Tie-Outs

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Time for another rant!  This time, on the practice of chaining a dog to something. Generally, a horrible, horrible idea.  Just like fences, chaining a dog leads to frustration and aggression.  Even worse, the dog can get the chain all wrapped around objects and soon a 20 ft chain becomes only 2 feet or so of space to move.  Again, a chain has its time and place.  But that time is measured in minutes, not hours.  I sometimes put Bentley out on a chain when I’m vacuuming because he barks at the vacuum and doesn’t let me get my cleaning done.  So I put him out on the chain in the front yard.  I could also crate him.  But this way, he gets a bit of fresh air.  He’s only out there for twenty minutes or so though.  And at the first whine, bark or scratch at the door, he comes right back inside.  I also check up on him every so often to make sure he’s not tangled in the bushes or digging holes in the lawn.  It is almost used more as a reward for the dog than anything else.  “Here, have a bit of freedom outside for awhile!”.  I also tie him out if I’m going to be outside with him doing some yard work or while I put up the outdoor Christmas decorations.  But I *NEVER* leave him out there for extended periods of time unsupervised.

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Merry Christmas!

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Bentley with Santa

Bentley with Santa

Tug of War

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I will admit, I don’t have Bentley very well trained yet. I can easily get him to do new tricks, but getting him to change his behaviors is proving far more difficult!  I’m finding it much easier to teach him how to do something than to teach him to NOT do something.  I still haven’t taught him “drop it” or “give it”.  In that vein, I don’t play tug of war with Bentley.  Since I can’t get him to give up his toys and he’s going through a “teenager” phase, I really don’t want to get into a power play with him.  But I know he loves to tug, so I rigged up one of his toys so he gets his tugging in, but I’m not a factor.  Hopefully once I get him listening better, we can actually play together!

Retractable Leashes

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Retractable or flexi-leashes annoy me.  As with most things, there is a time and place when they are quite useful.  Your normal walk with your dog is NOT one of them.  Far too often I see these people with their dogs WAAAAAAAY out in front of them, dragging them along.  And then when another passerby, dog or squireel comes along, they try frantically to reel the dog in.  But the problem is that most of these leashes are basically a thin cord that hurts your hands, so grabbing the leash to pull the dog in doesn’t work.  There’s also the issue of hoping your thumb is quick enough to get the latch in the locked position.  So there’s some 15 feet of cord out there, and it gets all tangled up around people giving them rope burns.  Teach your dog to walk nicely at your side!

Give Paw

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Bentley’s nails are looking a bit long. I figured I would teach him how to give paw in preparation for his paws being handled at the groomer. I started by trying to get him to sit.  Now, he knows how to sit. He does it all the time before we go on walks so I can put the leash on. But whenever there’s a treat involved he seems to think that he must lay down for the treat. So the hardest part of this was getting him to sit and stay sitting rather than laying down!  Then I would tap on the back of his leg to get him to lift his paw up.

 

 

As you can see, he wasn’t quite getting it. BUT! A couple days later, I tried again, and this time, he gave his paw like a pro!