Last week, we talked about outmoded methods of training—methods that might physically harm dogs and methods that certainly could change an owner’s relationship with his dog . . . and not for the better. If punitive methods have been proven ineffective and potentially harmful, what are our alternatives?
First, do no harm.
Perhaps you know these words as the motto of physicians, but they are equally meaningful to dog trainers, class instructors, and behavior specialists. We deal with two species—canine and human. In many ways, we act as advocates for the canine side of the relationship, speaking for the one who can’t speak for himself. I’m [...]
When I attended my first dog-training class in 1980, with my first dog, I had little idea of how dog training was done. But I had ridden horses from the time I was seven years old, so I knew about how training classes were conducted. The dog-training class I entered did not seem all that different from the equitation classes I had attended as a kid: participants suited up their animals in the required equipment, got in line, and marched around in a big circle while an instructor stood in the middle of the ring and called commands.
The commands were [...]
Now that your dog is accustomed to having his paws handled and his nails filed with the emery board, it’s finally time to move on to cutting his nails with nail clippers.
You’ll need to invest in a good pair. I would strongly urge you to avoid buying dog nail clippers at the grocery store!
You may be lucky enough to live near a pet supply store where you can window-shop and get expert advice from a member of the staff. I would highly recommend that you seek out such a store, if one exists in your neighborhood. In fact, if one [...]