Welcome to Week 50!
Teaching your dog to touch your hand with her nose is "hand targeting." This is a great way to teach your dog to learn behaviors and tasks without the use of forcing or manipulating her body into some positions. For instance, teaching her to come when called … to get into the correct spot for walking next to you … to get on the veterinarian's scale … to close doors … to keep her attention on you, if she's stressed about something around her … and more! Using hand targeting allows you to teach her without force. Easy and fun! Read more in this week's Training For Success column, "Training Toolbox – Hand Targeting."
There are more theories on training for temperament than there are stars in the sky. Training to drive, training to prey or hunting instinct, training with dominance or being an alpha dog, training a hard/soft/normal personality—all are theories you might have heard. In the end, what theory is correct? Learn more in this week's Understanding Your Pet, "Training For YOUR Dog's Temperament."
As we discussed in last week's column, just because your dog has fur doesn't mean that she can't get cold! In fact, most people underestimate just how cold a dog can get, leading to hypothermia or frostbite. It doesn't take subzero temperatures to lead to these cold weather emergencies either! Wind chill has a strong impact on your dog even in temperatures above 40°F especially if your pet is wet. More information to help "winterize" your dog in this week's Perfect Pet column, "Hypothermia, Frostbite and Wind Chill."
Does your dog race up or down the stairway, bumping into you on the way? It's dangerous when she tries to race you on the steps! Teach her to wait at the bottom or top of the stairway until you're safely off the stairway, then you can release her to join you! Read this week's Kids & Pets, "Wait at the Stairs" to help keep you and your dog safe!
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