Training Tip of the Month
Understand How Your Dog Learns
One of the most frequent complaints of pet parents is that their dogs “just won’t listen.” But put yourself in your dog’s shoes for a moment. If someone was constantly chattering away in a foreign language that you’d never heard before, how long would you pay attention? Probably not for very long—because you simply wouldn’t be able to understand what the foreign speaker was trying to communicate.
To communicate clearly and consistently with your dog, you need to understand how she learns. Dogs learn through the immediate consequences of their behavior. The nature of those consequences determines how they’ll behave in the future. Dogs, like other animals (people included), work to get good things and avoid bad things in life. If a behavior results in something rewarding—like food, a good belly rub, playtime with dog buddies or a game of fetch with her pet parent—your dog will do that behavior more often. On the other hand, if a behavior results in an unpleasant consequence—like being ignored or losing things she finds rewarding—she’ll do that behavior less often. Source
GroomingTip of the Month
Dogs come in all shapes and sizes which apply to their coat as well! If you’re unsure of how often you should be brushing your dog, check out these steps from Wahl Home Products.
Smooth, Short Coats
(once per week)
1. Use a bristle brush
2. Gently brush from front to back. For best results, brush all the way down to the skin.
Short, Dense, Curly, Wavy, Double, Combination Coats
(several times per week)
1. Use a slicker brush to remove tangles and matting. Use liquid detangler or baby oil for stubborn tangles and mats, gently massaging it into the trouble spot with fingers.
2. Use a bristle brush to remove dead hair
3. Remember to comb the tail, too
Long, Silky Coats
1. Use a slicker brush to remove tangles
2. When encountering matting, gently brush out without excessive pulling. Use liquid detangler or baby oil for stubborn tangles and mats, gently massaging it into the trouble spot with fingers.
3. Follow up with use of a bristle brush
4. Remember to brush tail and feet