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Barking and pulling while on leash

Thursday, July 30th, 2009
Gentle Leader harnesses may curb pulling and jumping

Gentle Leader harnesses may curb pulling and jumping

The Washington Post’s Animal Doctor, Dr. Fox, offers an on-going advice column to animal lovers and one of today’s entries was particularly interesting and worth sharing.

From Washingtonpost.com

Dear Dr. Fox:

My husband and I have a brindle beauty, Raisin, a 5-year-old collie mix. He goes ballistic when he sees other dogs. What can we do about this? We signed up for a Humane Society training seminar a few years ago, but the $75 fee for the “Growly Dog” course was just too much for us. I used to carry a water gun when we walked the dog, but I got tired of losing it. I bought one of those clickers, but they don’t help. I was encouraged by doctors to adopt a pet because I suffer from depression. The doctors were right: My depression is a lot better. But we also want to help Raisin.

M.S.W.

St. Louis

Dogs bark for many reasons, including excitement, for attention or to warn and protect. My guess is that your dog is not properly “dog socialized” and needs off-leash time with other dogs. Dogs on the leash are probably feeling vulnerable when restrained and tend to be more protective and defensive.

Your reactions are important. Don’t discipline or tug hard on the leash; that might incite him as he picks up on your anxiety. Play it cool. Try to teach him to sit and stay. Buy a gentle leader that goes around his muzzle for easier control when he’s on the leash.

He needs quality time to play with other dogs, the best therapeutic rehabilitation being in a safe back yard with an easygoing dog. Your dog is your therapist and healer, so you owe him the best you can give.

How many of us have been out walking our dogs and come in contact with a dog pulling and barking relentlessly? To an untrained eye it can be difficult to tell if the action is playful or aggressive. Often an embarrassed owner struggles to gain control by pulling them back or verbally scolding – rarely with positive results.

We see this in daycare as well. Some dogs behave differently on leash in our lobby, than they do off leash in daycare. On leash they are restrained and don’t have the freedom of “fleeing” an uncomfortable situation or they have so much pent up excitement they simply don’t know what to do with themselves.

The Dr’s recommendation of introducing the dog to off leash play, in a controlled setting to begin with, is one we’ve heard time and time again and it was great to read in The Post this morning!

Is your dog smarter than a two year old?

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

AOL has a very interesting story on canine ability to understand certain hand gestures. A recent study shows their understanding is similar to that of a toddler’s.

Two recent studies show dogs may understand human nonverbal communication better even than chimpanzees. Due to domestication, dogs have become attune to visual signals from humans, including head-turning and gazing.
One study compared dogs and toddlers in how they reacted to gestures, including finger-, elbow- and knee-pointing, to direct subjects to hidden food and objects. Dogs performed as well as 2-year-olds in correctly interpreting the gestures, but were not as successful as 3-year-olds.
The other study, published in the May issue of Animal Cognition, shows that dogs do not require the same learning curve as children. Marta Gacsi, who led the study, said, “dogs showed no difference in the performance according to age, indicating that in dogs the comprehension of the human pointing may require only very limited and rapid early learning to fully develop.”

We suspect dogs have been “playing dumb” for years just to keep the beef flavored treats and poop scooping flowing. Full story here.

Is your dog a techie?

Friday, December 12th, 2008

In Tysons Corner we cater to a high-end, educated, doggy loving customer base. They also tend to be a technologically savvy bunch. It’s one of the reasons our webcams have always been such a huge hit!

But is your dog as much of a techie as you are?

From Forbes.com – 10 Techie Things For Your Pet

Our Favs

The I.D Chip – because anything that helps get Max back home in a worst case scenario is a good idea!

DNA Testing – for any lover of a designer mix (not a mutt… a designer mix) who ever wondered “What in the world are you?” when looking at their dog, DNA testing has become ever more popular. It not only satisfies curriousity, but can also give clues in behavioral and health mysteries.

Social Networks – we have Facebook and MySpace, so why wouldn’t our four-legged companions have Dogster, Pawspot and Dogbook? Everyone on the internet really should be treated to that picture of your dog in that pumpkin costume from last Halloween.

Doggie Seatbelts – not only do seatbelts keep your dog from distracting you while jumping from front seat to back, back to front, repeat, but it could also save their life in the event of a crash.

See the full story here, then visit the slideshow.

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