Things have changed a lot in our house. Did you notice?
I used to post lots of photos of beds and couches covered in pets.
Seen any lately ?
In a house with four dogs, things can get out of hand pretty fast. One dog barks -- they all bark. One gets excited -- they all get excited. You get the picture.
Over the past few months a lot of overdue, doggy-type changes have happened. No longer are guests mobbed by excited, bouncing dogs. Good behaviour is expected.
No dogs on furniture. That one was harder on me, than the dogs who quickly adjusted to their lovely new beds.
|Trey with his "sucky" pillow.|
Excited, jumping greetings, are not acknowledged. We follow Cesar Milan's mantra, "no look, no touch, no talk", until the dogs have calmed down.
Dog owners love their pets. But like me, they often have it backwards. Hugs, love, affection and kisses are NOT what a dog needs most.
#1 in importance is exercise.
#2 is discipline.
Don't worry, I'm not going to show you photos of me beating the dogs. That's not discipline. It's about becoming the "alpha", top dog, and is reinforced every day. They must wait for permission to eat. They let me take bones and food from them. They sit and "wait", when told. Before going out for a walk, they wait at the top of the stairs, then on the stairs and then on the deck.
#3 is Affection. Rather than give affection randomly, I give it in response to good behaviour.
The other big change has been the switching around of the pack. Kaitlyn now takes care of the "pups", Buffy and Sooki, and I have Wendy and Trey. She often takes the pups to work where she grooms, as they have a doggie day care. I take the "oldsters" with me around town. Hence all the photos of them at Admiral Cove park.
The new system is working really well. The house is a calmer and quieter place. Nice.
Don't worry about me having to sleep on that big bed all alone.
Cats are not so easily trained ...