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Dog Training Tips from Cooper City to Help Your Dog Eat His Food

Ideas to get Your Dog to Eat His Food
I was out at a Dog Training revisit this morning in Cooper City for a Coonhound that we haven’t seen for over seven years.  The dog had been doing great for a very long time until recently when a few things had changed in the family dynamics.  We took care of that pretty quickly (and that can be the topic of a future article).  The client then mentioned, “I just don't get it.  I spend more money on Mystie’s "holistic/good for you food" than I spend on myself.  I put the food down and she really isn’t interested in it.  I don't want to feed her the junkie food with all the additives, but I don’t want her to starve.  What can I do to get her to eat the healthy food?”

So many times we can relate our current experiences with things we have lived through in the past.Let's think about our childhood and our mom serving us green beans.  If you are like me, there was no way I was going to take my fork and eat those green beans sitting o…

Dog Training Information from Sunrise Florida about Bike Safety

When You Ride Your BikeI was up in Sunrise yesterday with a new dog training client and her Boxer who had a jumping problem and loved to run out the front door.We resolved those problems pretty quickly and I was finishing up the lesson and planning what we would to at the next lesson and when we would return.She had another dog issue that didn’t refer to her Boxer.
She loved to ride her bike around the neighborhood but the local dogs loved to chase and bark at her.She could never get in a full bike ride because of all these doggie distractions.I mentioned that I had worked on this issue years ago and came up with some very interesting observations and suggestions for bike riders and “dog chasers”… 

Dogs love to play "tag, you are it".  In fact, this is one of the natural submissive/dominance that they naturally play as puppies to learn proper canine socialization.  When we ride past dogs on our bikes, they chase us, and we speed up, we are encouraging the idea of "tag, yo…

Dog Training Tips from Parkland Florida about Jumping

We were at a new client in Parkand last week and were about half way through our initial canine behavioral review discussing rules and consistency.  She looked a little troubled, we we stopped the discussion and asked her if something was bothering her.  She replied “I hear what you are saying, but I really don’t mind if my dog jumps on me.  He did it since he was a puppy and it was no big deal.  We are having a bunch of friends and family over in a few weeks for July 4th and I just don’t want him jumping on all my friends and their little kids”…

Things must be really simple when it comes to what you want your dog to do and what you don’t want your dog to do.  The instructions you give your dog must be absolute.  Saying that your dog can jump on you, but not your friends and their kids is not an absolute rule.  It injects logic and a level of problem solving that is impossible for your dog to accomplish.  If you don’t want your dog to jump, it must be that he can not jump on anybody, p…

Dog Training Tips from Miramar to Help Your Dog Prepare for a Summer Vacation Plane Flight

Robin and I were at a Dog Training session in Miramar last night helping a client and his dog with Separation Anxiety.  Being June, everyone is either on their summer vacation trim or preparing for their summer vacation trip.  Our client was getting ready to take his family and dog to California and Disneyland.  This meant that his dog was going on his first plane flight.  He wanted to know what he needed to do…

We first explained that getting a dog ready for a plane is not something that can be done overnight.  Like most behavioral issues and socialization requirements with dogs, it requires time, patience, and consistency. There are many things that you must reinforce with your dog before you get in that scary, cramped seat.  It is often scary for “us humans” who have traveled many times before.  Just think of what it must be like for our dog! The one thing that our client had going for him was that his dog is a Toy Poodle and can be taken on the plane with him.With this said, here ar…

Dog Training Tips from Plantation about Extension Dog Leashes

Pardon me if I just get on my high horse for a moment and talk about one of my biggest dog training pet peeves…  People who use extension leashes with their dogs!

First of all, I have to state that we all just love things with buttons, widgets, and gizmos.  We always think that the more buttons, the better it is.  Let’s check out an extension leash.  Wow!  It has a handle and several buttons.  Look at all these things you can do with it!  You just have to get it because you need to be pushing those buttons!
No you don't. Bad, bad dog owner!
I always teach my clients that the most important thing that we must do when we have our dogs out with us is to let them know we are keeping them safe and protected.  We might be walking in our neighborhood, at the park, or at the mall.  In order to do this, we must have their focus so that we can let them know how they need to act.  If we are walking and change direction, they must understand that they need to change direction too.  If we slow …

Dog Training Tips from Coral Springs When the Family is Crazy

We were at a Dog Training revisit session with a family in Coral Springs last week and their dog that was fine when we had left the first time had gone back to showing the same bad behavior we observed at the beginning of our first session.  The entire family was there for our current visit and we observed that the family dynamics was “nuts”.  Everyone was all over the place.  At one point the mother looked at us and asked “Can our family be making our dog go nuts?”

To paraphrase Charlie Sheen... "Duh, Yes!"

We always try to reinforce the idea that in order to have your dog learn, you must first establish a calm and consistent environment. This will allow your dog have the opportunity to provide focus and allows you to have the opportunity to command that focus.  Your ability to show a passive, assertive nature towards your dog will naturally have him drawn towards you as the one telling him what to do next. 
Guess what, if the environment is full of yelling and screaming, y…

Dog Training Tips from Weston Florida about Walking Your Dog

I was at a dog training session in Weston the other day and the client and I were walking his dog down the street.We were walking on a short leash and everything was going great.This was a larger dog and the client was right handed, so we decided to walk the dog on the client’s right side.As we were about half way through the dog walking exercise, a neighbor approached us and said he was doing it all wrong.He told my client that all dogs should be walked on the left side.

