DEAR OLD TRAINER: Daisy, my 2-year old Maltese has always been smart, but lately it seems like she is reading my mind. She knows in advance when we are going somewhere in the car. She knows when I am going to give her a bath and hides under the bed before I ever call her. She knows we are going for a walk before I ever get my shoes out of the closet. Is she reading my mind? How does she do it?
Dogs can play in the snow for hours and suffer no damage. It is common for dogs to suffer burns from hot pavement in the summer, but I lived in the mountains for years and never heard of a dog suffering frostbite on the paws. A more likely problem is snow balls that may develop on the hair between the pads.
Lizzy, our 4-year old English bulldog is an angel except for one problem. She is crazy about retrieving balls. As soon as she sees the ball, she barks and jumps and begs until we throw it and ignores everything else. How do we stop this obsession?
DEAR OLD TRAINER: I saw on TV that stealing dogs is up 50 percent. My husband says he has never heard of a dog being stolen in our town, but an increase that big worries me. We love both our Shelties and it would kill me to lose them. Is it true that dog theft is a common occurrence?
Dogs glean more information from sniffing than a human can learn about another human in a week of conversation. With one sniff, a dog can determine health, age, sex, mood, attitude, diet, and a dozen other useful bits of information.
DEAR OLD TRAINER: My 2-year-old boxer, Annie, obeys all her commands except when we walk on the park trails. She is strong and pulls on the leash all the time. I switched to an expandable leash like you recommend, but she still tires me out. I am about to give up and quit walking her. What can I do?
Old dogs learn faster – and remember longer – than young dogs because their brains are more developed and used to learning. The only limitation is they have less energy to apply to learning as they age.
No one knows why dogs love to travel, but they do. One of the pleasant surprises when you pull into rest stops is how many people, including long distance truck drivers, travel with dogs. The dogs know their business, too.
DEAR OLD TRAINER: I am finishing my sophomore year in high school and love dogs. We have three that I feed and exercise. I am interested in a job being a trainer or dog walker or something where I can be around dogs and maybe make some money too. Can someone my age do that?
Keeping a dog from jumping the fence isn’t easy. Although there is equipment that can be used to help with this, nothing beats investing the time and energy in just training a dog to stay away from the fence. But with lots of patience and a consistent approach, you can get the job done.
D ear Old Trainer: We need help with our miniature pinschers. Lil Bit is 2, Blackie 1, and Buttons 7 months. They bark at anyone who walks by. We tell them no, but they continue. We take them out for walks, they do the same. They escape out the door and won’t come back until they want to. Please help!
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