By: Beverly Ulbrich, Guest Writer
Most people have heard that you should mess with a puppy’s food when he’s young to ensure he doesn’t growl at or bite you. But did you know that you need to keep doing this throughout your dog’s life?
You should be able to grab a bone from your dog’s mouth without him growling or otherwise reacting to you taking it away.
You never know when you’ll need to grab something dangerous from your dog’s mouth, or when someone might try to pet your dog while he’s chewing on something. So you need to make sure your dog knows that it’s okay.
Make sure your dog doesn’t react in any of the following situations:
- Put your hand in his food bowl and take the bowl away while he’s eating
- Pet him while he’s eating food
- Pet him when he’s chewing on a bone or other chew toy
- Take away anything he’s chewing on or playing with
- Once you’re assured he’s safe, ask other household members or friends to do the same actions
Our official dog trainer, The Pooch Coach, is now sharing her training tips in online videos on her exclusive YouTube channel.
The Pooch Coach has been hard at work creating new videos, including how to keep your dog from jumping on people, how to sniff politely on leash and how to keep your dog from barking at people.
All the new videos have been recorded at SF Dog Connector meetings around the Bay Area where The Pooch Coach gives free training tips and advice. You can see up for free meetups through her Facebook page.
We’ve been bringing you her expert tips here at Yellow Dog Blog and now our training expert is the official trainer of San Francisco USPS mail carriers on how to deal with aggressive dogs.
Beverly Ulbrich visited the main mail-sorting facility March 21 to lead two talks to a group of postal carriers before they headed out on their daily routes.
Beverly talked about how fear is the driving force for why dogs attack.