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Labrador Lulu and the Stay command


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Labrador Lulu and the Stay command

The first time I met* Lulu and her new owner in October they had come to refresh obedience training.

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Lulu & Mom

Yesterday I met Lulu again. Her mum told me that Lulu is a wonderful dog and they get together very well

*Lulu is Now Is an eight year old Yellow Labrador. She is very friendly, with a non stop wagging tail and happy smile.

Lulu was adopted (from home where she was no loner wanted) by very lovely lady who lost her husband a couple months ago…

The only things that bothers mum is that Lulu gets very exited when the door bell ring and visitors come into the house.

Mum doesn’t know what to do …

After Mum left me with Lulu, I started practicing the Sit-Stay and Down-Stay commands from a distance. Lulu had already been through obedience training with me before. At first she tried to break commands but by the end of the day she was doing everything very well.

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Labrador Lulu learning the Down stay command

Mom will practice it with Lulu at home and ask her neighbors to help her by becoming her “visitors”

When the door bell rings, Lulu’s mum will make Lulu down- stay before going to open the door. When people will come in they will ignore Lulu but after while Mum will release Lulu.

Next Time Lulu will learn the Place command and Stay -Place.

After she has learnt these, when door the bell rings Mum will then just send Lulu to her Place to stay until the time is right for Mum to release her.

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Great Danes Bella & Moose


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Great Dane Bella is 2 years old and Great Dane Moose is 9 months old.

 Great Danes Bella & Moose

Moose

 Great Danes Bella & Moose

Bella

Bella and Moose live with their parents in the country side. Almost all day Bella & Moose are outdoors. A common misconception is that Great Danes are slow and docile and don’t need walking; this is incorrect and in most cases Great Danes are full of energy and need regular exercise.
Bella & Moose have a problem. These two huge dogs are very nervous in new environments. They are not comfortable and trustworthy around new objects or in new situations. Everything new makes them spooky. All of this behavior is caused by a lack of *socializations. Luckily they are not too bad with other dogs.

 Great Danes Bella & Moose

Bella and Moose

When I first saw them one description of this breed came into my head: Great Danes can be protective and make good guard dogs. These two were under **stress and their parents had no idea what to do.

*Your dog is a social animal and needs the chance to meet and to have positive experiences with other beings that will play a role in his life. The best time for dogs to learn to behave properly, both with their own species and with others, especially with humans, is when they are under four months old.

The most common mistake that dog owners make is to expect too much human logic from their canine companion. Treat your dog as a valued member of the pack but never as of the leader of the pack.

**There are two types of stress you can see in dogs

  • Positive – increased activity: Jumping, whining, mouthing, running around, bouncing up and down and ignore commands
  • Negative – decreased activity: freezing, slinking behind owner, muscle tremors, excessive panting or drooling, sweaty feet, urination or defecation (diarrhoea)

I prepared the following plan of action for Bella & Muss:

  • Owners must start
    • Slowly introduce Bella & Muss to new places, new situations and people in a positive way.
    • Practice obedience training exercises regularly.
    • Stop babying them and build leader ship over them.
  • Stress control:
    • Dealing with positive stress:
      • Became calm.
      • Keep your hands off the dog.
      • Use a low tone of voice.
      • Give the “sit stay” or “down stay” command.
    • Dealing with negative stress:
      • Try to turn the dog on with a favourite toy or treat.
      • Go for a walk.

Good behaviour requires good exercise, good company, good health, good nutrition and good training.

“Good behaviour requires YOU!” – Wendy Volhard