FAQ

FAQ

  1. My dog is always barking.
  2. Where must my dog sleep?
  3. I am using a wheelchair. Can I have a dog?
  4. My dog is pulling on the leash?
  5. Why is my dog is demolishing my furniture?
  6. Can I feed my dog corn or wheat?
  7. Why has my dog bitten me, although I have always spoiled him?
  8. My dog is not listening to me. I think he needs some training.
  9. I want to be nice to my dog. Can I always praise him with food?
  10. When I open the front door my dog is always escaping. How shall I punish him for doing this?
  11. I have a very big and a very bad dog. He has pulled me down the staircase and I have broken my wrist?
  12. During thunderstorms my dog is very scared. What can I do to calm him down?
  13. How many times must I wash my Labrador?

Question: My dog is always barking.

Answer:

Dogs always bark for a reason. Unfortunately many dog owners do not understand why their dog is barking. If you cannot communicate correctly with your dog he will not listen to you when you speak to him.

Question: Where must my dog sleep?

Answer:

Your dog must have his own bed in a quiet place in your home. If your dog has unlimited access to your bedroom he will consider himself to be the pack leader. Read further in article “Where does your dog sleep”.

Question: I am using a wheelchair. Can I have a dog?

Answer:

No problem having a dog when you are bound to wheelchair. Just respect the same rules as any other dog owner who has put himself in the position of the pack leader. Read further in article “Working Dogs”.

Question: My dog is pulling on the leash?

Answer:

You are not walking your dog. Your dog is walking you and therefore he thinks that he is in charge. All domestic dogs must walk on a slack lead except dogs in specific situations like guide dogs, dogs doing nose work and guard dogs in action. Read further in article “Walk on a slack lead”.

Question: Why is my dog is demolishing my furniture?

Answer:

The moment you stop behaving like a puppy your dog will stop demolishing your furniture. Read further in article “Do not behave like a puppy.”

Question: Can I feed my dog corn or wheat?

Answer:

No, you cannot. Ever thought about a wolf eating a sandwich? Read more in article “Wheat in pet food”.

Question: Why has my dog bitten me, although I have always spoiled him?

Answer:

Did you ever see a bitch “spoiling” her pups? If you spoil your dog, you are making it very clear to him that he is in charge. If the dog thinks that he has to correct you, he might even bite you if you are not obedient. Read further in article “Undercover dog”.

Question: My dog is not listening to me. I think he needs some training.

Answer:

I never train dogs. Except my own dogs. I teach dog owners how to communicate correctly with their dogs. As soon as you understand your dog, he will understand you. Then you can start training him for whatever you want him to do for you. Read further the article “Titbits and staircases”.

Question: I want to be nice to my dog. Can I always praise him with food?

Answer:

Praising your dog with food is ok when you start your educational program.
I do it myself. But as soon as the dog recognizes your vocal commands or your body language, you can cut out praising him with food. Read further the article “Titbits and staircases.”

Question: When I open the front door my dog is always escaping. How shall I punish him for doing this?

Answer:

You never punish a dog because it works contra-productive. You can correct your dog if he does not listen to a command. Teach your dog a sit and stay. He will not escape anymore. Read further the article “Titbits and staircases”.

Question: I have a very big and a very bad dog. He has pulled me down the staircase and I have broken my wrist?

Answer:

You might have a big dog. Bad dogs do not exist. Many dog owners do not educate their pets. Would you do the same with your children and call them “bad” children. Teach your dog to sit and stay and he will not cause you any harm on your staircase.

Question: During thunderstorms my dog is very scared. What can I do to calm him down?

Answer:

What you should not do is console your dog. It will only confirm that there is something wrong and he will be getting even more scared during the next thunderstorm. You will find some suggestions in the article “Thunderstorms”.

Question: How many times must I wash my Labrador?

Answer:

Never wash him. Is he full of mud rinse him with water from the garden hose.
Washing a dog takes away his identity. Chances are he will roll in the mud, in excrements or the remnants of a dead animal as soon as you have washed him.
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