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Our dog is terribly afraid of strangers

Counterconditioning Mistakes

Our dog is terribly afraid of strangers. We asked strangers to feed our dog some treats so that she would learn a positive association. It doesn’t seem to be helping. Is it possible that our dog can’t learn this way?

Remember, should your dog bite someone you should seek the assistance of dog bite attorney as soon as possible.
Using food to create a positive association is a very effective strategy. Contact with strangers can lead to special food treats. With repetition, strangers take on a positive association because of it. The problem is in the execution.
The process, called counterconditioning is simple. Like most simple things, small technical errors quickly cause problems. Dogs notice them and this interferes with results.
Strangers shouldn’t offer treats to extremely fearful dogs – at least not during the initial stages of training. Food may lure a hungry dog closer. Scared dogs typically rush in to grab the food and then dart away. It creates an unpleasant experience and positive associations would be slow to form, if at all.
More importantly, the dog either notices the food first, or at the same time as it notices the stranger. Strangers are not predicting food. Food is predicting contact with strangers. The order is backwards. Positive associations fail to form.
Some dogs develop a negative association to the food. Over time, they become more and more wary and nervous when they see or smell treats. Worry, anxiety and apprehension grows because food means that they will soon face what they fear.
In order to achieve success, the food has to come last. One can remember the steps by realizing that it’s just like a can opener predicting canned food for a cat. The can opener appears and then a few seconds later, the cat is fed. With repetition, the cat happily comes running at the sound of the opener. A cat would not make the connection if the food was given before or while the can opener was running. The order would be wrong.
For scared dogs, owners should be the ones doing the feeding. Each time the dog notices a stranger, owners can give the dog special food. Take extra care not to hint that a stranger is approaching. Do not reach into pockets until after the dog notices the person.


Traveling with your pet this summer season?

*Tips courtesy of Dog Training Miami

Traveling with your pet this summer season?

Whether you are flying or driving this summer, travel can be extremely stressful, that includes our pets too. Thankfully there are a wide range of options that can ease your pets travel anxieties and reduce stress.

Holistic Supplements

Over the past couple of years there has been an explosion in the pet supplements market, these natural remedies help with everything from hip and joint to skin and coat. The calming treats work wonders for settling your pets travel anxieties and come in a wide variety of yummy flavors.

Dog Supplements

Pet Naturals of Vermont Calming treats for dogs all sizes – around $7
Excel Calm-Quil Calming Tabs – $8.99
Ark Naturals “Happy Traveler” Calming product – around $15

One common anti-anxiety trick is to give your pet Benadryl. This method can help with anxiety but it does require you to be extremely attentive to dosing amounts and any adverse reactions, we highly recommend that you consult your veterinarian prior to giving any medication to your pet.

Toys, Treats, & Blankets

Another simple tip is to make sure that your pet has a couple of their favorite toys, treats, pillows, or blankets around to make them feel comfortable. You have to remember your pets nose is extremely powerful and familiar smells can be very comforting to them.

Grooming Issues…

Grooming Issues with my Collie



I own a collie mix named Buck. He is a sweet dog with a long stringy hair that needs grooming often. He does not enjoy this activity and has bitten me several times. The last bite drew blood and scared me a lot. Buck is a friendly dog who loves people, he only gets aggressive when I try to brush him on his back, belly, or feet. This behavior is getting worse, sometimes he growls if I pet him in the wrong place. Is there anything you can suggest to help? Thanks!
Answer from expert dog training
Sometimes simple things like brushing your favorite canine can become a problem when aggression occurs. Buck’s aggression should be handled with caution, since some grooming attempts have resulted in blood loss. This unwanted behavior can be managed and controlled with some correct ‘brushing’ therapy.
Working with aggression. When working with a dog that has displayed aggression it is very important to teach with “praise”. Using aggression to correct aggression does not work. You must teach him how you want him to behave.
Positive ”
Brush” Therapy. Food training is a good way to ease your canine’s grooming phobia. Use a special food treat offered only when the brush comes out. Let your dog see the brush and praise him when he shows confidence or relaxes. Gradually attempt the use the brush, praising him when he accepts grooming. Grooming time should be a wonderful, relaxing, fun filled event for Buck.
Obedience Training. Obedience training can correct and solve most behavior problems. Daily obedience training will promote trust and confidence. A dog that trust his master shouldn’t have a problem being brushed. If you are dealing with dominance aggression, obedience training will certainly help. Make your canine work commands, this will ensure your alpha position in the pack. I suggest making Buck ‘sit’ for any attention he receives. Also, work on the ‘stand for exam’ command. Use food. Start Buck in a ‘sit’, then make him lean forward for the treat, at the same time use the back of your other hand to gently lift up on Buck’s belly. Give the command ‘stand’ as Buck leans forward and stands for the food reward. Remember lots of praise. Use this command during brushing therapy.
Positive Training It is very important to use positive training methods when dealing with a canine phobia. Keeping your canine relaxed during the exercises by using lots of food treats and praise. Make brushing therapy a game, or use the brush during play time. Try grooming Buck while you walk. He will be less likely to become aggressive during fun activities.
Training Buck to accept the brush will be a challenge. Give him plenty of time to adjust to the new grooming and petting exercises. Make it a nice experience for the dog. Most canines can be desensitized to grooming with positive training methods. Food training can ease anxiety and help relax your canine. By teaching obedience, we learn to communicate with our canine, and our pet dog responds with acceptable behavior! Good Luck!

