I have a rescue and a 14 week old puppy. I have dog experience but have never had dogs of my own. Since I got the puppy I've been noticing my rescue acting differently, which is to be expected but I'm not sure how to correct the behavior.
Hey! This is really common of things that we see when we introduce new dogs into our pack. It’s important to realize that dogs are creatures of habit and routine so having any sort of disruption to those routines can be incredibly stressful to them. There are a few big things we can do to make this process much smoother. First and foremost is establish leadership. We can’t expect our dog to not “handle things themself” if we are not in a position of leadership where we can communicate effectively clear expectations. It is very important to make sure your first dog is behaved, under control, and has clear communication in place before bringing the new dog into the home. In this particular case you will likely want to start with creating some of that with the original dog if it wasn’t in place before. Start with basic pinch collar and food training to create that communication. From there we can show the rescue what to do when he starts getting irritable.
The next step is ensuring that we are being respectful of each dogs personal space and thresholds for tolerating each other. For the first month or so the new dog should essentially be in “boot camp” mode at home while both dogs are acclimating to having each other around. This means using crates when you aren’t home or when you can’t keep an eye on them, not allowing a lot of rough house playing while they get to know what each other likes and doesn’t like, and having leashes on in the house to enforce boundaries with each other. You have to learn to read your dogs and begin reacting before they have a chance to react themselves. Read the signs they are giving when they are stressed out of the other dog and act before they act.
The biggest thing is taking your time. They don’t need to be best friends initially, they just need to coexist and be safe. Hope this helps!!
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Ada and northwind are two puppies enrolled in our off leash puppy private lesson package at our #southeuclid training center. These two are littermates that are learning how to both interact appropriately both with and without each other as well as learning all of the communication necessary to live successful lives in the long term. These two are currently also taking advantage of our overnight boarding while their owners are away!
A lot of people were asking me about the post I made yesterday about chewy’s first day of daycare. They had little to no context about just how serious this dog was. Here is a video that I made of chewy from the first day that I met him to the end of his behavioral modification board and train.
Here is a clip from the very beginning of our Heights Columbus daycare yesterday!! We pride ourselves in being able to socialize virtually any dog effectively and teach them appropriate skills to communicate with each other in a non confrontational and safe manner. Really proud of all of these guys as most of them have never successfully socialized with another dog in their life.
Pretty girl Willa is cruising through her 3 week board and train at our #Cleveland training center. This girl has made huge strides in her anxiety issues and is learning to focus through all sorts of distractions!!
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The first step to rebalancing your relationship with your dog is determining if you’re training him or he’s training you. What do I mean by this?
Begin dissecting all of the different areas of your life that you struggle with your dog. Ask yourself “am I reacting to my dog or is my dog reacting to me?”. Do you have a pre programmed response of things you do AFTER your dog has begun to react at another dog on the walk or does what you communicate to your dog make them alter their behavior. Does your dog control when you pet him at home by sticking his head under your hand to initiate it or do you make him do something to receive that affection. Does your dog begin pulling towards something that they want making you allow them to go to it or do you block them from doing those things and reward them with what they want when they are waiting patiently. Does your dog begin acting up or not listening in public or when you’re out and about forcing you to leave or do you communicate clear expectations that keep your dog in a good space until you are ready to go.
There are so many places that we adjust the things we do based on our dogs behavior. Take note of all of these things and begin making a conscious effort to work through them and make sure your dog is reacting to the things you’re doing not the other way around.
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Woke up at 3:30AM. Showered, jumped in my car, and left for Columbus by 4:00AM. Got there by 6:45 to open shop and begin letting in daycare dogs for our grand opening. Worked from 7:00AM until 7:00PM with no break. Strategized with Columbus staff on the day, how it went, and how to keep making things better until 8:00PM. Sitting in Starbucks getting ready to make the long trek home to Cleveland. Sorry I unfortunately will not have a good last post for you guys today. Like I always say.. stay hungry and driven, stay grateful for all the wins, and don’t ever think it doesn’t take serious work and commitment to build something for yourself and others. See y’all bright and early ✌️✌️
Aiko is a 4 week board and train at our #Cleveland facility in for behavioral modification training. As you can see by the Before, she came to us very out of control and reactive to everything. She was beginning to show aggressive behaviors to new people as well as dogs. After 4 weeks of intensive training with us we are pleased to show you where she is now!! She has insanely more confidence and a very clear understanding of what the expectations of her are. These are the real results we see every day with the dogs at our facility!! We are so excited to send her home to her owners.
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