When integrating a new dog into a multi-dog family, traveling the path to peace in the pack requires patience and baby steps.
Dog Training and Behavior
I'm certainly not an expert in dog training or canine behavior, but years of dog ownership (especially living in close quarters with so many other dogs and their owners in Manhattan), rescue work and fostering have taught me a few things. I've also met some awesome people along the way who know a lot more than I do.
Going to dog runs and doggy daycare was an important part of Snick’s socialization and part of why he’s so good at handling different situations. Many urban dogs spend time in doggy daycare, but is it right for all dogs? Probably not. This is a discussion of the pros and cons of doggy daycare for dogs with different temperaments and personalities.
Bite inhibition in companion dogs is much too important to leave to chance. I am fairly convinced though that many dog owners do exactly that. Of course, they are surprised when the dog eventually bites someone and then it is the dog who pays the price for their negligence. Too many people don’t respect how much damage a dog can do.
To kick off our new series of "One Question Interview" posts, today’s interview question is answered by Andrea Arden. Stay tuned over the next few days for more answers to the same question. Question: If you had the opportunity to communicate and teach one concept to all dog owners everywhere, what would it be and […]
This morning one of Snick’s "anipals" (that’s what the animals on Twitter call themselves), who also happens to be a Shiba puppy, asked: @Snick_the_Dog what did your parents do to help you get over your nipping and teething phase? This was not a question that Snickers or I could answer in 140 characters or less […]
Tired of hearing misinformed dog owners tell other people to roll their dogs, I emailed Pete Campione of Kindred Souls Canine Center in New Jersey and asked for his thoughts on the alpha roll. Pete is an experienced dog trainer who teaches owners how to socialize their dogs and communicate with them. I’ve found Pete to have a special insight into aggression cases and I have a lot of respect for his ideas.