Teach Your Dog to Enjoy Alone Time

Dear Poncho,

Our dog Tessa is a wonderful addition to our family. She’s smart, lovable, and very obedient. Our only problem is leaving her alone. She cries, barks, and shreds her bed in the crate. If we leave her in the backyard, she chews at our fences, although eventually she settles down. She has also destroyed my car’s door panels when I’ve left her in there for even short periods of time (with open windows, in the shade, and with water, of course).

We don’t know what to do about her complete agitation when she is away from us, and I don’t have time for long and intense training. Please help!

Thank you,
Cara

Dear Miss Cara,

Sounds like your assessment of Tessa’s behavior is right on track: she’s agitated when left alone, as opposed to being bored or angry. I can totally empathize, because I used to dread spending time alone. Now though, after my folks helped me out, I have the confidence to do so, and actually look forward to it. Sure, it’s great being a mama’s (and daddy’s) boy, but frankly I need a break now and then. Allow me to provide my pooch’s perspective. Continue Reading “Teach Your Dog to Enjoy Alone Time”

Santa Barbara Dog Shelter Celebrates Love of Irish & Dogs

Looking to adopt a dog this March? If so, make sure you stop by K9 PALS in Santa Barbara to see if you can find your mutt-mate. The kind folks of the Placement and Assistance League are celebrating their 12 year anniversary with special adoption rates. And, because K9 PALS wants to be your pal too, your perfect pooch with already come spay/neutered with all of their vaccinations. But wait, there’s more!  They’re even throwing in 4 FREE dog training classes to help you and your inquisitive canine start out on the right paw together!


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March 9, 2012
March is the time to Adopt a Dog and to Celebrate!

You don’t need a four-leaf clover to get the “luck” of the Irish to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, and to celebrate K-9 PALS’ 12th Anniversary of serving Santa Barbara County Shelter dogs.  You can get “lucky” when you adopt a dog from the Santa Barbara County Shelter.  Lots of adoptable “lucky charm” dogs are waiting to fill your life with love and laughter.  And as part of the celebrations this month, K-9 PALS will be sponsoring the following Santa Barbara County Shelter dog adoption promotion. Continue Reading “Santa Barbara Dog Shelter Celebrates Love of Irish & Dogs”

How to Get Your Dog to Answer Your Call

Dear Inquisitive Canine,

I like to take my dog to the park to let him play off-leash. However, I’m finding it more difficult because when it’s time to go back home, it takes me too long to get him to come back to me. I never know how long the whole ordeal will take.

In addition, he sometimes runs off so far that I can’t see him. Or, he ends up shimmying under a fence and is off exploring somewhere. I’m afraid he will run onto the street and get hit by a car. Can you help?

Owner of a wandering woofer

Dear Wandering,

Sounds like your dog is a proficient explorer of the great outdoors. Although we’re sure that you appreciate that trait, we can understand that his “selective hearing” can be frustrating, especially when you need to leave. Fortunately, we can help! Just by following a few “coming when called” guidelines, performing some pre-event practice sessions, and  supplying a side-order of environmental management, you’re sure to make everyone happy while staying on schedule.

Set a Course for Action and Adventure

When it comes to calling your dog to you, especially in a stimulating outdoor environment, keep in mind that you’re asking him to stop what he’s doing and leave the amusement park. For him, this means that the fun is ending. Talk about punishment! To entice him away, you’ll need to promise a much more attractive alternative to what he’s doing at the moment so he’ll want to come to you no matter what. The following guidelines provide dog training tips sure to encourage your dog to “take your call”: Continue Reading “How to Get Your Dog to Answer Your Call”