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Walking Your Dog in the Rain

Nov 14, 2012

Dog care when taking your pup for a walk in the rain

It’s that time of day, and your faithful pup is nudging the newspaper out of your hand and handing you its leash. It is a rather clichéd situation, but every dog owner understands the importance of getting out and giving their dog plenty of opportunity to stretch all four of their legs.

But, what happens when weather isn’t too kind? You open up the door, and everything is getting wet. The rain can seem like a downer for your outdoor plans – still, there’s the need to potty that requires someone to get their paws wet.

Does your dog like to get wet? Some dogs do enjoy drizzle while others dread the fact that something keeps falling on them. Regardless of how they feel about the rain, the outcome always seems to be a stinky dog. Even the smallest amount of rain seems to bring out a rather pungent odor, and it’s even worse when they come back in and rub themselves on the carpet to dry off (or shake it off!).

So, in preparation for what is and what might be, always be sure to check what the weather is going to be like. What’s the temperature outside? Is there going to be a cold drizzle today? Dogs are like people. A cold drizzle could land them with an illness or make them feel a little under the weather. In order to keep your pup safe and happy, there are a few things to consider when it comes to walking your dog when it’s raining.

Picking a good location

The environment itself will play a part in the experience. While it might be raining, there will be places that provide a more secure area for walking than others. Avoid muddy locations. Some dogs actually like to get wet, but there are some that also enjoy rolling around in the mud. Avoid grassy areas. Grass has more surface area and that type of environment will actually get your dog wetter than a pathway or sidewalk.

Stick to pathways that aren’t immediately adjacent to roads. Passing cars can splash road-water on you and your dog, and in bad weather, visibility is decreased significantly. Accidents do happen, and it’s always best to take precautions and avoid any unnecessary situations altogether.

One thing to remember always – don’t walk your dog at night when it’s raining. It poses too many unnecessary dangers. If you do have to go out on a rainy night, (midnight potty time) carry a reliable flashlight and keep it on.

Wearing the right stuff

It is, therefore, important that you dress your pup to handle the outdoor experience. The main objective is to keep your pet covered. Pet rain coats are available through many companies; just make sure that the material and fitting is comfortable for your dog. Select one that covers their head but does not restrict their vision so that they aren’t wrestling with the attire.

There are rain boots available, but most dogs wouldn’t enjoy these (they’ll just try to take them off). Be sure that all clothes are bright and flashy so that others can spot your dog in the falling rain. If your choice outfit doesn’t seem bright enough, reflective tape can help vehicles and pedestrians to spot your dog more easily (especially if they’re a tiny breed).

Keep a few things on hand

There are a few things that you need for yourself, as well. While a rain coat and hat might suffice for you normally, an umbrella will help deal with the majority of the precipitation.  Plus, an umbrella will help improve your visibility, and says clearly: “Hey, I’m right here.”

Additionally, it’s good practice to carry a towel with you, especially for that moment right before you go back inside. With rain attire or not, your pup is bound to have some moisture on them. Dry them off before you set them loose in the home. This will help keep that pungent smell down and probably be more comfortable for your pup than air drying.

Going for a walk in the rain can be an adventure, and as long as you prepare for it properly, you can ensure the safety of both you and your pup. With the correct attire and a little cover, you can keep the falling precipitation from hindering your daily exercise activities.

Keeping up with your pet supplies can be just another thing you don’t want to have to remember.  After a long day at work and going to the store, the last thing you want to do is have to go “to the store” again.  Consider home delivery of your pet supplies!

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The Best Dog Stories

Oct 17, 2012

Best dog stories from dog owners

The relationship between a dog and its owner is a magnificent thing. It is full of wild experiences and heart-touching tales. And while we might picture those experiences to be among the exciting moments of life, like trips to new lands or wild outdoor experiences while camping, there are also situations inside the home that matter.

For some owners, it is those times when they need a little help to keep their home clean and their dog happy. This is why the Porch Potty has become a widely appreciated asset for dog owners throughout the world. While its general purpose is to keep your dog comfortable (and your home interior clean), owners often have their own particular use and appreciation for this tool.

