Manding is a concept that helps puppies express their needs in a way that fits their neurological development and doesn’t lead to undesirable behaviors later in life.
When we use food to help our dogs learn it’s Not about bribery, Although bait and lure can get them started. The Real Help comes from Changing Brain Chemistry. We want to Calm the dog. Food is the easiest way is to Raise Serotonin. Food is comfort 🙂 On the other hand Corrections Raise Cortisol which increases stress and stress causes a host of issues. Once the dog’s Normal Becomes Calm, life is better for everyone 🙂
I write this because just this morning i spoke to someone who was bitten by their dog, the dog will lose it’s home and is in danger of euthanasia. Imagine someone Repeatedly Taking Your Valuables! Then acting like you did something wrong! Would you fight back? PLEASE DO NOT PULL ITEMS OUT OF YOUR DOGS MOUTH! This Does NOT teach them drop or give. They Do Not understand Our “Attacks” on them. It frightens them and is a Common CAUSE of Resource Guarding. Also Do Not take their food bowl to “show them who’s boss” Do Not even Pull toys out of their mouth. These maneuvers only Teach your dog to hang on Tighter. LEARN How to Teach Let Go. Here’s a link for a good start about handling resource guarding. https://yourdogsfriend.org/help/resource-guarding-growling/
If you’re a dog owner, I’m sure you’ve heard this refrain. Conventional wisdom says that young puppies come to us as blank slates. Full of promise and limitless potential, ready to be molded into …
An artist decided to tell a story of a dog who became a true member of their family and these illustrations depicts his life with his dog.