Teach Your Puppy To LOVE Coming To You And How To Socialize With Other Dogs /Dog Vlogs Episode 20/

6 days ago
We have a special guest on today's vlog. It's a 17 week old Black Labrador puppy named Bruin! We will show Cory how to teach Bruin how to come when called.

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- Ready, set, (exclaiming)
here, here, here.
(giggling) yay!
Good boy!
Woo-hoo!
(dog barks)
- We are out for a walk today.
We have a new member with
us just out for the walk,
and it's little Bruin, the Black Lab.
You can see Bruin's on a line.
We have Corey Curtis with
us, who you might remember
from one of our other videos.
We did a things that new dog
owners should know video,
and I'll actually post a link.
I'll put a card up on the top
right hand corner for that.
But we're talking today with
Corey a little bit about
some of the things that
he's doing with his puppy,
some of the things that
he's found helpful,
some of the things that might be, maybe
he should just eliminate from his routine,
and the idea came up or the
notion Came up of dog parks.
And Corey made a great point
that it's such a nice way
to burn off some of your dog's energy,
to go out and be able to let
your dog burn off some steam,
and in a lot of situations,
people feel like their dog
is getting socialized to other dogs.
That's not necessarily always
the case, and it's something
that we talked about with Corey today, so.
Corey, let's just talk
about the convenience
of a dog park for you,
like, why do you feel
like you want to take
Bruin to the dog park?
- Oh, definitely right now
just cause we live in Oakfill,
little condo, no backyard, so a dog park's
easily convenient for us.
- Totally.
- And there's
nowhere else to go.
- Absolutely, yeah I know.
And that's a pretty common thing.
People feel like their
dog needs to get out
and go for a big run and sometimes
the dog park is a great place to do that.
And sometimes you need to
be a little bit more aware
when you're in a location
like the dog park.
Cale and I can tell you, numerous times
we've had students come
in and say something like,
had my dog at the dog
park and he got attacked,
and you certainly don't
want your dog to be
a guinea pig for a lot of
these socialization things,
getting them socialized to other dogs.
That's not the best way to do it.
- And I think it can work both ways,
there's some dogs that
will go to the dog park,
and if they're already
sort of maybe a softer,
more sensitive type, then
it's really easy for them
to get bullied and the average person
doesn't necessarily know how
to read dog body language
because it's, it sort of takes
a long time to learn something like that.
So, often there's things that are going on
between the dogs that us
humans don't understand.
The dogs get it but we don't understand.
Or, the opposite can happen.
If you don't have a dog
that will be overwhelmed,
maybe your dog's the bully
and you don't even know.
- Yeah.
- so they're portraying
some bully type behaviors,
and if they're getting
naturally reinforced for that behavior
by how the other dogs
react, that sometimes can
pose problems as well.
So, there's two sides of the story
that you need to be aware of
when it comes to dog parks.
- Yeah, so let's talk about
some things that you can do.
That you can avoid the
dog park, but you can do
to tire out your puppy.
So a couple ways that
you can exercise your dog
without taking them to the dog park
are things like doing retrieving.
- Yeah, retrieving is a great thing to do
because it's something that you can do
that also involves you and the dog.
Another sort of downside to
doing the dog park thing is
your dog sort of goes
away and they have fun
and they run, but it has
nothing to do with you.
In fact, you're reinforcing
them for ignoring you
because they're basically
playing with the other dogs.
So retrieving is good
because it tires them out
and you're doing something together.
It helps build a relationship
and it's a fun thing
that you can do, even if
you just do a little bit
a couple times a day, it can be good.
The hard part about doing retrieving is
you need to train your
dog to retrieve first.
But, we have a video for that.
- We do in fact have a video for that,
and I'll post a link
right up here somewhere,
on the other side.
- Ding.
- (chuckling) yeah.
The other thing that's a lot
of fun to do with your dog
and a really great way to build
motivation for your recall
is a restrained recall, and
we'll show you a clip of that
in just a moment, but
essentially what you do is
you get a helper, or you
can even do it yourself
with an extra long line,
but you get your dog
really excited, really
focused on a toy or some food
or something that gets
them really motivated,
and then you move away from
them and call them to you,
and have them chase you, and
make it really fun and exciting
and if you have something like a tug toy,
when they get to you, you
can tug and have lots of fun
once they arrive, and
really make it all about
getting to you, and the
really gratifying part being
that experience tugging with you.
- Yeah, and you don't actually
have to do that one outside.
I know when Beeline was a baby puppy,
before she could really retrieve reliably
because she was so young,
Ken and I would sit at
opposite ends of our hallway
with some of her breakfast or her dinner,
and we would just call
her, back and forth,
up and down the hallway for, I don't know,
ten times each or something,
and it was a great way
to enhance her response
to name, her recall,
and then she would relax
and go to her crate
and sleep after that.
It was just a fun way
to do something together
and again, take the edge off a little bit.
- Another thing that people
are often asking about
is socialization, and you
can see that we've got
Bruin out on a long line.
This is our pack of dogs, we know
how all of them will
behave and we know that
if Bruin starts to push the limit
of what's okay and not okay, that our dogs
will let him know that he's
sort of overstepping his bounds.
But we would never, ever,
ever try this with a dog
that we don't know, or the owner says,
oh yeah my dog's fine with other dogs
because we really can't trust it,
and it could be so damaging to your dog
if something were to go wrong.
