As guide dog puppy raisers we teach our puppies 9 basic obedience commands before turn in. Adelle’s service dog training manual lists 30 commands we are to teach our pups! That’s right 30!!!
We’ve been raising and training guide dog puppies since 2006! We get the privilege of working with these puppies from the time they are 8 weeks old until they are 18 months. During this time we do our best to make sure they are rock solid with a handful of commands. Just in case you do not remember take a peek back at our blog post: What Commands Do You Teach A Guide Dog?
There were only 9 commands on that list, but of course these are not the only commands our guide dog puppies will learn. When our pups move on to guide dog college they will learn many more commands as well as advanced skills.
What Do We Teach Our Service Dog Puppies In Training?
As a puppy raiser we do not teach our puppies everything. We have 3 main goals as puppy raisers:
- Teach our pup’s good house manners.
- Socialize our puppies.
- Teach them basic commands.
It is the same whether you are a guide dog puppy raiser or a service dog puppy raiser. However, there are a few small differences. One of them are the commands we teach our puppies. As I mentioned before there are 9 basic obedience commands we teach our guide dog puppies.
As a Service Dog puppy raiser it is my responsibility to teach Adelle 30 commands! That’s right! Canine Support Teams has a list of 30 commands we are tasked to teach our service dog puppies in training. In fact, learning how to teach these different commands is one of the main reasons why I was interested in raising a service dog puppy vs. a guide dog puppy this time around.
As A Service Dog Puppy Raiser What Commands Do I Teach My Pup?
Lucky for us we are given a list of commands that we are to teach our puppies including what our pup’s physical response should be, application, and notes. So, now you’re wondering what exactly are these 30 commands Adelle is required to learn? Take a gander at this list:
- WATCH ME
- COME HERE
- LET’S GO
- GO THROUGH
- GO AROUND
- GO TO
- GO IN
- THAT’S ALL
- LEAVE IT
- GET A DRINK
- BETTER GO NOW
That’s it! Not too bad eh? Adelle is 5 months old and we’ve touched on many of these commands already. We are very good at some, okay at others, and some we’re not too sure how to teach. The good news is we will be attending special classes with Canine Support Team trainers where we’ll learn exactly the things we need to work on.
Of course that’s not all the commands we will teach our puppies. When Adelle leaves my home she will move forward to the Prison Pup Program where she’ll learn advanced skills and commands.
I’m super excited to move forward with Adelle’s training! And as you can see so is Adelle
Adelle taking a nap during training?!?
I’ll talk to you more about the different commands we are working on in the coming weeks.
How about you guys? Are you teaching your puppies anything interesting or fun? Tell us about it in the comment section below.
Do You Have a Mouthy Puppy? Is your puppy constantly nibbling on your hands, feet, legs, and arms? If this sounds like your puppy then you’ve come to the right place! Welcome to The Ultimate Guide on How To Stop A Puppy From Biting And Nipping!
I’ve raised 4 guide dog puppies in training, worked with and trained countless other 7 week to 18 month old guide pups, and also fostered more than a dozen young puppies. Believe me when I tell you I know a little bit about mouthy puppies and their little dagger teeth.
I’ve suffered a few puncture wounds in my time. However, every little nip has really just been a normal part of puppy behavior and there are a few things I’ve learned to do to help minimize the damage to my hands and feet.
Puppy sitting Toby a yellow Lab puppy in training. Just like all of our pups he liked to bite and nip.
How To Stop A Puppy From Biting And Nipping
We hear this question all the time. How do I get my puppy to stop biting my hands? My puppy is great, but he’s always biting me. How do I get him to stop biting? My puppies teeth are so sharp! What do I do to get him to stop his mouthy behavior?
Here’s an exact quote from one of our readers:
…My wife and I just adopted a beautiful female yellow lab. Stella is 8 1/2 weeks old and we’ve had her just over a week. I want to bounce some questions off you from what I’ve read on your site, as Stella is driving us crazy…Biting. To go along with the chewing, she’s gotten more than a touch nippy. Heck, she’s snapped at my face while I was holding her a couple of times. Again, no corrections or ignoring is helping…
That was actually just one of a laundry list of questions Stella’s dad had about Stella the bouncy 8 1/2 week old Labrador Retriever puppy. So the question is how do you stop puppy biting.
