Stop and Wait, Why Do I Teach This?

Hey folks! we all know what it feels like to have a dog bolt on you, right!? Very dangerous, so this is what I do from the get go is teach Stop and Wait. At every door way, stairs, curbs and when people walk by . Door ways it gives a chance to not allow the dog to crowd the door, if they are allowed to crowd the door when people come over or upon leaving, you have just given them the authority that they are leader and can do what they will whenever. This helps allow people to come through the door without jumping and lessens the excitment upon leaving. Some dogs get soooo excited for the walk they cant think ,lol you know how that goes and as soon as your out , they pull, bark at other dogs or just dont listen. Always, always “Stop and Wait” at the door give 3 sec, add time if 90% good and step out first, never let dog go first. Stairways this is most important for safety issues. I use “stop and wait” at every corner when on a walk, also goes great with a sit but not crucuial to sit. I had a client on my Yelp give a reveiw and said she used “stop and wait” when her little pomeranin ran out and he did. This is not guarenteed, a dog is a animal and a mind of their own, it is helpful to have something better than nothing in a dangerous situation. The more you use “stop and wait” and the dog gets it, then put a long lead without distractions , let them roam and then random shout “stop and wait” and try to get dog to wait till you approach , unless you are giving a “come” cue. When people are walking by I always use “left side or right side ” then stop and wait . Reason for this? Well, one you dont know who is afraid of dogs, kids and adults both can be, also it gives the dogs a sense of those walking on two legs get respect as if they are leaders. The dog will start to naturally after a while just go to one side or the other moving out of the way on their own , just like they would if packleaders are walking in their path they automatically move to give respect. You will get a lot of smiles, thank you’s and what a good dog, shouldnt that be how the walk is, as calm as possible and respectful… : ) Good luck ! Peace Angie “Doggie’s” Ade

Dog Walking and Pet Sitting, Why Is It Important?

Dog walking and Pet Sitting, Why Is It Important?  by Angie Ade

Ok, lets start with what is a dog? Well its a animal first and has it’s set ways of how it acts as a animal. Animals are not humans and react to different stimulus and some qualitys are the same as humans such as attention, exercise, needing to be fed and watered and a safe place to live and sleep, shade in the heat and warmth in the cool. Animals are also unperdictable just as humans are, they have their own minds, their own moods. So we established that, now we can see them as a dog. A dog is a pack animal, what does this mean? There is packleaders and pack followers. Usually 2 packleaders to 5 pack followers, these numbers can change. A pack NEEDS eachother to survive, socialize, bond, keep safe, hunt, eat and have babys to raise in their pecking order, even down to potty time. This means that the pack followers need a pack leader to tell them what direction to take, to stay away from other animals or things in the enviroment to keep them safe, when to rest , hunt and eat. So, this is it, humans are the packleader of their dog and should be established from the start in ALL things. So owning a dog does’nt mean you just leave them to their own defense because they won’t know how to handle that responsibility. In turn when they have no direction and left alone a lot of the time, you will find your dog could develope social anxiety’s like attacking other dogs, chewing, barking, potty in the house, seperation anxiety and so forth, due to bordem and no direction. Dogs are people pleasers and want to be good for their owners, I promise they arent crazy and can easily be turned around once the leadership is in place. Dogs should always be invited for everything, basically like a two year old child and that is till the day they part from us. Why do I say dog walking and pet sitting are important ? for so many reasons. A lot of dog walkers and petsitters know small amounts of training just from their own experiences and also can be your dogs companion while you are away. Your dog gets a good walk, can be in a socializing situation and gets plenty of attention in your place while you are gone. This helps with a lot of their distructive behaviors because now they have a schedual, exercise, socialized and bonding time, also someone is there to give direction. It is essential to find someone with references and that you can trust to be in your home and alone with your dog. Watch for interaction with dog and walker or pet sitter, see if it is a right fit for ALL of you, because this will help your dog to become better. If you feel comfortable, walker or pet sitter is comfortable, well then your dog too will also trust and feel comfortable. I never suggest a free range kennel, unless it is a good one and there is a trainer at hand or people watching the dogs at all times. Dog fights can break out and now your dog is learning other bad behaviors or worse. Some dogs do great in these situations and never have a problem , just check it out before leaving your dog and make suree it can get along in that enviroment. Pet sitters are great, because either they go to your home or take the dog back to their place. This gives the dog a sense of being home and help relax them and also the owner, the attention is individual and they get what they would at their own home. The dogs I take in when owners drop them off, they just walk right in , look for toys and go about their business because they understand it is like a second home and when dogs need to be seperated, each dog gets time with me as a rotation, walks, play, bonding , food and water, and also nap times which are very important, too. Now, you see why I say it is important? The dog walker or petsitter is there in place of you when you can’t be there for your dog, this helps bring confidence and security to your dog and it wont need to misbehave to get attention or sooth it’s loneliness. Choose wisely and Good Luck!

Peace Angie

Doggie’s Ade Dog Diary

What a great week, very smooth … I had Chachi nd Howie for Day Care which is going really good. They are learning on our walks not bark at people, other dogs , and bikes. They have to “turn around” “leave it” and “focus” on me. People walking by its either “left or right side” then “stop and wait” they can sniff around their area , just cant bark at the people and it gives respect to those walking by , showing the dogs that anything on two legs has the authority to walk as they choose. Also I had Dewy whom I have once a week for walks , the little dog with a big attitude , lol. Then Chubbs is with me again for a month of walks , my hero , been training, walking, petsitting him for almost 5 years, crazy!

Then Dicky was a emergency walk, owner was getting home late yesterday and called for a quick walk : )Love my “Fatty Pants”

Jeremiah and Emma : ) A Boy and His dog

I had a great opprotunity to train Jeremiah and his dog Emma a British Lab and very smart. I love to educate kids in what it takes to make sure their dog is balanced… Great job Jeremiah and Emma! Watch out Cesar Millan we have our competition infront of us …. 12-14 is a good age to teach kids how to train their dogs w/ respect, love , patience and to be consistent ….

The New Dog Whisperer Jeremiah ; )