Fido’s Top Five

Posted by on Jul 25, 2010 in Paws for Thought, Training | 0 comments

So it’s January 1st and you are probably still recouping from weeks of holiday parties and over a month of too much of this and too little of that.  You most likely have made your list of resolutions for the year ahead or at least have thought about what you would like to get out of 2010.  I know I have.  Get back to the gym, limit desserts, lose at least two inches from my waistline…the list goes on and on.  Baking a bag of cookies for each of my customers resulted in me eating all imperfect cookies and lots and LOTS of raw cookie dough.  Yes, GROSS is right!

Well, I can tell you that your pet has his or her own ideas to kick off the New Year.  I like to think that Fido’s top five go something like this:

  1. I resolve to make counter surfing an Olympic sport.
  2. I resolve to deconstruct every new toy…the stuffing is supposed to be on the outside right?
  3. I resolve to pull on every walk. C’mon…this helps build your muscles.  Less gym time for you and more time for MEEE!!
  4. I resolve to welcome each person that visits our home by trying to lick them on the nose and sniffing them in all of the “right” places.
  5. I resolve to keep the furniture warm while you are away.  I really like how my hair adds to the décor.  It’s the furry look you’re going for…right?

If this resembles your dog take heart…there is help.  Or, if you have brought a new puppy into your home over the holidays…this top five list probably feels more like a top twenty five.  Puppies bring even more to the table including:  puppy biting, potty training, socializing, sleeping through the night, learning their NAME, coming when YOU call them…etc.

There is a variety of training options out there but I encourage you to pick one and get to it!  No dog is too old to train but the sooner you start the easier it is.  Your training options are: 

Read a book- there are plenty of them out there…just choose your style and get reading! 

Group Class- classes are offered at large “box” pet stores, pet neighborhood specialty stores and trainers who use outdoor space e.g. a vet’s parking lot, etc.  Classes can range in size from three dogs to fifteen or more. 

Private Lessons- these can be done in your home or at a training facility.  These are classes where your dog is the star student…because he is the only student. 

Boot Camp- this is literally a doggie sleep away camp.  You drop your pooch off and a couple of weeks later pick up a dog that has skills under his belt.

Whatever you decide to do, the most important thing is to be consistent, spend time practicing with your pooch and let others know that your dog is in training…so they won’t enable bad behaviors.

Prices range!  You can spend a $100 or more for a session of group classes to a couple of thousand for a boot camp.  Do a bit of research and decide what is right for you and your dog!

Need a recommendation?  Please feel free to contact me at and we can discuss your pet’s particular needs.

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