A mouthy, bitey, nippy, puppy is perfectly normal and I would actually be surprised if you were not experiencing some growing pains with a nippy puppy. As I said earlier I’ve been raising puppies for a while now and some of the others in my group have been puppy raisers for 25+ years and raised a dozen or more puppies in the guide dog program. Every time I see them with a new puppy I inevitably see little dagger like puncture marks on their hands and wrists. Even a seasoned puppy raiser usually ends up with some collateral damage from these playful guide pups.
There is some good news. Most puppies can be trained to regulate and minimize their biting pretty easily. You can teach your puppy how to have a soft mouth and work on teaching him bite inhibition. Here’s some tips on things you can do to minimize the amount of puncture wounds you receive from your little vampire…I mean bundle of joy
Tips On How To Stop Puppy Biting
One of the reasons why puppies stay with their litter mates until they are 7-8 weeks old is so they learn bite inhibition. If you’ve ever observed a litter of puppies playing you probably noticed that some puppies will get a little too playful with biting and nipping.
When puppies are playing, biting, and nipping each other play time stops when one of the puppies lets out a yelp and walks away. Over time puppies will learn that biting too hard ends playtime and will learn to soften their mouths. After all puppies don’t ever want play time to end…do they…
This brings us to our first tip on how to stop a puppy from biting:
- Make your puppy think he is hurting you when he bites by letting out a puppy yelp! Basically you are trying to replicate the same behavior as one of the other puppies in the litter. So, let out a nice yelp to briefly startle your puppy and stop playing with him. This will teach your puppy that when he bites to hard playtime ends. Ending playtime is key when you do this because I’ve seen and experienced puppies that think the yelp is just part of the game and if you continue handling or playing they sometimes get more excited and come back with an even harder bite.
- Redirect your puppy biting by slowly removing your hand from his mouth and replace with one of his dog toys. This is probably our favorite technique. Whatever inappropriate item your puppy is biting whether it be your hand, arm, feet, or face (like in the example from our reader) slowly remove the item from your puppies jaws and replace with his favorite dog toy or chew then leave him alone to play with his toy for a while. We have found that it’s a good idea to have lots of different textured toys as your puppy will most likely get bored if all he has is a bunch of plush toys. Our collection consists of plush toys, nylabones, various KONG toys, bully sticks, sterile bones, and other dog toys and chews.
- Try using Bitter Apple Spray. So how would you use Bitter Apple Spray to deter a mouthy puppy? If your puppy is in that nippy mood then spray a little bit of Bitter Apple Spray on your hand and then let him put his mouth on your hand. Most puppies will usually take a few bites/licks of your hand then start smacking his chops licking his jowls trying to figure out where that horrid taste came from. After doing this a few times your puppy will figure out that putting his mouth on your hand results with an icky taste in his mouth. Most pups hate the taste of Bitter Apple Spray, but some actually like it so this will not work with all pups. One more word of caution…if you’ve already received a few puncture wounds from your pup’s little vampire teeth then you might not want to get Bitter Apple in the sores because I know from experience that it stings like heck!
- Give your dog a command. If you’ve been working on basic obedience then giving your puppy a command will sometimes get him to stop biting and go into obedience mode. We teach our guide dogs puppies “Leave it” pretty early on and once they know what it means a quick “Leave it” will get them to stop. However, even just telling your puppy to “sit” or “down” (if they know these commands) could easily break their nippy mood.
At about 4-5 months our puppies lose all of their tiny dagger teeth and they are replaced with adult teeth. It’s also around this time that our pups usually stop their mouthy, biting behavior.
One more word for the wise. NEVER SLAP OR HIT YOUR PUPPY! Your puppy will probably think one of two things: 1. You are playing and he’ll come back trying to bite you even harder. or 2. He will learn to fear you and your hands. Hitting your puppy will most likely lead up to even bigger behavior problems down the line.
If you think your puppy is being overly aggressive or none of these tips are helping with your puppy you should seek a local professional dog trainer and set up an in-home training session so the trainer can experience your puppy’s behavior first hand.
Always remember when raising and training your puppy to be consistent, persistent, and patient. Puppies can be a lot of work, but the work you put in now will show when you’re pup becomes a well-behaved full grown dog.
I hope those tips on how to stop your puppy from biting helped. What about you guys? Do you have a puppy who likes to bite? What have you done to help keep his biting at bay? Tell us all about your experiences in the comment section below.
We often get puppy questions through our blog, email, and social media channels and recently received similar crate training questions several times over the past month. The basic questions was “How Can I Get My Dog To Stop Peeing In Her Crate?”
