Training Both ends of the leash

What is the Place Command?

Posted by on Jan 13, 2017 in Dog Training

  What is the Place Command? The place command is one of the most useful commands you can teach your dog. All of the dogs, who attend our obedience packages, learn this very useful command. The place command teaches the dog to go to a specific area and stay there until released. In other words, the place command is an advanced “stay” but in a specific area and on a specific item.  This area should be comfortable and a space your dog enjoys going to.  Once the dog is on his place command, it should be an area of quite without disruption or excitement.  We think of it as our dog’s “quiet time”. Benefits of the Place Command A place command can be helpful in such cases as, a dog who begs, counter surfers, door charges, or a dog...

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Free Feeding

Posted by on Dec 2, 2015 in Training Approach

The disadvantages of Free Feeding Leaving a huge bowl of food out for a dog to eat whenever it wants is called free feeding. Free feeding your dog is a huge mistake.  People tend to adopt this practice for the sake of convenience, as well as believing they are doing their dog a favor by having plenty of food available at all times.  However, with free feeding there are many disadvantages and poor outcomes for this type of feeding practice. Some problems associated with free feeding are: Dogs will over eat if food is left down all throughout the day.  Even if the dog is not hungry, he will continue to snack. A loss of appetite is one of the first indicators your dog may be getting sick. It is more difficult to pick up on this if your dog...

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What To Look For In A Professional Dog Trainer

Posted by on Mar 19, 2015 in Professional Dog trainer

Choosing A Professional Dog Trainer When choosing a professional dog trainer, do your research before agreeing to allow the trainer to work with you and your dog.  The steps below will guide you in your search for the right trainer. Research the trainer’s credentials, education and experience.  Many professional dog trainers attend professional training schools and earn credentials by demonstrating their knowledge, competencies and experience in dog training. Take time to interview the trainer prior to your decision.  Have the trainer describe their approach and philosophy of their training.  The professional dog trainer should always be informed of current knowledge and practice in the field of dog training.  They should be familiar and knowledgeable with the latest, most effective training techniques and equipment used in dog training. Ask for referrals of previous clients. Ask to meet their personal dog. ...

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Hiring a Professional Dog Trainer

Posted by on Mar 17, 2015 in Professional Dog trainer

When Should You Hire A Professional Dog Trainer? When to seek out the help of a professional dog trainer can be a difficult decision to make.  Most people that have dogs with behavior problems either accepts the behavior and learn to manage it, or surrenders the dog to the shelters or rehoming.  Accepting the behavior and managing it takes a great deal of effort.  This places an enormous amount of stress on the family unit.  the dog that are surrendered to shelters become one of the millions of dogs in the U.S. unnecessarily euthanized each year because the owners just cant deal with the dog’s behavior.  A simple balanced professional trainer can solve most of a dogs behavior problems in a short period of time.  It can take a friend, family member or a visitor to point out your...

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The Leash Correction

Posted by on Dec 24, 2014 in Leash Training, The Leash Correction

A SENSITIVE SUBJECT, “THE CORRECTION”, Especially The Leash Correction The utilization of corrections in dog training is a sensitive subject amongst dog owners and the purely positive community of dog trainers.  It is my belief people avoid the use and discussion of corrections because it is misunderstood. When something isn’t thoroughly understood, it is easier to avoid it and view it as a negative approach.  It is more acceptable to say you are a purely positive dog trainer because it is easier to sell your training.  Most dog owners want to hear their dog is going to feel warm and fuzzy and get treats during his training process. THE REAL TRUTH The real truth is consequences and corrections are a part of our daily lives.  Experiencing consequences for actions or behaviors is an excellent way of learning.  I know for myself when...

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