Showing posts from March, 2014

Dog Training to be a Great Dog Owner

I really want to be a great dog owner and am doing the best I can.  I know that I have to relate as a dog to my dog, but it is hard.  I am not a dog.  How do I know am doing the right things for my dog?

First of all, let's remember that this discussion isn't dealing with canine behavior, operant conditioning, and the like.  We are discussing if you are a responsible dog owner.  If this seems a little confusing to you, please let me give some ideas that will help you be the responsible dog owner: Get your dog spayed or neutered.  They live longer and have healthier lives.Provide proper identification.  If your gets out, you have a far better chance in getting him back if he has a dog or electronic tag.  There are also GPS products that fit on your dog’s collar.  These tools will send you a message when your dog leaves the area and will guide you right to him.  (He can run, but he can’t hide!)Make sure you get the appropriate training for both you and your dog.  This will help bu…

Dog Training Schedule With Your Dog

OK, I know all about the exercises and I do them with my dog every once in a while, but my dog just doesn't seem to get it!  What is going on here?
I am now going to show my age here, but remember Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy?  If you are familiar with TV cartoons in the 1960’s, you will remember the cartoons where Doggie Daddy was always trying to teach his son, Augie Doggie a lesson.  I know that many other dog trainers (and a lot of trainers in my own organization) will say it is crazy to try and associate actual canine behavior with children’s cartoons.  The answer is that Doggie Daddy was absolutely correct in his training methods of his son, Augie Doggie.

I am not saying that my methods methods are based on a 1960's cartoon show, it just so happens that the show mimics the proven methods we use to gain our great results.  So what happened between Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy?  It is real simple... YOU MUST BE CONSISTENT.  Dogs learn by doing the same thing the exact sam…

How to introduce a new doggie into the family

I am about to get a new dog, but how do I make sure that Wolfie and he will get along?

The biggest problem that we have when we bring home a "new dog" is to understand how our current dog(s) will react.  Remember, Wolfie didn't have a clue that someone new was coming to live with him.  Here are a few, quick tips:
Before you actually bring the new dog home, take Wolfie to the Humane Society, breeder, or pet store to meet the new dog.  Keep both on leashes and allow them to sniff each other.  Watch their body language to make sure that you don't see any possible aggression or timid behavior.  If they both eventually just sit down and are not focused on the other dog, you are fine, so far.When you bring the new dog home, have Wolfie meet the new dog in the front yard.  This is a neutral spot for both.  It is also not Wolfie's territory and you don't want to suddenly introduce a new "pack member" into Wolfie's territory.  Allow both dogs to meet (on l…

Dog Training Tips for Potty Training and Food Management

Don't you just love it when there is a free buffet? Guess what? Your little puppy loves it too...

One of the most common errors that our clients make when attempting to potty training their puppy is food management. They leave the puppy’s water and food bowls down and available to the puppy all day long.  With this said, they wonder why their puppy is going to the bathroom all over the place at different times.

Except for health reasons (consult your vet) or hydration reasons (it is really hot, your puppy is playing like a crazy dog), you don’t need to leave his water and food bowls down filled with food and water for him all day long. The one exception to that is in regards to the special needs of a young puppy and water.  We will get to that in a second.

Many times a puppy will drink or eat out of boredom.

"I have nothing to do. Look! There is a bowl of water! I think I will wonder over there and have some water..."

This leads to the puppy over eating and over drinking.…

Five Great Dog Training Tips

We were at a home dog training session recently and our client was really passionate about being a great dog owner. “I really want to be a great dog owner but there are so many opinions and suggestions of what I should do!  Are there some general things that I really need to focus on?”
There are bookstores and on-line resources just packed full of dog books.  If we wanted to, we could spend years just reading about what we should do with our dogs.  I don’t know about you, but I have would rather spend that time enjoying my dog.  With that in mind, let me cut to the chase and give you the five "you really shoulds" for your dog:

First, good dog owners walk and exercise their dogs. Most dogs love to run and play. It is both a physical and mental release and helps keep them emotionally happy and physically strong. Feed a good quality food. Good nutrition is one way a dog owner can proactively make a difference in their dog's health. Over the past two decades, there has been a…

Dog Training Tips to Keep Your Dog from Running Through The Door Ahead of You

My dog always runs through the door ahead of me!  I can just be walking from the kitchen to the living room and “boom” he has to shoot past me like we are in a drag race.  This is just crazy!  What is going on here?
This is a natural canine behavior for dogs who think they are the boss.  In your dog's world, the leader, the boss, must always be out front to check out that everything is safe for everyone else.  As you go from room to room, that is a new place and a new opportunity for your dog to do his job and make sure everything is safe for you.  As I mentioned earlier, this action demonstrates that your dog thinks he is the leader.  Here are some quick and easy steps you can perform to stop your dog’s “door drag race”: Put a leash on your dog and slowly approach the door.Stop when you are about two feet from the door and tell him to sit and wait.Slowly open the door.  As you are doing this, keep an eye on your dog to make sure he is not getting ready to bolt through the door.If y…