I don't want to start this blog on the wrong foot and make it appear like I only want to try "magic" solutions to help my dog. I started with the electronic devices because they were the ones that finally led my house to sanity, but there are many other things that are worth discussing that I tried out, and most likely serve as a big portion of the overall solution.
Today, I will talk about "The Walk", a topic that's been discussed by every trainer out there multiple times. In general everyone talks about how long it should be but not too many people talk about how to make it fit into today's crazy working schedules.
My dog was usually very anxious expecting the "after-work" afternoon walk. In general, most people find it hard to make extra time in the morning, wake up extra-early so that we can give our dog a long walk, so it's typically easier to have an extended walk in the afternoon. My morning walk used to be just around our block, so that Corbin could "discharge" his needs, and then back to our condo. I tried walking, running, doing a super early run, and then a quick walk just before leaving for work. No matter what I did, my dog will always express some sort of frustration, usually peeing under the TV or sometimes even going No.2. This was no accident, since my smart poodle knew it was wrong and saw how upset I got. He always did this in a visible place that I could see as soon as I walked in. Corbin has a doggy door ( I will review this item shortly) and a peeing garden outside, so what else did he want ? I never crate him, since I believe it's cruel to leave an active pup locked in a cage for our 8 hr daily work hours.
After listening to our friend Cesar Millan in Cesar's Way, and listening to how much he emphasized the morning exercise, I decided to give it a shot at a longer morning walk. I decided to get to work a little later, and stay working a little later too. Currently, my morning walk is about 1/2 and hour, and Corbin ends up happy and tired, ready for his day of relaxing and sleeping at the house. As I said, this together with the Sound Barrier previously discussed, worked out together, and now I don't have a smelly condo, or a bent hardwood floor by the time I get home.
- Problem: The Dog is super anxious, perhaps looking forward to the afternoon "long walk". He/She/It expresses his/her/its frustration in some destructive way.
- Bad Solutions:
- Crating all day. I know that dogs get used to this, but I don't believe a pup should be locked in a 15 sqft cage all day to avoid household destruction.
- Good Solution:
- Make the morning walk the one he really looks
- The combination of many things: corrective electronic aids in conjunction with as much exercise as we can give them.
- How does it work ?
- Shift your schedule (or not) so that you can spend a few extra minutes in the morning with him
- Cut your lunch break by 15 min, and invest that time with your pup
- My Advice:
- Never give up on your dog.
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