Has a new puppy arrived to your family? Have you adopted a shelter dog with fear problems? Is your dog nice and obedient when you are around, but suffers anxiety when he is left home alone? Do you wonder how to train your dog? All your dog’s behaviour problems can be improved and/or solved, and even prevented: in CANMIGOS we show you how to do it by adapting our work to every particular case, and by using an innovative methodology, the cognitive and emotional training, always respecting the dog, in a positive way. Living with your dog will mean happiness.
Which breed of puppy is best suited for a gift?
The first thing to keep in mind is that a dog will be a member of the family, so we should not give anyone a member for their family. Giving a puppy carries a responsibility that we must be sure that the other person wants and can assume. Unfortunately, many gifted puppies end up abandoned or in protection. Once this is clear, We must know what lifestyle the dog will have, because there are breeds that are better suited than others to a sedentary life or an active life. Be aware of the characteristics of each one and above all, make sure that the family that the dog enters will be able to cover their needs. But on all these aspects, have you valued the adoption of a dog (puppy or adult) as a protector? (See next question)
What do I need to consider to adopt a dog?
First, as in the previous question, We must be clear that a dog carries a responsibility, since it is a member of the family, with its own needs. Go to the protector, meet the dog, take him out for a walk, interact with him, evaluate how he relates to people and dogs, his personality… You may need your help in some of these aspects (especially if he is an adult): But surely the life you will give him will be better than the life he will have if he stays in a cage all his life. Keep in mind that the dog has a past that we do not know, and which can justify part of his personality: do not blame him for it, because he has only been the victim of an unelected situation. Empathize with him and help him overcome his fears and trust in people. To do this, follow the guidelines that you indicate in the protector, and/or contact a professional to accompany you on the path of adoption.
We have a dog and now we are going to have a baby. What should we do?
The arrival of a baby home is a big change, for humans and for the dog. Dogs do not manage changes well, so we must help. Before the baby arrives, change the routines that will be followed later: schedules, walks, movements with the pram around the house, audios with child cries… Everything while the dog does something that entertains and/or motivate. Once the baby arrives, a lot of supervision and make sure that the dog does not stress with everything that has changed in his life. For all this, as well as to ensure that the dog then also tolerates the movement and manipulated the child when he grows up, It is recommended to follow the guidelines given by a professional.
How can I train my dog or puppy?
Training and canine education are technical disciplines, after which there are years of professional study and increasingly scientific studies that support the protocols that follow. Therefore, We should not be guided by things that tell us in the pipican or that we see on TV. What a person has tried with one dog and works, does not have to work with another. Therefore, the professionals analyze the personality of each individual and adapt the way we do to the one that is best for the dog. In addition, you should see what you want to achieve and/or improve and establish guidelines and protocols that guide us along the way of working with the dog.
How can I be the alpha male of my dog?
There are hierarchies among dogs, that is undeniable. But it has also been seen in recent years that dogs can learn the same way, or even better, basing learning on positive reinforcement, and not with punishment, shouting and/or subjecting the dog. This last option may cause the dog to stop performing some problematic behavior, but it does not solve the basic cause of that behavior, and we diminish our bond with him. Ideas such as that we should not let the dog grunt us, or put his head on us, or get on the couch, or pass before us at the door, or that grunts us if we stick his hand in his plate Food… are outdated and obsolete ideas with what we know dogs today. Some of these behaviors have no importance (much less means that the dog wants to be above us in the hierarchy), and others are symptoms of a problem (emotional, physical, social…) that the dog has and we must Work with the help of a professional.
My dog grunts at me. How can I punish him?
Never punish your dog for grunting. It is communicating. You should analyze why he grunts and help you fix it. Maybe you have physical pain and need to go to the vet. You may have a problem getting close to your meal and you want to contact a professional to help you see that you are not a threat. If you punish the dog for grunting you can catch fear (I suppose you do not want a relationship with your dog based on fear), and it is possible that in future occasions, not serving the growl from a communicative point of view, skip that warning and go to the next step (eg, bite).
I have an aggressive dog. What should I do?
The aggressiveness of dogs is usually directed towards a goal, and usually occurs to keep away what the dog does not like (rarely is the dog aggressive because he likes it). In such cases the reason for the aggressiveness, its degree, and all the factors of the environment that affect it must be analyzed. Based on that, a professional should develop a working protocol so that the dog learns to tolerate those stimuli that provoke the reactivity and that can coexist with them, while maintaining the safety of other dogs and/or people in front of the ones that usually become aggressive. In the event that the dog gets aggressive without a base negative emotion (yes, the dog can also be a bully towards other dogs), the strategy should be totally different and directed by a professional.
Why does my dog tremble?
The dog’s tremor may have a physical cause, such as cold, or an emotional cause, such as fear. There are breeds that, because of their physical constitution, thinner, with less hair, … are more likely to be cold: they can be put on some type of coat or jacket, there is no problem for that, as long as they are positivized this garment First time it is put: it is not to arrive the first day, to put it (sometimes forcing, because the dog does not want), and to the street. If the cause is emotional, you should contact a professional, because your dog needs help to deal with situations that cause fear: other dogs, a different environment, noises (such as firecrackers, storms, the vacuum cleaner, …), …
Why does my dog howl?
The howl should be analyzed in the situation in which it occurs. One of the most common causes of howling in dogs is loneliness in those dogs suffering from separation anxiety. When they are alone there are dogs that bark, others cry, others break things (furniture, the wall, the sofa…), others pee/poop, or self-injure (in the most serious cases)… Howl If this is the case, you should contact a professional who evaluates if what happens to your dog is “Separation Anxiety” (not always) and develop a work plan to teach the dog to manage those situations in which he should stay alone.
Why does my dog cry?
The dog’s crying may have the same emotional causes as the howling (see above), as well as wider ones. You should also analyze the situation in which it occurs. Apart from the same ones that when the dog howls, you can also cry for physical pain (after an operation, with a chronic ailment, or when they hurt you), as well as frustration, not getting something you want. In the latter case it is recommended to do self-control exercises (a well-structured game, to train permanence, to delay the delivery of prizes when we train…)
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