breeds can be intimidating to some people because these
pooches have broad chests and muscular legs that give them
larger-than-life stature. This has led one Oklahoma mayor to
propose a new ordinance regarding insuring against these large
breed dogs.FOX23 reported that Jimmy Tramel, mayor of Pryor,
Oklahoma, has presented his city council with legislation that
calls for owners of large dogs to purchase
pet insurance for their canines, which would make them more
liable in the event of an attack or anything of the sort. The
proposal comes after a series of dog attacks. In the first, a
little girl was the victim of a vicious attack. The second, two
Pit Bulls got loose and killed a neighbors 6-year-old
Boxer.Following an alleged attack, the dog owner paid a $195 fine
to the city, which Tramel feels is unfair to the family. He
believes that long-term medical and emotional costs will leave
the family scarred. Currently, he's sitting down with local
government representatives, researching existing regulations and
speaking with other states that have similar laws in place. If
he's allowed to be breed specific, Tramel said he'd likely only
require Pit Bulls and other bigger dog breeds to have
insurance.However, pet parents like Patrick Herston feel that the
ordinance places unfair judgment on big dogs in Pryor. "He's
a big, lazy baby," Herston told FOX23 about his large, lethargic
pooch.The ordinance also doesn't sit well with Charles Hodson,
who thinks that tagging dogs and keeping up to date with shots is
enough. Either way, time will tell how far Tramel is able to take
his proposal in the Pryor area.
Keeping large canines in control
While bigger dog breeds can be shocking to some,
it's on owners to properly train and manage their pooches.
Walking in crowds or busier areas of town might make controlling
your canine a challenge. These situations can be difficult and
stressful to handle, but with the right mindset, you can keep
control over the scenario.Cesar's Way explained that the sights, smells and sounds of
crowds can cause pooches to react instinctively. At times,
this can lead to acts of aggression due to fear or panic, but
owners can keep their dogs under control. The source recommended
that pet parents start early with their furry friends and expose
puppies to as many noises and sights as possible. The more
desensitized they are, the easier it'll be to control them
later.Most importantly, keep your dog close to you when walking
him in public. The worst thing you can do is give Fido too much
slack on his leash, allowing him to take off if he gets too
excited.Sign up for PetPlus today and purchase discounted
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Large Dog Training Tips
No one wants a Great Dane jumping up on them, and a Irish
Wolfhound could knock you over by pulling on a leash!
Obedience training is
essential for large and giant breed dogs because the safety of
you, your dog, and your guests is at stake. Life with your large
dog will also be much more satisfying if your dog knows who is
boss, and is rewarded for obeying the rules.
Rewards vs. punishments
Large dogs can be easy to train and very obedient if you start
early, are consistent, and develop clear rules. Giant breeds
respond much better to positive reinforcement (rewards for good
behavior) than punishment for bad behavior. These dogs can be
very sensitive, and have the added risk of fighting back if they
dislike the punishment. The best defense is good prevention:
teach your dog acceptable behaviors, rather than fighting bad
If you do have to break bad habits (like pulling on a leash) it's
important to determine the dog’s perceived reward for his
behavior, and either remove it and/or replace it with a more
desirable behavior. If you take an active approach to training
and focus on teaching good behaviors you and your giant pooch
will get along fine.
Giant breed dogs pose obvious problems. Not only do they take up
more space, but their height may allow them to reach food on a
table or accidentally knock off cups on coffee tables with their
tails. Some large dog owners may feel threatened due to their
dog’s size and strength, but a commanding presence
and firm commands will
help your dog remember who's in charge. Rather than trying to be
a pack leader, you need to be the rule-setter: you control the
food and make the rules. Be sure to be consistent so that puppies
can become respectful family members.
Tips to train large or giant breed dogs
Heeling and walking on a leash:
It's essential that your dog learns to walk with you and
not pull on the leash. Dogs have an instinct to pull or chase
smaller animals, so you have to find better behaviors to reward
them for. Reward your dog whenever heeling or walking properly,
and if needed, tell your dog to sit (the
opposite of pulling), and reward the sit. Your dog can learn to
walk with you if you use a few techniques and tricks:
- Use non-retractable leashes to
teach appropriate walking distances.
- Keep a treat in one hand (same
hand each time) next to your dog when you go for a walk. If you
reward sitting/heeling with this treat, your dog will learn to
heel by watching your hand and hoping for a snack!
- Using a Gentle Leader is a
humane way to keep your dog from pulling and help them learn to
walk at your pace. The extra leash piece goes over the dog's
mouth, causing frustration and discomfort, but not pain, if
they're pulling. Your dog will quickly learn that in order to
control their muzzle they must adapt to your pace.
- Finally, save the favorite
treats for those perfect heeling moments during the walk—to make
your point. Waiting to feed your dog until after the walk will
make treats even more enticing.
Not jumping up:
While it might be cute for a Miniature Schnauzer to jump
up and greet visitors, a jumping German
Shepard could hurt or scare someone. Rather than
getting angry, reinforce a different behavior for your dog to
greet visitors: teach your dog to shake or sit when
people come to the door. Not only will your dog stop jumping,
but they will look like a very polite pup, waiting to shake
hands with the guest.
A well-learned sit command can keep you and your dog out
of bad situations. Get in the habit of making your dog sit and
stay for every feeding, and wait until your dog does it
correctly. If you switch up the “staying” time, they will learn
to wait for your command, instead of waiting a period of time.
These commands are also extremely useful when you groom your
pooch. A simple bath can become an impossible task if you have
not trained your dog to be obedient.
You and your dog can master these important steps, and then
you'll be able to move on to other tricks and keep your
breakables and everyone safe. Remember, dogs aren't trying to
cause trouble, but they need your instruction and love to keep
them in line.
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