Nails need to be inspected each day. I use to hate cutting nails and always had the fear of cutting them to short and causing a bleed. All of our Dutch Shepherds have black nails so you can not see the quick (vein). I have found the best way to cut these black nails is a little at a time. Cut a little and inspect it and so on until you see the tip of the quick. As you keep the nails cut, the quick will retract further up in the nail. I always have styptic powder on hand just in case I cause a bleed. Keeping the dogs nails trimmed also helps them with balance and comfort while running and walking. When you hear clicking while the dog is walking then it is time to trim them!
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The most frustrating thing is when you call your dog and he/she does not come! This is one of the first things we train. First, we keep the dog on a long line. Let the dog go out and give the command you want to use for the dog to come (we use here). If the dog comes, great, if not, reel him/her in with the long line and reward the dog once he/she is back to you. A reward can be a treat, a ball, a tug, a toy, or anything your dog loves to play with or eat. It is also important to give high energy praise. Keep doing this and be consistent. We then use a long line, like paracord, so the dog does not feel it dragging and makes him/her think they are loose. Continue to call the dog and reeling them in if needed and reward them once they are to you. Some tricks to help you get your dog to come to you are: kneel down, talk in an excited voice, or walk backwards while calling your dog. Keep your dog on a long line until this is learned and the dog is consistently coming to you when you call him/her. This can save your dog's life as you might be calling him/her to you because of danger.
When dog introductions are done right, you can go on a peaceful walk together. We first have the dogs meet in a neutral area where there is no territorial issues and on lead. Watch each dogs body language. The body language will tell you how it is going and if a fight is coming. Let the dogs sniff each other and give them verbal praise. Once they have sniffed each other I like to take them on a walk. This will give them a chance of being next to each other while doing something like walking. In the picture above, this was our female Bauer and our male Ronnie's first time meeting. Through out the walk they licked each others face. After a short walk, we bring the dogs into an enclosed area and let go of the leads but leave them hooked to their collars. Usually they will run around and sniff each other more. They may become vocal with each other. This interaction needs to be managed and watched closely but not hovering over the dogs. We continue to watch each dogs body posture and give verbal praise. If the dogs start to play rough, watch closely as this can escalate into a fight if they do not calm themselves down. At first, every interaction needs to be supervised until you know how the dogs are going to interact with each other. One thing to remember is some dogs just do not get along with other dogs. Some dogs may get along with female dogs but not male dogs and vice versa. If the dogs are intact, that too can also play a role in how they act during this introduction. The key is to watch the body language and posture as it will give you the signs.
What a day! This morning it was freezing out with snow on the ground and now no snow and 53 degrees. This afternoon was great, I got each dog out and walked them. We then played ball and worked on some obedience. The two pups are doing great and are showing a lot of potential. We are all ready for Spring! This Spring we will start offering Obedience, Agility, and Protection classes in a group setting or one on one. Make sure to follow us on Facebook to get updates!
I teach the heel with the dog on my left side. Most of the time I use a ball as the reward. The ball is held up by my left shoulder next to my face. It is important to have control over the lead so it does not get in the way. Give the command you want to use and start walking. The key is to keep the dog's focus up at you. Sometimes you need to tap the ball a little to get the dog to focus up at you. The proper position is to have the dog close to you with it's shoulder even with your leg. You do not want the dog to far ahead or behind you. The positioning is very important when it comes to competing. The wrong position will lose you points. At the beginning, I go a few steps and as long as the dog is focused up at me, I reward them. Once you have a good focus, go further before you reward the dog. Incorporate right and left turns and about turns. Eventually, I remove the ball from the dogs sight and do it off lead. Look at our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/impactk9usa, to see some of our dogs heeling, and while your there feel free to like or page!
How important is it to give your dog praise? It is extremely important to praise your dog when they are doing what you want them to do! You will see a huge difference in your dog's body language when you give a high energy loud praise instead of a low energy quiet one. You have to convey your happiness to your dog with energy. One reason this is not done the loud correct way is people are afraid of what they look like. While dog training, you can not be afraid to look like a fool. I have tripped and rolled over my dog and ended with him on top of me. When I give praise, I hoot and holler like crazy! Anyone that would watch me train would think I was actually crazy. The energy you have or lack of energy, flows right down your lead and straight to your dog. So get out there and be crazy!
Bill Kennedy has been working and training full service K9's for over ten years.