Dogs are man's best friend, but unfortunately, they can be a landlord's worst nightmare. While well-trained dogs that are kept clean may not be an issue for most apartment owners, it only really takes one aggressive or otherwise poorly-trained dog to cause serious property damage or a lawsuit towards a landlord.
In dog training, timing of rewards is very important. Timing of punishments or corrections is vital. If you don’t know when your dog chewed up grannies wig or peed on the rug, don’t punish. Just make sure your dog isn't able to repeat it again. And remember that dogs have no notion of “expense” so many owners turn their dogs into shelters because they chewed up their brand new one-thousand-pound sofa. They don’t know or care how much things cost! It doesn't matter how many times you wave your credit card bill in front of their face, they don't care. They were bored, they needed something to chew, your shoes were handy.
This wasn't the first time that I'd been left in charge of Harry, and hopefully, it won't be the last.
Classical conditioning. It can be overwhelming to someone who thinks training dogs is all about yelling at them when they're bad and giving them tasty stuff when they're good.
As a dog owner, I like a lot of dog-related pages on Facebook. So many in fact, that images of Collies and other breeds drown out posts from human friends (not that I mind - I don't really need to know about your recent horrific stomach bug).
Imagine this, you're walking through the supermarket and as you turn down the next aisle, you spot a dog. You squeal the word "puppy" and walk up to the dog and pet it. That's when you notice the vest with the words "Service Dog" plastered on the side, but you still keep petting. Unfortunately, you just put the dog's handler in danger.
Your whole life you spend reading books and watching shows and movies, and you see various interactions between best friends hoping that you will one day have a friend just as great, one that would die for you, and one that you would be able to tell all your secrets to. That friend who will be with you during the most important moments in your life.
Truly, it's an odd sight, but one for a celebration of classical music when a canine can meander right on stage and take a front seat at the feet of a violinist.
I was always a cat girl. For as long as I could remember, I had cats. Sometimes one, sometimes a whole litter. I loved cats. Dogs? Well, I had a weird fear of them.
When you see those big brown puppy dog eyes looking up at you while you eat dinner, it's so hard to refuse his begging for scraps. Most of the time, tossing your dog a couple of scraps of dinner won't hurt. Human food, on the whole, tends to be alright with canine digestive systems.
A new owner can feel a little intimidated when looking at the vast amount of dog breeds to select for their first pet. Of course, how can you not? They're all so cute!