"Because of the dog's joyfulness, our own is increased. It is no small gift. It is not the least reason why we should honor as well as love the dog of our own life, and the dog down the street, and all the dogs not yet born. What would the world be like without music or rivers or the green and tender grass?
When you say your dog’s name does he look at you? If he thinks the sound of his name means good stuff he should be happy to pay attention to it. Just as dogs learn to associate a word with an item or an action, they will form an association with their name. We know our name is who we are but to your dog it is probably just another word. Just like any cue, his name can be “poisoned” by bad associations. If he often hears his name said in an angry, impatient or harsh way he could feel the same way about his name as he does “No!”.
So how do we teach a dog to love the sound of his name?
The first day of puppy or beginner class we introduce the dogs to the clicker so they learn that click means treat. The first exercise we do is to say the dog’s name in a happy tone and click and treat for eye contact! The goal is to teach them that their name means good stuff.
If you practice rewarding for eye contact at the sound of his name and then slowly increase the distractions when practicing, your dog will look at you whenever you say his name. Even if your dog is not a puppy you can do this to change the association he has with his name.
If your dog doesn’t respond to his name, it is difficult to get his attention to ask him to come or sit or anything else. When you say your dog’s name and get that whiplash head turn, you know he has learned to love the sound of his name!
Here’s to being our dog’s best friend,
Verified as the world’s tallest dog by Guinness World Records.
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The Great Dane was 3 feet, 7 inches from paw to his shoulder and almost seven feet long and was actually the runt of the litter. George passed away on Oct. 17, 2013 – one month before his 8th birthday.
His owners, Dave and Christie Nasser, say he was “Eager to play … this big Great Dane was scared of water, scared of dogs a fraction of his size and, most of all, scared of being alone.”
You can learn more about Giant George at http://giantgeorge.com
Josephine asks, “Won’t somebody adopt me so I can experience peace and happiness this Christmas?”
“….any dog is potentially capable of reaching toddler-level cognition and development, including learning the basic elements of language.”
Chaser knows over 1,000 words!
Chaser, a 9-year old Border Collie, has been called “the most scientifically important dog in over a century”
THE INTRIGUING LUNDEHUND
- has 6 toes on each foot
- can close its ears to keep dirt and moisture out of the ear canal
- can bend its head backwards over its shoulders so that the forehead touches the back
- has extremely mobile shoulder-joints and can stretch both front legs straight out to the sides
If you are as fascinated with this breed as I am you can learn more here http://www.damninteresting.com/the-norwegian-puffin-dog/ and visit The Norwegian Lundehund Club of America, Inc. at this link http://www.lundehund.com/index.htm
Photos from http://www.lundehund.com/the%20lundehund.htm