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Are You A Step Mom To A Dog?

Being a step mom to children can be challenging. Blending families is never easy, especially when you have lived as two separate families for so many years. There’s always jealousy, fighting and the occasional screeching “you’re not my Mother!”

When I married my second husband, I expected to have issues with the kids as we moved into his house. What I didn’t anticipate was there would be problems with the dogs! I have a maltese (Prince) and he has two large Labradors (Buddy and Oscar). I like little dogs and my husband  likes big dogs. So Prince had to adjust not only to a new environment, but to having step dog siblings as well. He was used to being an only child, so you can imagine the behavioral issues that arose.

Believe me, it was chaos and somewhere along the way, we lost control of the situation.

Suddenly, Buddy became very aggressive and would just growl at Prince.. This led Prince to cower and then poop in the house. And if that wasn’t bad enough, Oscar took to chewing our brand new leather sofa. The Brady Bunch we definitely weren’t.

Bedtime was even worse. My husband and I decided that even though the dogs slept with us when we were single, three dogs in a bed was three too many. So we strategically set up their beds in different room and closed our bedroom door … then the howling began!

If my kids were having adjustment issues, I would take them to a counselor, so I figured hiring a doggie therapist was the best thing to do.

And I was right.

The Bark Busters behavioral therapist came to our house where most of the issues were occurring. They worked with our whole family on our vocal commands (how we talked to the dogs) and our body language. We found out that our constant attempts to just scream “no” was ineffective! They gave us a plan of action and we followed it daily. It was relatively easy and more importantly it worked! Prince stopped pooping in the house, Oscar stopped his incessant chewing and Buddy stopped barking at Prince.

Peace was restored in our household.

My advice is this: don’t wait too long and suffer before calling in a dog behavioral therapist. We were in way over our heads, and unfortunately most of our solutions were wrong. We could have saved a ton of headaches and stress if we had called in a dog trainer right from the start … it would have made the adjustment easier for everyone.

Now if only I could get my children to respond to my vocal commands as well as my dogs!

Another Kind of License for Dogs!

By: BeauBeau

It’s the time of year to believe in magic, miracles and —- car-driving dogs???? Believe it!

SPCA Auckland (New Zealand) has come up with an incredible way to showcase the wonderful, eager and smart adoptable dogs waiting for their forever homes in shelters and rescues everywhere.

Two of the three dogs trained to drive a MINI Cooper have actually passed their driving tests! Gee, do they make driver’s licenses small enough to fit onto a dog tag?

“Driving a car actively demonstrates to potential rescue dog adopters that you can teach an old dog new tricks,” says Christine Kalin, SPCA Auckland CEO. “The dogs have achieved amazing things in eight short weeks of training, which really shows with the right environment just how much potential all dogs from the SPCA have as family pets.” (Hear, hear!)

What do I like best about this video? The secure seat harness the dogs are wearing, and all that encouragement and praise from the handler! I LOVE that kinda talk!

Take Bark Busters’ Dog Owner’s Pledge

By: BeauBeau

I’m a lucky rescue dog! While I know my former family loved me,  they just didn’t understand how to manage some of my behavioral quirks. That’s why it turned out to be best for everyone that I be adopted by a family like the Crowes. The Crowes knew they would have to provide plenty of patience to help me shine — and boy, their efforts have sure paid off! That’s how the concept of the Bark Busters’ Dog Owner’s Pledge was born.

CLICK HERE to download and print a copy of Bark Busters’ Dog Owner’s Pledge for you and your family to sign.

Labor Day Travel Tips for Dogs

Safe Pet Travel TipsLabor Day weekend is almost here—and what better way to celebrate than spending some time with your four-legged friend! Whether you plan to take Fido to a park in your town, away for a weekend at the lake/beach cottage,  or on a cross-country road trip, be sure to travel safely on this busy holiday weekend.

No matter what your mode of travel, the single best safe practice you can employ to keep your dog safe during the journey is to keep him restrained. Also be sure to affix current identification to your dog. Even better, have him microchipped, which provides a permanent form of I.D. to help ensure he is returned to you if he becomes lost.

For more tips for travel by plane, train or automobile, CLICK HERE!

Dog Photo Contest — Win Kurgo Gear!

Bark Busters wants to know—where do you and your dog GO together? Submit your photos to Bark Busters Home Dog Training USA on Facebook during July! The 3 photos with the most votes will WIN awesome pet travel gear from Kurgo.

Dog Photo Contest

Tell your friends to enter, or to go vote for your dog! You can vote for your favorite photo as often as once a day. Go to www.facebook.com/BarkBustersHomeDogTrainingUSA and click on the Contest tab for more details—and to check out the competition!