fosterig Super-Levi we began realizing some key things dogs should know as they become city dogs in-training. Since this is 'how-to' week, here are some things we've learned to help dogs integrate into city-life.
(And check Our Facebook Page for more current photos of the pooches).
1) Work on Sit-Stays and Down-Stays
the command that changed our lives.
Now we can take the pooches to get money from the ATM, buy things at
the Farmer's Market, wait nicely while one of us goes inside, and most
importantly...learn to sit nicely at outdoor cafes.
Little Super-Levi has
already been doing well with the sit-stays and will automatically sit
and wait while I am locking the door, picking up poo, or waiting to
cross the street.
2) Be Prepared to Meet all Kinds of Strange People...and Lots of Dogs!
We are lucky that our dogs aren't fearful, but we did
need Miss M to practice her people greeting manners. We would have
people come over so she could practice greeting them without being
Though we still have the issue of seeing so many dogs--I guesstimated about 30 live on our block alone. We have been working on doing training walks where the pooches are busy focusing on their training so we can redirect if they get excited about another dog.
We also have our SociaBulls dog-walking group to be accustomed to being around other dogs, and we have even met up in smaller groups with some of the members we met in the group who live in our neighborhood.
3) Make Their World Big so they are up for Anything
to big festivals, picnics in parks, and to explore new neighborhoods because
they become exposed to so many new sights and smells. We started small
because we know that crowds can be scary, but now they can move
comfortably among crowds, meet all kinds of people, and have even been
known to lay in the path of on-walking traffic. Little Super-Levi has
proven he is well on his way to being city-desensitized as he even took a
snooze in the middle of the street during last weekend's marathon.