Attraction at first sight

Perhaps one of the most intriguing characteristics of the Porch Potty is that it has an insatiable attraction for dogs. The familiarity and natural incentive can accommodate to even the most extraordinary situations.

Mayzie and Dominoe were two dogs living in an upstairs condo with their loving owner. As with all dogs, the passage of time had affected these two dogs, and they had succumbed to the loss of some of their most valued senses.

The older dog was partially blind and could barely smell, but it was attracted to the Porch Potty unit and almost immediately began using it like it had always been there. Doggy see- doggy do; its fellow four-legged friend quickly followed up and began using the unit, too. The quick and easy access proved to be perfect for their condo lifestyle, which would otherwise have required them to navigate stairs and endure the oft-inclement weather outside.

High up and nowhere to potty

Bentley was a young puppy that had recently arrived to add a whole lot of happiness to its owner’s life. Because of their high-rise lifestyle, the owner decided to help ease the new puppy’s life by getting a Porch Potty unit. Though the owner had decided to allow Bentley to settle in before beginning the task of potty training, the young puppy started to use the unit even before being introduced to it. Basically, Bentley had decided that it was time to take care of business right now! There’s not always time to wait for the elevator, plus it can be difficult trying to navigate the weather. So for Bentley and his owner, the Porch Potty has made life a whole lot easier so they can focus on enjoying the great things in life.

Recovery a little easier

Charlotte, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy, had a rough time when diagnosed with luxated patellas in both rear knees (common in smaller or miniature breeds between the ages of 4-6 months). This meant that the young pup had to endure surgery in both knees, leaving her in casts for weeks. Fortunately, her loving owner had already fitted their home with a Porch Potty to help potty train her. Rather than navigating stairs, the pup had the opportunity to take care of its necessities inside and focus on healing up as quickly as possible.

Can’t always be there

Of course, the dog isn’t always the one to benefit. Tiana is the proud owner of a mastiff puppy. Unfortunately, she has to deal with the problem of dizziness early in the mornings. Navigation can be difficult, especially with the requirement of traveling up and down long flights of stairs to take care of her pup’s regular needs. But, that doesn’t mean that her pup had to wait each morning until the condition passed and Tiana was ready to go outside. With the addition of the Porch Potty, her pup could take care of business while Tiana got back to feeling well enough to play with her faithful pooch.

The Porch Potty has the ability to ease not only the life of your pup but can also make life more convenient for you. With a wide range of sizes and applications, it is simple enough for dog owners to equip their home in order to meet their companion’s needs.

And thus the real question is: How much does your dog appreciate their Porch Potty? How has it affected your life? Having an indoor potty for your dog brings ease to life so that you can focus on enjoying the things that make your relationship with your faithful companion so enjoyable. Do you have more time to play? Was training made easier? How has it simplified the life of you and your beloved pup? Share your stories with us too!

Keeping up with your pet supplies can be just another thing you don’t want to have to remember.  After a long day at work and going to the store, the last thing you want to do is have to go “to the store” again.  Consider home delivery of your pet supplies!

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The New and Improved Porch Potty

Sep 26, 2012

The new Porch Potty for dog owners

For those who enjoy the fun activities and companionship of a dog, but don’t always have the time to clean up the mess, grass litter boxes like the Porch Potty have worked to make potty time as simple as possible.

Designed for either indoor or outdoor use, the Porch Potty is renowned for its ability to self-cleanse, reducing the need to regularly clean the potty yourself. Basically, it is an automated dog potty for your pooch so they too can enjoy the luxury of indoor plumbing.

A principle to simplify

The structure is simple, but more amazingly is that it is responsible for cleaning itself. Premium potty units utilize a built-in sprinkler system that washes down any sticky residue (and the smells that go along with it) to reduce the need to clean regularly. You would still have to pick up any larger materials, but we may have to look forward to robots for that particular job.

When rinsed, the porous grass keeps larger debris on top and funnels smaller materials to the center where it is channeled into a drop point. Here, you can simply hook the garden hose up or relieve it into a basin.

As for the self-draining aspect- a fourteen foot drain hose is included. You simply run the hose to a drainage area, allowing all liquid waste to eliminate away from the potty area. With the premium package, the sprinkler system helps to flush away any larger debris regularly, or you can pour water over grass to clean it manually if you need to.

