When you first hear the question you might be thinking “Avidog – Helping People Create Healthy, Stable Canine Companions” or “Avidog – Making The World A Better Place For Dogs.”
Although we do believe if everyone would follow Avidog’s breeding, rearing and puppy training methods the world would be a better place for dogs, the real answer to the question is Avidog’s Tagline is a thin, 6-foot line with a small clip on the end that attaches to your puppy’s collar. Starting the day you bring your puppy home she should wear a Tagline like you wear your watch, only taking it off when you go to bed, or in your pup’s case when she goes into her crate or exercise pen.
Why should your pup wear a Tagline?
When you bring your puppy home he is going to be testing his boundaries all the time. Using a Tagline allows you to easily stop him from rehearsing behaviors you don’t like without him realizing that you are the one stopping him.
My newest puppy-coaching client has a 10-week-old puppy. When they caught her standing on the dishwasher door licking the plates clean they did what most people do, they grabbed a camera. I’m the first to admit that it’s cute, but what is she learning? What will it look like when she is a 40-pound adult dog? Is it what they wanted her to learn was acceptable behavior? If they decide it is not, they need to be sure she is never allowed to rehearse that behavior. The easiest way to deal with times when your puppy gets into places you don’t want her, such as on the counter, in the dishwasher or jumping up on a person, is a Tagline.