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"Hi, I am happy to be part of your custumers and I want to thank you for your advice, I have a five year old Pomeranian, of course she is not a puppy anymore, but she have to learn a lot, I tryed to call her before whenever she is in the house and she was just looking at me, let me tell you she is very intelligent, but I did not know how to teach her what I want, of course my commands are in French, but since I used your technique I saw quite a change, today I told my husband, have a look outside I'm loing out with Leesa and see the progress.
I called her she was quite a way from me, she came in running and when she was closed to me I told "sit" assis in French, she answered right away, and I did the same exercise twice and she responds the same way. Can you imagine how proud I was, furthermore I want another dog this time I choose a Yorkshire, let me tell you that I'm anxious to use my book Secrets to Dog Training to learn more and more about dogs. My husband and I have enough LOVE for two dogs, as long as they are well dressed. The picture was taken by a professional but I took a picture of it to send to you. Thank you." -- Lyne Lavoie (Canada)
I live in SA and purchased your book, Secrets to Dog Training, over the internet about 3/4 months ago.
I have been really trying hard to implement the tactics you follow but with no great success! I’m not finding the information that I need to help me with my dog. Your book covers the wide spectrum of common problems which my dog doesn’t really have. It might be that I have a "difficult" dog and that all the methods you use doesn't apply to him (Husky X Malamute 7 month old male). I have read that they are difficult to teach hence the reason why l bought your book!
For example: He was taught from the day I got him, to wait before he starts eating his food. I will put down the bowl and he would sit until I tell him to eat. He went visiting his sister for a weekend when I was away (we let them play at least 2 times a week so it’s not uncommon) and since his return he refuses to eat.
I will put down the bowl of food, tell him to eat and then he would sit there and look at me like I’m mad or something. He even goes as far as putting his mouth in the bowl, but will not eat for the love of money. Except if I feed the food to him by hand, them he almost bites of my finger because he is so hungry.
Don’t know if you can help but it would be greatly appreciated. The rest of his behavior is fine and he listens all the time.
Hi there Lester,
Thank you for your email regarding your 7 month old Husky Malamute cross and the difficulty you have had in training him to eat. This is a rather strange problem; however it is one that has popped up a couple of times this year amongst our clients. The reasons why your dog has suddenly decided to stop eating are many and varied and we may never know the true reason. Of much importance here however is to rule out any health related problems that may have led to him to not want to eat straight from the bowl. For this reason I would definitely recommend a quick trip to your local Veterinarian in order to rule out any health related problems that may be causing him to not want to eat. These can range form gastrointestinal dismotility, dental problems or metabolic diseases or disorders. Although it is unlikely that these are causing this current problem, it is much better to rule these out soon rather than them further affecting him further down the line. Please consult with your local Veterinarian soon if you suspect a health related problem.
In order to overcome this problem you will need to reinforce to him that eating from his bowl is a correct behavior and that he will not get food any other way. In order to do this, you may need to change his diet to something that he loves so that when you put his food in his bowl and leave him to it, he cannot not convince himself NOT to eat the food you have supplied him.
To avoid the growth of an attention seeking behavior, do NOT hand feed your young dog as this will spiral out of control to the point where he will only eat if you hand feed him – which is exactly what you do not want with a young dog of this age.
With the use of vocal praise and encouragement when he does go to chow down on the food you provide him, he will quickly pick up that this is a correct and appropriate behavior. Initially do not expect him to sit and wait for his food as he has done in the past. First and foremost you want him to be happily eating from his bowl again. As I said earlier, you may need to provide him with something a little naughty, like solely meat for a while, until he is more prepared to eat from his bowl. Don't hover over him until he eats it all – instead perhaps put him and his bowl in an enclosed room and leave him there for some time. If he doesn't eat his food, leave it in the bowl and take it away from him. After a couple of hours put it back down and hopefully by this time he will be hungry enough to eat it!
You should ideally be feeding your puppy two small meals per day rather than one big meal. Consult with your local Veterinarian to sort out an exact amount and an appropriate diet for your puppy. Avoid giving tidbits and table scraps throughout the day as this both encourages whining and alpha dog behavior. Avoiding this will also hopefully make him hungrier when the time comes for him to eat his actual meal as well.
Best of luck with your Husky Malamute cross. Don't forget that he is still very young, and that with a bit of encouragement and the right food, he will most likely come right within a few weeks! Don't forget to consult your Veterinarian if you suspect that there may be something untoward with his current health status. Also ensure that you undertake the techniques outlined in our bonus book entitled "Secrets to becoming the alpha dog". Please let us know how you get on with Marcell's training!
Daniel Stevens and the Secrets to Dog Training Team
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