If running a hose isn’t an option, a large three gallon catch basin is available to replace the hose. It’s removable so the contents can easily be disposed of regularly.

The potty area

The trademark item of the Porch Potty is the fire hydrant. The hydrant is pre-scented to entice the dog to “go” there. This helps reduce the need to invest in sprays and helps the dog maintain familiarity- especially if they enjoy marking things.

The new design is far more stylish and yet still as durable as its previous models. The structure is based upon a metal frame but entails a whicker exterior to improve the look and feel whether it’s out on your porch or inside your home. It is ideal if you’re debating on matching charm to functionality in your home. The new design reduces the obtuseness and provides a far more eye-friendly appearance when you have guests.

Grass options for the potty unit allow you to choose from either synthetic grass or natural grass sod. The soilless sod- dubbed “training sod”- possesses no dirt or mud and has never been used on the ground. It’s grown hydroponically and a nutrient source is built in to ensure the sod stays healthy and resistant to urine burns for a longer period of time. This helps to ensure that dirt clods or chunks won’t fall into the funneling system and clog anything up. Special delivery packaging ensures that it remains fresh and ensures longevity, especially when combined with the sprinkler system.

Primarily, all Porch Potties come with a synthetic grass mat, which is designed for both durability and permeability. This helps it to remain cleaner during the self-cleansing process. The synthetic option is perfect for dogs that are already familiar with potty area similarities (the yard or park), but if a natural grass is desired, there is no change in design. You simply remove the synthetic mat and replace it with the natural sod. Additionally, the synthetic grass is very handy for situations in which natural sod needs to be replaced and you’re waiting for delivery.

The best thing about the Porch Potty is that it allows you the convenience of leaving your dog at home without worrying that while you’re away at work, sleeping late, or otherwise out enjoying a social event, something bad will happen. Your dog doesn’t have to squirm and wiggle to hold it in while you’re away. They can relax as well and potty at their own convenience. The Porch Potty is basically convenient for everyone!

The Porch Potty does the work for you so that you can sleep in on your day off while your pup takes care of business in their own personal potty. Porch Potty make life easier for dog owners and their companions so that we can spend more time having fun and enjoying the important things in life.

Keeping up with your pet supplies can be just another thing you don’t want to have to remember.  After a long day at work and going to the store, the last thing you want to do is have to go “to the store” again.  Consider home delivery of your pet supplies!

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Smart or Just Lazy?

Aug 15, 2012

Dog owners and grass litter boxes

Consider what a grass litter box does for your dog. It gives convenience of potty time and they can easily take care of their business whenever they need to. After all, when you’ve got to go- you’ve got to go. So, why deny them that opportunity. We humans do enjoy the luxury of indoor plumbing, so why shouldn’t our four legged companions?

But, this does raise the question of whether we as dog owners have simply become smart or just plain lazy. For years, we have been there to let our dogs out to potty in the yard. We’ve taken them for walks, and we’ve even made time in our busy schedules to drive home from work just to let our friend out to take care of business.

Have we become lazy in this era of technology and innovation? Rather than taking the time to let our pet out, we rely on them to take care of their own business. With a grass litter box in the house, why should we get up and take them outside when we could simply train them to use some indoor plumbing. It’s easier than anything else, because basically our dog is now taking care of themselves.

But is that how we see it? Are there owners that frown upon the laziness of pet owners these days? Consider the fact that for centuries, dogs have been doing their business without anyone’s consent. They were in fact their own dog and answered only to the very instinctive nature that they were born with.

We are often lazy in comparison to what those before us have done. Long before technology, people would hunt and work the fields with their dogs by their side, working themselves to the bone to provide for their families. But things change. With time, we have developed technology to make life simpler so that we could have more time to enjoy what really matters.

We humans have created a special bond that is perhaps needed more than desired with our four-legged friends. Dogs have become a part of the family, living with us, eating, listening, and even comforting us when we need it most. And at the end of the day, we strive to do what is in the best interest of our dogs. We want to make them comfortable and we want to make them happy- in everything we do.

