Halloween Dog Bite Prevention Tips From PAWS-itively Obedient
– Changes in routine and the strange sights and sounds associated with Halloween can cause stress in a normally placid family dog. Keep dogs out of the fray by securing them away from the door and providing a long-lasting chew treat. Teach kids to Be a Tree and stand still if any dogs come near them on Halloween.
Halloween is lots of fun for kids, but many dogs will be confused or upset by kids in strange costumes and by lots of people coming to the door, but never being invited in.
Doggone Safe (www.doggonesafe.com) and PAWS-itively Obedient offer the following tips for dog owners, kids and parents:
Kids and Parents:
Doggone Safe and PAWS-itively Obedient wish everyone a safe and Happy Halloween!
I recommend to all my clients to purchase numerous KONG’s. These durable chew toys will help with solving numerous issues such as barking ,digging and chewing inappropriate items.They also are a great tool in prevention of under stimulation, boredom and separation anxiety.
Most dogs need to learn to use a Kong.
Follow these steps to ensure your dog knows how to enjoy all the benefits of this popular toy.
It’s important to use the right size KONG so that your dog can have the safest, most enjoyable experience.
Not sure where to start on sizing? Check out the KONG User Guide.
Get your dog excited about their new KONG. Show it off and talk about it excitedly; maybe even play a little hard-to-get to pique their interest and show them what their new toy can do.
Many dogs are motivated by food and KONG toys are perfect for stuffing with treats or kibble to keep dogs busy. The key is to stuff loosely so that the food will come out of the toy easily. To entice your dog, try using a little bit of peanut butter or their favorite treat in the KONG. Supervise your dog’s use of KONG toys until you are confident they can be used safely without supervision. Nothing is indestructible so frequently check the toy for cracks or missing pieces .
Over time, your dog will learn how to get treats out of the KONG quickly. To increase the challenge, put together a mixture of wet and dry ingredients, stuff the KONG and freeze it. A frozen KONG heightens the experience by creating a long-lasting, mentally stimulating task. Wondering what to freeze in your dog’s KONG? Check the KONG webpage for recipe ideas http://www.kongcompany.com/recipes/
The answer is to train your dog (pup) in short but numerous (at least 50) training sessions throughout the day. Each session can be only one to three seconds long at first and then increase as you practice and the dog becomes reliable with the behavior.
You should integrate the sessions throughout your day. This will become surprisingly easy and enjoyable. Start by placing a post-it with a quick training note, such as sit/stay, near your coffee pot. Then as you reach for that cup of coffee first thing in the morning you will see the note and instruct your dog with a hand signal/verbal cue for sit/stay while you pour a cup of coffee. If you have several cups in the morning you will have done several 3 to 10 second sit/stays with your dog.
After each one release the dog with the cue such as “FREE” (toss a treat away from you so he gets the association with the cue FREE)
Here’s a quick list of some lifestyle training sessions to help you get the idea:
By implementing this technique you will easily achieve your 50 training sessions with your dog without modifying your normal lifestyle.