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Yorkie Central, Issue #015
May 01, 2007
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In this issue you will find:
Dog Training: How To Stop Your Dog From Begging & Stealing Food
Learning to beg or steal food is the easiest of all life's lessons for a puppy. The art is most often taught by the pup's owners. In some cases, it is learned when food is accidentally dropped on the floor, or left unattended where the puppy can get at it.
Human taste discrimination is so crude when compared to the dog's that many owners fail to appreciate the mistake of giving their pups little treats of the family food fare. Many times it only takes one taste of highly spiced table food to ruin a puppy's appreciation for its less-seasoned commercial diet. The result can be a pup that turns up its nose at dog food and becomes a roaring menace around the dinner table.
The training method of extinguishing begging takes time. The time it takes depends on the duration of the habit, the pup's tenacity, and the consistency of its owners in carrying out corrective procedures. It requires that absolutely no attention be given the begging pup, regardless of its antics in trying to gain tidbits.
In the case of food stealing, the training method of extinguishing the behavior requires even more careful control of the environment, especially when young children are involved. They usually love to share their goodies with their pets, but it is impractical to explain the cause-effect relationship to such youngsters when they complain that "Sparky jumped up and stole my ice cream cone!" Children also tend to leave articles of food around on low tables and chairs, an irresistible temptation for most puppies.
To eliminate stealing, whether it is overt (taking food from children) or covert (pilfering the thawing dinner steak), it is necessary to initiate a program of at least 4 weeks, during which no food is ever placed within the pup's reach. It goes without saying that no tidbits should be given during this period.
Remedies that often fail include lacing some food with pepper or ammonia, saying "No-no" while tempting the pup, and physically punishing the animal when it approaches the family's food.
These fail because they require the presence of some agent other than the food, either the aversive-tasting element or the owner.
When these elements are not present, the pup is rarely discouraged from stealing the food. It learns to discriminate between treated and untreated morsels, and to avoid food in the owner's presence.
In The News
Taking your yorkie on Holiday this year?
Recently I’ve been hearing a lot about celebs who take their dogs everywhere with them. Are you the same?
Nowadays it is possible to take your dog with you wherever you go! If you so wish!
The American Kennel Club's recently announced the Yorkshire Terrier as the second most popular purebred dog in America and small dogs are gaining more attention than ever before.
With Summer almost here, more of us want to be planning our holidays with our four-legged companions.
Even though your small companion is easier to take with you on holiday you must remember that a lot of work and attention will still be needed.
"As appealing as a tiny dog can be, they are as much of a responsibility to own as any other dog," warns AKC spokesperson Lisa Peterson. "Before selecting a small breed as a pet, make sure to do your research and find a breed that suits your lifestyle. And remember that small dogs live longer, sometimes upwards of 15 years, so be prepared to commit to your new pet for the life of the dog."
As the popularity of small dogs increases, so does the amount of travel people do with their canine companions. According to AKC research, the "AKC 21st Century Dog Owners Study" states nearly half of dog owners surveyed stated that they look for hotels, motels and other travel accommodations that permit them to bring their dogs. Additionally, 47% consider Fido when buying a car to take that family vacation in*.
If you wish to travel with your yorkie this year check out our
Pet Travel pages.
For more canine-friendly travel tips go to http://www.akc.org/public_education/travel.cfm
(Taken from Gaywired.com)
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