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Harmony in Multidog Household

Dogs are a bit like chips… It’s hard to have just one!

Amelie Cosperec Amelie Cosperec
Start: 01 Dec 2023
Next: TBA

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  • Duration: 6 weeks.
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“Dogs are a bit like chips… It’s hard to have just one!”

 

In some families, cohabitation can go very well, but in others, the management of resources, the organization of training sessions, the walks and the harmony between the dogs, are going to be complicated. In a large family everything will be constantly multiplied: the positive, as well as… The less positive. In fact, who says more dogs, says more challenge! Fortunately, there are solutions !

 

This course is designed to give you the tools to make a multi-dog household a peaceful and productive place. Amélie lives with four dogs on a daily basis and regularly takes in guard dogs for several days. She will guide you step by step to (re)create harmony inside and outside your home. 

 

In this course you will learn to:

  • Read and supervise canine interactions (conduct an introduction well, know how to interrupt an interaction, do consent tests, etc.)
  • Teach behaviors that allow you to deal with everyday situations (food time, transport, walk, training, presence of guests, etc.)
  • Set up consistent and fair communication (understand everyone’s needs, one-to-one times, use the starts button, resources management, etc.)
  • Become pro-active (prevent : why, when and how, anticipate risky situations, use the right tools) – Problem solving and managing “contagious” behaviors
  • Take into consideration multiple factors before adding a new dog (crucial skills before you add a dog, assessment of your situation) 

 

This course is suitable for people with at least two dogs (from permanent cohabitation to occasional care), as well as people wishing to welcome a new dog soon (puppy, or already an adult dog). 

 

This class is NOT for households where there are dogs that are already aggressive towards each other and must already be managed with gates and doors etc. 

 

Course syllabus:

  • Week 1 : Are you under the water ? Multiple dog household : Why it’s hard? – Learn who are your dogs individually (his needs, his safe space) – Common issue Learn who are your dogs – Your environnement – Where are you now?
  • Week 2 : Building healthy relationships Different rules for different dogs – Routines to maximize enjoyment – Work, chill and play with each dog individually – When to let dogs train each other and when not to
  • Week 3 : Crucial skills inside Games with names (individually and group) – Stationning – Wait your turn – Sharing is caring – Love being alone – Guest coming !
  • Week 4 : Crucial skill outside  Doors manners – Transport – Walking with multiple dog (leash walking and recall) – Free times : calm versus high arousal
  • Week 5 : Become pro-active ! Interrupting behaviors in a multi-dog household – Manage play time – Recognize “risk times” – Managing “Contagious” Behavior – Common problem solving
  • Week 6 : Go forward or go back ? Considerations before adding a new member – Assess compatibility – Protocol for integration – Red flag – Rehome is not giving up

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Lessons:

  • Week 1 27 May 2024

    • Welcome!

      Read this before proceeding to the first lesson!…

    • Multiple dog household : Why it’s hard ?

      What is a multi-dog household ? The answer is pretty simple : you have more than one dog ? So,…

    • Common issue

      I have composed a list of possible areas of conflict when dealing with my dogs…

    • Learn who are your dogs individually (his needs, his safe space)

      Treat each dog as an Individual Households with multiple dogs who live in relative peace…

    • Your environnement

      It’s time for you to show me your artistic talents! Calm down Leo. I would like you to…

    • Where are you now ?

      No, not you Justin. Tell me what you think your dogs are doing well Show me on video…

  • Week 2 27 May 2024

    • Magic formula!

      Emily Larlham, aka Kikopup offers a formula that I find very useful for implementing effective behavior modification: “Teach –…

    • Tools are your friends !

      Create separation When minimizing conflict, or undesirables behaviors in a multi-dog household, separation of space is not optional. Gates come in…

    • Ready for a new start ?

      Create rules I don’t let my dogs “sort things out themselves”. I value peace in my household. I would much…

    • Routines to maximize enjoyment

      By answering the previous post you must have realized that a routine is easier to set up. What will be…

    • New set-up of your environnement

      It’s time to change some things in your environment. Following the answers in lesson 3, what do you think you…

  • Week 3 27 May 2024

    • Name games

      Communication is an essential part with multiple dogs, because you will need a way to communicate with each of them…

    • Wait your turn (stationning)

      Why station and not position stay ? Gives black/white criteria for what the dog should be doing More difficult to…

    • Sharing is caring

      Voluntary Sharing is a part of Leslie McDevitt’s Control Unleashed program. Voluntary Sharing helps teach dogs how to share resources…

    • Love to be alone

      This is generally the protocol I use to teach each of my dogs to enjoy spending time alone and being…

  • Week 4 27 May 2024

    • Doorways

      Why teach door manners? Doorways are a common struggle within the household, because very often, they’re an area of excitement,…

    • Tools for walk

      Here are the tools that I prefer to carry out my outings. Multi-position leashes To be able to attach several…

    • Types for walk

      Types There are so many types of walks: The adventure outing – We don’t know the place and we explore…

    • Walks – Before

      Did I tell you about my love for routines (yes that’s a rhetorical question)? The moment “before” the ride, the…

    • Other skills for walk

      Teaching the dog to walk If your dog tends to trot on a leash (this is normal for small dogs),…

    • Transport

      For transport each of my dogs have a crate. They enter the car one by one. I teach them the…

  • Week 5 27 May 2024

    • Contagious behaviors – When mama or daddy back to home

      When their humans come home, many unwanted behaviors can appear and be contagious (barking, jumping, running, etc.). Establishing a new…

    • Contagious behaviors – Barking

      Prevent barking Barking is a complex behavior to modify because it is self-reinforcing. Your ambitions should therefore not be too…

    • Guests coming!

      The arrival of guests is often a big moment for our dogs. As in the last lessons, I invite you…

    • Manage dog-dog play

      A good dog-dog play Jane Sigsworth did an amazing job around dog-dog social interactions. To know if it’s play, I…

    • Wait your turn (for play and interaction with humans)

      For play Before adding dog You need a solid understanding of rules. I will tell you about two types of…

  • Week 6 27 May 2024

    • Considerations before adding a new member

      Let me start off by saying: the only reoccurring “negative” comment that I received from almost every person who have…

    • Assess compatibility

      Like us, dogs don’t get along with everyone and that’s OK. Knowing what type of dog your dog gets along…

    • Protocol for integration – common mistakes

      Common mistakes Not preparing your house You are about to radically change your life, your current dog’s life, and your…

    • Protocol for integration – How?

      First : take it slow! Dog- Dog introductions take time! Sometimes they appreciate immediately, sometimes it will take more time.

    • Dog relationships can change

      Most commonly, dog relationships change around certain events: Shifts through life stages: Puppyhood, adolescence, adulthood, senior. Reaching Sexual Maturity. After…

    • Red flags

      If any of the following things is happening, this is leading to a possibly dangerous situation. It is important to…

    • Rehoming is not giving up!

      First, my definition of “not working out” is, either the dog or the family is not happy with the situation,…

    • Final Thoughts: Celebrating Achievements and Continuing the Journey

      Leave your opinion. That is an order.Farewell and Keep Moving Forward!…

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