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Re: “Dog Eat Dog

My husband took our very hyper-active (and sensitive, he's our baby!) Lab/Springer mix to obedience training at the Doghouse, over two years ago. The training that Richard gave us helped us immensely in communicating with Cosmo. The message taught was that dogs want a leader, and feel so much more comfortable knowing that someone else is in charge (so they don't have to be) especially in situations where there are a lot of bodies and activity. We learned that one command said "like you mean it" and a quick correction at the exact moment of an unwanted behavior works very well. While in class, we witnessed Richard having the voice and stature of an "alpha dog", but he did not once hit, kick or choke a dog. (I would have been out of there too if that was to happen). Instead we saw a person completely in charge of a group of dogs (which is what they are naturally most comfortable with) and the dogs were soon at ease. I honestly believe that this type of training can prevent the kind of neglect and abuse that happens when dogs become "annoying" or "out of control" and their owners give up. I believe that being firm and consistent, especially while on leash and outside of home is the kindest thing you can do for your dog. That way the dog has more chances to “be successful” and make us happy, which we all know is what dogs live for! We now have more confidence that our own dogs will be safer because we are communicating with them and could potentially stop them from running into traffic etc..., with a command. More about the Doghouse business: we have taken both of our dogs there many times (Cosmo gets so excited when he goes he pulls us all the way in the door) even for weeks at a time when we go out of town. They are never left alone at night or kenneled, instead they are pampered, just like at home. When I take my older dog to the daycare, she gets to hang out in the "couch room" with the other elders and little guys. I would only add that I have experienced a family of caring, compassionate, competent and hard working people at the Doghouse.

Posted by Shelly Johnson on 01/21/2008 at 9:46 PM

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