By Deborah Taylor-French Wolfish or Puppyish? Dogs Speak
What is your dog barking at? Do you know?
We have a “problem dog.” He came from an animal shelter. In most ways, Sydney behaves adorably. He knows many commands. He has earned his K-9 Good Citizen Certificate from puppy school. We took private training sessions because Sydney cleverly escaped whenever people tried to handle him or make him do anything he did not want to, like put on his collar or snap on his leash.
His rap-sheet included biting groomers and veterinarians.
Shelter volunteers and staff nicknamed Sydney, “Sid Vicious” because he chewed on fingers!
Ten Years Later, Sydney still has his short barking fits. He lets us help distract or command “Sydney, quiet.” We think he applied for the job of guarding his family.
Today at ten years old, Sydney is the apple of Winnie’s eye.
Of all the training methods we explored with Sydney, water squirt bottle included, the best help we ever got is in this training video. I did not make this, nor am I a dog trainer by profession, I am just one dog lover who has adopted and helped a half-dozen “problem dogs.“
Each of those “problem dogs” trained up to be crazy to please family pets.
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