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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Mutt Monday: DIY Dog Training

by Carrie Boyko, CEB

Tanner will Fetch ANYTHING!

I'm just going to come right out with it: Last week's new beginnning of our themed Mutt Monday was a bit less than successful.  I have to give us all an out, however; Thanksgiving is coming and we're all busy preparing for family gatherings and so on. I'm going to give this new plan a shot well into January, so please feel free to offer your thoughts in the comments section.

As I mentioned last week, this week's theme is DIY Training. I could really get carried away here, so I'll just offer a few posts and let other bloggers chime in with their posts as well. I may revisit some of these early themes again later, so if you happen to miss out, no worries. We'll get back to them again.

Next week's theme, opening at 5 PM on the Sunday following Thanksgiving, will cover:

Tips for Multi-Pet Families

At the risk of being repetitive, I'm going to go over the new plan for Mutt Monday again here for those who missed last week's announcement. And don't forget to leave your ideas, thoughts and comments below as we continue to develop Mutt Monday into a resource that is useful for all.
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  • In each week's post I'll offer a theme for NEXT WEEK. That way you can be thinking about old posts we'd like to link up for sharing next week. Many of us may have missed it first time around, and this could be a great way to get us to peruse your blog further.
  • Finally, feel free to plug in anything current that is loosely themed to each week's topic. I won't be policing the hop beyond a desire to keep it to pet topics, so don't worry about crossing any lines as long as you're being respectful of one another, and that does include the dogs :).
Before I go, I'm embedding a Tweet below so you can all help me get the word out. A little help please!

Happy Thanksgiving!


Kolchak Puggle said...

Hmmmmm...I don't have many training posts but I think I have one I can link up. I'll have to go dig it up and blow the dust off it!

Carrie, with Tanner and Oliver said...

@Koly: Dust doesn't bother me a bit!

evie said...

i dont really have any training tips. i do have a multi-pet home. 3 little girls. 11, 3 and 2. i would not suggest getting a puppy with an older dog even though my breeder said evie would do better w/ a puppy than a dog that was 3 or 4. but then evie, was an only child for so long and very spoiled, so even today she still does not like or play w/ her sisters. it does not help that the baby picks on evie either. i do feed them all in sep crates b/c they eat at different rates, so no one will be eating the other's food. i have to watch the treats, b/c the middle child will take everyones..i do think if you are going to add a dog, make sure that the dog you have is well socialized and gets along w/ other girls do get along....the younger two just hang out together, they are 1/2 sisters anyway. i have made it clear to evie that she is still no. 1 and still give her time alone to keep her from getting jealous.

Daniel said...

Well, having multiple pets is really good but you need to trained them well so that it will be easy to manage all the pets.

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KD Mathews said...

A tip that comes to mind immediately because I was just helping a friend out with it, is to remember to never pair the dog's name with "no". For example, so many times I see people when communicating disapproval to their dogs say, "Fido, NO"....In a recent blog I did, I was explaining what the name means to a dog. To be brief, a name is simply a sound we make, that to the dog, means something great is about to happen!
When we use the name in coordination with expressing disapproval we are messing with that wonderful association the dog has made with their name. I like to look back to childhood to express this concept better. I remember when I was a child and my mother would say my full name, yup, using the middle name in full! When she would say my full name, I cringed because she would do it when I was about to get in trouble. See how associations work? Do you think I rushed over to her when I heard that? Heck no!!
So if we ever feel the need to communicate to our dogs that they did something unacceptable, we need to make sure we aren't pairing it with a word or sound (their name) that is used to express something positive.


San Diego Veterinary Tech said...

Wow that's a very smart dog. Does the intellect of a dog depends also on their breed? Or on the trainer?

custom dog portraits said...

Training a dog would require a lot of patience so train yourself to be patient.

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