As he started, there was a question on why dogs fear fireworks and in response he said dogs hear about 3 ½ or 4 times more than we humans. They hear much more intensely and since they do not see where this is coming from, they are terrified since it is an out of control situation.
Today, he handled one of the most common questions he has encountered in his training session. People have often asked whether it is okay to sleep with dogs in their beds. In some cultures, this is really weird. He confirmed that his dogs sleep on his bed and that he believes this is a personal choice. When it comes to sleeping on the bed, it depends on the dog, the family and the individual.
Some dogs are more territorial than others; others have a more hardcore attitude about what is theirs and what is not while some will leap on a bed and claim that space. Even with this, he insisted that it is a good thing to train a dog at the puppy stage that the bed belongs to you and that they are only there because you invited them.
When a dog rushes ahead of you and claims the best spot on your bed, this can often lead to leadership issues and it is a nice ritual to ask the dog to sit and wait before calling them up to your bed. He advised on making use of pet stairs that one can place beside the bed if they have a small dog or one that is prone to injury.
Most people tend to humanize this issue in an attempt to keep it equal because they empathize with their dog but on the contrary, dogs do not think like that. They are creatures of hierarchy that focus on who is above, who is below, who is dominant and the like. He indicated that if the dog growls or grouches at you, they should get off the bed immediately because this behavior can escalate to bigger problems in future.
They can come up the bed later on and this will help them learn. He got a question asking how to prevent a dog from eating stuff when one is not at home. To answer this, he said that this begins with teaching such a dog how you feel about those objects when you are at home. One of the mistakes that people make in this case, is when they find such a dog chewing on stuff, they grab the stuff and put it away.
Interestingly, this inadvertently creates an exciting moment turning it into a game. What you should do is be as still as possible, walk over to the dog and when the dog has its mouth on your stuff, say “no” as you give them an abrupt touch. After this is done, stand there until the dog releases whatever it was chewing on. When it is finally released say “good dog” and place the same object right in front of the dog once again.
As the dog approaches it again, touch it again as you say “no” before the dog gets to it. Soon the dog begins to respect this and when they relax or lose interest in that object that is when you should put it away. He also indicated that there is a tendency of moving too fast in allowing one’s dog to have freedom around the house but this should be done gradually and in stages for them to learn. A dog can also chew on stuff due to separation anxiety and this is best corrected at level one before it gets overboard.