Showing posts from April, 2014

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…

Dog Training Tips on Canine Communication

I am doing everything I can to get my dog to sit.  I say "Sit!  Sit,sit you crazy dog, sit! Just humor me this one time and put your rear on the ground!  This isn’t funny anymore, now I am getting mad, SIT SIT SIT!"  It’s just not happening....

So how was that for you?  You have run head long into a big difference in the way humans communicate and the way dogs communicate.  We have words, languages, punctuation, antonyms, synonyms, slang, accents, and other ways we verbally communicate.  Multiple people can look at the same thing and describe it using different words and we all can understand exactly what that thing might look like.

Our dog does not have the multiple communication choices that we have.  He does not have a dictionary where the same word might have multiple meanings and a list of other words that mean the same thing.  All he has are the sounds and tones that come out of his mouth.  We might call it whining, growling, or barking.  Those are all the tools that h…