And with that in mind, being smart is another thing entirely, because at the end of the day, we can’t always be there when our dog needs to potty. We work, we socialize, and we even do some traveling (in some cases travel prohibits the accompaniment of our faithful friend). But we do our best to take care of our pets because we love them.

The thing to remember is that there is always the issue of supply and demand. Because we can’t always be there, we’ve grown smarter and developed a solution to our needs- and the needs of our pets. The indoor litter box may have many different forms, brands, and styles, but they all provide one solution: our dog can potty at their own convenience.

Technology, in some cases, may seem to make us lazier, but in truth, it is actually a method by which we can spend our time appropriately. Consider the fact that if you had to drive home during lunch or every work-break, you would use fuel, spend money, and ultimately have to spend more time at work. That saved time is something we get back so that we can spend with those that matter most. At the end of the day, I’m sure that your dog will thank you for always taking their needs and wants into consideration.

But, there are still the reasons that leave us wondering why indoor potty units are considered as a lazy solution. If you have the time, why would you need an indoor potty? Why don’t you simply walk your dog? It all comes down to why YOU want the potty. Is it for your dog’s benefit or is it so that your dog can take care of his needs?

These questions leave us all wondering. But the fact remains that only each person can truly answer it for themselves. Why would you use an indoor potty? Why don’t you? These are questions that we ask ourselves, but do keep in mind that our dog is probably asking the same question as well.

Keeping up with your pet supplies can be just another thing you don’t want to have to remember.  After a long day at work and going to the store, the last thing you want to do is have to go “to the store” again.  Consider home delivery of your pet supplies!

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When Your Old Dog Starts to have Accidents

Aug 10, 2012

Potty training for dog owners with old dogs

As dog owners, we’ve all had our experiences with accidents in the household. But now that our dogs are a little older and have passed their potty training tests with flying colors, we expect our house to stay potty-free.

So what happens when an adult dog starts to have accidents again? This is something that tends to surprise many owners because it always appears when least expected. The first time might simply be a mistake or accident that resulted from strange circumstance or even an upset stomach or illness. But, when it seems as though you’re going to have to start potty training all over again, there are some things you’ll need to consider first.

Changing things up

Change has always been a dog’s weak point. As creatures of habit, often the smallest changes can cause stress or confusion. For this reason, consider that there are many rather common, but regularly overlooked, conditions that we often encounter.

Any change in the house can hike a dog’s interest. Furniture rearrangement does happen, and oftentimes it can result in curiosity. Furniture like couches, chairs, and even desks can cover things once hidden from your dog. Consider an old accident that was forgotten underneath the couch or even something that simply smells similar. Not only may a dog be curious or confused about the shift in scenery, but it may reveal a few things from the past as well.

Keeping their schedule

A change in schedule is possibly the most prominent cause for adulthood accidents. Feeding, watering, and even play time all influence your dog’s urge to potty. When these “appointments” are thrown off-balance, potty time will need adjusting as well. In some cases, altering a dog’s diet can also lead to upset stomachs, vomiting a yellow bile, and diarrhea.

These changes can all stem from vacation or even vacation’s end as children go back to school. These types of changes can be radical and affect a dog emotionally. They may become depressed or confused about the change. This can result in anxiety and occasionally lead to accidents. Don’t get mad at them because they’re not doing it on purpose, they’re just trying to cope with anxiety. You can discuss anxiety relief solutions with your vet. With today’s advancement in technology, there are plenty of anxiety relief solutions that are not pharmaceutical.

Adding new friends to your household

One thing never to be overlooked is that the introduction of a new dog or pet into the home will very easily influence your dog’s habits. You may be puppy-sitting for a friend for the week, having some house guests over, or you may be adding a new member to your family.

Adding another dog into your household equation can affect your dog’s habits in numerous ways. They may feel uncomfortable or even somewhat jealous of the other dog, resulting in marking (even neutered and spayed dogs can mark). At the same time, the other dog may present a few bad habits of their own. You may have to work with them together to correct any bad habits.

