Tag: fun with dogs

My God, you’re right!

Fun on a Sunday reading WordPress blogs. Check out this tiny post by Dave Barry, I promise it will make you smile. Well, if you like and know dogs you will smile.

Sit, Stay and Read

You can say any fool thing to a dog, and the dog will give you this look that says,
“My God, you’re right! I never would’ve thought of that!”

—Dave Barry

A Youngun

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Dog Will Not Walk on a Leash

By Deborah Taylor-French Mutt Monday: Best DIY Dog Training Video for Barking

Reader’s Question

Do you have any tips on how to encourage a dog to walk on a harness + lead? We have adopted two strays . . . they are never on leads, but for the long-term they need to learn this skill. One of them, when I put a harness and lead on him, he just sits down and will not move. He is very small.

Any suggestions – I have tried treats, cuddling, praise etc., but he just sits there.

Many thanks for your help.

Reply from Deborah

Oh, I had a dog like that. She would do everything I ask, except walk on a leash.

The instant I snapped on a leash, she sat down!

First Be Certain Your Dog is Healthy

  •  Rule out inherited knee or hip problems
  • Rule out heat sensitivity or hot sidewalks
  • Rule out illness, a sick dog does not want to walk
I think it's nap time.
I don’t feel like walking.

Dog Leader Tip

I suggest you try clicker training.

Be sure he loves those treats and then cut them or break them into bean-sized pieces.

Watch this Kikopup Youtube video on how to load a clicker.

  • Once you have your dog going ape to please you, try simple commands and behaviors he already knows like sit, down, stay.
  • Then leave his harness on the floor in another room.
  • Start a short clicker training session and have your dog walk with you into the room and around the leash.
  • Keep repeating short sessions, ignoring the harness but getting closer.
  • Gradually, add clicks and treats while he sniffs or touches the harness, then do the same with the leash.
  • Play short games, such as harness and leash dragging.
  • Only after he loves all this attention, hold the leash and let him lead you around the house, the yard, then out and down the street. If he does not want to walk anywhere, toss a treat and follow holding the lead.
  • Only when your dog has mastered all these steps, pat your knee and have your dog take a few steps with you on the lead. Do this inside, in a hallway or some quiet, non distracting place.

Please write again when he loves his walking gear.

Thanks for asking a GREAT question.

Deborah

PS. For a good explanation on how to get a puppy or dog comfortable with a leash watch this video.

Be patient, consistent and persistent.

I suggest reading Training Answers: Why does my puppy lay down on walks. Click on the link below.

Cat in harness with leash
Cat in harness with leash (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Longest Dog Tongue Ever: Photo Friday

Longest dog tongue ever?

Sid Tongue

Sydney (before haircut) looks twice his size as he waits for a sandwich.

Sydney thought he had a chance.

But two different dogs claim world records for the longest tongue. We think it should be awarded based on the dog’s body mass in relation to his tongue. What do you think?

In 2010, a rescued dog named Puggy the Pekingese held this title. http://www.pawnation.com/2010/10/04/puggy-the-pekingese-has-the-longest-dog-tongue-in-the-world/

And the 2011 Guinness World Record is? Check out Guinness World Record Longest Tongue on a Dog.

Then there’s Brandy the Boxer. Slobber King? Next cartoon hit to follow Scooby-Doo?

How should I measure a dog’s tongue? Sydney insists he’s got a chance. So send clues. How you would measure Sydney’s tongue?

“With Me” Dog Fun Tip

This dog training tip came from taking our dog Sydney to a dog agility class. In a fenced off area, where dogs were not allowed to mark, each person had his or her dog sit and watch while our instructor demonstrated how to teach “With Me.” Our instructor cued her dog through the course. I loved watching them work together.

We were told to practice this at home. The best place to work is in a hallway or a room with no other pets or people in it. This allows you both to tune into each other.

Teaching “With Me” makes you partners with your dog. Both of you need to walk together, within about three or four feet of each other. Your dog must stay beside you so he can see what directions you will give him and what direction you want to walk.

This command helps your dog learn to walk beside you off leash.

Get a dozen or so bean-sized treats, choose the kind that your dog loves.

Put the treats in an easy to pullout pouch or bag at your waist. Keep one treat in your hand.

  • Use treats at first to keep his attention on you.
  • When your dog starts following you for about 4 or 5 steps say, “Good” and give a treat.
  • After a few days of teaching, just give a treat every other time he walks with you.
  • If he gets tired, stop and go outside or rest.
  • Everyday play “With me” and give treats when he follows you.
  • Always praise when your dog does what you want.

Never drag your dog by his leash or collar. You could hurt him or get bitten.

Here is a link to a video on how to teach your dog to walk with you.  http://www.ehow.com/video_2200205_train-dog-walk-leash.html

Does your dog follow you from room to room? Try playing “With Me” and see if he will walk by your side.

Two Cool Dogs Splash Down

Some dogs have all the fun.

These two champs move out fast on land or sea.

I found this photo on Wikimedia Commons of Australian Cattle Dogs Thommo and Dusty swimming to retrieve sticks from the Hunter River, Newcastle NSW Australia. Author Mdk572.

Cattle dogs swimming

Beware that not all dogs are strong swimmers.

Stay cool, and if your dog is a good swimmer enjoy summer water fun.