Dog Training and Children

Dogs and children usually go together like peanut butter and jelly. Most people have fond memories of growing up with a dog, playing hide and seek, fetch and other fun games.

Dogs and kids can be the best of friends. However, they can be the worst of enemies if not trained properly.

Kids often think of dogs as jungle gyms. They try and ride them like a horse. They poke and prod various parts of their bodies. When it comes to roughhousing, they often don’t realize the strength of a dog.

It is no wonder that 2.25 million children are bitten by dogs each year.  All dogs, even well-trained gentle dogs, are capable of biting when provoked, especially when eating, sleeping or caring for puppies.

Some dogs just naturally get along with children, but not all dogs like children. In fact, some dogs are afraid of children.

Keeping Your Dog and Children Safe

The best way to ensure your dog behaves around children is through dog training. He needs to be taught boundaries, obedience and socialization so he knows how to react around people, before you even worry about little people. The best time to start is when he is a puppy —  to build a foundation of trust. Here is when he will learn not to jump on people, not to steal toys, and to get used to the volume of noise children can make!

Positive reinforcement goes a long way to getting dogs to adapt to children. When your dog is behaving well around children, be sure to give him a lot of praise and belly rubs. He will soon make a positive association between kids and fun.

Just like dogs, your children need to be trained how to act around the dog. A dog should be patted gently and should never be kicked or hurt. These types of behaviors can breed aggression in the dog.

Kids can be taught to help with the dog but they should always do so with adult supervision.

Dog Breeds That May Be Bad for Children
According to dogreference.com, here are 20 breeds of dogs that may have issues with children:

  1. Weimaraner
  2. Rottweilers
  3. Akita
  4. Alaskan Malamute
  5. Siberian Husky
  6. Saint Bernard
  7. Bull mastiff
  8. Australian shepherd
  9. Shih Tzu
  10. Jack Russell Terrier
  11. Pekingese
  12. Shar Pei
  13. Doberman
  14. Chow chow
  15. Chihuahua
  16. Dalmatian
  17. Greyhound
  18. French bulldog
  19. English toy spaniel
  20. Afghan hound

None of the breeds listed above are “bad” breeds. They may just not be right for small children because of their size, temperament, history or genetics.

Here are some tips to teach your children:

  1. Never approach an unfamiliar dog and always ask for permission before petting a dog.
  2. Never approach a dog that is eating, nursing puppies, or sleeping.
  3. Don’t poke, hit or pinch a dog.
  4. If a dog is in his crate, don’t disturb him. This is his safe haven where he can get away from all the noise and bustle.
  5. Understand there are times when the dog may want to be alone.

Tips for Dog Owners:

  1. Never leave a small baby or toddler alone with a dog.
  2. Teach your dog to treat the dog with respect and be careful of playing too rough or getting the dog all wound up.
  3. Make sure your pet is well socialized as a puppy so he is comfortable around dogs and other people.

If your dog reacts negatively when your child is around, contact me to help with this issue. With training, patience and respect, we can turn your home into a harmonious one where there is a safe relationship between your dogs and kids. 

Realistic Expectations of a Puppy

Who doesn’t love a puppy? These are sweet, warm and cuddly. All of their silly actions make you laugh. You want to love them and spoil them.

However, puppies are also high maintenance and dog owners need to have realistic expectations of their behaviors. Here are some of the mistakes that puppy owners make that Greg Knows Dogs can help you with:

