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Patches Enjoys Peace in Her Kingdom--
as Tanner and Oliver Keep their Distance
- Ask Woof to Down or Stay in the location you choose, outside of Meow's special area. Some dogs will find this easier, if given a mat, dog bed or towel to lie on. Then give him a whiff of the Natural Balance food you are holding. That one sniff will have him groveling at your feet to do whatever it takes to get the goods! (NOTE: This stuff is not preserved, so be sure to cut it all up, once open, and bag it in small bags. Freeze in small packaged portions for other days.
- While your dog waits patiently, feed and refill Meow's water. If good behavior or effort is displayed, offer a small treat and continue the stay. Don't forget the praise! If Stay is a tough command for your dog, accept brief Stays and give a treat when YOU release Woof from his Stay.
- Gradually work up the time till Woof can wait until you are done in Meow's area and ready to leave. Then Woof will have earned several nibbles of the Natural Balance as a wonderful and worthy reward.
- If Woof tries to enter Meow's area, step toward Woof calmly and point out of the room, giving a no-nonsense body language that will clearly set the boundaries.
- With practice, this exercise will send home the message that Meow's area is hers alone, not to be entered by Woof. To keep up the good work, be sure to remain vigilant whenever Woof gets too interested in Meow's area.
So, as you can see, it all comes down to leadership, with a few training aids. Got questions? Leave me a comment here or on our Facebook page and I'll be happy to help.
Woof and Meow, Part III: Strategies to Stop the Treasure Hunt and Keep the Peace
Also, be sure to stop in at 5 Minutes for Fido, to see what my dogs have to say about all this. You'll be sure to get a good laugh there.
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