Before we brought home our first puppy we read several books about how to train puppies. We wanted to learn as much as we could about puppies before diving into puppy ownership. Now over 8 years later we continue to read books about puppies and dog training.
We rescued Linus from the shelter, fostered dozens of puppies and dogs, raised 4 guide dog puppies, and puppy sat countless dogs and puppies. Maybe we’re not experts, but we do think we know a little more than the average bear.
We get hundreds of questions every month about puppies, dogs, and training. Over the years we’ve kept the answers in the comment section, but starting this year (2013) we’re going to highlight questions and answer it right here on the blog! Our hope is to build a resource section and help answer some of the most common puppy training questions.
So without further adieu…
How Can I Get My Dog To Stop Peeing In Her Crate?
Dublin didn’t have any potty problems during crate training
We hear this question several times a month in it’s different variations. Maybe your dog is peeing in her crate or maybe your dog is pooping in her crate either way your question is probably what can I do to get my dog to stop having accidents in her crate.
The original crate training question we received this week is below:
“Hi I am crate training my 9 week boxer puppy. She is peeing and pooing in the crate overnight and then whines to be let out. what should I do if she doesn’t cry when she has to go?”
You have to remember that a puppy as young as yours (around 9 weeks of age) probably does not yet have full control of her bladder. She may not always know when she has to potty, but there are some things you can do in your situation.
Your goal is to not allow your puppy to potty in the crate anymore. At some point in time she learned that it was okay to potty in the crate. If she’s having accidents in the crate during the day and at night you need to make sure you reduce the amount of time she spends in the crate and over time incrementally extend the amount of time she spends in her crate.
Lets start off by speculating as to why your puppy is peeing/pooping in her crate. There could be several reasons why a puppy has an accident while in crate:
- Crate size is too big. If you’re crate is too big then your puppy will often times use one side to potty (her bathroom) and the other side to sleep (her bedroom). A crate should only be large enough for your puppy to stand up and turn around any bigger than that and you might have a few potty accidents.
- Before you brought home your puppy she learned to potty in her crate. In general puppies will not potty where they sleep, but there could be reasons why your puppy learned to do this before you brought her home. If you bought from a pet store (please don’t buy from pet stores as the majority of these puppies come from puppy mills) your puppy probably learned to potty where she sleeps. The same could be true if you purchased from an irresponsible breeder. Responsible breeders will often times start potty training their pups before they go home with their new families. If you adopted your puppy may have learned to potty in there kennel or other sleeping area. You never really know, but sometime in her past she may have learned to potty in her crate.
- She has a bladder infection or some kind of health issue. A trip to the veterinarian may be in order. You might want to consider this as an option if your puppy is having unusual potty accidents.
Basic Crate And Potty Training
Make sure you read through these two articles:
Since your puppy is peeing/pooping in the crate overnight without any whining to alert you then you should consider setting your alarm clock 2-3 times spread out through the night, wake up, take your puppy to her potty spot, have her potty, then take her right back to bed.
Another thing you should do to help avoid future puppy potty accidents in crate is thoroughly wash your crate using an enzymatic cleaner like Nature’s Miracle (aff link). Puppies like to potty in the same place where they went before. If she can smell the urine in the crate then she might go there again. Moving forward, anytime she has an accident make sure you thoroughly clean the crate again.
If you’re putting blankets or towels in the crate I would consider removing these. Puppies usually like going potty on soft surfaces as opposed to hard surfaces.
As mentioned earlier make sure you have the right size crate. If you bought a large crate to allow your puppy to grow into it I would either purchase a smaller, proper sized crate or use a divider to make the crate the correct size.
Keep your puppy on a consistent feeding schedule. Try to make sure you feed your puppy at the same times every day. You’ll notice a consistent feeding schedule = a consistent potty schedule.
You should start keeping a daily puppy potty schedule to keep track of every time your puppy pees, poops, eats, and drinks water. You’ll notice that your puppy is very predictable as to when she potties in relation to the times she eats, drinks, plays, etc.
Make sure you feed your puppy at least a couple hours before you put her to bed for the night.
Make sure you take your puppy out to potty (and make sure she goes) right before you put her in her crate for the night.
Talk To Your Veterinarian And Local Dog Trainer
It’s always a good idea to speak with your local professionals. If you don’t already have a local veterinarian or dog trainer then you should start doing some research to find some good ones in your area. Having a good vet and trainer will be a great resource for you and your dog today and in the future.
