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The plethora of doggie daycare centers around the country in the last few years is nothing short of mind-boggling. But with the popularity of daycare services for dogs, there comes an unrealistic expectation – that all dogs can and should be social with others
When we give our dog too much freedom – the freedom to patrol the entire yard or property while we are gone, the freedom to hike off leash without voice control, the freedom to roam about the house and explore with no restrictions, the freedom to sniff, pull, and investigate at will on our walks…we are sending a potentially dangerous message!
In my preceding post, I explained how to stop your dog from jumping on you. Now, I’ll give you my favorite tip for solving another jumping problem: Your dog jumping on guests.
There are any number of techniques to curtail a jumping dog – from simply turning your back and ignoring the dog, to physically “kneeing” the dog in the chest as it jumps…. I prefer a more natural approach, and the way dogs themselves tell other dogs to keep their paws to themselves: I “bark”.
It’s not our dog’s great-great-great-great-great…grandparents that hold the key to understanding your dog now. Do YOU bear much resemblance to your ancient ancestors? I doubt it. Neither does your dog.
Some people just don’t enjoy fish, and some dogs just don’t enjoy other dogs. So why do we keep trying to force them?