  1. Puppies are too young to be trained. I have heard many clients say: “Oh that is just normal puppy behavior” as ways to excuse a puppy’s jumping, whining, mouthing and more. Realistically, puppies are a blank canvas. Puppies are like babies in that they are born innocent. Every noise, every place, every person is new to them. They don’t know the difference between right and wrong. Puppyhood is the perfect time to begin training your dog, to lay the foundation to be a well-behaved adult dog.
  2. Puppies will try and train you. Most dogs are natural born leaders, so if you don’t assume the role of pack leader, they will. They will try and get you to follow their schedule, their behaviors, unless you educate them right from the start. Once Greg Knows Dogs teaches you to be the leader, your puppy will start following your commands.
  3. Puppies can speak English. Unfortunately, no dogs can speak English. They will eventually learn a few words, but initially it is better to teach them in a language they understand. From their mom and their litter mates they learn to use guttural sounds and body language. Therefore, when you start to barrage your puppy with “sit” and “stay” commands, he has no idea what you are saying. Eventually he can learn the sound of certain spoken words and relate them to actions, but this will take awhile. Whereas a puppy learns its own canine language immediately. Greg Knows dogs uses voice commands and body language so your dog will start listening. I never use shock or prong collars to get your dog to behave. If your dog does something good, follow it with a belly rub and a lot of praise. He will know from your voice tone if he has done something wrong.
  4. Don’t correct the puppy after the fact. Never correct your puppy after a misbehavior. He won’t put two and two together. For instance, if your puppy has an accident in the house, admonishing him afterwards will not do any good. Know that if you don’t have the time to address his misbehavior right then, you may need to recreate the situation later.
  5. Puppies should be crate trained. Without a doubt, crate training makes housebreaking easier. But there are certain advantages and disadvantages you can talk with me about when it comes to the training plan we develop.

Every puppy needs to know basic obedience – sit, stay, and come. They also need to be housetrained. The breed of your pup and its maturity will determine the speed of the progress we can make.

With your help, your pup can either grow into a loving, loyal, trouble-free pet or a spoiled, misbehaving dog. Remember that newborns can’t walk right away. Your commitment to education and nurturing holds the key.

Does Your Dog’s Barking Bother You (or your Neighbors?)

When a dog barks endlessly, it is very annoying for you, your neighbors and believe it or not your dog. Dogs should not bark at inappropriate times like when visitors come to your door, the mail man passes your house, or at other dogs when out on a walk. This is called nuisance barking.

On the flip side, dogs bark and growl as a natural means of communication. You can’t expect a dog not to bark at certain times. It would be like asking a newborn baby not to sleep! What is important is to find out why your dog is barking. Since barking dogs is the number one complaint I receive from pet owners, I always get to the root of the issue first before I try and fix the behavior.

Dogs generally bark for the following reasons:

  • Believe it or not, the main reason dogs bark is because they are afraid. He is trying to tell you he is stressed. He is looking to you to keep him safe. If he doesn’t perceive you as the “pack leader”, he will assume the role himself. That means he gets to set the rules and boundaries and is in charge and it is his job to protect you. If your dog feels secure, he doesn’t need to bark or be on patrol to protect you from strangers at the door. You have to let him know that “you got this.”
  • Dogs are pack creatures and don’t like to be left alone for long periods of time. A dog left alone continuously may develop separation anxiety, which is a whole different issue. Dogs with separation anxiety will not only bark, but can destroy things or start marking in the house. Is it because your dog misses you so much? He is probably barking because he is bored.
  • Just like children who don’t want to share their toys, dogs are very protective and territorial of what they perceive as theirs. That could be as small as the food bowl or as large as your house and yard.
  • I once met a dog who only barked at men. Why? Maybe he was abused by a man prior to his adoption. Or what about the dog who barks at the vacuum cleaner? Some dogs only bark at specific things or people.
  • Dogs will often bark at other dogs as a means of saying hello.
  • If your dog barks because he is hungry and you immediately get his dinner, you have taught him to bark to get what he wants. Wait a few minutes to fill his dish

There is no magic wand to teach your dog NOT to bark. However, with consistent training and patience, getting your dog to bark only when it is appropriate is very doable.

Here’s a few tips for overcoming excessive barking:

  • Don’t shout at your dog … that will cause him to bark more. Speak calmly and firmly without yelling.
  • Issue a command to your dog and if her quiets down, offer a lot of praise. Do not use the words “shut up” as he won’t understand this.
  • Remember that a quiet dog is a calm dog. If he barks when you are away, try to wear him out before you go.
  • The sooner you stop the barking the better before it becomes a bad habit that is ingrained.

Most of all don’t let the excessive barking continue because it will only get worse and could develop into aggression. If your dog starts barking when you come through the door, do not look him in the eye or pet him until he calms down. Call me – Greg Schneider at Greg Knows Dogs because I’d love to help you have a well-behaved dog!

Practice Makes Perfect

As a Columbus dog trainer for 14 years and owner of Greg Knows Dogs, I am still amazed how my dog training methods help me to see a major change in dogs in the first lesson. In fact, some of my customers think I cast a spell on the dogs or have a magic wand! I always end the lesson with something like this…“Your dog is going to take a nap from working so hard with us.  He’s going to wake up and think he’s had a bad dream and is ready for things to get back to the way they were.”