Counter Surfing

Counter Surfing


We have two dogs, a boxer who is two years old and a one year old mix breed. They both are pretty good pets, except when it comes to getting on the counter!! How can I keep them from jumping up (short of cutting their legs off…ha,ha)? When it comes to food nothing is safe. They know it is wrong, because they run as soon as they hear me coming!! Any helpful hints would be appreciated!! Thank you!


Snooping around the kitchen counters can become a frustrating problem for a dog owner, especially when your canines becomes sneaky about it. There are several ways to control this problem and retrain your dogs not to jump up on anything, including counter tops:

Don’t allow your dogs free run inside. To much ‘unearned’ freedom inside the house will promote bad behavior(stealing food from counter tops). Make your pet dogs stay close to the pack at all times until they are trustworthy. Consider using light 4′ training tabs on the dogs inside the house to help with control. Practice the ‘come’ command when your dogs sneak off into mischief. Use food reward to your advantage. Make your dogs work for the reward. No freebies, please!

Experiment using skilled set-ups to lure your dog to jump. When you catch your dogs in the act of counter crashing, there are several correction options you can experiment with. A leash correction using a quick snap and release on the lead. A squirt bottle with water can help deter jumping. Aim for the nose. An empty aluminum can with eleven pennies inside, tape the top of the can. This object, when shaken, emits a crunchy metal sound hated by most canines. Some dominate dogs are not troubled by the shake can, and I have even seen some attack the can and become crazed by its noises! When your canines learn not to jump for the biscuit placed there as a lure, acknowledge this with ‘super’ praise! This ritual should be practice everyday.

You can even practice at the Autumn Paws event!


Remember that a correction should be ‘quick and sharp’. No tongue lashing is necessary! Exercise a command the dogs understand like ‘sit’ or ‘come’ after you correct your dogs. Praise your canines for the acceptable behavior. Always end a correction with praise. This should be consistent in any situation where bad behavior occurs. Stay in charge of your canines inside the house, and make them earn food and praise by working commands for the pack leader! Good Luck!

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Is Positive Reinforcement Training Just “Tricks for Treats”?

I had a client recently that I had to part ways with due to so many things, but at the top of the list was the fact that she was stoned or passed out while I was at her apartment trying to train her dog. It was a very sad situation as the dog actually made wonderful progress with me the first week, but I never was able to show that to his owner. I had to end things before she got to see the training in action as it was just a very bad environment.
Through text I went over all the commands the dog had learned and offered to send her handouts so she could maintain the training that was done. She refused and told me that all I did was “tricks for treats” and that if she had known that she wouldn’t have hired me. Wait. What?! All I did was tricks for treats!???
Did she not understand that positive reinforcement training relies heavily on using lures, such as treats or toys, and food reinforcement? I sat there for a while trying to process what she had just said. If you read my website you learn everything there is to know about my training methods and my reliance on positive reinforcements and food lures. But clearly she never looked at my website. And foolishly, I never explained to her my methods when we first met. Now, part of that I blame on the fact that the reeking stench of pot smoke and cigarettes was making it hard for me to actually breathe when we first met. Then when she went into telling me that she used to get her dog high until she realized it was turning him into Cujo, my head was spinning. Every fiber of my being was telling me to get the hell out, but her dog, the cutest pit mix (aside from mine) I’d seen actually smiled at me, with his teeth. He may have been high.
Positive reinforcement training does rely heavily on food rewards and lures. Since food is one of the biggest motivators for dogs, rewarding him for doing the right behavior with a treat pretty much guarantees that he will perform that correct behavior again and again and again … Just like giving a gold star to your toddler for doing something correct, food is like the gold star for dogs. But some people think its the lazy way of training. They see it as a bribe. Or they worry that they’ll have to carry around treats forever just to get their dog to behave. My former client told me she never had to use food to train her dog and that I was messing him up by using treats. I did try to explain the concept of food luring and reward to her, but it was a lost cause at that point.
There are drawbacks to using treats as lures and rewards and any trainer who does will tell you that the hard part is getting the dog to perform the desired behavior without the treat. But it’s a crucial part of positive reinforcement training–its called fading the lure. So if you train your dog to sit by putting a treat to his nose and moving it over his head until his bum hits the ground, food is the lure. (Just an aside: you can teach any behavior without using a food lure, but most positive-only trainers choose the lure over other methods. I use lures and other methods as not all clients want to take the time to fade the lure.) And if you reward that sit with a treat, food is also the reward. If your dog is food-motivated, he will perform that behavior again as long as the food is part of the process. So then you have a dog that will sit, but only for food. Meaning training is nowhere to being complete. If you never get past this point, it is just “tricks for treats.” And then it becomes a bribe.
When I’m thinking straight and don’t have a contact high, I explain the lure method and the other methods of teaching a sit or down so the clients know ahead of time how training will look. As a trainer, it’s up to me to explain this process to my clients so they know upfront that the heavy lifting will come when we start fading the lure and treat rewards. When the dog is suddenly not getting his gold star every single time he sits, he may not sit at first. He knows how to do it, but the picture has changed for him. I explain to my clients how to get around this so they’re not just stuck with a dog with a killer down-stay who has to be treated every single time. I teach them how to get to the point where they can ask for the behavior and get it without doling out more than some verbal praise and a head scratch. It takes time and a commitment from the owners as I can’t always be there to do it for them, but it’s magic when you get there.

