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I posted last weekend about how we began using a prong collar for our rambunctious puppy. I got this advice from an e-book I'd downloaded online. It has helped immensely. I mentioned that it did not hurt the dog.. it just lets the dog know his behavior is unacceptable the same way its mother would.
There is a lot of other advice I picked up from the e-book. All involve letting the dog know it is not the Alpha Dog. That in fact YOU are.
I was able to see right away how we've not been enforcing this. How I've been sending her conflicting messages. I have always asked her things. "Do you want to go outside?" "Do you want to eat?" "Are you a good girl?" What's up with that! I've taught her to sit and lay down, but I let her get up whenever she chooses. I tell her to come, but don't make her do it. Yeah.. that'll help when she's running out into a road. NOT!
One of the things I noticed in the e-book is to be in control of when the dog is fed. To make them wait until you give them the food. How do you think it's working so far?
I did correct this right after I ran to get my camera. Don't tell the people from the e-book, ok?