The key to dog training is consistency and communication. I teach you how to communicate with your dog so that he understands what you are saying. Although dogs come to understand certain words in English, when you speak in a language your dog understands and combine this communication with body language, you will be successful in your dog training efforts.

Once I leave a client’s house after a lesson, the process of training your dog needs to continue. Here are some tips to keep you on track. You need to practice your training exercises every day to get the best results.

  • Establishing yourself as the “leader”. Remember your dog needs to see you as the “pack leader” (or “boss” or whatever word you want to use). Otherwise, he will try and take control and think you are an equal. He prefers to learn from you and have rules so he will feel more secure. You will need to be leader-like and consistent. I don’t mean being physical with your dog. Use authoritative voice tones. Your dog will regularly test you and you need to win every time. If you keep reinforcing good behavior, your dog will learn to follow your new rules and behave the way you want.
  • Reinforcement is Important. If you are correcting your dog and he shows signs of yielding, reinforce his response by leading him to the right behavior, then praising him. Praising is very important and should be done the minute your dog displays the behavior you want. If you don’t praise your dog, you are missing a golden opportunity for your dog to understand exactly what you want.
  • Once you have praised your dog, practice the behavior again until your dog learns door manners, not to jump up, not to bark at the doorbell, etc. You should keep repeating the same exercise until you are guiding and praising your dog for the right decision.
  • Set up temptations to misbehave. If you are distracted, your dog is distracted. If you are in a rush, don’t use this time to try and train your dog. The minute you let your dog get away with his bad behavior, he will revert and test you. Set up the opportunity to misbehave when you are ready to teach him.
  • Do your homework. I leave clients with a series of exercises to ensure success. The exercises are designed specifically for each client. I recommend doing the exercises several times each day at different times of day, in different places, etc.

Practice will pay off because you will have a happier dog who knows the rules. Remember your dog wants to please you – he just doesn’t know how until you show him!

Marijuana and Dogs

In a prior blog we discussed the preliminary advantages of CBD oil on dogs.  CBD is a non-hallucinogenic component of marijuana. However, if you have marijuana around the house or even smoke marijuana, know that it can be harmful to your dog.

Effects of Marijuana on Dogs
Can dogs get high from ingesting marijuana or even second-hand smoke? It’s absolutely possible and the effects can even be more dramatic in small dogs. In high quantities it could be life-threatening. Your dog may start acting paranoid, lethargic and over reactive.

Let’s look at the facts about ingesting marijuana, second hand smoke, and marijuana edibles.

Facts

  • According to Trupanion, a major pet insurance provider, it costs on average of $500 to treat marijuana toxicity in dogs. To date, Trupanion policies have paid nearly $180,000 in suspected marijuana toxicity.
  • Trupanion saw marijuana toxicity cases increase by 50% from 2014 to 2015. It’s not surprising that Colorado and Washington (where recreational marijuana is legal) have seen the highest cases of marijuana toxicity in dogs.
  • The ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center saw a 144% increase in pet marijuana overdose calls from 2010 to 2015. Dogs account for 95% of marijuana toxicity cases.
  • How can you tell if a dog has broken into a stash? Effects of marijuana ingestion may include:
    • Lethargy
    • Lowered blood pressure
    • Loss of coordination
    • Incontinence
    • Breathing problems
    • Dilated pupils
    • Coma
    • Panting
    • Pacing
    • Hyperactivity
    • Seizures
    • Easily startled by sudden sounds
  • Secondhand smoke can cause a “contact” high in dogs. If a dog has any respiratory issues to begin with, inhaling second hand smoke can make the condition worse.
  • Marijuana edibles (candy, brownies) that contain chocolate can be doubly bad for your dog since chocolate alone is poisonous for a dog.

What to Do
What should you do if your dog has ingested marijuana? To be on the safe side, induce vomiting or take him to the vet.  Be frank with your veterinarian. Without full disclosure you dog may be tested for other poisons, which can be expensive.

Is CBD Oil Good for Your Dogs?

