Who else feels stuck in the middle of the work week? 😂
1 4875 hours ago
Stella's face 🤣😂🤣😂
Juniper and Stella, our two reactive girls, practicing their skills in a popular dog friendly area.
Reactivity is fairly common in young herding type dogs. As they move through their developmental stages into maturity they start to "notice" more things in their environment. Often, their initial reaction to this influx of new information is to startle and react defensively. This reaction might be subtle at first but often quickly escalates to uncontrollable barking and lunging. If this continues, many dogs can essentially become "addicted" to the flood of adrenaline this behavior elicits.
Fortunately, if we catch this early enough we can help steer the dog in the right direction. Juniper and Stella both came to us around 4 months old and were already displaying some reactivity. They've made huge progress!
Juniper will be heading home this Saturday where she will continue her training with her owner. Stella will be with us for several more weeks as we continue to work through this issue.
You furmoms got Kai Kai over here shaking his head 🤔
Let's talk about crating. I've gotten several interesting comments on my last post for @kennelandcrate on Facebook and Instagram.
❌"Prisons for dogs is all they are"
❌"I dont belive in caging my fur babies or chaining them. If we can teach a child than we can teach out loving pets . If u dont have the time ,then dont have them."
❌"BEAUTIFUL puppy. NO cages or tied up on chains."
❌"Disgusting putting your pets in crates"
❌"Look like prison cells awful"
❌"No kennels for any of my FURBABIES 😡"
So your dog doesn't need a crate? That's great! But all dogs are not created equal.
Why might a dog benefit from being crate trained?
✅Potty Training - A crate that is sized properly encourages a dog’s instinct not to mess where he sleeps, helping your dog control his bladder – and preventing you from cleaning up after them.
✅Using a crate is a great way to keep your dog from getting into mischief when you can’t supervise them directly. Not all dogs are little angels when they're left alone in the house. Many go counter surfing and dumpster diving the first chance they get.
✅Since dogs feel responsible for their own territory, insecure dogs need less space to protect. A crate (rather than the entire house) means less territory to patrol, making it easier for them to relax.
✅ Crates help dogs learn to self soothe, or deal with their anxiety, during situations where they become distressed, like during fireworks, a thunderstorm, or construction.
✅ Crate training can help prevent compounding a dog’s stress during emergencies. In worse case scenarios, dogs may be required to be on crate rest when recovering from surgery. Dogs are less likely to have complications following surgery when they can peacefully relax rather than accidentally aggravate injuries because they can’t settle down in a crate.
✅Crates make it easier to safely transport your dog by car or by air during long-distance travel or vacations. Crate training makes long car rides more pleasant for both humans and canines. Crates allow dogs to lay down and sleep without distracting the driver.