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Holes Holes Everywhere!

Thursday, August 25, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

dogdiggingThe first thing your dog does when he gets outside is dig. I would love a dog to dig holes when I’m planting because I hate to bend! Continuous digging can be a problem. Digs love to dig but you’ll have to teach them to stop. I’m sure your neighbor wouldn’t be pleased to see his garden dug up or large holes in his lawn. First you need to catch your dog in the act of digging. Say “no” and distract him with a dog toy. Scolding him after he’s dug doesn’t work. The trick is to be consistent while he’s digging. Waiting for after he’s done won’t solve the problem. Here’s a good idea. Give him a sand box to dig in. Put in some of his favorite dog toys. Bury some of his toys and you can have fun digging them out , When he digs in his sand box, a treat may be in order. Hopefully this will prevent your yard from looking like a piece of swiss cheese!

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Is Your Dog a Barker?

Thursday, August 25, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

barking dogSome dogs will bark at everything. If they look out the window and see another dog on his leash being walked by his owner, off he goes. If he hears a car pass, there goes that barking again!  Some dogs bark at things that most other dogs ignore some will bark if they’re frustrated. Don’t yell at your dog when he barks. This is the mistake that most owners make. Don’t try to calm him with a dog treat. This is only reinforcing bad behavior. You may want to consider obedience training.  This may help fix the frustration barking problem. If your dog learns to sit before doing something fun like going outside to chase his dog toys, going for a long walk, he may learn to control his impulses. If you dog is outside all day, keep him inside more often may help compulsive barking. I would work with a vet or a trainer to keep this problem under control.

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