Although CBD oil is currently sold in Ohio, its use with both humans and dogs can be controversial. It’s hard to keep track of the numbers – currently 8 states have legalized marijuana for recreational purposes (California, Colorado, Oregon, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Vermont, and Washington) and 29 states for medicinal purposes. 50 states have approved the sale of CBD oil.

You may have heard many stories on the news about marijuana and CBD oil being used to curb anxiety, cancer and more. However, it is important to note the difference between marijuana and cannabis (CBD) versus hemp for the purposes of this discussion.

Like many other products that started out being consumed by humans, it quickly spread to the pet industry. The sale of pet-related hemp products have risen dramatically with more than 1,000,000 websites now selling hemp online (including Amazon).

This begs the question: are dogs going to pot?

The Difference Between Human Marijuana and Pet Related CBD

For many years, hemp was illegal across the United States because it was lumped in with all forms of cannabis. Where recreational marijuana is legal, you can find all forms of cannabis from all dispensaries. It comes in all formats – seeds, powders, oils, brownies, etc.

Know there is a big difference between the herb cannabis versus marijuana.

Both hemp and cannabis come from the plant Cannabis sativa. The cannabis plant contains more than 80 chemicals called cannabinoids. The two main types of cannabinoids are cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Products containing tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, have a psychoactive component that creates the “high” many people talk about. Veterinary products generally do not contain THC but are compromised of the pain-relieving substance cannabidiol, or CBD.

Marijuana has a THC content of 10 – 15%, while hemp has a THC content of 0.3% or less. The hemp that has therapeutic effects on dogs contains CBD. Therefore, hemp should not get your dog high.

The Facts

  • According to the ASPCA’s animal poison directory, marijuana — the Cannabis Sativa L.plant — is toxic to dogs, cats and horses.
  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved marijuana or CBD for use in animals.
  • It is illegal for vets to prescribe cannabis to pets in all 50 states because of federal and state laws. There is a thin line between educating pet owners about cannabis versus prescribing a Schedule 1 drug.
  • There has been no long-term research to determine the effects of either hemp or marijuana on dogs.
  • Hemp products are available legally in all 50 states.

However, many veterinarians such as Dr. Greg Richter, a veterinarian in California, and Dr. Rob Silver, a holistic vet and pet herbalist in Colorado, have diligently been trying to educate pet owners and legislators on the benefits of treating pets with cannabis (not just CBD). Silver has even published a book, Medical Marijuana & Your Pet: The Definitive Guide, which draws on his research and experience to help people determine whether cannabinoid treatment is right for their animal.

The Benefits of CBD and Dogs
A few studies have shown that CBD can relieve ailments in dogs caused by:

  • Anxiety and Stress
  • Arthritis
  • Back pain
  • Cancer
  • Gastrointestinal issues
  • Lack of appetite
  • Nausea
  • Seizures

What are the risks? Dosage is key. As with any medication, pet parents should consult their veterinarian first before treating their dog with cannabis oil. Unfortunately, there has been no research to determine the exact dosage for CBD oil in dogs.

How should it be administered? The most common method is through a tincture or oil sold in a small bottle that comes with a dropper, and is recommended for use by the drop or milliliter and spread on a dog’s tongue.

Proceed with Caution
At Greg Knows Dogs, we are dog trainers not veterinarians, so understand we are not dispensing medical advice. Instead, with all the conflicting research, it’s important to educate yourself. Whatever you decide to do, start very slowly with CBD oil to not endanger your dog. And marijuana itself? We’ll cover that in the next blog.

 

Spring Can Be Hazardous to Your Dog

Here in Columbus, we look forward to Old Man Winter packing up his bags and the promises of warmer weather that Spring brings. As you are thinking about your Spring cleaning, don’t forget about your back yard. With the snow melted, it’s time to pick up all the poop in the yard. No matter what you try and tell yourself, it is not a good fertilizer!

