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Crate Training, A Den within a Den (Part 1)

This is going to be the first of three tips discussing Crate Training. Please stay tuned for more after this...

Your dog thinks of your home as his den. For many dogs, a house or apartment is too large and can be the source of unwanted stress and confusion.
A dog that is properly introduced to a crate will view it as his or her own sanctuary.

Some important points:
A crate should not be considered a substitute for training and supervised.A dog should not be crated for longer than 4 – 8 hours depending on age and bladder size and strength.A crate should be only large enough for a dog to stand up, lay down comfortably and turn around.A crate should never be used as punishment.

For more information, please contact The Best Dog Trainers in South Florida.

Introducing Dogs

Sometimes is is very stressful when a friend comes over with their dog and the entire afternoon is made up of "bark, bark, bark"!

The most important point to remember when you are introducing two or more dogs is that it must be done slowly and on their terms. If you are too fast or push them, it just might put them in a fearful or aggressive situation that could lead to an unfortunate incident.

When you are having a friend with their dog come over and visit you and your dog, here is what you do:
Have your friend stay outside in the front lawn with their dog on a leash.You and your dog slowly approach. If you see any aggression, barking, or jumping, correct them immediately.Stop when you are about six feet away from the other dog.At this point, (under a very watchful eye and good grip on the leash), let your dog approach calmly and slowly towards the other dog. Only allow calm movements and correct jumping/barking/growling immediately.When they have accepted each other, have …

Walking your Doggie --- What is YOUR Job?

When we take our dog for a walk, our job is much more than just holding the leash!

When we are out and about and walking Rover, it is very important that we let Rover know he is safe. Just when we were little kids and looked to our parents to keep us safe when we were at the mall, in a restaurant, or on the street, we must do the same thing with Rover. Because of this, our job is a lot bigger than we might think when we are out for a walk.

Here are some tips for your walk:
Keep Rover next to you when you walk. This will let him see that you are there and that he doesn't have to worry about things.Always scan ahead of you. Look for squirrels, people, other dogs, kids on bikes, etc. You must be the radar to locate anything that might frighten or startle Rover.If you locate a problem ahead, be prepared to let Rover know that you will protect him or redirect him so that the distraction is minimized.If you miss a fearful distraction and Rover begins to bark/pull, turn around and walk…

A New Idea for Potty Training

There is no one silver bullet to resolve "potty training failures". I simply want to provide you with multiple ideas to help you resolve the problem.

Today I want to talk about our dog's natural instinct not to go to the bathroom where they eat. (In our houses, we normally don't have the master bathroom next to the kitchen!)

When you find your doggie going to the bathroom in a particular place in your house, you need to discourage this behavior. You can easily do this by invoking the rule of "You don't potty where you eat". To accomplich this, you can do two things:
SCATTER FEED: Take raw vegitables or kibble that your doggie enjoys eating and throw that on the area where you doggide is going to the bathroom.DIRECT FEED: Put your diggie's food bowl in the exact area where he is going to the bathroom.Both of these actions will instill in your puppy that "This is the place where I get my goodiies. I don't want to poopie here! Where should I poop…

Approaching a Dog

Here is a training tip especially for you!

You are walking down the street and you see the cutest dog and you really want to see him and pet him. You walk right up to him, bend over and pet him on the head. WRONG! Never, never do that! You may not know it, but the cute doggie that you want to pet might believe that you are being aggressive. You have put him in a "fight or flight" mode. Since he is on a leash, the "flight option" is off the table. You will probably be bitten!

With that said, let's tell you what you should do.

Let's rewind the tape...

You are walking down the street and you see the cutest dog and you really want to see him and pet him. You ask the owner if the dog is friendly and if it would be OK to pet him. You ask the owner to approach you with the dog. Stay calm and still and keep your hands by your side.

As the owner and their dog approaches, make note if the dog begins to pull back on the leash or begins to look agitated. If t…

When Your Doggie Eats their Doggie Bed

Sometimes the best training tips aren't training tips at all!

That is not the entire case here, but today's discussion also highlights how dog owners are human. When your doggie eats their doggie bed, the normal thing that you do is to run out and buy a new bed and hope he doesn't eat the next bed as well. Guess what, he normally does!

First of all, let's look at our doggie's habits for a second. He likes to lie in the grass and/or dirt in the back yard. He sleeps on the tile floor next to the window in the kitchen. He lies next to you on the carpet when you are watching TV. None of these are soft places and yet, he has no problem sleeping on them.

Why do we give our doggie a bed when we want him to sleep at night? Since we (humans) sleep in beds, we think that our doggie (canine) needs a bed too. The answer is that our dog does not need a doggie bed to get a good night's sleep.

So the answer to your dog chewing up his doggie bed? Take the doggie bed awa…