Spring offers plenty of new vitality to the neighborhood from outdoor fairs to flowers to volleyball games at the Pier. It also means the addition of many new puppies to the neighborhood. As a dog owner, I have met a lot of new dog owners asking many questions, which I now turn over to Certified Professional Trainer, Robert Haussman, owner of DogBoy Inc.
Robert helped me become the alpha of my French Bulldog, he also helped train Mayor Bloomberg’s dogs Bonnie and Clyde, has been featured in The New York Times, USA Today, People’s Pet website peoplepets.com, and tonight will appear on Bravo’s show “Pregnant in Heels” training another French Bulldog.
1. Socialize with dogs, people, kids like crazy before 16 weeks. The sooner the better. It’s ok to meet dogs who are vaccinated and clean.
2. Get your new puppy or dog use to being handle and having human hands in and around their food. Teach your dog hands around food and treasured objects equals tasty treats and pleasant petting. Make sure to your dog associates having his paws, tail and ears handled as a fun,exciting event.
3. Bring your puppy to meet the vet and groomer regularly before they actually need to go. They should make a good association with these locations and people before they go there for vaccines or nail trimming.
These will prevent big issues down the road.
Q: How much space should be left between a collar or harness and my dog?
A:A dog’s exercise needs varies from breed, size and age. Dogs require at least 1/2 hour of aerobic activity a day. That doesn’t mean running in little circles around the yard or fetching up and down the hall. More athletic breeds require more while giant breeds and older dogs need less. Also ask your vet if your dog is old enough for higher intensity exercise like long runs or an agility course before going forward. A well exercised dog is a happy dog who is easy to live with.