Door Dashing

How to prevent door dashing

***EDIT – 04/05/17

The guys over at that this piece of equipment was extremely valuable for training anti door dashing techniques.


Step #1: Door Dashing – In order to make things easier and smoother its vital that your dog know a few select behaviors. They should be taught to sit, stay, leave it, and look; if they don’t already know it.If your dog knows these behaviors, then great, step 1 is done!If not, then I recommend taking a level 1 obedience course in order to prepare your dog for this higher-level command.Front Door Dashing

Step #2: Safety is very important, so make sure to leash your dog up while training them, so that if they do mess up and run out the door and get away. Once your dog is leashed, ask them to sit in front of the door and slowly open the door a few inches. Its important to do it slowly and not too much because your dog already has established the bad behavior of bolting. So, if they haven’t moved for those few inches, perfect, reward them with a treat! If they did get up then immediately shut the door and put them back in a sit. Ideally we want the dog to constantly be rewarded as opposed to constantly being corrected, so make sure to always set your dog up to succeed!

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Step#3: Little by little you can open the door wider and wider, making sure to always reward the behavior of sitting calmly at the door. Having your dog look at you during this practice helps keep them focused on you as opposed to the distractions of outside. As your dog becomes better at waiting at the door, you can even start to walk outside and go in to reward your dog for waiting patiently. (Again, make sure to always have your dog on leash for safety!) Always keep your environment in mind, practicing door way manners at one time of the day when its quiet is a lot easier then when there are people, dogs or cats strolling by! Reward more frequently for more difficult situations.

Step # 4: Practice, practice, practice! Consistency and repetition are the only ways to make sure your dog has a reliable wait at the door. Always have your dog wait at the doorway for 5-10 seconds every time they want to go out. This sets up a new habit of waiting and should become the default behavior as opposed to immediately running out.

If you have any questions or need extra help, its best to have a professional dog trainer help you. You can join a group class, drop your dog off for daycare/ boarding or have an instructor host a private lesson in your home.



Teaching the ‘Come Command’

Teaching your dog to come


When training your dog the most important command for our pet dog to know and comply with is the ‘come command’. It is vital that your canine can come when called in different situations and environments. Always remember to praise your dog when he comes to you even if bad behavior is involved. Your pet dog should feel positive and secure when commanded to come to his master.

come command

There are several ways to teach the ‘come command’ depending on age and temperament. The ‘formal come command’ is taught using a standard six foot leash. Stand facing your dog working the ‘stay’. Hold the leash loose in one hand as you command ‘come!’. Give the hand signal, (hand snaps toward your chest) with the other. Put your dog in a sit position facing you when he comes. Always praise your dog when he comes to you, and occasionally surprise him with a tasty morsel as well. Once your pet dog has learned the ‘formal come’, start experimenting with longer leads (15 – 50 feet).

