It seems like every time I turn around I’m seeing another story about a puppy mill that is been raided and the dogs taken away from the owners. The authorities didn’t come in just because it was a puppy mill, they came in because the dogs are usually living in deplorable conditions and with health issues. If you are one of the kind souls that would like to adopt one of these puppy mill dogs there are some things that you need to consider before doing that.Continue reading
Your dog is excited. He likes people. He’s happy when new people visit. And he loves to jump! Dogs are built to jump and it’s something they love to do. It may seem almost impossible to get your dog to stop trying to jump up in the faces of your family and friends at times.
Fortunately, when it comes to bad behaviors, jumping up on people is one of the easier problems to stop. Here are some tips to help you make the jumping stop.Continue reading
One of the scariest things you can encounter is a strange dog growling at you, especially when you don’t know why or how they’re going to react. You can understand why people are nervous when your dog growls or grumbles at them when they walk by you when you’re walking your dog or if your dog is out in the yard.
However, before you decide to train your dog never to growl again, you need to learn why your dog is growling and when it is acceptable for him to growl.Continue reading
I had a client make an appointment for dog training last week. However before we could get together he sent me an email explaining that his dog got out of the door and was run over by a car. Actually this happens more often than you can imagine. In fact in your hometown it happens daily.
For most dog owners, one of their greatest fears is that their dog will escape through the door and run into the street where they could be hit by a car. That’s a nightmare scenario that no one wants to have happen, yet it could happen all too easily.Continue reading
Dog training is one of the most helpful and exciting things you can do with your pet. When you train your dog you are teaching them to perform certain actions or behaviors according to your signal or the circumstance. If you have a dog, this should be something you focus on.Continue reading
Dogs, like little ones, tend to have a quick attention span. It’s fundamental to have your dog’s attention and end your training before they lose attention. Puppies tend to be completely hyperactive, and can be over stimulated.
Using a touch and simple sounds is one way to communicate naturally with pet dogs. They don’t understand key phrases, so they must be conditioned to what the sound means.Continue reading
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