Then there is always the over-excited dog condition. This occurs primarily in younger dogs, but adult dogs can still get excited as well. This can be something as simple as getting home and your dog is so happy to see you- and they really have to go. In these cases, it may be a good idea to utilize an indoor potty where they can regularly relieve themselves.

Special situations

Diseases and conditions such as diabetes and even hormonal incontinence can also result in accidents. Diabetic dogs of all ages can experience issues with bladder control and often need to eliminate more often than normal. Some spayed middle-aged dogs can develop incontinence as their estrogen levels drop significantly after being spayed. This hormone actually helps to tone the urethral sphincter which controls the flow of urine.

There may even be side-effects of certain medications that can cause a dog to get the urge to potty more often. Always discuss these types of scenarios with your veterinarian.

Even though your dog has already been potty trained, that doesn’t mean there won’t ever be an accident again. But, as long as you know what to look for and what steps you can take to help your dog cope with the situation, you can get your friend back on the right potty track.

Keeping up with your pet supplies can be just another thing you don’t want to have to remember.  After a long day at work and going to the store, the last thing you want to do is have to go “to the store” again.  Consider home delivery of your pet supplies!

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Exactly What Is Crate Training?

Jun 17, 2011

Your four-legged friend has just joined your family, and now the training must begin. The first few months are crucial in setting the appropriate standards by which you wish your pup to follow. Crate training is often times pictured as a cruel way to train, when in fact it can be very beneficial for your pup to experience. Crates range in a variety of sizes and types that will fulfill your home and canine friend’s needs. A simple travel carrier may work, or a steel crate may be necessary so that your pup can see their new world around them. Crate training can help them to adjust to a new world, help them potty train, and feel as though they have a personal place in your home.

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The crate training method

Crate training is essentially a method by which you help your pup adjust to your household by offering them a secure place to spend time. Time spent in the cage is necessary to get the pup familiar with the fact that this is your home. Too much time in the cage can be bad for them though. Don’t leave them there all the time, because it’s not a nice thing to do to your new friend. It should be a place they sleep, and spend a few hours of the day. It will help to relieve anxiety your pup may feel when traveling or when you leave the house. The crate offers a dog a place to retreat to if they are nervous or they want to be left alone to chew on their favorite bone alone. By teaching your pup that the crate is their own personal spot, it helps them to build self-esteem and feel secure in a much larger home.

Increased security

Dogs by nature are a den animal. They like the security of a place in which they can be and feel safe. This can help adjust them to your home and new atmosphere. Crates can come in a variety of sizes, allowing your companion the space they require. Crate training allows a dog the comforts and security of their own personal spot that they are in charge of. During the first few weeks of their new life with you, giving them time to retreat and stay in their crate can help to build a bond with their home. Feeding and sleeping are recommended within the crate because of the safety it provides for a pup. Because of the nature of a dog, they will not want to relieve themselves where they sleep and eat. Crate training offers a very helpful hand in potty training a pup. Just make sure that you take them out when it is time to potty. The crate is beneficial to training your pup in all aspects of life.

It is necessary to not create a situation in which they believe that the crate is punishment. Don’t make them feel that this is a bad place to be; make them feel that it is a comforting retreat. By doing so, crate training will assist you in helping your pup to adjust to their new world and find a happy place in your home and heart.

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Porch Potty Benefits The Elderly

Apr 29, 2011

The Porch Potty is the only self-cleaning canine grass litter box on the market. Available in different sizes for different breeds, it provides a clean grass area on the porch, patio, or even indoors. Not only is the Porch Potty ideal for apartment dwellers, it’s also great for elderly dog owners and canines.

If you’re an elderly person who cannot take your dog outside or if you have a senior citizen pooch that has difficulty walking long distances, the Porch Potty is the perfect solution. With the Porch Potty, there’s no need to head outside every time Fido has to go to the bathroom. There’s also no need to wake up early or go for a walk late at night.

photoThe Porch Potty comes with realistic, synthetic grass and a scented fire hydrant that will encourage your dog to use the box and give him something to aim at. The built-in drainage system includes a removable catch basin for indoors and a 14-ft. drain hose for outdoors.

