Up until recently our house was dominated by two small hairy dogs. According to the trainer who came to help us, we needed to gain control and become ‘leaders of the pack’. Suggestions ranged from eating out of their bowls first to establish top dog status, (you will be relieved to know that this did not require becoming partial to dog roll), to holding them by the collar when making a point to assert our dominance.
Dog Trainers of course come at a cost, and if you want to save money but still get good advice, then the library has many books that can help tame and train the small and hairy, to the large and boisterous.
- Training the hard to train dog by Penny Swager
- The everything new puppy book: choosing, raising and training your new best friend by Carlo DeVito
- Inside of a dog : what dogs see, smell, and know by Alexandra Holowitz
- The Christchurch City Council website has everything you need to know about being a responsible dog owner.