He started by saying that when one starts to tap a dog’s language, culture and how they communicate, they will have much more success in training a dog. He indicated that one of the valuable things he achieved in history as he learnt how to train dogs was interacting with dogs in a cage free boarding facility.
During the day, there were between 60 or 80 dogs in that particular facility. Learning how to control this number of dogs was important since without this, he would lose. Spending long hours with dogs in this facility led him to studying their interactions. He found that this happened in non verbal form and was based on dominance. When applied to training dogs, this lead to success.
He also found out that a lot of trainers want to train with a lot of positivity, a lot of treats, only with high pitched voices, sweet talk and love. As much as there’s validity in this, you need balance, structure, boundaries and corrections. He reckons the fact that when a mother dog corrects her puppies, it appears pretty harsh and if one can come up with a human version of this kind of firm correction, it will be fair for their dog.
He emphasized that in dog world, dogs respect an alpha dog or what is considered a dominant figure. He moved on to share about adopting a dog and earlier on, he had worked with a family that was adopting a dog from a rescue. The dog was from a foster family and he had to train both the foster parent, the one who was about to adopt the dog and the child in the family as well.
This was quite a rare situation but the whole process was a success. The foster home had all levels of puppies and dogs and it was a great opportunity for him to see the manner of interaction that existed between these dogs in their different levels of training and ability. There happened to be a magic bond when the dog being adopted started interacting with the newly found family.
Out rightly, this happened to be a case of the right dog having found the right family. In response to the issue of teething in puppies that had been raised by one who was part of the audience, he indicated that puppies cannot help but reach out to the world with their mouth. He suggested that one should have a toy when playing with such puppies for them to redirect their mouth to it.
He also noted that it would be important to be patient at this point since the puppy will soon get over the habit. A question on how to stop a dog from digging the same spot came up. His take on this was that burying some dog poop under the surface it is used to digging can help deal with this.
Deterrent sprays are also available at pet stores but it would be wise to go for that which does not irritate the dog. You can also pick a spot where the dog is allowed to dig and anchor toys right there. Whenever the dog has the urge to dig, have them on that spot where toys are anchored. He indicated that digging is just part of a dog’s instinct and natural life.
In conclusion he added that dogs dig when bored, to entertain themselves, to find prey underground, if their species has been doing this for years, to find cooler dirt to lay on when it is hot, among other reasons.