You should also consider enrolling in a puppy kindergarten which will give you a chance to socialize your puppy, learn basic obedience, and have a professional dog trainer to ask questions. Not only that, but you’ll find that you may be experiencing similar frustrations with your puppy as others in the group. It always feels better when you realize that you are not the only one experiencing these puppy training and behavior problems
I hope this helps to answer your puppy training question.
What about everyone else out there? Have you had any problems with your crate training? Did your puppy used to potty in her crate? If so, tell us what you did to solve the problem.
It’s still a work in progress, but we’re gradually figuring out how to fix Linus’ dog leash aggression. This past week we added a new piece of equipment to our arsenal…a Thundershirt (aff link)! Yep, the same anxiety relieving doggy shirt that most dog’s wear to keep them calm during thunderstorm, fireworks, and other craziness around the house.
Just in case you’re joining us late we started working on Linus’ dog leash aggression at the beginning of the month and posted our goals and first week results here:
So how did our week go? Did the Thundershirt help with Linus’ leash aggression?
Does The Thundershirt Really Work With Dog Leash Aggression?
Linus wearing his Thundershirt next to his pal Stetson.
Last week we did a day-by-day journal, but I wasn’t too keen on that kind of post and found that it got a little bit wordy and repetitive. This time around I’m just going to give you the updates on how we progressed or regressed with Linus.
We actually made 3 changes in this weeks walking routines:
- As we mentioned earlier Linus wore his Thundershirt (aff link) on all walks this week.
- Instead of walking both Linus and Stetson I took Linus out on his own.
- I did not use Linus’ head collar on his walks and just attached the leash to his regular flat collar.
First of all we did a great job keeping up with my 30 day challenge of walking the dogs 30 minutes every day this past week. The problem was the time we went for our walks. 5 out of 7 days this past week we didn’t get out until after 10pm and therefore encountered very few dogs on our walks.
Here’s what I observed on our walks:
- Linus did a great job focusing on me and his walk rather than the other dogs we saw while out and about. GOOD BOY!
- Linus didn’t chase any squirrels, rabbits, or ducks, but then again I don’t think we saw any either. GOOD BOY!
- Linus seemed a little more stressed on our walks this past week. That’s unusual considering he was wearing his Thundershirt, but I wonder if it has to do with one of the other changes specifically walking on his own rather than with his pal Stetson. I may have to test that theory out next week.
- Linus was at the front door with my gf and started barking, lunging, and whining at the neighbors dogs. Major regression! This is another problem that needs to be addressed.
Overall it was an uneventful week mainly because I didn’t get Linus out during the daytime. There were mixed results with the Thundershirt (aff link), but we’ll continue to use it on Linus’ walk…if anything it probably keeps him a little bit warmer during this cold spell. So I guess the answer to our original question: Does The Thundershirt Solve Dog Leash Aggression Problems?MAYBE…we need more data for a more conclusive answer.
I’m going to try a few different things on our walks next week. I’m going to alternate bringing Stetson out on our walks. When I walk both boys I have to use the head collars because when Linus decides to chase a squirrel Stetson follows and I get dragged along for the ride. I also plan on introducing a no-pull harness to see if I like that better than the head collar.
That’s about it for week #2 of Linus and his adventures in dog leash aggression training. Not too much progress this week, but hopefully we’ll improve by leaps and bounds in week #3!
So how about you guys? Any progress in your dog leash aggression training? Tell us about it in the comment section below.
Linus was very interested, but good with the ducks. Stetson could care less.
At the beginning of the month we set out to solve Linus’ dog leash aggression over the next 30 days. Although the process will most likely take longer than 30 days we hope to create habits that will lead to better behavior out of Linus.
If you didn’t read our initial post with our strategy for working on Linus dog leash aggression then check out our post at the beginning of the month:
Solve Your Dog Leash Aggression Problems
Check out our day by day progress report in Linus’ Journal!
