Things I Bet You Didn't Know About Dog Training, Breeding, and Rescue
But will wish you (and others) did know before getting and training a dog.
If the Internet were a Petri dish, social media has to a significant extent become the medium for cultivating stupidity and ignorance. In the unregulated worlds of dog training, dog breeding, and dog rescue the average consumer is often unaware as to how much of what they are told is sizzle as opposed to actual steak and ) (dare I say) actually based on either ignorance or stupidity.
Here are a couple of articles that I wish everyone was exposed to before engaging with a trainer, breeder, or rescue. What a different world it would be for companion dogs and their owners if companion dog owners began to make decisions for themselves and their dogs by filtering those decisions through these tip-of-the-iceberg considerations.
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I teach my clients how to get dogs that don’t have good or any recall (‘Come’) right at the beginning of their training programs. The cardio is far better in influencing serotonin levels and the impact of the ability to use their noses (to check their ‘pee-mail’, is no small thing either.
Some of those areas are going to have tall grass, which means the potential for ticks. Always give your dog a head-to-toe examination after these outings. Even if your dog has had the Tick vaccine, there isn’t one for humans and you sure don’t want to get Lyme disease.
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