In this issue: Sibling Rivalry, Reactive Rover class, Dogs With Issues, Movie Dogs, Smart Insights
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Living With Dogs

Sibling Rivalry

All dogs squabble occasionally. Dogs who live together mostly get into scraps over stuff they both want: Food, bones, toys, human attention, and sleeping spots. Like us, they have individual preferences and moods, and might be having a grumpy day or a headache.  If the fights don't result in injuries (i.e. you're not at the vet's following each fight having one or both dogs sutured), you have a number of options.  Fights often happen as a result of a particular situation and if you can uncover the triggers through a little detective work, you can prevent most altercations.

Trigger: Who is this new dog in my house?
Remedy: Supervise your new dog closely for several days, especially when he interacts with your other dog. Praise your dogs for polite behavior.

Trigger: My sister is too close while I eat!
Remedy: Feed your dogs in separate bowls at opposite ends of a room, or in separate rooms.

Trigger:  That is MY nyla bone/stuffed monkey/tennis ball/etc.
Remedy: Carefully manage access to objects your dogs might fight about: Bones, toys, beds, etc.

Trigger: When mom is not around, I find my sibling hard to take...
Remedy: Keep your dogs in separate rooms whenever you are not available to supervise.

When to get help.

When is it time to call your dog trainer*? If the dogs seem stressed in each other's presence (won't eat, pant, avoid each other).  If the fights happen more often or get more serious.  If you can't break up the fight with noise.  If the fights cause injury to either dog.
 



* Note: Not all dog trainers are qualified to work with sibling rivalry.  Ensure any dog training professional you consult is qualified to work with this issue.  See some of the resources for finding a qualified trainer here

Community Service

Upcoming Seminars

LoMa Behavior and Training is a member of the San Antonio Pet Trainers Alliance.  This group of local Certified Professional Dog Trainers (ccpdt.org) and members of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (apdt.com) is dedicated to providing education about the science and art of dog training.  If you are a member of a veterinary team, a staff member or volunteer with a local dog shelter or rescue group, you are eligible to attend many of our seminars for free or at steep discounts.  Seminars are educational, interactive sessions you can attend without your dog.  Upcoming seminars:

Dogs With Issues - This 2 part seminar explores the causes of fear and aggressive behavior and demonstrates some training options available for changing this behavior.  Learn sensible techniques for safely managing your dog and consider the behavior modification needed to change fearful and reactive behavior.  Scheduled for Tuesdays, September 16th and 30th, 6:30 to 8:30 pm.

Please share this information with any dedicated shelter or rescue group volunteer who might want to attend.  

Open enrollment classes come to San Antonio!
LoMa Behavior and Training is now offering 2 classes with "open registration."  What does this mean for you?  
  • Convenience - Enroll anytime there is an opening.  This makes it easier to get you started when it's convenient for you, instead of waiting weeks.
  • Flexibility - The class topics allow you to learn at your own pace.  If you and your dog are quick learners, you will get through all the skills swiftly.  If you need a little more time, you will have that.  You set the pace so you both learn what you need.
New indoor class location: 
Lucky Dog Pet Grooming in Castle Hills.
 

Puppy Start Right Preschool for puppies 8 to 14 weeks.  This critical age is considered the best time to socialize a puppy to the sights and sounds of modern family life.  You learn how to do this best and avoid common mistakes.  Your puppy gets to learn how to be a good play buddy with other dogs as well as the foundation for obedience.  

All the Basics obedience class for any dog 4 months and older.  Teach your dog the skills to be a terrific family pet: Sit, down, stay in place, pay attention, leave items when asked, walk politely, and come when called.  

Reactive Rover class
This popular class will start on Tuesday, September 16th (with a people-only seminar; dogs will come to class starting September 30th).  If you have a dog who struggles to remain calm, barking and lunging at other dogs, consider enrolling in this important class. Be sure to attend the Dogs With Issues seminar on September 16th and 23rd, which is a pre-requisite for the Reactive Rover class.
 

Did You Know?

These Movie Dogs

Beasley.  The big lovable Dogue de Bordeaux behind Hooch in the 1989 movie Turner and Hooch. Beasley got rave reviews from his co-star Tom Hanks, who called him an "Oscar-caliber actor."
Jed.  This dog-wolf hybrid played White Fang in the 1991 eponymous movie based on Jack London's book about the friendship between a Yukon gold hunter and the mixed dog-wolf he rescues from abusers.
Hank.  Training for his famous roller-skating scene in 1995's The Truth About Cats and Dogs took three months for this easygoing Great Dane.
Arokat's Echobar Take Me Dancing.  Playing high-maintenance pooch Beatrice in mockumentary Best in Show (2000) where five dog owners head for the Mayflower Kennel Club Dog Show probably came natural to this prize-winning Weimaraner.

Smart Insights

Are You A Trainer?

In the seminar, Outsmart Your Dog, everyone is asked this question.  Most of the time only 1 or 2 hands go up, from professional trainers or those who train their personal dogs for sport.  Many participants are then surprised to learn in the seminar they are all trainers.  This is one of the most perplexing and satisfying elements of living with the dogs in our lives.  Unlike many other animals, like those in zoos or other domesticated animals that don’t typically live in our homes, most dogs live side-by-side with us – all day.  They learn from us 50 times a day, as we feed them, play with them, take them on walks, and give them love.  

Many of our natural human responses to dogs end up accidentally training them to behave in ways we then find difficult: to jump on us, to pull us to their favorite sniffing site, to bark or nip at us when they want to play.  The Outsmart Your Dog seminar provides quick ways to become aware of accidental training, how to avoid it, and how to begin training a dog to be a polite member of the household.

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