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Your Questions About Dog Training Fort Collins

Betty asks…

Any tips to keep our dog from bothering us at the table?

(Shes tall enough to rest her nose on the table)

admin answers:

Begging — 9 Tips to Table the Pleas

Your heart swells as your loyal, loving pet gazes up at you with those soft brown eyes. Then you notice the whining, the drooling and the unrelenting stare at your fork. This isn’t about love. It’s about your food — she wants it, and she wants it now.

It’s hard to ignore a good mooch, but if you give in, experts say, you’ll never have a peaceful meal again. So be strong, hang onto your plate and follow these helpful hints.

For Dogs and Cats

Feed her first.

“If your dog or cat is really full, she just won’t be as inspired to ask for more,” says Kathryn Segura, who trains animals for television and movies and is owner of PHD Animals in Studio City, California.
Don’t give in to guilt.

No matter how much she manipulates your emotions with those Oliver Twist eyes — “Please, master, may I have some of yours?” — remind yourself that your pet is already well-fed and doesn’t need human food, says M. Lynne Kesel, D.V.M., assistant professor of elective surgery in the Department of Clinical Sciences at the Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in Fort Collins.
Make her leave for leftovers.

If you do decide to slip her a snack, don’t do it from the table, Dr. Kesel adds. Otherwise your pet will begin confusing your mealtimes with hers. “If I’m eating something healthy and I can’t finish it, at the end I’ll put a little in their bowls,” she says.
Lay down the law.

Usually just raising your voice will send your pet scurrying to another room. If that doesn’t work, try honking a bike horn or rattling a shake can. “After a few times, they should get the message,” says Gary Landsberg, D.V.M., a veterinarian in private practice in Thornhill, Ontario, who specializes in animal behavior.
To make a shake can, put some coins inside an empty soda can. Tape up the hole and you’ve got a noisemaker extraordinaire.

Say it with spray.

Cats can be incorrigible beggars, even jumping on tables and stealing food when you don’t hand over a handout. And dogs aren’t above trying some pretty pushy maneuvers themselves. To discourage such brazen behavior, surprise your pet with a blast from a spray bottle. The plastic bottle you use to spray plants will do nicely. Just aim for whatever part of your pet is handy, says Bob Gutierrez, animal behavior coordinator at the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Isolate the problem.

“When your dog or cat is driving you crazy, tell her ‘ No!’ and calmly put her in another room and shut the door,” says Dr. Landsberg. You may get complaints in the form of barking or meowing, but don’t let her out until you’re done eating. “Eventually she’ll figure out that if she doesn’t beg, she doesn’t get sent away,” says Dr. Landsberg.
Try a sticky solution.

Does your pet’s begging repertoire include jumping up on kitchen counters? If so, try putting strips of double-sided tape in strategic spots. Then stand back and watch, says Gutierrez. “They hate the sensation of their paws getting a little stuck,” he says. “They’re unlikely to return, but just in case, buy an extra-big roll.”
Give in — just a little.

Some people love feeding their pet at the table and don’t want to give it up entirely. As a compromise, try slipping her something healthy, like lettuce, suggests Myrna Milani, D.V.M., a veterinarian in private practice in Charlestown, New Hampshire, and author of The Body Language and Emotions of Cats and The Body Language and Emotions of Dogs. “If she doesn’t like it, you’ve done your part — and if she does, you’re not loading her down with fattening food,” she says.
For Dogs Only

Send her to school.

If your pooch’s pleas are starting to peeve, why not try obedience school? Once you’ve both mastered the essential commands like “Stay!” and “Down!” you’ll have peace in the family once again. “This way it’s not a constant battle at the dinner table,” says Dr. Landsberg.

Thomas asks…

is there such thing as a police dog trainer and would i have to join the police?

if i want to become a police dog trainer would i have to join the police and would they give me a dog to train and it would be under my responsabilaty like i feed it live with it e.g.

admin answers:

Good question. My dog came from Romania, was partly trained there. She was imported to the US by Joe Clingan (mypolicedogs.com). Joe was a K9 supervisor at Fort Collins, Colorado and he trained her also. My K9 finished training in FL, but again it was with a K9 supervisor.

You don’t have to be a police officer; however, that it where you will get your experience. Use the two links below and contact the USPCA as well as Clingan’s site.

Steven asks…

Does anyone want free CATS?

Ok so i am trying to help a family in fort collins colorado get rid of 13 cats . All the animals are putting a strain on the family in every aspect possible. so if you want a cat or muliple of them please contact: Ashley Gremer @ 970-388-3098 Kelly Littlefair @ 970-308-9392 Deb Philpson @ 970-308-6515
PLEASE HELP

admin answers:

People who want free pets can be:

1) Looking for bait to train fighting dogs
2) Looking for animals to sell to labs
3) Dangerous

Always ask for an adoption fee, you can always waive it once you have met the person. Do you have a local spca, humane society or shelter?

What is the plan for these people for the future? If they continue to have intact cats, you will just be digging them out in another year. People that let cats breed uncontrolled and cannot afford them often end up right back where they started after good people help them out. Sometimes education and monitoring is necessary, hope you are prepared for the task.

Also, often cats in risky situations like this are not healthy and can be inbred. You might consider providing some vetting or at least being up front with folks about the risks. It could be a danger to more than the cat they are adopting, it could also be a danger to their current pets.

Thanks for trying to help, but you may need more than a freebie ad.

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