- Yeah, so socializing, usually
when people hear that word,
they automatically think
that means that their dog
has to go and learn to
play with other dogs,
but there's so much more
to socializing a dog
that's important like taking
them to different places,
exposing them to different sounds,
different sights, different things.
We live a life where our dogs,
we live in not the country but,
- Yeah, rural areas.
- Kinda the country.
So, our dogs don't really hear big trucks
and a lot of things like that.
So they're used to sort of one thing.
So what we try to do is
make a special effort
to take our dogs away from here,
just to keep exposing them to new things.
Whether we take them for a
walk in the city or whatever.
And not that we do this all of the time,
but just to expose them,
especially while they're young,
and again, we can post a
video about a little trip
we took to downtown
Burlington with Beeline
a month or so ago, which
was just a great experience
for her and for us too.
But yeah, so that's part of socialization,
and then, in addition to that,
as Ken was saying before,
if you are gonna let them
socialize with other dogs,
it's very important
that A) you have an idea
that those dogs are properly vaccinated
and that your dog is
going to be safe that way,
and B) that they're going
to be appropriately matched
with your dog and I don't mean by breed,
I mean by their mind and their personality
and their temperament because
that often will help your dog
develop great social
skills and enhance them.
And I think Bruin's getting a really great
dose of that today.
Our pack is pretty even keel.
We have some dogs that
are really interested
in other dogs, some dogs
that could really care less.
And Bruin's already
learning which dogs will be
the most playful with him,
which dogs he has to be respectful.
And it's so cool to see them sort of
communicating with each other.
And of course, we have the long line on,
so that if we need to step in
and help Bruin learn something
a little bit more, then we
can do that really easily
without screaming and
yelling and it's just
everything is calm and really controlled.
- Mhmm.
Yeah, and a lot of fun for
both Bruin and all of us.
- The dogs are getting really tired,
which is awesome for
Corey and for Ken and I.
- Yeah for sure.
(chill, upbeat music)
- So in an interesting twist of fate,
we didn't come down with food poisoning
after under cooking our
chicken fingers today.
- That is an interesting,
- We're lucky.
- Whatever you said.
- We dodged a bullet there.
(both laugh)
I think it was a pretty good day though.
That was a lot of fun
taking all the dogs out,
and then working Bruin
do some restrain recalls
as well as allow Bruin
to socialize a little bit
with our dogs because
our dogs are so steady.
- And I'm really glad we
can help Corey and Jen
with that because they seemed
pretty stressed out about
having this new puppy and wanting
to do all the right things
with him and wanting to
go through the process
of socialization and stuff
but not really knowing
exactly how to do that
and maintaining a young,
crazy puppy at the same time.
So hopefully we gave them
some ideas to make him
a little bit easier to deal with,
but he's such a nice little dog.
- Oh, he really is.
- Mhmm.
- Yeah, so much potential there.
- Yeah.
- For sure.
- Yeah, he's great.
- And just to reiterate, the convenience
of having a dog park
nearby, it's alluring,
you wanna just take your dog there
and let it run around
and burn some steam off.
- I think the idea of a dog
park is a pretty good one,
but for the dogs and humans
relations point of view,
it's not really a good idea.
- Especially at that age.
- Yeah.
- With the younger one.
- Very impressionable age.
- Yeah, for sure.
He really needs to develop
some reliable skills
before you give him that much freedom.
And before he gets to
choose another dog over you.
- Yeah, I think that we're
really lucky that we have
so many dogs because our
dogs naturally sort of
understand to have good social
skills and things like that
because they're used to one another.
But we're also really
careful that we don't allow
our dogs to completely
bond to one another before
we go through that
process with one another.
Bee's almost 10 months old
now and I wouldn't say,
until, maybe would you say two months ago?
- Yeah a month ago.
- Maybe, not even a month
ago was she allowed to even
go for big walks around the property or
play and wrestle with the other
dogs and things like that.
And that might sound really
mean, but she was still
learning about how to listen
to me and how to be bonded
to me and she got tons of
exercise and tons of attention
when I got the dog, so much attention.
But it was just different.
It was more developing the relationship
between her and I and
was less worried about
how she would get along
with the other dogs.
I already knew she was a well rounded dog
and that she liked other dogs.
I could tell from her behavior.
So that just wasn't important to me.
And I'm so glad because
now she will choose me
over the pack of dogs and
she'll also play happily
and be a big goof ball with them too, so.
- Yeah, it's really a nice balance.
It's the right balance.
- Mhmm.
- That's really
what you want from your dog.
That they're social
enough with other dogs,
they understand how to interact with them,
but ultimately they're coming to you
for everything that's good, for sure.
What are you smiling at?
- I don't know, I just have,
like, I have the giggles.
- Oh, you do have the giggles.
- We've tried to record
this several times,
(Cale giggles)
and it always ends up with
Cale bursting out laughing.
- I don't know, I think I'm
tired, but for whatever reason,
every time I look at Ken
I just want to laugh.
(giggling) cause he's so funny.
- Is it this?
Is it this right here?
- Cause he's so funny looking.
(giggles)
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we want to make sure
that you do something
awesome with your dog today.
So on that note, I'm Ken.
- I'm Cale.
- And happy training.
Bye for now.
(upbeat guitar music)