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Lenke’s Basics for Dog Behaviour Homework;

2 Golden Rules:

FOUR FEET ON THE GROUND: no jumping up on people, no jumping up on furniture, no

“rewards” if the feet are not firmly planted on the ground. Up time cuddling on the couch is

STRICTLY and ONLY when invited by an adult human and once cuddle time is finished, the four

feet are put back on the ground.

NOTHING IN LIFE IS FREE: The nice stuff comes but only after its been earned. Food – sit and

wait politely and only eat when given the “ok”, Walks – only get leashed up and set off on the walk

if the behaviour is calm and mannerly. Cuddles – only get invited up for cuddles if its been politely

requested by sitting or lying down quietly, etc

5 Fundamentals:

SIT – as the name suggests, bum on the ground, reward as soon as the bum touches down.

DOWN – as the name suggests, belly on the ground, reward as soon as the belly AND bum are

down. Sometimes, you may need to repeat and wait for the dog to understand, but patience

usually wins and payment with a suitable “happy party” when the dog gets it right will go a long

way to bedding down the command and behaviour.

LOOK AT ME – dog makes direct eye contact with the human, usually from a sitting position, and

gets rewarded as SOON as it meets the human’s eyes.

TOUCH – human holds hand out within easy reach, dog nose-touches hand and gets “paid” for

doing this. Each time the human can move the hand a little distance further away to make the

complication level just a little harder each time.

LEAVE IT – human holds the food items on flat hands, near the dog, saying “leave it”. If the dog

reaches, human simply folds hands closed, repeating the “leave it”. Dog gets paid only once its

made eye contact, or chosen to look or move away from the tempting treat.

IT IS BEYOND IMPORTANT that, for the first 10 days to 2 weeks, the dog is PAID (rewarded) for

doing the work, so, if the human asks for a sit, AS SOON AS THE BUM TOUCHES THE

GROUND, the human MUST pay the dog, either through a food reward, or a cuddle reward (if

that’s what the dog prefers). The same applies for all the other 5 fundamentals. Sometimes, like

with a down, the human will need to be very patient as some dogs are deeply uncomfortable

putting themselves into such a vulnerable position in the presence of strangers / other dogs /

perceived or real threats. Patience on the humans part really is the key to teaching the dog,

through their anxieties.

Failure to pay the dog for doing the behaviour will “poison” the command as well as pollute the

dogs willingness to work for you making future teaching more difficult.

For any queries, questions, worries, observations etc, PLEASE do not hesitate to WhatsApp

Lenke on 0838974849.

What Food Do we use in the Sanctuary?

We mostly use Royal Canin for all our dogs.

Dogs with joint and skin issues are on Orijen and Acana.

Those with Auto Immune Disease are on cooked food and specific supplements.

We feed twice a day if they are adults and three times a day if they are puppies.

First feed is at 08h00 the next feed for Puppies is 12h00 and the last feed for all is at 15h30.

Water is scattered around the Sanctuary in various places always in a clean bowl and always fresh

Dogie Toys

Toys are not left lying around as they cause fights when there are a number of dogs together at any one time.

So we select some toys and a few dogs and play that way.

We do not use any toys that are plastic that they can chew through and ingest.

We try not to use a squeaky toys as this stimulates the kill instinct.

We also watch the fluff that they don’t ingest that either.

We play tug o war and hide and go seek  and run races with them. .

No Kennel Philosophy

We do not believe that Yorkies (and other dogs) but Yorkies most especially should be ever kept in a cage.  This breed is far to gregarious to spend time locked up behind a fence.

So all the Yorkies here at our Sanctuaries and our Yorkie Old Age Home spend their days frolicking in the gardens, digging in the flower beds, rolling on the grass, having a supervised swim in the pool or unsupervised swim in the water features.

Then at night weary from the days activities of chasing and barking at birds and playing, they all snuggle up in their own or community beds (or in our beds of course).  On cooler nights they all have blankies and are tucked into bed by the latest 23h00 after their last walk in the garden with us while we man the poop scoop.

Portrait of yorkshire Sitting in front of white background; Thinkstock photo
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