, on the other hand, you’ve worked for eight hours straight, come home and had dinner, and your dog is insisting on some attention, well, how do I put this? Give it to them! It sounds to me like your dog needs an outlet. Our dogs are not with us nearly long enough. The next time your dog says, "Spend time with me please,” consider doing just that.
Q: I like to sing, but when I do, my dog just howls along with me at the top of his lungs. I can’t tell if my singing hurts his ears or if he is singing along. If it hurts his ears, wouldn’t he leave the room?
Your dog is likely telling you that you are a terrible singer and that you should consider a new hobby. Just kidding. Maybe. Well, I haven’t heard you sing, so I may be right. Come to think of it, from life experience, I’ve come to realize that most people cannot sing. OK, in all seriousness, this is a trait that dogs have and one they shared with their wild ancestors. As sure as a toddler will jump and act giddy with excitement when Mom or Dad turns on the hot kids’ TV show of the day, so, too, will a dog howl. It’s instinctive for dogs to respond vocally to what they feel is something that resembles howling. In actuality, you can just assume that your dog is just singing along with you.
Q: What is the best way to punish a dog for pottying inside?
Potty accidents are never punishable! Would you punish 6-month-old babies who go in their diapers? Of course not! It takes time to potty train a dog. I simply do not have the time to go into detailed potty training here. However, I will say that I am a fan of traditional crate training if done properly. It’s one of the few areas in dog training on which I do not have an original philosophy to offer. On a somewhat related note, it’s overwhelmingly common for the average pet parent to take the attitude that they should potty train their dog before getting serious about other aspects of training. While I make many comparisons between dogs and young kids, dogs have it all over young children in the fact that they can grasp some very serious stuff at a young age. On "Superfetch,” we taught a 5-month-old English bulldog named Steve (who was not fully potty trained) how to pour beer! I’d like to see a 5-month-old human pull that off! Well now that I think of it, maybe not, but it was a cool trick nonetheless.
Q: I am going to have a baby soon. How can I prepare my dog? And how can I be sure he won’t be aggressive with the baby? He is a silky terrier and very docile normally.
Congratulations! Dogs usually react very well to new members of the family. If your dog is sufficiently socialized and has not displayed aggression toward people in the past, then your dog will probably be just fine. In any event, supervise your dog when he or she is with your new child at all times. Be very delicate when initially allowing the two to interact. Finally, use common sense. Dogs and humans are both predisposed to getting along; therefore, the new relationship is facilitated by the fact that dogs and people just naturally take to each other. If you watch "Superfetch,” you’ll even be able to teach your dog to assist you with diaper changes! Just ask Toby and his dog Sasha. Both were guests on "Superfetch.” Sasha learned to fetch a diaper from anywhere in the house.
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