I have been a professional dog trainer for going on three decades and I must say this had to be the most fearful dog I had ever seen. I had a client call asking for help with her 3 year old German Shepherd that was so fearful if a stranger came in the same room it would urinate or defecate or both out of fear. In this article I want to tell you how we were able to get this dog to change it’s attitude.Continue reading
There is a difference between using a muzzle while training your dog, and muzzle training. Is your dog overly aggressive or unpredictable? Do you feel unsafe while training him? If so, use a muzzle, by all means. However, a muzzle is generally a frightening object to a dog unless introduced gradually. It makes him feel trapped and unprotected. If it can be avoided, it is best to train without limiting his ability to be a dog.Continue reading
Owning a dog will require a lot of care to make sure that it is happy, healthy, exercised and well-behaved. Teaching your dog some tricks can be simple as long as you know some of the best methods, as well as how your dog seems to react to various training. After your dog has learned some of the basics such as down, stay and sit, you will be able to move onto some of the next level tricks.Continue reading
While you want your dog to be mindful of intruders and potentially harmful strangers, you still want them to be able to distinguish the difference between them and an unexpected, friendly visitor. Depending on your dog, there can be certain people who can trigger a reaction or anxiety so it is always best to understand the triggers and learn how to work with them so that they can be more comfortable around guests to your home.Continue reading
Quite often I hear people say that they don’t want to use a crate because they feel that it might be cruel. I must say that there are situations where that crate could be a cruel thing to do to your dog. However if done properly it’s the most wonderful thing your dog will ever get from you. Let me give you some reasons why using a crate will be good for you and for your dog.Continue reading
There is a secret to training any dog. In fact I have never seen a dog that could not be trained. However I have seen dog owners that never took the time to train their dog and then wonder why their pet is out of control. Okay, here is the secret… desire, consistency and 15 minutes a day. Yes it is just that simple.Continue reading
One thing that dog owners complain most about is the fact that their dog is dragging them down the street when they go for a walk. It’s not only uncomfortable but it can actually be dangerous. Over the years I’ve seen people with hurt arms and shoulders as well as people who have been knocked to the ground.Continue reading
All dogs have different dispositions and some are more hyper than others. A hyper dog can be a challenge for their owner. A hyper dog’s behavior can range from excited to frantic. This can cause a disruption in the home, when you go for walks and when you encounter other people and animals.
When dealing with your hyper dog you need to remain calm. Dogs can sense when you’re frustrated or angry. They know when you’re nervous or excited. Any of these emotions can be a trigger, making your dog more hyper. Projecting a sense of calm, can help to calm your hyper dog.
Here are some other ways to calm your dog and relieve some of its energy:Continue reading
Dog training consists of three basic steps. If done properly and in the correct sequence, you will have a happy, well-trained dog. The three steps are: teaching your dog, correcting him, and proofing his training so that he is able to perform in any environment.Continue reading
Teaching your dog to ring a bell to let you know when it needs to go outside to do its business is really pretty easy. I have found that it usually takes somewhere between 4 to 8 weeks for the dog to catch on to the process. About 85% of the dogs catch on and are willing to do it while about 5% of the dogs actually get scared by the bell. Usually these are the very small dogs.Continue reading