If you don't give your dog a job, he will become self-employed.
There is a right way to praise your dog. When your dog
has performed a
command or action that you think should
be rewarded, praise him. Now, if
you were to jump up and down excitedly clapping your hands and using a high
pitched squeaky voice, your dog is going to get really excited and move off
(most likely up at you or away from the crazy squeaky human). Your dog
starts zooming around causing havoc because he was just given a signal to do
The correct way to praise a dog is with a soft, calm voice - try using a
simple "yes". You can smile at your dog because you are very pleased with
his actions. If you are the touchy type of person, give him one pat (yes,
one). He is going to work harder for your praise if he's not given it
It is okay to use treats here and there if your dog is not mugging you for
them each and every time he does something you are happy about. Space them
out so that
he is not receiving food each time he gives you an action.
We can end up force feeding our foster dogs with an abundance of hot dog
pieces, squeaks, claps, and all sorts
of actions that our dogs do not
understand - we are, after all, only human ;-). Dogs like calm praise - it
builds up their confidence in you. Praise them for a job well done, praise
them often. After all, they are working hard for you.
are many ways to handle a leash. Most times, you will see people place the loop
of the leash around their wrists. This can lead to injury. Please note the
proper way to handle a leash and be able to handle your dog safely.
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