more popular than ever! 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:
The theme for our December Meetup is Anxiety!
In addition to giving out free 1-1 training tips and behavioral advice to attendees, Beverly Ulbrich, The Pooch Coach will discuss the importance of knowing what your dog is doing when you’re not home.
Separation Anxiety is the 2nd most common issue for which people come to her (after Aggression). She’ll give you tips on how to avoid anxiety and ensure your dog is fine when you leave him alone – at home and elsewhere.
And we’re introducing the PetCube doggie cam. Just in time for the holidays!
Yulia Zimmerman from Petcube (petcube.com) will be our special guest at this Meetup. She will tell you all about this exciting product that allows you to interact with your dog (or cat) while you’re away.
The Petcube Camera lets you watch, hear, talk to, and play with your dog from your phone when away from home. No more sad goodbyes, now your furry friends are only a click away from you and all the ones that love them most.
We’ll have special pricing for the camera for attendees and some more surprises to be announced.
Pipi Ray Diamond from Soulful Pet Photography will also be on hand to capture the day for us! Everyone will get free images from the event.
Free Charlee Bear treats for all attendees!
Here’s a video of people enjoying previous Meetups – hear what they have to say!
Click here to see Meetup testimonials
*If you know a great indoor space that can hold 20-25 people & dogs and is available on Dec 12, please let me know! We have a couple things in the works, but nothing nailed down yet.
The Pooch Coach is pleased to announce that we have a new, mobile-friendly website! Please check it out and give us your feedback. poochcoach.com One of the new features is our Daily Dog Blog Tips. We find that while our Facebook posts are popular and helpful, they disappear in a day or two, never to be seen again. Now you can reference all the great tips from the last year. Check it out here:.poochcoach.com/blog-with-daily-tips/ You can also subscribe on that page to make sure you don’t miss any of the great tips.
November Tip – Leash Pulling
This is one of my most popular, yet basic tips. You can see it also in today’s blog.
We all don’t like it when our dogs pull on their leashes. We know it must hurt them, sometimes they even choke, and it often hurts us too! But today’s tip isn’t bout the dog pulling, it’s about the human pulling the dog!
I have to teach & remind about 90% of my clients to not use the leash as a communication device with their dogs. I tell them to be careful not to pull on it to have their dog “sit”, “come”, etc.
Think you don’t do it? Pay attention next time you’re walking your dog and you want him to stop sniffing something, or you want to get his attention when he sees a squirrel. If you’re like the vast majority of dog owners, you’re pulling the leash to get him to listen.
But then you get upset when your dog pulls to indicate where he wants to go!
A leash should not be used to tell your dog what you want him to do. In fact, it should be used for emergencies only. If you need to get your dog’s attention, just tap him on his shoulder (or butt) with your fingertips just like you would a human. That should snap him out of his other focus.
He needs to learn to listen to your voice commands and you need to use those opportunities to practice. After all, why would he listen when he’s not on a leash if he’s used to you giving a tug with every command? Then we wonder why he’s “stubborn” in the house!
Plus, if you are pulling on the leash to try to get what you want, how can you expect your dog not to pull back to try to get what he wants??
Dogs are just trying to communicate with us when they pull.
Lastly, pulling on a leash from either end is bad. It hurts your dog’s neck, throat & back as well as your shoulder, neck & back. If nothing else we need to stop all pulling for the sake of everyone’s health!
So, please try to catch yourself next time you have your dog on the leash. Make sure you’re not tugging instead of speaking to him. I suggest using your other hand to hold the leash to help you break any bad habits. Good luck!
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