One way I teach the ‘long come’ is giving Fido plenty of freedom to smell the flowers (using your 30′ lead). Wait until he is distracted and then give the come command. If the command is ignored, use a quick snap on the lead to get attention. As your canine turns to you, deliver ‘super praise’ for motivation to complete the command. Have a juicy treat ready as a reward for coming from such a long distance. Repeat this exercise everyday in different situations using different distractions.

Be creative when teaching the ‘come command’, and make it ‘fun’ for your dog to come to you. The come command displays ‘pack theory’ to your canine telling him you desire his company. What more could a dog want? The ‘come command’ can also save your dog’s life if needed. What better reason to start training your favorite canine today!

French Bulldog Training

A Simple Approach To French Bulldog Puppy Training

We all want a dog that’s perfectly trained and is happy to comply with simple and easy requests. In contrast, French Bulldog puppies rarely show good manners as they are so energetic and full of life. Based on their energetic nature, French Bulldog training takes time so, start puppy training as early as possible (purely force free) in order to become competent and well mannered companions.

Luckily, training your new puppy needn’t be that tough. To their credit, Frenchies are super intelligent and will pick up training quickly, more so if you begin at an early age. The only difficulty could be deciding when, and how, to start.

My position is that force free training can start as early as you like.

The most important piece of advice going is to start them young. Try and start this as early as possible, when your puppy first arrives, as you don’t want any bad habits to develop and become irreversible. Make sure you’re totally on the ball and never tolerate any rough play fighting or aggressive behaviour of any kind, and make sure your new puppy knows who’s in charge You are the master.

Don’t forget that socialization is an extremely critical part of the process and must be reinforced (positively) on a daily basis so that your dog and puppy becomes comfortable around other people and pets at as early age as possible. Taking him to basic obedience classes will be exactly what you need- not only will you get the added advantage of a professional trainer, but you’ll be tutoring your pet to be around other puppies at the same time.

Always Be Consistent, Always Be Quick To Praise!

It’s so important that you stay consistent throughout your Frenchie puppy and training. switching between roughhousing with him and shouting at him will only confuse him and will definitely not give you the results you need or want. Make it clear what sort of play is appropriate for your house and always stay consistent so that your Frenchie knows exactly what the rules of the house are.

Positive reinforcement is another important part of the process. It’s important that you praise good behaviour and completely ignore the bad, because then your pup will realise that good things only happen when he behaves himself. Reprimanding your dog is still giving him attention, so simply tell your dog “no” whenever he acts up and nothing more. In this way he knows he can only win your full attention by doing something good.

Such methods apply to other forms of training, such as toilet training. When your dog successfully does his business out in the yard you should be quick to offer thanks and praise; in contrast, you should have no reaction to accidents within the house, but simply take your dog back out into the yard to remind him what the right thing to do is-this is an example of being consistent.

French Bulldog Training

Patience Is A Virtue When It Comes To French Bulldog Training

While these dogs are very intelligent, training takes time before it these behaviors become a habit. The fastest way to changed behavior is simply to be as consistent as possible with your training routine and always offer positive reinforcement, be aware that that this process won’t happen overnight. Just be patient and give it time, being mindful that Frenchies have very short attention spans, so you should also keep your French Bulldog training sessions short and full of fun.

If you are willing to put in some work, puppy training your Frenchie can tremendously successful. They’ll quickly grasp the idea and if you take the time with them then great behaviour will be built in into them and will become a habit. In the end you’ll have a great dog that knows basic commands and can be as obedient as he is adorable. What could possibly be better than that?

Andy Murphy is a French Bulldog lover dedicated to helping you get the best from your French Bulldog.

Last thoughts, French Bulldog Training takes time, patience but can (and will) be a very rewarding experience.

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Canine Good Citizen Benefits

Canine Good Citizen Benefits -10 reasons to train for the CGC test

Ace took and passed the Canine Good Citizen test Friday. Passing the test itself is not all that important, but the concepts in the test should be goals for every dog owner. The test was a fun way to compete with my dog and get recognition for my work. I like that the AKC encourages all trained dogs to take the test, even mixed-breeds which are normally not acknowledged.