The Linus Journal – Working on Dog Leash Aggression
Working on dog leash aggression with Stetson and Linus
Day #1 – New Years Day! It was a busy day! I got my first workout of the year in at 24 Hour Fitness. I rushed home to cut up some salmon treats for the boys. I grabbed my treat pouch and off we went on day 1 of our 30 day challenge. It was about 4pm and we didn’t see any other dogs on our walk Stetson just wanted to sniff all the trees and bushes. Linus did find a distraction as he saw a squirrel scurry up the tree. I quickly grabbed a treat and called out “Linus!” No response as he whined and pulled on his leash. I put the treat in front of his nose and called “Linus” again…still no response. I think we need stinkier treats in order for this to work. Dog Leash Aggression persists! GRADE: F
Day #2 – We got off to a late start today. We didn’t go on our walk until 10:20pm at nigh! I didn’t think we’d see any other dogs so I walked the boys over to an open parking lot and worked on basic obedience. “Sit”, “Down”, “Wait”, “Sit-Stay”, and “Down-Stay”. The boys were perfect! Of course there were no real distractions until…at the end of our walk there was another dog out on a walk. It looked like a Norwegian Elk Hound and he was walking on the far side of the street…Perfect! As we walked past Linus could hear, but not really make out the other dog. I called out “Linus” and he looked back at me so I gave him a treat. I did this 2 more times until we were passed the Elk Hound. Linus was perfect on this little test. GRADE: A
Day #3 - Another night walk for us, but we got out a little bit earlier leaving the house around 8pm. Once again we did a little bit of obedience work to start things off so I could get Linus and Stetson used to listening for their name with a treat reward. We encountered 3 dogs tonight! Once again the dogs were on the other side of the street and Linus and Stetson barely noticed them. They could hear jingling of collars, but I kept their attention on me and the treats. Towards the end of our walk I saw a black Labrador Retriever on our side of the street. I tried to keep Linus’ attention on me as we moved forward, but once he saw the big Lab he jerked forward and let out a couple of barks. I quickly said his name and he turned back towards me, quickly grabbed a treat then moved back to the end of his leash. I called out “Linus!” again and he once again turned to me. The bad news is Linus still acted dog aggressive when on his leash, but the good news is he responded to my voice commands which I consider one GIANT paw forward. GRADE: C
Day #4 – Almost missed our walk today. I didn’t get home from hockey till about 1am and the boys and I went on a late 1:30am walk. I wasn’t counting on seeing any dogs, squirrels, or rabbits, but there was a chance we’d see coyotes Luckily we didn’t see any coyotes so we just worked on obedience in the cold night air. GRADE: INCOMPLETE
Day #5 – We got out to an earlier walk today starting right around dusk at 4:30pm. I was sure we’d see at least a half dozen dogs out on our walk, but instead we only saw 1 dog! And the boys didn’t even notice him. They were very focused on their heeling and never looked over their shoulders. Hmmm…I guess that’s a good thing that they were focusing on our walk instead of the dogs, but it really didn’t give me a chance to test Linus and see if he was improving on his leash aggression. Oh well, no barking or pulling I’ll give the boys a GRADE: B
Day #6 - We started our walk around 4pm in the afternoon. It was a little drizzly out and had rained more heavily earlier in the day. We crossed paths with 5 other dogs on our walk today. The first one, a Golden Retriever started barking at us before any of us saw him. Linus promptly replied with a few barks of his own and Stetson started barking in response to Linus. I called Linus by his name and offered a treat. He turned towards me then redirected back towards the Golden. I did the same thing 3 times until eventually Linus’ attention firmly focused on me.
We came across a group of ducks while walking the golf course. Linus lunged forward, but not too aggressively more like he wanted to see what all the fuss was about. He didn’t bark and responded to my voice…GOOD BOY LINUS!
Linus was very interested, but good with the ducks. Stetson could care less.
The boys didn’t even notice one dog that came up behind us. The other 3 dogs were walking together and we were coming up from behind. I could hear Linus’ breathing change as he became a little agitated. I said his name and offered a treat. Linus reached back grabbed the treat and focused back on the 3. We did this several times and even though Linus was focused on the dogs up front he never barked and eventually the dogs were out of our sight. I’d say an above average day even though Linus barked at the Golden that was barking at him first. GRADE: B-
Day #7 – We got out for a slightly earlier walk today leaving the house at 2pm. We only saw 2 dogs on today’s walk, but there was a little twist. One of the dogs was running with his owner. They streaked by us on the far side of the street. Linus took notice and focused on the runners. I captured Linus’ attention a couple times, but he still focused in on the runners. However, no barking, leash pulling or aggression. Good for Linus! GRADE: B+
Linus Leash Aggression Recap
Overall not a bad week! We got in all of our walks and Linus did okay. Stetson was a rock and is very attentive when it comes to treats so I’m not really worried too much about leash aggression with him even though he does follow Linus’ lead once in a while and barks and pulls.
