Are you an advocate for your puppy or young dog?
When dogs are young, they are very impressionable. An unfortunate event or situation has the potential to impact the rest of their lives. Exposure to an aggressive dog can make a young puppy nervous around other dogs as they get older. A bad experience with a vehicle can make a dog fearful around traffic. The list goes on and on!
As dog moms, it is up to us to protect our puppies and young dogs. As their advocate, we need to make sure that we don’t put them in a situation that could potentially harm them in any way. We have to be observant and willing to keep our dogs safe no matter what.
I have always believed that one of the best ways that we can keep our puppies and young dogs safe is by being their advocate. In this episode of Enlightened By Dogs, I share how you can be an advocate for your puppy or young dog by keeping them safe and building trust.
In this episode:
- Why puppies and young dogs are so impressionable
- The importance of being your puppy or dog’s advocate when they are young
- What to do when somebody offers training advice or takes control of your dog without your permission
- How you can be your dog’s advocate in everyday life
Read the blog post on this topic.
“As loving dog moms, it’s our responsibility to be an advocate and a voice for our dog.”
“Stay mentally, emotionally and physically connected with your dog.”
“Being an advocate for our dog means also being able to foresee situations that might put our puppy or our dog in harm’s way.”
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I feel much more confident after hearing this podcast. I have been trying to work with a trainer for my re-homed mini schnauzer who barks at meeting any body anywhere when out walking or if anyone comes into or near our house He was 17 months old when we took him in and he joined our 2 other mini schnauzers -who we had from puppies. He is a very lively boy who has thankfully settled happily and it seems securely with us over the last5 months. To me it seems a mixture of excitement when going out for a walk, and fear when seeing anyone even in the distance. As advised I now use a semi choke collar and when he barks give it a jerk whilst firmly saying “no”.
I admit I walk him in places where there aren’t too many people and may turn around, and try to distract him and if (by some miracle) he doesn’t bark ferociously , I give him a treat and tell him what a good boy he is. I do not feel the collar works at all. The trainer is now suggesting I walk him in a busier place in town . I can understand the logic but I do not feel it would be right for him but would overwhelm and scare him more. I feel stronger now and “advocate” for him rather than just follow what is advised