To pass the CGC test, a dog must prove she is able to behave in a public setting. It tests whether a dog can act calm around a new person and dog, walk on a loose leash through a crowd, sit while a stranger pets her and be separated from her owner for three minutes without freaking out. She must also sit, lie down and come on command.
Here are 10 reasons to prepare for the Canine Good Citizen test:
1. Use the CGC test to your advantage against breed discrimination laws.
Unfortunately, more and more cities are passing laws that ban certain breeds. If you own one of these breeds of dogs that are unfairly labeled as dangerous, but your dog has passed the CGC test, you will have a better chance at proving your dog is harmless to others.
2. Some apartments only allow dogs that have a CGC certificate.
Certain apartment complexes, parks and other public places will only allow dogs that have proof of passing the CGC test. If you own a larger breed like a dane or rottweiler, showing proof of CGC completion gives you a better chance of getting into an apartment.
3. It’s a good test to see where you are at with training.
Who cares if you fail the test. I used the test as a way to see where Ace and I need more work. I learned that he needs more work staying in a sit position around other dogs. He also needs work on staying in the stand position. Exposing your dog to new environments and testing her skills as well as yours will only benefit you both. You can always retake the test.
4. The CGC test gives you a goal to work toward.
It’s easier for me to train my dog when I have a specific goal in mind. I work better with a deadline. That’s why I sign up for marathons far in advance. The same is true with dog training. Sign up to take the CGC test a month or two from now, and then practice with your dog until that date.
5. The Canine Good Citizen test is often one of the first steps to becoming a therapy dog.
The CGC test is used by Therapy Dogs International in its assessment of potential therapy dogs. The test is often a prerequisite for more advanced therapy dog training.
6. Visiting new places will not be such a big deal to your dog.
A good way to prepare for the CGC test is to walk your dog in several new places, exposing her to many new situations. My dog still responds much better to commands at home than anywhere else, but working with him in new environments really helps.
7. The Canine Good Citizen test is a good preparation for more advanced training.
Now that Ace and I have worked in front of a judge, I’m eager to look for more opportunities to compete with my dog. Once your dog has completed the CGC test, you will have a good base to start obedience competitions.
8. Set a good example for other dog owners.
I hope that people notice how Ace responds to me and will be encouraged to dedicate more time to training their own dogs. It’s a good way to encourage kids to get involved with training.
9. Your dog will become more socialized.
To pass the test, your dog must stay under control around distractions, including new people and dogs. It’s what every dog owner wants.
10. The CGC test is fun.
It’s good to know my dog can tag along in almost any setting and remain under control. Training and working with Ace is fun for me and strengthens our bond.

Rapport, Routine, Retrieve: Family dog training concepts

Rapport, Routine, Retrieve: Family dog training concepts

Training the pet dog to live in harmony with the human family is as simple as remembering the three r’s. Training Rapport, daily Routine, and teaching the Retrieve ensures Fido fits right in with his human pack, socialization plays a big part but is better covered in this post.

dog training rapport

Good training rapport means a harmonious mutual understanding between trainer and dog. This training rapport evolves after the trainer can read and understand his canine’s behavior and temperament. Our pet dogs are willing companions for us all, who will perform any command we ask of them once we figure out how to communicate our intentions. Fido understands who the alpha of the ‘family pack’ is by obedience training and leadership exercises. These exercises help avoid bad behavior before it starts by communicating leadership to your pet. One leadership exercise to try is attaching your canine to your belt buckle for an hour a day. The idea displayed to Fido during this exercise is, ‘Where the alpha leads I must follow!’ Make your pet dog work for praise and ‘sit’ before petting. Exercises like these will keep Fido in working order and create a good rapport with the family pack. Daily obedience is essential for good training rapport and ensures a working harmony between human and canine.

Involving Fido in your daily life and work routine creates a happy lifestyle for your dog. Keep canine activities routine, such as daily walks and obedience. Adjust your canine’s food and water schedule around your work routine. This helps new puppies with housebreaking and keeps the trained dogs digestive system on schedule. All pet dogs experience separation anxiety when we leave to go to work, shopping, etc. These feelings can be eased by routine separation. Leaving your pet dog and returning to him on schedule helps Fido understand the pack will return. Pet dogs on a good lifestyle routine will sleep when the alpha is away, saving energy for work and play when alpha returns home. A happy canine can release this stored energy through daily activities(walks,working obedience, and constructive playtime). Unacceptable canine behavior, such as destructive chewing, can be a direct result of a routine change or no daily routine at all. Reward your canine with a special chew bone or toy when you leave and exercise him when you come home to keep anxiety levels low. Following a daily routine will help make Rover’s life away from the family pack easier to handle.

Training Fido to retrieve supports the canine’s working ability to bring any object after commanded to do so. When your dog is retrieving for you a working order is developed. Some canines retrieve instinctively, while others take a little coaching. Use a long lead(30′) and a special retrieving toy to introduce the command. After you throw the object use the long lead to help Fido complete the retrieve. Reward Fido with an immediate toss after he drops the toy. Try to focus your canine’s mind on the pursuit of the object, make retrieving tantalizingly fun for all! Once your canine can retrieve fairly well challenge him even more. Make him ‘stay’ after the toy is tossed, retrieving it only on your command. In obedience competitions the canine must complete a retrieving exercise. This exercise requires the canine to jump a hurdle and retrieve a dumbbell. The dog must jump back over the hurdle and return the dumbbell to its master for points. Assistance dogs for the handicapped are required to retrieve anything asked of them and then place the object in the hands of its master. Training the retrieve has many applications, and it teaches your dog to work for you.