We’re going to try some different things in week 2. We’re going to take a page out of Lulu The Beagle’s book (I mean blog) who’s been working on a similar project, but Lulu is wearing her Thundershirt when out on walks. So next week Linus is going to wear his Thundershirt when we go on our 30 minute walks. Hopefully we see some more improvement.
How about you guys? Are you working on your dog’s leash aggression issues? How’s it going? Tell us about it in the comment section below.
I plan on solving Linus’ dog leash aggression problem in the next 30 days. Yep, in case you didn’t know Linus has a bit of a dog-to-dog leash aggression behavior problem. He was always a reserved little puppy, but more recently he’s been developing an aggression problem especially when on leash in our neighborhood.
At a recent trip to Yappy Hour at the Ritz Carlton Linus actually did really well. He was a bit cautious, but the only dogs he barked at were his two pals Mocha and Cici. It’s in neighborhoods and familiar places that he’s most aggressive.
Good boys! These 2 weren’t having any dog leash aggression issues
At the beginning of 2013 I decided to start each month off by putting together a blog post presenting one of my dog training problems. My plan is to:
- Identify the dog training/behavior/grooming problem and put together a blog post on the 1st of the month.
- Put together a strategy that I can work on with my dog every day for the next 30 days.
- After 30 days I will form a habit and continue to consistently work on that problem.
- Report my results on the last day of the month.
For more information check out: How To Solve Your Dog Training Problems In 30 Days
Linus’ Dog Leash Aggression Problem
So what exactly am I talking about when I say dog leash aggression. When your dog is on leash and he see’s another dog he may display many different behaviors including fear, frustration, anxiety, excitement and of course aggression.
While your instinct might be to ignore your dog leash aggression problems it’s a better idea to simply work on the issue by exposing your dog to other dogs while on leash.
As we mentioned Linus has a bit of a leash aggression problem. In general when Linus is on leash he does a great job with 3 exceptions
- When he see’s familiar people he pulls on his leash so he can go say hello.
- When he see’s small animals (squirrels, rabbits, etc.) he likes to chase them.
- When he see’s other dogs he becomes aggressive, pulls, and barks at them. This is most prevalent with him in our neighborhood and places he is familiar with like my sisters and parents houses.
When we go out on a walk and he doesn’t see any of these three things he’s a perfect gentleman and does a great heel. However, if he see’s any of these three things on his walk he could literally pull you off your feet.
THE NEXT 30 DAYS:
So what am I going to try with my buddy Linus? My goal is to make Linus understand that it is no big deal when another dog walks by and there is no reason for him to be fearful, excited, or aggressive. There are a few things I’d like to work on during his walks around the neighborhood. When a dog is walking by I want to get Linus to focus his attention on me rather than the other dog.
Over the next 30 days I plan on doing several things:
- Every day for the next 30 days we are going to take Linus and Stetson on a 30 minute (or longer) walk through the neighborhood.
- Bring some high value treats (stinky salmon treats) in our treat pouch when out on our walks.
- Randomly on the walk I will call Linus’ name and when he looks up at me reward him with a treat and a “good boy!”
- When out on a walk make sure that other neighborhood dogs are not too close by (on the other side of our residential street). Before Linus see’s the other dog say his name and have him focus his attention on me rather than the other dog. Give him his treat and tell him “good boy”. Keep doing this until we have successfully passed the other dog. Give him a jackpot (lots of treats) if he keeps his focus on me the entire time we walk past the other dog.
- There are a few areas in our neighborhood where dogs are behind fences and like to bark. This should be a good practice area. I’m going to work these spots, but keep my distance until Linus becomes comfortable.
As Linus becomes more comfortable walking by dogs on the other side of the street I’ll inch closer and closer until eventually he becomes comfortable walking past other dogs on the same sidewalk. Well, that’s the goal anyways.
I’m sure there will be modifications to this training over time, but for now this is my 30 day goal.
GOAL: Walk Linus and Stetson 30 minutes a day for 30 days starting on New Years day and work on their dog leash aggression problems.
So what do you think? Does your dog have leash aggression? How do you handle your dog when you’re out on walks? Any tips or hints would be much appreciated.
By the way, if your dog has leash aggression problems then we’d love to have you join us on this months 30 day challenge of fixing our dog’s leash aggression problems. Tell us about your progress and goals in the comment section below.
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