BEHAVIOR & TRAINING
Preparing for Life After COVID-19: Separation Anxiety Issues
For those who have adopted a dog since February 1st (or just prior to), we highly recommend watching this helpful video by Your Dog's Friend about how to manage separation anxiety once social restrictions are lifted. The video is filled with helpful tips and the key is starting your preparations now.
What is Positive Training and Why Is It Important?
Labs, like all dogs (and humans, too), respond best to positive training and we encourage all applicants to use that as a screening mechanism in evaluating possible classes and instructors. Praise good behavior and feed tasty treats and 99.99% of Labs will do anything you want! Negative corrections and punishment are not effective and not appropriate choices.
A list of positive dog trainers in the MD/Northern VA area:
If you would like to receive additional trainer recommendations, including those outside of the greater-DC area, please inquire with your Adoption Coordinator.
Helpful Reference Websites
https://petprofessionalguild.com/forcefreetrainingvideos – videos on training as well as correcting behavioral issues, by topic
www.sfspca.org/behavior-training/dog-behavior-resources – easy-to-read articles on different behavior issues, by topic
www.ddfl.org/resources-publications/pet-behavior-handouts – lots of valuable handouts
www.fearfuldogs.com – a resource for owners of fearful dogs
https://www.reachoutrescue.org/info/display?PageID=9829 – dog introductions
www.borntoleadk9.com/dog-training-articles/sibling-rivalry.html – more strategies for helping furry siblings live in peace
www.thesprucepets.com/introducing-dogs-and-puppies-2805078 – introducing older dog to new puppy
www.familypaws.com/resources – for new and growing families
www.livingwithkidsanddogs.com – child safety tips
www.yourdogsfriend.org/life-with-dogs/children-dogs – child safety tips
www.thefamilydog.com/stop-the-77 – bite prevention tips
Reference Books for Common Challenges
The following books have proven to be valuable resources:
Love Has No Age Limit: Welcoming an Adopted Dog into Your Home, by Patricia McConnell
Second Hand Dog, How to Turn Yours into a First Rate Pet, by Carol Lea Benjamin
Leader of the Pack, by Patricia McConnell
Your Labrador Retriever Puppy Month by Month, by Terry Albert and Debra Eldredge DVM
The Cautious Canine: How to Help Dogs Conquer Their Fears, by Patricia McConnell
A Guide to Living with and Training a Fearful Dog, by Debbie Jacobs
Feisty Fido: Help for the Leash-Reactive Dog, by Patricia McConnell and Karen London
I'll Be Home Soon! How to Prevent and Treat Separation Anxiety, by Patricia McConnell
Don't Leave Me! Step-by-Step Help for Your Dog's Separation Anxiety, by Nicole Wilde
Living With Blind Dogs, by Caroline Levin