Thanksgiving is my absolute favorite holiday. It means eating! Good food! With friends! And these days, if I have family as guests, then it’s just that more special!
But for our dogs, Thanksgiving, like some other high-human-volume holidays, can be quite stressful. There are more people than usual in the house. People are behaving out of the ordinary. And there might even be someone else’s children and/or pets who do not follow the usual protocols and who change up the energy in the home considerably.
Here then are some ideas you might employ to lessen the stress for your dog.
Training your dog to walk politely on a leash may require a new tools– a 6′ leash and a choke collar. Such is the case with Wil and me. We are ratcheting up our obedience expectations. And with that we needed two tools that we ordinarily would not use: A choke collar and a leather leash.
The Fierce Jungle Animal!
Wil is the third of three dogs I ever got over the age of 8 weeks of age. One was Buck, about whom I’ve written in another post. Another was a little 8 pound Jack Russel Terrorist- Chihuahua mix. In all the years I had either of them, their early leash-training (i.e. “lack there-of”) left “ghosts” of behavior. In other words, when it suited them, they resorted to pulling my arm out of its socket. (Yes, even the Fierce Jungle Animal!)
Such is the case with Wil.
I’d like to thank Vicky Carne, Publisher of Clickety Clips & Clickety Dog for contributing this article — just for K9 Wellbeing Readers!
Clickety Dog- An App to build great timing. Whether you’re a dog owner, thinking of getting a dog or just someone who loves dogs, the game app Clickety Dog (available for most cell phones and tablets) provides hours of entertainment as well as practice in clicker* training.
In the game, you must patiently clicker train your young dog in new skills before you take it through to obedience competitions and round agility courses. But, just like training a real dog your screen dog may ignore you or simply not understand what you want – timing and patience are key. And, just like real life, so is watching out for distractions like squirrels or picnics! Your aim is to win all the rosettes and trophies, and you can’t do that if your dog’s run off.
For those new to clicker training, it’s also a helpful introduction to both the concept and the skills needed before you go off and try it with a real dog.