Finding the root of your dog's behavioral issues!
Daily Tip! Finding the root of your dog's behavioral issues. Have you ever heard the saying "when mom's not happy, nobody is happy"? When mom is upset, stressed, angry etc. the children and husband tend to feed off the same vibe. When mom is happy, everyone else is as well. When it comes to dogs, it's very similar to this. Just like children, dogs need stability in order to behave accordingly. When a dog is in a household and there is nothing but chaos and no structure, this
Always be Consistent
Daily Tip Always be Consistent One of the biggest mess ups when training a dog, is not having consistency. This could be not using the same command or correcting the dog only sometimes when he does something wrong. This only causes confusion for him and he will not know what you are wanting him to do. Ex. When training your dog to stay off of the furniture, make sure every family member in your household are using the same command. If one person is saying down, while the ot
Always be Rewarding
Daily Tip Always be Rewarding When Your Dog Follows Through When you are training for a job, you wouldn't take to well to someone yelling at you or hitting you for not doing the task you were given correctly would you? Probably not. Dogs are the same way. They are very sensitive to the vibes we put off. They can read our every emotion. When dogs are learning new commands, they are trying to figure out what is right and wrong. Rewarding your dog for completing the command buil
When to Use Treats in Training
Daily Tip When to Use Treats in Training. Treats are like any other tool used for training. Not every training tool works on every dog. We have to figure out what method works best for each dog that comes in to training. Some dogs are hyper, excited, up beat, just full of energy. Typically we do not like to use treats or food for this type of dog. Reason being is because the drive to work is already in place. It's a matter of finding what will calm him down so he will be mo
Does love for your dog actually get in the way of his well-being?
Day 9 of How to Ruin Your Dog. Does love for your dog actually get in the way of his well-being? Have you ever heard of the saying "Tough Love". Sometimes we have to have tough love when it comes to the well-being of our dogs. We hear so many times, "I don't know if I can be away from my dog for that long" or "I don't know if my dog can handle being away from me for that long". Having to much love can do more harm for your dog, than good. Think of it as sending your child to
Is your voice always in a soft tone?
Day 8 of How to Ruin Your Dog. Is your voice always in a soft tone? When we were kids and our parents would correct us, they always changed the tone in their voice. Their tone would be deep and strong versus soft and sweet. When we correct our dogs, we have to do the same thing with them. Dogs understand tones and body language better than they do english. Using the right (stern) tone while getting on to your dog will reinforce the correction you are giving. Using the wrong (
Are you his best friend or his leader first?
Daily dog training tip #5. Are you his best friend or his leader first? When you have a new boss, you immediately do not become friends first. This is because the boss has to set rules and boundaries before he can build any further relationship with you. This is to ensure you will respect him and his role as leader. Dogs are the same way. When you bring a new dog into your home, we need to immediately establish rules and boundaries. Doing this, your new dog will know you are
Where is your State of Mind?
Where is your State of Mind? Staying calm, confident and assertive isn't just for dogs. It can be practiced in everyday life. People, just like dogs, will mimic the personality that's around them. Have you ever heard "smiles are contagious" or "if mama ain't happy, no ones happy"? That's because behaviors/emotions are contagious. Put yourself around happy people and you will be happy, put yourself around angry/ depressed people and you will become depressed, if your nervous,
Listening to your dog
Listen to Your Dog! Sometimes your dog is better at reading other people and dogs than we are. If your dog does not immediately greet someone or another dog, be patient. Your dog just might be trying to tell you something. It could be as simple as " I need a minute to figure this person or dog out." Always listen and pay attention to how your dog is reacting. You will build a much better relationship with your dog if you just stop to listen. #helpinganervousdog #puppynochewin
Relaxing with your dog(s)!
Yes. RELAXING is part of our training. Rufus here has a huge fear of cars. So we are learning to"chil-lax" next to the busy road. Training your dog doesn't have to all be go go go. Actually, getting your dog to relax more is better than physical activity. Your dog should be getting somewhere around 30min-2hours of physical activity a day depending on the energy level of your dog. The rest of your day, you should be practicing calming exercises. Working your dogs brain is ju