“Living with a dog has many perks, but one of the best has to be the impetus to get off the couch and out the door so you can both get some exercise. Exercise is as important for your dog as it is for you!”
I often have people ask me if dogs should be allowed off-leash in areas where they are safe from harm. And, often tagged on to this question is a query about whether on-leash dogs are more assertive or aggressive than off-leash dogs. I wish I knew. Despite a great deal of interest in this question there are no formal studies to the best of my knowledge. However, the answers that come my way overwhelmingly claim that off-leash dogs are, indeed, less assertive or aggressive than on-leash dogs (some interesting discussions can be found here).
“In this video you’ll see one of our favorite trainers Larry Krohn work his dog Lucca with an e-collar. The e-collar over the past 10 years unfortunately has carried a pretty terrible reputation. About 10 years ago, it was banned from the dog training world because trainers were using the stimulation to only correct the dog at very high levels, which obviously left the dog confused and shut down. In the past 5 years, the e-collar has come back onto the scene and great dog trainers have redefined the way we use the most essential training tool on the market. We are now using the e-collar at very low stimulation levels by pairing it with a command and following it up positive reinforcement. We’ve found tremendous success in using remote collar training with our dogs and we believe it’s our goal to change the bad reputation around e-collars through expanding people’s knowledge on proper use of this tool. We strongly believe it to the best communication tool in the dog training world.”
“Since most of us routinely read emotions in our dogs (wagging tail means happy, cringing means afraid and so forth) it may be difficult to believe that the existence of real emotions in dogs was, and in some places still is, a point of scientific controversy. In the distant past it was presumed that dogs had very rich mental lives with feelings much like those of humans. However with the rise of science things began to change. We learned enough about the principles of physics and mechanics, so that we could build complex machines, and began to notice that living things (both people and animals) were also based upon by systems governed by mechanical rules and chemical processes.”