Author: pet-care

I don’t think there is a “Dog Trainer” out there that would disagree with me. I can’t tell you how often I took “Scooter,” my new training dog out for the first time, went to pet him and “WHAM”, he bit me, or gave it his best try. We dog trainers always ask… “Does he nip or bite?” “Any aggression problems?” “Oh no, he just won’t come when we call him.” Or “Sometimes, little Scooter jumps on our bed and doesn’t want to get down.” So I tell Scooter’s mom, “Scooter just tried to bite me!” and Scooter’s mom starts…

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Most dogs experience separation anxiety to some degree. They are social animals that love their masters and enjoy their company. A dog that is somewhat sad to see his master leave for work is not unusual or abnormal. However, a dog that becomes stressed, destructive and is in obvious, serious distress is a problem for professional intervention. As a professional dog trainer, I have found several techniques to overcome this problem. However, contrary to popular belief, no dog trainer can wave a magic wand to solve a serious case of extreme dog separation anxiety. What a good dog trainer can…

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The type of dog training I employ is called “Flow Training”. The key principle is that dogs obey humans when they perceive that the human is their leader. In other words, dog obedience naturally flows from human leadership. If you are not perceived as a leader then the dog will not consistently obey you. In fact, if you are not perceived as a leader then your dog will assume the mantle of leadership and you will have a stressed animal attempting to make decisions in a complex world designed for humans. Many of the problem behaviors presented by dogs are…

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I’m a professional dog trainer. I’ve had formal education, studied with other accomplished trainers and worked with dogs for nearly thirty years. It’s no secret why I can do things with dogs that seem amazing to the average person. But training your dog is about you and your dog, not me. If I can’t give you some useful nugget of knowledge that will cause a change in how you relate to your dog, then I’ve failed both you and your dog. The most important thing I’ve found to teach the average dog owner is a simple universal dog behavior, which…

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If a dog is trained only with positive influences it can raise the level of your dogs character to the point where he is uncontrollable. A dog trained only in this manner can be very weak in responding reliably to your commands, particularly in the presence of distracting situations. A dog trained only in the manner may develop such a dominate, inflated opinion of himself that later attempts at controlling his behavior may bring on aggressive and defensive tendencies. Positive influences can be your verbal praise, your encouraging or playful actions, food toys and other reward based materials. If a…

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Getting started If your dog is aggressive or dominant, start slowly. A sudden display of alpha behavior to a dog who considers himself the alpha will be seen as a challenge and the dog may choose an aggressive course of action. For instance, if you take the dog’s food away, something which an owner needs to be able to do, you could be bitten if the dog does not yet see you as its leader. Asserting dominance over an alpha dog without understanding more about how an alpha behaves could cause serious consequences, including a very serious dog bite. Do…

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For species that live in packs it’s important to be able to communicate with its own kind. Both in order to cooperate when they hunt, to bring up their offspring, and perhaps most importantly: to live in peace with each other. Conflicts are dangerous – they cause physical injuries and a weakened pack, which is something that no pack can afford – it will cause them to go extinct. Dogs live in a world of sensory input: visual, olfactory, auditory perceptions. They easily perceive tiny details – a quick signal, a slight change in another’s behavior, the expression in our…

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Teaching your puppy crate training is the first and best step in his life. Crate training makes all the other steps in his training go so much smoother, much like a solid foundation makes for a superior wall. Establishing you as the leader of his family and controlling his environment are excellent reasons for starting your puppy in a crate when he is very young. Another reason for dog crate training is that dogs love predictability. To know what is going to happen in any given situation makes him happy, and more apt to be the best-behaved dog he can…

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Several evenings a week, I volunteer at the Naperville Humane Society. It is a very sad and common request to be asked to rescue a dog because there is a new baby in the house. One of the most frustrating things is that in the majority of these cases, the dog had a problem before the baby came and the owners didn’t do anything about it. So the poor dog is re-homed needlessly when a bit of preparation would have prevented it. dog-kiss It is a rare luxury in life to know in advance that a major change is going…

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Hyperactivity in dogs is a common problem. Generally it is present amongst a cluster of other inappropriate behaviors such as jumping, pulling on the leash and unwarranted barking. In most cases, canine hyperactivity is stress induced. We must realize that simply living with humans involves a certain degree of stress for most dogs. Many humans do not understand dog communication and do not respect the fact that dogs are of a different species with different needs. To gather an in depth understanding of some of the many communication difficulties that exist between man and canine, you may want to refer…

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