The 12 Commandments Of Dog Owning And HandlingSat June 9th, 2012 @ 7:04 am
1. First of all, make sure you take the time to study the Breed you are training. Different breeds have different temperaments and special qualities. Understand your dog has four natural instincts: Play, Prey, Defense and Hunt. (Trained Police Dogs have a “Fight” Drive which is the elevated defense necessary when they are used in Law Enforcement or by the Military).
2. Wait until after your dog has relieved him/herself (both ways) before beginning each training session.
3. Exercise your dog before beginning obedience training, in his or her favorite play mode (hopefully it includes running).
4. Do not handle the dog when stressed from work, or family situations or when you feel frustrated or angry. Calm energy is what works.
5. NEVER use your hand to slap a puppy or adult dog – or kick your dog – or knee your dog in the chest. Physical abuse is not the way to get the results you are hoping for.
6. Always praise your dog when he/she finishes the exercise correctly.
7. Put your dog back into the Play Drive after the training session. Leave the field with a reward (ball or toy or treat). You always want to end the lesson on a positive note.
8. Make a “Wellness Visit” to your Vet at least once a year, even if your dog seems fine. Bring a stool sample and ask if all vaccinations are current. Using a product like Frontline or Advantage once a month will prevent flea and tick infestation. Remember, one flea can cause a tapeworm. If mosquitoes are present in your area, provide your dog with something like HeartGuard as well, to prevent heart worm.
9. There may be Poisonous Plants around the area where you live. Make sure you know what’s out there that can harm your puppy or adult dog if ingested.
10. Groom your dog and check his teeth and paws (especially between the toes). Foxtails can migrate and kill your dog if inhaled or if they attach themselves to thin-skinned areas out of sight.
11. Remember, we know you love your dog, but the respect you dog has for you is so important.
12. Most of all, realize your dog is a soul living a Canine Experience.