It’s also National Pet Poison Prevention Month and your yard and garage can contain many hidden dangers for your dog. Here’s a few backyard items that may be toxic to your dog:

  • Pesticides and Fertilizers. We love pesticides to get rid of bugs and fertilizers that get rid of weeds. However, many fertilizers that contain bone meal, feather meal, iron and blood meal can cause vomiting, diarrhea and pancreatitis in dogs. When storing fertilizer in your yard, keep it out of reach of your dogs. If you are having a professional come spray your yard, keep your dog inside for at least 24 hours until the fertilizer dries. As far as pesticides, some may contain an organophosphate which can be life threatening when consumed in large quantities.
  • Did you know that sago palm trees or sago seeds can be fatal to a dog? Or that Lily of the Valley, oleanders, yews, and begonias can be dangerous. For a more extensive list of poisonous plants, click here.
  • Compost piles. Although composting is a good thing, it is important that your compost pile not contain dairy or meat products. These piles of decomposing and decaying organic matter and molding food products have the potential to contain tremorgenic mycotoxins, which are toxic to both pets and wildlife.Symptoms of poisoning are agitation, hyperthermia, hyper-responsiveness, panting, drooling, and vomiting.
  • Rat poison or snail bait. No one likes rats in their garage, but the poison used to kill them is highly deadly for dogs because it contains long-acting anticoagulants (LAACs), Cholecalciferol (Vitamin D3), Bromethalin, or phosphides. What’s worse is that your dog will be attracted to the smell. You also do not want your dog to eat the rats that have been poisoned, or they could get secondary poisoning. Make sure to keep all rat poisons high on a shelf or where your dog can’t reach them.
  • Mulch. Brown cacao bean mulch is made from chocolate which is toxic to dogs.
  • Outdoor predators. In some areas of the country, possums and raccoons have been known to attack and can carry rabies or flea-borne diseases.
  • Garbage. As the weather warms up, your garbage can be a major attraction for bugs, critters and mice. Tightly seal trash cans and place a cinder block on them to keep sealed.

It is best to do a walk around of your yard to make sure your fence has no holes (or anyplace to dig under) and all your cable and electrical lines are still securely buried. We want our backyard to be a sanctuary for our dogs, but we also need to make sure it is safe and free of pet poisons.

Do You Walk Your Dog or Does He Walk You?

Although February brings National Walk Your Dog Day, the weather in Columbus has been so cold it feels more like Keep Your Dog Inside Month.

This past weekend I saw lots of folks out enjoying a walk with their dog.  The snow has melted, the salt has rinsed away and it was finally above 45 degrees!  Actually, I think I saw more dogs enjoying the walks than humans enjoying walks.  It seems lot of dogs had pent up energy and had forgotten to walk nicely.

There are a number of things we should consider as we get back to our regular dog walking routine:

Do you have a 2018 dog tag on your dog’s collar?

Have you checked your walking equipment?  Make sure the collar fits and the leash is not worn thin.  If you use a retractable leash, check the entire length to make sure it’s not frayed.

Is it time for new walking equipment?  Should you consider a harness, Gentle Leader or Halti?

Are there “mean” dogs on your walking route? You might want to get a can of PetSafe SprayShield.  It’s a citronella spray that distracts an attacking dog.

Here are some other tips for walking your dog correctly from #GregKnowsDogs:

  • Never let your dog walk in front of you so you will be viewed as the pack leader.
  • Using a 6’ leash allows you better control of your dog.
  • Let your dog explore and sniff around.
  • Always pick up your dog poop.
  • Make sure to bring plenty of water for your dog.
  • Watch out for ice in the winter (and salt) and hot pavements in the summer.
  • Wear reflective gear if you are walking your dog at night.

I recommend walks to heel, not just a walk with minimal pulling.  Call me at 614-859-0612 if you need help getting your pooch to walk nicely by your side.  I also recommend you start with short, focused walks as you get back into your routine.  Happy trails and tails!

When The Problem Is The Dog Owner, Not The Dog!

My friend’s mother-in-law has been visiting recently. Now Rose is 64-years-old and has had dogs all her life. She has had numerous breeds and has trained puppies before, but not in a long time. Her age is not the barrier, because I have seen many people try and train their dog. Try being the key word here. Unfortunately, many dog owners don’t get the results they want?

Why?

