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I am a bereaved mother and wife. I began this blog to help me look for the "good things" in life after my daughter, "Babybear", died in July 2005. Three years later, her daddy, my husband, "Bear", died in November 2008. (You'll find a link to their stories on my blog) And now, as difficult as it is, I continue to look for the good things in my life as I learn my new normal with my pup, "Furrybear", at my side. And the angels on my shoulder...

Thursday, November 15, 2007

The Loved Dog



The Loved Dog : The Playful, Non-Aggressive Way to Teach Your Dog Good Behavior by Tamar Geller

I was at the library and was in the process of walking to the circulation desk when I saw this book sitting on the "New!" shelf.

I found this book to be a good read. The author pinpoints various "games" to teach a dog the manners we want it to learn. I have tried a few of the methods so far and perhaps with a little more practice we will be able to train Emma using these techniques.

One thing we did start doing while reading this book is feeding her after we eat ourselves. I have noticed that Emma no longer gulps down her food in seconds and sometimes she will even take a break for a while then come back to finish her food. My guess is that she is no longer worried about Mommy and Daddy being so hungry that they will eat her food. I also have gotten her to sit until her food dish is in its spot and wait until I say "go eat" before she will step towards the food dish. If she steps before my command, then I take the food dish off the floor and again tell her to sit and stay. She is getting better. I think this method is helping her realize who is Alpha in this house, and it's not her!

Anyway, I thought the book was well worth picking up from the library, and if you have a dog, I suggest you do too!





3 comments:

Blake and Lilly's Momma said...

I definitely need to read this book... maybe it'll help with Dolly and her "tourettes"!

Glad you found some useful info to use with Emma.

Jo

Jen Sue Wild said...

Wow Emma is really learning well.
GO Emma Go...

Mrs. Jones said...

Sounds like a great book. I think my doggies could use some better manners.