Training your pet dog to live in harmony with the family pack starts with understanding your canine’s behavior and developing a true relationship through simple obedience and games. Create a training rapport using leadership exercises. Keep Fido on a daily routine to ease anxiety. Teach retrieving exercises to make your dog work for you. Be patient and remember the three r’s. This will help you develop the total canine and the perfect family companion.

Remember dog intelligence has an important part to play in rapport building

Crate Training

Let’s talk about crate training

So, what all this about crate training?

This is a practice that uses a dog’s natural instinct as a den animal. It is best done when the puppies are still young and learning what is expected of them. This type of training is recommended veterinarians and breeders alike.

Reasons for crate training puppies

It helps prevent anxiety for the puppies as large area space especially with no one around can be overwhelming thus they feel the need to protect as smaller place when they have it since it is much more manageable.

It helps to transport the dog and serves as a safe haven for the dog wants to escape to once he accepts the crate as his space.

If the dog is crate trained the dog will take is a resting place he will wait until he is out of to do his business and the owner will have control over when and where the dos relieves himself.

It is also useful for restraining anxious dogs when traveling or has company over and this makes the dog happy and safe.

The training is also important in limiting the dog’s access around the house to places he is not allowed to.

Choosing the best dog crate

Should be well ventilated and large enough so that the puppy can stand up, turn or lie down. A small size will make the puppy uncomfortable. Plastic crates are the best when traveling and even when the puppy need more security or for a home with lots of activities.

Metal crates are top pick for these reasons; easy to disassemble when and transport, provides a high level of visibility ventilation for the puppy while it’s in the crate. They are easy to clean out when the dog have their accident there.


Teaching the puppy to love the crate

This can be done by making the crate cosy by adding toys and lining it with blankets and all through it should be ventilated. Bring the dog to the crate for naps so that it can unwind and offer treats when he goes inside.

The dog should be made to feel at ease at all times trough the entire process and this can be done by placing a cloth or blanket on the bottom to make it comfortable.

Take the puppy for a walk as soon as it is out of the crate to allow it to eliminate so as to instill the idea of potty time comes after crate time.


crate training your puppy

dog in box

what not to do when create training

Do not lose patience and be consistent as learning takes time even for the puppy to love the crate

Do not make the dog or puppy stay in the crate all day as it will eventually need to have time for feeding, bathroom breaks and playing. Plus he might spoil soil the sleeping area.

Potential problems

Separation anxiety

Whining is one of the dog’s reactions when placed in the crate so that it can be let out. In such an instance ignore the dog.

Too much time in the crate can affect the dog’s muscles development and condition.

How to crate train the dog

Introduce the crate and when the dog is comfortable give it a meal there, make the stay short and prolong the stay with time.


Correct Puppy Socialization

We all like to be social… Let’s take it a bit further? we all of us like to be social. Did you think about your puppy, they also like to be social. Adequate puppy socialization should be number one on your list of things you should be doing as soon as you get him (or her).


puppy socialization is very important

Socializing your puppy is a secret to get a happy, confident and well adjusted dog to your life. To learn puppy socialization first of all you look into you. Is you like to go outside and have fun if you have a trouble in your mind? undoubtedly the answer is NO. Same as for socializing puppy we want to understand their mindset and want to pick best time for puppy socialization
The important thing is that socialization should be done in the adult ie, age of 7weeks to 4 months. In that period , the personality of an puppy will develop and puppy react to the enviornment as an adult.In this time gently exposing him to a different peoples, places , environment make huge differences in their personality.In the case of breeded puppy the process is take a bit earlier
The socialization is helping ur puppy to become react to all types emotions and senses like sight,sound,smell in a good manner.It also helps to remove the inner fear of dog.Also it improve puppy charecter and we get a happy companionThe whole world is new , strange and unusual to a puppy.So make every situation is an new opportunity to make a new positive association.Help you puppy be exposed to many different types of places , textures, people and noises by taking them to there.It means for socialization we should allow puppy to get experience from different enviornment for example, have him walk on carpet ,hardwood,tile and linoleum floors ; have him meet differently aged people or different nature people.Try to avoid doing too much fast , instead if you want your puppy to be smart, You should train your puppy as your child.

Crate training is also recommend for happiness and well being of you dog.

