Dog whistle training has been around for a long time. It’s usually associated with hunting and herding since these are activities where dogs often work at a distance from their owners. During these situations, especially with hunting, the sound of a human voice could spook birds or other game. It’s much easier for a hunter to use a whistle to communicate with his dog. In some cases the dog may even be out of sight of the hunter or herdsman. A whistle still allows the owner to send signals to the dog.Continue reading
Recently I received a call from a lady who told me about her dog showing aggression toward another dog in the family and being so fearful that it WOULD NOT leave the yard to go for a walk. We scheduled an appointment for me to take a look and here is what I found.
I found a dog that never leaves the back yard. It has been sleeping in the owner’s bed and at 3 years old had NEVER been trained. The lady that owned the dog said she felt that her dog did not trust her even though she had owned it and pampered it for almost 3 years, since it was a puppy.Continue reading
Quite often in their search for a dog trainer a new dog owner will ask the trainer if he’s certified. Being certified does sound impressive but what exactly does it mean. Keep in mind that there are no federal or state requirements to be certified as a dog trainer. Simply put if you know how to do it you can.
So why did dog trainers say that they are certified if there’s really no recognized certification. If the dog trainer is a graduate of a dog training school he will have received a certificate showing that he completed the course and that is what usually is referred to as a certification.Continue reading
One of the questions I’m asked most often is how old should my dog be before I start formal training. As far as I’m concerned that’s an easy answer, 4 month (16 weeks). At four months old your puppy is like a blank canvas waiting to be painted with all the training you want for your new family member. At four months your dog hasn’t developed a bunch of bad habits and he’ll never be easier to physically manipulate because he’s getting bigger everyday.Continue reading
Has your child been begging for a puppy? Well before you say yes or no there are a few things you need to think about. Having a pet is a really good way to teach your child responsibility, however is your child ready for responsibility?
Let’s discuss the things you need to think about to help you make the decision.
Puppy potty training is probably one of the most difficult aspects of dog ownership. If not properly trained, the dog is more capable of being disobedient or even aggressive to an extent. There are various methods that you can use to potty train a puppy. The following methods are the most common.Continue reading
Socialization for a dog is very important and it’s something that must be done when the dog is young. Quite often people think they’re doing the right things when it comes to socialization but they are actually not because they don’t know exactly what socialization means.Continue reading
Dogs are one of the most stoic of animals. This means that we often take for granted that everything is normal with them and they are fine. We may not realize that something is wrong or that they are in pain until there is a serious problem. You may find yourself wondering how you can tell if your dog is in pain? It’s not always easy but there are a few things you can look for.Continue reading