Kongs are cone-shaped toys made of tough rubber that can be filled with food and frozen. It will take time for your dog to lick and chew on it, to get all the food out. This will give the dogs something to do when the owners are away. Dogs often sleep after eating, so the benefits of a frozen stuffed Kong are doubled. Kongs can be used as a treat, and as a treatment (for working with or preventing separation anxiety).
As a Manhattan dog trainer, I try out a lot of dog products. Some have become essentials that I recommend them to every client.
Living in Manhattan you see many dogs pulling their owners along the sidewalk. Training is essential, of course, but the right harness can go a long way in helping your stop your dog from pulling.
Balance Harness – Each strap can be adjusted, individually. It works as a no-pull harness (front hook) or regular harness (back hook).
It doesn’t chafe under the dog’s front legs, because it’s so adjustable.
Perfect Fit Harness – Thick fleece is between the webbing and the dog, so it feels like a comfy slipper. It comes in three pieces, and each piece comes in more than ten sizes. You combine the pieces to find the absolute perfect fit for any shape dog.
A few years ago my fearless dog Gracie started having panic attacks. She heard noises from our neighbors upstairs that sounded like marbles being dropped. Every time she heard it she would bolt, panting heavily, and scramble up into my lap with wild eyes.
Normally, if a sound was frightening a dog I would treat him or her using counter-conditioning and desensitization.
For example, If the dog was afraid of the doorbell ringing, I would make an MP3 of a doorbell, play it at a very low volume, click and treat her for not reacting to the sound. Increase the volume every day as long as she doesn’t react. If there is a reaction, start again at a lower volume.
The problem with Gracie’s training was, while I could make an MP3 of marbles being dropped, I couldn’t simulate the sound of them being dropped on the ceiling, and that’s what was triggering Gracie’s panic attacks.