Cleaning the Porch Potty is easy and hassle-free. For the Standard model, simply pour two gallons of water over the grass 2-4 times a week. This minimal routine is enough to keep the grass fresh and free of odors. The Premium model makes things even easier by offering a fully automated rinse and drain system that employs embedded sprinklers and an optional water timer.

Having the Porch Potty means not having to take your dog out several times a day and not having to spend hours cleaning up. Fido simply has to walk a few steps to the Porch Potty and relieve himself there whenever he pleases. The Porch Potty is the most convenient potty box for elderly owners and dogs.

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Teaching Your Adult Dog to Use the Porch Potty

Apr 1, 2011

photoNew thinking has led to the increased popularity of canine litter training, especially among owners with older pets. Some time ago, owners were encouraged to train dogs to wait until being taken outside to do their business. But these days, owners are realizing the benefits of letting dogs use litter boxes as they please.

An indoor litter box like the Porch Potty frees your pooch from the discomfort of holding it while you’re gone. Litter box training may also be the kindest option for dogs with health issues, such as if they have difficulty walking outside due to osteoarthritis or old age, or if they have an increased need to potty because of diabetes.

While it is true that litter training is easier with puppies, it can also be accomplished with adult dogs. All you need is time, patience and effort.

Setting Up the Porch Potty

It is possible to teach your older dog a new trick – how to use the Porch Potty despite his being used to another method of relieving himself. You can borrow techniques from the paper training or crate training methods.

Choose a confined area in your home, with just enough space for your dog to feed, lie down, turn around and potty. Just as you once placed papers next to his bed for potty purposes, you can substitute them with the Porch Potty. Since canines don’t like to soil where they eat or sleep, your pet will slowly learn to use the litter box. Feed him and lead him to the Porch Potty at the same time every day until he goes to it voluntarily. Be sure to always praise your dog when he successfully does his business on the Porch Potty.

What Not to Do

For best results, avoid the following common mistakes of dealing with accidents, no matter your pet’s age:

* Don’t scold your dog. If you see him relieving himself in the wrong place, clap your hands, which will cause him to stop. Take him to the Porch Potty so he can finish there.
* Don’t rub your dog’s nose in the mess. There is no point in doing this.
* Don’t hit your dog or yank his collar as punishment.
* Don’t use ammonia products for cleaning. Because urine contains this chemical, your dog may return to spots cleaned with ammonia to potty there again.

Address Health Problems

Litter box training may fail if you don’t realize your dog is suffering from a medical condition that affects his elimination. Always consult your vet before you begin litter training. Your vet will check for health issues as well as behavioral reasons for elimination problems, such as submission urination and separation anxiety.

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Puppy Potty Training

Dec 20, 2010

Here’s some helpful information on potty training your new family member…

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The Importance of a Designated Potty Area

Dec 3, 2010

photoHousebreaking your beloved canine companion means deciding when and where you want your dog to eliminate. Once you have determined the type of routine you want your pet to follow, the next step is to select the specific spot where you want your dog to do his business. Having a designated potty area will help make the toilet training process a whole lot easier!

Whenever your dog goes potty, chemicals within his waste are released. These chemicals are called pheromones and are what tell him to poop again when he goes back to his potty area. These chemicals are also what let other canines know that this particular spot has already been taken and so they will have to find another one.

Establishing a potty area is crucial to housebreaking your dog. Now what if he is having difficulty understanding where his potty area is and is constantly eliminating inside the house or in places where he isn’t supposed to go? What you can do is try feeding him where he is having these accidents. Generally, dogs are clean animals and will not dirty the place where they eat or sleep, so by feeding your pet in the accident areas, you can reduce the chances of your dog peeing or pooping again in those spots.

As much as you want your pet to be accident-free from day one, you have to understand that all dogs have accidents, so expect one every now and then at first. Housebreaking your canine friend is a process, not an instant solution. It’s more like running a marathon than running around your block once.

Keep in mind that positive reinforcement will always give you better results than any other training method. Punishment does not work because your dog will be unable to make the connection between his mess and the reason for your anger. In fact, getting mad at him will only lead him to become afraid of you.

I highly encourage you to practice patience and be positive. Your dog will pick up on your positive energy and this will keep him from resisting your training or getting frustrated.

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