Thanks to miami dog training for the tips

Fiber Diet for dogs and puppys?

Advantages of introducing your dog to a canine fiber diet


Our friends over at Miami Puppy Training kindly shared this with us

We understand the advantages of fiber in our diet that is personal, but is their any advantages in a four legged friend of fiber diet? Fiber was consider majority and product in year’s earlier, but now, the dietary worth of fiber in the four legged friend diet is eventually recognized.

Before trying any of this on your puppy please see a vet for their thoughts.

Just what is fiber ? It’s part of carbs. Fiber is highly nondigestible from the human anatomy. Your four legged friend’s diet may reap the benefits of fiber in quantities that are appropriate. Just like people, an excessive amount of fiber in a diet may have negative consequences on the gastrointestinal system. It’s always vital that you track your four legged friend diet to keep a healthful amount of fibre to satisfy your requirements that are pet. Speak with your vet in your four legged friend diet about the advantages of fibre.

Compliance is common in both animals and people. Too frequently, ’s that is pet become heavy. Fiber in your four legged friend diet is a fantastic way to help your pet shed weight that is excess. Keeping a a fat that is healthy is critical to quality and the durability of your dog’ existence that is s. We understand that weight reduction is accomplished by fiber can not alone, but it may really change lives. Fiber keeps your four legged friend experience articles and complete without huge amounts of calories.

The animals who reach the desirable weight target may require a small extra fiber in the four legged friend diet to keep the pounds that is desirable. Mixing fiber with part control that is strict, you will not be unable to produce a four legged pal diet which is hearty and wholesome for your own pet.

Related to people, constipation occurs in animals. Your four legged friend diet should include fiber to aid stop this illness from happening. As your four legged pal ages, her or his diet should include elevated amounts of fiber . Dogs that are mature tend to take care of problems of constipation with greater regularity than their younger brethren. Because of this, higher fiber content will be noted by you in mature mans best friend food diets.

So how exactly does fiber help maintain points going? Water is absorbed by fiber . With the absorption of plain water in the fiber , the items in the gut have mo-Re mass. It’s this that causes the motion along the digestive tract. The passing moment through the intestine becomes routine and mo-Re normalized.

Fecal uniformity will be contributed to by healthful quantities of fiber in your four legged friend’s diet. You’ll understand when your four legged friend relieves himself often when your furry friend is getting the appropriate number of fiber . An excessive amount of fiber in your four legged friend’s diet can lead to sloppy and free fecal matters.

Some studies suggest a small improve in fiber will help in the control of DM. The fiber assists to control glucose levels by slowing the absorption of sugars from your gut.

Bear in mind that exorbitant quantities of a canine fiber diet may have damaging impacts in your four legged friend’s well-being. That is why, it is not unimportant to purchase high quality dogfood from reputable businesses to ensure a healthful diet to your four legged friend. See in your four legged friend diet for these resources of fiber . Beet-pulp, soybean hulls, grain bran, tomato and apple pomace, and peanut shells. Feed for example hemp and oats are also illustrations of fiber that is indigestible.

When utilized in moderation fiber has advantages in your four legged friend diet. Talk about the greatest number of fiber to your veterinarian for the dog.

Sending An SOS To The (Dog) World

Sending An SOS To The (Dog) World

I love my dog. He’s 101 pounds of slobbery affection, dumber than a sack of hammers, and always so very eager to please and training him was a pleasure.

Chances are that I love your dog too, unless it has Small Dog Syndrome. However, any dog with that kind of behaviour problem didn’t get there on its own.. I’m taking the time and trouble and working with the dog trainer Miami to walk nicely, on his own power (not that I would ever consider carrying him around unless I absolutely have to; a plate and 11 pins that hold my right arm together following an accident in 2004 mean that I can’t lift anything heavier than 40 pounds, in both arms); make sure he’s properly socialized, and to obey basic commands. You can do the same.I notice things like this more, of course, now that I have joined The Dog World.


Something else about The Dog World that triggers my annoyance is the concept of the “puppy mill.” My short neck hairs stood straight up over the weekend when someone pointed out an article in the daily newspaper about the kennel in Shawville, Québec, where more than 500 dogs were removed by animal welfare authorities, said to possibly be “the largest of its kind in Canada.”

