From Aggie, Hidden Valley Lake reader:
I read with great interest and appreciation your new column for the Record-Bee. It most likely will be the reason that we continue to subscribe to the Record-Bee; we are victims of very poor delivery service in Hidden Valley Lake!
Chumlee is an absolute wild dog when anyone comes to visit. After 15 to 20 minutes, he calms down and is a great dog.
Chumlee has been to several sessions of puppy training in Lakeport. We really enjoyed taking Chumlee to puppy school, but we had to discontinue since my husband has a very bad heart; and, I have issues getting around â€” just recovering from a fractured femur that happened in March of 2018.
At training, my husband did all the exercises with Chumlee. At our ages, husband is 85 years old and I am 73 years old, we are limited.
Thanking you in advance for any help and/or suggestions you can offer.
I am glad you enjoyed the article. I will put a little bug in and inquire about the delivery service.
Chumlee is a great name and he sounds like a great dog. Golden retrievers are known for their exuberant and gregarious nature and love company. It sounds like Chumlee could use a basic manners refresher working on all aspects of training on a regular basis. Even if you are able to work with him five minutes a day at mealtime working on focus exercises, getting eye contact, a basic sit, down, and stay would improve his response to you when he is being busy. Getting Chumlee to focus on you when you have guests and redirecting him to do something other then run amok is what you want to achieve here. Quite often people get frustrated with their dogs when guests come over and they try to get their dogs to â€śSTOP THAT!!!!!â€ť Well, if you want your dog to stop jumping and stop behaving in a hyperactive manner, the best defense is to teach your dog an alternative behavior. How about, â€śChumblee, stop jumping on people, and come over here on your mat and settle down and chew on a bully stick.â€ť
Now, he wonâ€™t know what this means in the beginning, but teaching your dog alternative behaviors works very well under these circumstances. Give Chumlee something enjoyable to do other then run amok and you both will be happy. With time and practice, Chumlee would learn that when the doorbell rings, this means go to my place and wait for a goodie.
Thank you for the inquiry.
If you have a training or behavior related question, please email me at HappyLabLady77@yahoo.com
Make it a Pawsitive Day!
Val S Elliott CPDT & Behavior Coach
Dog worried when his people left.
They were bad smellers. What if they couldnâ€™t smell a way home?
But somehow they did.
Dog was so proud.
A super Handsome 16-week-old puppy. He already knows â€śsit,â€ť â€śdown,â€ť â€śstay,â€ť and â€ścome.â€ť
Great job on starting early on these training objectives! Puppies are little sponges; even at eight weeks of age you can begin a positive training program.
The picture is adorable and often dark-colored dogs are hard to photograph. His dad did a great job having him wear the cute dog print scarf which makes for a better photo op.
Thank you Steven for sharing this photo of Zeus.
Please send your photos of your dog with a comment about them or about the photo. We would love to share their picture in the Record-Bee.
You can send them to HappyLabLady77@yahoo.com.