"In the last 4-5 years, parvovirus in the US has
been the biggest problem for kennels, even in vaccinated dogs."
"She was a seven-month-old, gorgeous, taupe-colored
devil in dogs clothing. But I loved her."
"The diet of our companion animals is deplorable. So
many dogs and cats eat out of bags full of poor ingredients, rancid fats and
Command; he thee obeys most readily.
If so thou wilt, a collar he will wear;
"The more confidence you have in your dog, the more he
will believe in you."
"The housebound dog leads a stressed existence. It
cannot express its natural behaviors: stalking, chasing, exploring,
HOW TO STEAL THE HEART OF A PUPPY
I once read in one of those "women's magazines" that the qualities a man looked for most in a woman was intelligence, a sense of humor and -- gentleness. I thought to myself, "Oh, c'mon!" -- but just stop and think about it for a moment. Don't we love those who are gentle with us? Don't we so appreciate the nurse who is kind and gentle to us, the teacher who is patient with us? And the friend who is understanding and accepting? The boss who is perhaps harsh at times, but is just and fair? So keep this in mind when you want to steal the heart of your puppy who will then grow up to be your devoted dog.
My husband tells me, "Hey, I feed the dogs, I give them milk [raw, of course] every morning, but you're the one they run to...!? When you are gone for a week visiting your folks, they love me; but the minute you're back (unless I'm giving them treats) they don't know I exist. It's the same with the cats. You can smack them and yell at them and they just love you all the more for it -- It's not fair! I don't even have a dog 'cause they're all yours -- I don't get it!"
"Well," I say, "I only scold them when they are bad and every time they are bad." I correct them when they do wrong and then immediately change to a gentle hand as soon as I can sense a change in their attitude. Dogs don't hold grudges and can't understand when we do. And of course, puppies need love, affection, cuddling and firm guidance, and especially cuddling!
Since dogs and people will never speak the same language, communication between us is a valuable and fragile thing. This communication must be based upon consistency. For example, don't let your dog on the sofa one day and then scream at him for being on it the next. Or let him jump up on you when he is clean and then scold him another time as he muddies up your white pants.
When I was a little girl I remember my mom telling my dad, "You shouldn't yell at the children, dear." And he'd say, "But I want them to respect me." She'd reply, "But they are afraid of you...."
This is our goal: COMMUNICATION based upon TRUST gained through RESPECT WITHOUT FEAR, which is achieved from fairness, firmness and CONSISTENCY. Have you ever noticed how a dog will resent being scolded for something he doesn't know he has done wrong? While at the same time, the dog will hang his head at being scolded when he knows he has misbehaved (or in the case of CO's, fall on his back and peddle his feet)? Come to think of it, isn't it the same with us?
If you want to have confidence in your canine friend, help him also to have confidence in you.
I do not like to have to rehabilitate a grown dog. I always prefer to teach them the rules when they are puppies. And do not spoil your Caucasian. A spoiled Blue Heeler Cattle Dog is a pain to live with at times, but a spoiled Caucasian, I don't even want to think about it! Fortunately, Caucasians are reasonable, pretty easy to get along with, and eager to please. They are also somewhat independant and not as manipulating (as some Cattle Dogs we know). They are sensitive and get their feelings hurt easily and are consequently rather easy to train. But train them you must! If you don't, they will fill in the blanks themselves...
Training reinforces the submissive instinct and really can be started as early as six or seven weeks in a sort of "kindergarten" format with simple commands and lots of praise and /or treats.
The first command they will learn at this age is "NO!" even before they learn to recognize their name, which occurs around nine weeks old. This is easy to do as you teach them to chew on their toys instead of forbidden items such as furniture, shoes, magazines, etc.
Even elementary obedience training can begin much earlier than the older six-month recommendation. At the younger age we are quite heavy on the praise and a teaching and encouraging attitude rather than scolding or discipline. At any age, it is much more pleasant to praise for a deed well done than to have to punish for something done wrong.
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