There are a lot of reasons dog owners have a hard time training their own dog. Here are the top ones:

  • Repetition. Dogs thrive on routine and repetition. They like to eat and sleep at the same time every day. They like to know when you wake up in the morning they will be let outside or go for a walk. They are creatures of habit. Getting them to even listen to “sit, stay and come” takes practice over and over. You don’t get to pick and choose the easy parts and avoid the challenging and critical work. Keep the sessions short because dogs tend to have short attention spans.
  • Inconsistency. Many of us don’t realize we are being inconsistent in our messages to our dogs. We don’t want them to beg for food from our plates, but then we slip them the remnants when we are done eating. We don’t want them to chew our slippers, but we give them no new toys to play with. Your dog gets confused.
  • Communication. Remember that your dog doesn’t speak your language so you have to learn to communicate with your dog on his/her terms. He will look to your voice tones and body language to know what to do versus just your commands. Many times he wants to please you – he just doesn’t know how.
  • Bored. Dogs get bored and a bored dog is a mischievous dog. Are you away at work all day? If so, that is a lot of time for your dog to get into trouble. Every dog needs mental and physical stimulation. Consider some interactive dog toys that dispense treats that require your dog to figure out the toy. Rotate his or her toys so they don’t get bored.
  • Lack of exercise. Even lap dogs need exercise. Depending on the breed of the dog, some dogs require more exercise than others. A Shih tzu will not need as much exercise as a German Shepherd.
  • Socialization. This can be playing with other dogs – or just getting out of your house. If we don’t take our dogs for walks or car rides, how can we expect them to behave when out in the “real world”?  Or maybe your dog would benefit from a supervised doggie day care.

We think the key to dog training is with the dog, when in fact it is the dog owner.  Many behavior problems exhibited by dogs are stress-related and directly traceable back to the relationship between the owner and the dog. It’s always something the owner “is” or “is not” doing.  That’s why I work with the whole family to ensure everyone is on the same page.

Remember that your dog will try and take charge if you don’t. Do you let him walk in front of you versus by your side? When you are walking out the door together, do you let him go first? If so, he has established himself as the “Top Dog.”

Dog training doesn’t need to be hard. However, start 2018 out right and get professional training for your dog, so you have a well-behaved dog in the future.

Doggies Can Get Back-to-School Blues

August in Columbus can mean balmy weather, an end to swimming outdoors, and most importantly, the kids going back to school. Whether your kids love or dislike the thought, there is one thing for certain: it will be quite an adjustment for your dog.

It’s not unusual for dogs or even cats to get depressed when the kids go back to school. There has been noise and confusion all summer and generally more time to spend with the dog. Some dogs even trot to the neighborhood corner, faithfully awaiting the arrival of the school bus. Or stare out the window while the kids are in school, eagerly awaiting their arrival. In dog trainer terms we often call this separation anxiety – which can lead to excessive salivating, barking, whining, chewing, digging and other destructive behaviors. Separation anxiety occurs when dogs become upset because of separation from the people they’re attached to.

So how can you make this transition easier for your dog?

  • Exercise. A bored dog is a mischievous dog. You’re going to have to ramp up the time you spend exercising with your dog, because exercise releases endorphins which are feel-good chemicals in your dog’s brain. Take longer walks or walk more times/day. If the dog is going to be home alone all day, consider getting a dog walker.
  • Smell. It will calm the dog if you leave behind a t-shirt or an article of clothing from the child who is going to be gone. The scent will relax him.
  • Get Used to a new Routine. Dogs thrive on routine. A week before school starts, slowly back off the amount of time the kids spend with the dog so he learns he is no longer the center of attention. If you normally take your dog with you to run errands, leave him at home. As you are leaving for the day, don’t confuse him by saying sweetly: “We’ll be home soon.” If he is anxious about you leaving, your high-pitched tone will reinforce that it’s okay for him to feel anxious. Don’t make a big deal about leaving; instead, just leave without saying anything.
  • New Toys. Dogs love new toys but they can get quickly bored with them. After a few days of playing with a new toy, put it away for awhile and then rotate them. Dogs particularly love toys that contain food where they have to work to get the treats out. This keeps their mind and body occupied. Dogs need something to do while everyone is gone.
  • Games. After school, have the kids play a rousing game of Hide and Seek, tug-of-war or fetch. Games give your dog a chance to play and have fun.
  • Secure Indoors:When the kids leave for school, keep your dog securely inside your home so he isn’t tempted to follow your child down the street. A crate may make him feel comfortable and secure.

The main thing is you must establish a new routine. Although the dog will be excited when the kids get home, give everyone a few minutes to relax before play time begins so the dog doesn’t get too hyper.

Also consider this: it may be a good time for your dog to go back to school too with some private dog training classes!