Registered breeders of purebred dogs, in general, have always struck me as being a special bunch. At the other end of the spectrum are the backyard breeders, the puppy mill owners, like Charlene Labombard, whose family owned and operated the Shawville facility for the past 16 years. By her own admission, she was actively raising no fewer than 30 breeds of dogs. 30 breeds of dogs. I presume that doesn’t include the cross-breeding and other forms of genetic mischance that were more than likely going on. Back in the spring, I was on the verge of rocking back and forth and humming loudly after I learned that Tucker’s sire had “tied” no fewer than three times with Tucker’s sister Daisy during her first heat cycle, leading to a litter of 11 puppies and she just a puppy herself. I’m told the dogs’ owner tried to keep them separated, the teachable moment here being that the standard baby gate is a poor deterrent to an intact adult male dog. The owner took some of the proceeds from the sale of the puppies ($300 x 11 = $3,000 according to the calculator; no vet checks were done, therefore pure profit) and got Daddy Dog neutered. Better late than never, I guess?

But back to Charlene Labombard: her puppy mill provided her with her daily living, supplementing her old age security benefits. The family originally got into dog-breeding following the collapse of the pork market 20 years ago, which in turn forced them to shut down their pig farm. Really? They couldn’t have, say, gone into “cash crops” instead? Corn and soybeans and hay can be quite profitable, as relatives of DH’s were to learn after they got out of dairy farming, having been casualties of the “mad-cow” crisis back in the 1990s; but it takes time and a helluva lot of work. For the Labombard family, easier money was to be made through indiscriminate dog breeding, clearly.

My wish for the dogs that were seized on the weekend is that they get the care and Dog Training they desperately need, as soon as possible. Why not help this dog-loving blogger sleep better tonight, and visit one of the many sites around O-town that are accepting donations of cash and non-cash items on behalf of the animals. For more information and a list of locations, you can visit

Fundamental Pup Training

Fundamental Pup Training
Pup training isn’t really an alternative, it’s a need, yet it doesn’t need to be a chore!

From our friends over at Dog Training Miami

Some fundamental lessons are a have to if you desire your new pup to mature to be courteous, loyal, and enjoyable to have around … as well as these can be a fun time of games, bonding and also love.

If you’re a newbie owner, or it’s been a while given that you had a young ‘un in the residence, you may be really feeling a little confused about where to start.

For you and also your new dog, the initial few weeks with each other set the tone for your whole partnership, so it is very important to get off on the best foot, as well as to start out the means you mean to take place.

That small pup will be a teen prior to you know it, and from there it’s simply a hop, skip and also a jump to complete blown their adult years – and those bad habits that seem cute now will be a whole lot much less so when Fido considers 50lbs (or even 120!).

How to Become a Good Dog Trainer

Becoming a Good Dog Trainer

Learning how to become a dog trainer can be both exciting and tough, but the first thing you have to ask yourself is whether you are interested in training dogs. Another thing to think about is whether you are more than willing to work with people, because the training required to become a dog trainer obviously involves interacting with people who will do the training. The type of teaching depends on what level of skills you want to achieve. Most people would like to teach just their domestic buddies. Even with your own dogs, the teaching requires time.
Dog or puppy trainers do not need federal or state certifications. Someone who coaches his or her pet can be actually called a trainer. Those who earn money teaching dogs may call themselves professionals in the area. Finding a true professional dog trainer can actually be a challenge, but before you find one, find time to learn about animal behavior, specifically about those of dogs. There are books and instructional materials available online.
Teaching yourself without the help of others can surely be tough. No dog trainer has learned the art and science of teaching these pets alone. But do not seek a professional coach just yet. Consider finding someone you know who has dogs and trains them well. You probably have at least one good friend who trains dogs. How about inquiring about them for free tips?
Of course, not everything is free. The next thing to do is get serious with it. By getting serious, that means educating yourself. There are many ways to educate yourself. One is by looking for online courses on how to train a dog. Aside from an online course, you can also buy books for supplemental information. Some of the books you should be reading are Nicole Wilde’s “So You Want to Become a Dog Trainer” and Terry Ryan’s “Coaching People to Train Their Dogs “. You may be able to find more books of these authors.
Reading books and instructional materials alone will not always make you a good coach for these pets. Building skills involves work and actual experience in dog handling. If you have dogs at home, you should find it easy to learn how to train them. However, keep in mind that there are different needs. Different kinds should be trained in different ways. If you want to becoming a professional dog trainer, you should learn how to train different breeds. So, your experience with your own pets at home is not enough.


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What about asking to become a volunteer at a local dog shelter? Since raising your own does not necessarily make you a good candidate for training, it’s an advantage to have experience with strange dogs.
Training classes are your final and most important recourse. Lessons are based on animal psychology, particularly involving positive reinforcement methods. Lessons involve actual demonstrations of the professional training in handling dogs.
Should you enroll your pet? You should, because it’s better to go with the teaching and have your own pet to practice on. Have patience, though, as you will not get results in a few days.