We politely acknowledged the neighbor and tried to get away from him as quickly as possible.  When we were out of earshot, my client asked me if there was a correct side to walk the dog.  My answer was “It depends”.

I always tell my clients that it doesn't necessarily depend if they walk their dog on their left or their right unless they are going to be in dog shows.  In a dog show, you walk your dog in a counter-clockwise circle around the judge.  You have to keep the dog on the inside of the circle (on your left…

Dog Training Tips from Davie Florida about Potty

Great Dog Training Tips about Pottying and the Rain
I was revisiting a dog training client in Davie yesterday when, all of a sudden, we had a massive rain storm.  Although that was not the dog training issue that my client had called me out for, it did initiate another question.  It appeared that his dog was doing quite well with his puppy potty routine until about ten days ago when we started to get into our “summer rain” routine.  All of a sudden, this great dog who would want to run outside to potty is now making accidents on the carpet. 

Like many things, simply describing the problem starts to explain the answer.  We had helped the client work with his dog to understand about going potty outside.  We had conditioned the dog to go on the dry grass during nice days and nights when it was not showering down on him.  Now the outside is wet and muddy and he is trying to go potty while he is constantly getting wet.  All in all, it is just not a potty experience to which he had been cond…

Dog Training Tips to Help Your Dog from Running Out The Door

Dog obedience and great training tips to keep your dog safe at the door.
We were over at the Bank of America in Weston yesterday when one of our neighbors noticed “Dog Trainer” on our car and approached with a question.  “I see you are dog trainers and my Golden Retriever is normally a great dog.  The only problem I have with him that it is always a challenge to keep him from running out the front door.  It has come to the point that I try to sneak out the garage…”

I was just at a Dog Training Session yesterday in Cooper City when the problem of dogs running out the front door came up.  This is a very common problem for many dog owners and the one thing that I have seen over the years is normally handled in the wrong way.  This bad behavior is such an annoying and embarrassing experience because it doesn’t just impact us, it impacts the person at the front door or our job when we are late to work because we had to try and catch our misbehaving dog.  The one thing that I am mostly worri…

Dog Training Tips for Bad Behavior At The Door and Guests

Quick things you can do every time someone comes to the door and your dog displays bad behavior.
I was at a dog training session in Cooper City last week and we were just finishing up the session.  We had covered everything the client had on his wish list for that day and everything was just great.  As I got up to leave, a friend came to the front door and rang the door bell.  His dog went completely nuts.  He ran to the front door before we could even stand up, barking and jumping at the door like a crazy person.  I told the client that we had something else to work on…

What we first must understand is that just about all dogs are excited when new people are coming into the house.  This is not always a bad thing because our dog’s action can also act as a defensive/protective mechanism to an unwanted situation. What is important is that we are not embarrassed when anyone enters our house because they are jumped on, licked, and generally harassed the unruly dog. The best way to accomplis…

Dog Training Tips to Eliminate Your Dog’s Boredom and Bad Behavior

Minimize your dog’s bad behavior because he is bored
I was at a training session in Plantation yesterday and they were telling me that their dog just can’t sit still and is always bugging them.  I asked my client what was going on before this bad behavior began and he said, “Nothing, I might be working on my computer for a while and my dog is over in the corner.  He seems fine, just staring at me or looking out the window.  All of a sudden, he gets up and starts nudging me and whining.”

The reason that I am bringing this up in my blog today is because it is a situation that I have heard many times over my years of dog training.  Let’s not focus on the obvious issue of bad behavior, but why your dog started that bad behavior.  He was sitting by himself with nothing to do for a long time and finally said, “This is enough”.  Without anything else to engage, he comes to you to break his boredom.
If you are busy, you don’t have the time to work on that bond.  You must think of another way to …

Dog Training Tips for the Type of Food You Can Give Your Dog

Is there a problem with giving my dog part of my Big Mac?  I was at a dog training revisit session with some clients in Parkland the other day and they had a very interesting question regarding giving their dog “people food”.  I am asked this question all the time.  My first question is "what is people food"?

I can make myself a chicken sandwich, have some soup with peas and carrots, eat some brown rice, and have some nachos with corn chips.  Is this "people food"?

I can look on the side panel of my dog’s food bag and see most of the same ingredients right there. 

So, it seems that dog food and people food are the same food!  Since all food is the same, we can’t discuss the dichotomy of people food versus dog food.  We must ponder a new question.  What we really should be asking ourselves regarding food is "How should we present our dog's food to him"?

The answer is simple.  We can give our dog any type of food that we want to give him, as long as it …

Dog Training Tips to Have Your Dog Listen in the Back Yard

What Happens When Your Dog Won't Come to Me in The Back Yard?
We were at a dog training session in Coral Springs yesterday and our client had a great question that we wanted to share with everyone.  “It always happens that whenever I need to get my dog in from the back yard, he never comes.  I really think he sees it as a game and finds it fun to run and have me chase him…”

See my dog way back there?  There is no way that I am getting him in the house any time soon...

The best solution is really simple.  What you must do is to teach (or re-teach) your dog to “come”.  This, like any learned action, will take about five weeks of continual work.  This is great, but you need something to get him back in the house between now and then.

Let's first understand what is really happening with you and your dog and then find a temporary solution.  
Right now, I bet here is what you are doing.  You walk outside and yell "come".  He doesn't understand what that means, but you hav…