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Tip of the Month: Multiple Dogs

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Multiple Dogs
  • When selecting a second or third dog, it is best to consider the gender and breed of your current dog. Dogs of the opposite sex often pose less potential for conflict than dogs of the same sex. Carefully research the breed characteristics; different breeds react differently to other dogs.
    ~Lucinda Ludwig, Canine Connection LLC, Dubuque, IA

  • Some multi-dog households suffer from excessive barking. When one or more dogs start barking, resist the urge to focus on the barking dogs and instead identify the dog or dogs who are not barking. For every dog who is not barking, say “Good quiet” and deliver a treat. Continue praising and treating the quiet dogs, and gradually the barking dogs will stop barking. Maybe they’ll think to themselves, “Hey! Why is that other dog getting a treat while I’m not?” For whatever reason, it works. Once you’ve done this a number of times, you can probably stop any dog from barking by calmly saying “Quiet.” Then you can distribute the treats for the quiet behavior.
    ~Andrea Robinson, Positive Pet Training and Supply, Madera, CA

  • Do you have a multi-dog household where one dog steals from the others? Whenever I gave my three dogs rawhide chews, one attempted (often successfully) to steal from the others as well as keep his own. When this happened, I took the thief’s rawhide away and put him in his crate with nothing while the other dogs enjoyed theirs. This has been extremely effective in extinguishing the thief’s stealing behavior, and it has also allowed the other dogs to enjoy their treat or toy in peace in the meantime.
    ~Ann Withun, Dog Scouts of America Troop Leader, Fieldwood Dog Training Center, Carlisle, PA

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Excerpted from Top Tips from Top Trainers – 1001 Practical Tips and Techniques for Successful Dog Care and Training © 2010 T.F.H. Publications, Inc. Used by Permission.

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One Response to Tip of the Month: Multiple Dogs

  1. Joe Stoner December 3, 2010 @ 11:55 pm

    We have 3 labs. All Females and they get along great. Black lab 7 years old. Yellow English Lab, 2 1/2 years old and Black English Lab 1 1/2 years old. The 2 younger labs have the same father, different mothers. All 3 of our labs are certified therapy dogs and they all 3 get along and play together all the time. We have a big basket that has all their nylabone rings and toys in it and they share and/or play together inside or outside with no ploblems or issues at all.
    We are blessed. And they all have biblical names, – Sara, Hannah and Rebekah.

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