QUESTION 1: Submitted by Abby
My dog is a horrible street scavenger and eats garbage and plant matter whenever he gets a chance. How can I train him to stop? HELP!
ANSWER: If your dog is a scavenger, it would help to get him into some nose work classes or give him some “find it” activities around the house to satisfy his instinctual need to “scavenge”. As for training, I would recommend impulse control training consisting of solid loose leash walking and “leave it.”
QUESTION 2: Submitted by Bellinda
Where can I train my lab to be a therapy dog for kids in hospitals?
ANSWER: Most hospitals require at least a Canine Good Citizen Certification, which requires your dog to go through a series of behaviors successfully. Check: http://www.akc.org/dog-owners/training/canine-good-citizen/about/ for more information.