Category Archives: Dog Training

Not everyone knows the best way to train a mans best friend. Let’s get real and face it… your dog maybe so hyperactive you have to lock him up whenever guests come over.

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Nobody needs a four legged friend who has tons of conduct issues; who can’t be trusted around kids. We all want our dogs to coexist with kids, others and dogs who come into their surroundings, without having to always punish, scold or punish him.

You only want your own four legged friend follow them and to get with the rules of your house, but you’re not REALLY sure how to really go about training your four legged friend to act like that.

So if you’re like folks that are well intentioned, you hop online and begin searching for articles and great mans best friend training tips to help point you in the correct way; where you’ll run into your first significant trouble… which is.
There is so much wrong and inaccurate info out there

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.
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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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Door Dashing

How to prevent door dashing

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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!

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

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.