You’ve decided that you want to buy a purebred puppy from a breeder. Here are some tips for finding a breeder who will produce a puppy that is highly likely to make a great member of your family for the long-haul.
Dogs, for the most part, have it pretty easy these days.
They don’t have to hunt and forage for their own food. They have it presented to them two or three times a day. For many dogs, mealtime lasts, oh, maybe 30 seconds.
Who doesn’t like choices? I certainly do. I know my dog and cats do, too. Choice is at the root of a behavioral construct called Enrichment.
Alternatives to leaving your dog alone are plentiful, but you need to do some “crowdsourcing” to find creative options that work for you and your dog.
We know that addressing behavior problems early leads to effective behavior modification (for the better) and usually over a shorter period of time than resolving behaviors that have been practiced over a longer period of time. The trick is to acknowledge that a behavior quirk is emerging as a behavior problem.
I have had numerous conversations of late, with clients and other trainers, on the topic of Learner-controlled Learning. It is something I am very strongly in favor of, as a force-free trainer. Now, before you assume I’m advocating chaos and subversion, let me explain what I mean.
They are members of our family, our best friends, and lifelong companions. You would do anything to help them. Do you have the information and skills to keep pace with their needs?
Taking your dog along on vacation can be great fun for many families. If you hate the idea of boarding your best friend while you motor off for distant fun, including her in the vacation plans may be a great idea. But it should never be a spur-of-the-moment decision. Plan ahead to ensure you and your dog enjoy the…