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What is the Place Command?

Posted by on Jan 13, 2017 in Dog Training | Comments Off on What is the Place Command?

What is the Place Command?

  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 who just gets hyper excited with visitors.  Teaching a solid “Place” gives your dog a comfortable place to go to avoid any opportunity to engage in any of these behavior. The best thing about “Place” is it is portable, you can take your “Place” item on field trips and use it in the same manner as you would as if you were home....

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Free Feeding

Posted by on Dec 2, 2015 in Training Approach | Comments Off on Free Feeding

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 is free fed. Leaving food out all the time is not very sanitary. You’re inviting insects, rodents and who knows what else into your house for a free meal. Developing a schedule Developing a schedule, especially with feeding your dog. Routines and structure are comforting for a dog.  You should feed your dog on a regular schedule, which means you feed your dog at the same times every day. Feeding on a schedule teaches a dog that when you put the food down at a certain time he should eat it.  Follow through with picking the food up after 20 minutes.  If you pick your dog’s food up before your dog eats, don’t worry, they will not starve; however, you can bet your dog will eat the next time you put down their food bowl. Putting your dog on a regular scheduled meal also makes housebreaking much easier. Typically, a puppy and most dogs will need to go outside 20 to 30 minutes after eating. So by putting the dog on a schedule you know when they eat and when to take them outside. An Important Aspect One very important aspect, which is lost when a dog is on a free feeding regiment, it’s the connection between you and your dog.   A dog will bond and learn to trust from a person when they provide food and care.  If the bowl is laying out all day, the dog sees the food as just being available.  They cannot make the connection, that its you that provides his needs. This is a very important point because trust is one of the basic instincts they have and it cannot be broken.  As the pack leader everything in the dogs life must come through and from you to developed that unbreakable bond between human and...

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Bringing Your Puppy Home And Developing A Confident Dog

Posted by on Mar 19, 2015 in Professional Dog trainer, Puppies | Comments Off on Bringing Your Puppy Home And Developing A Confident Dog

Bringing Your Puppy Home And Developing A Confident Dog

How To Develop A Well-adjusted, Confident Dog How exciting! You have decided to welcome a furry bundle of cuteness into your family. This will be a fulfilling journey, but will require effort, time, patience and dedication. It is a huge commitment and responsibility to develop your puppy into a well-adjusted and confident dog. This commitment will give your puppy the best chance to grow up without behavior problems and live happy in a human world. I could talk about puppies extensively; however, it would take a much more lengthy discussion. But, below are just a few tips, which may help you focus on some critical aspects of your puppy’s developmental needs. Socialization Start socializing your puppy as soon as you bring him home. The earlier the better! However, avoid over stimulating your puppy, but get him out slowly, and expose him to as much as you can. Exposure to his living environment is essential. Taking time to slowly introduce things like, cars, bikes, people, children, car rides, etc. is crucial. REMEMBER, having a first pleasant experience is a setting for establishing a confident dog. For example, if you want your puppy to be confident and friendly around other dogs and people, be sure the people and dogs your puppy meets for the first few times are calm and friendly. Take effort and care to control these new experiences to be positive in their learning and adjusting to their new environment. Avoid Over Stimulation Teaching your pup to accept and trust the crate is essential. Dogs need a quiet, safe place they trust. Having this place will help develop your dog’s confidence and emotional well-being. Don’t let the pup be the entire focus of your family and household, this will give them the impression they are the most important family member. This could potentially lead to bad behavior in the future. Having a pup that accepts the crate, and is allowed time away from the family, is less likely to develop separation anxiety. Rules and Boundaries I know it is hard not to spoil your new puppy, but this is not what your puppy needs or desires. Dogs need to know that you are in control, and you will make decisions so they do not need to. Your dog needs a calm and loving leader, who your pup will grow up to respect and trust. When you over stimulate your dog with treats, physical contact and treating them like a human infant, your dog can see you as weak and needy. This is the exact opposite of what you want your dog to see you as. Dogs live in packs, and take direction from a pack leader. You now have the responsibility of assuming the pack leader role. Teaching your puppy boundaries at an early age, allows your puppy to develop coping skills, as well as learn to trust you will make the right decisions to keep him safe. A puppy without rules and boundaries will develop into an unruly dog. This unruly dog will sometimes develop unacceptable behaviors a human cannot live with, for instance dominant or fearful aggression. Consistency and Daily Routine Structure, consistency and repetition is extremely important in your training. It also alleviates stress in your dog. He learns what to expect and what behavior is...

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What To Look For In A Professional Dog Trainer

Posted by on Mar 19, 2015 in Professional Dog trainer | Comments Off on What To Look For In A 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.  Have them demonstrate their own dog’s obedience ability. A professional trainer should be open minded, diversified and balanced.  They should have the ability and knowledge to approach your dog as an individual. Avoid the trainer who have knowledge in only one training approach, and are too narrow minded to research and be skilled in all training styles.  Dog training is not a one size fits all approach. Look for trainers who are members of professional canine organizations.  Members of the IACP, International Association of Canine Professionals are required to achieve certain criteria before becoming a member.  Look to these types of organizations for recommendations. Can’t Decide If you just can’t decide if a professional trainer can help, just call and talk to them.  Find out what the charge is, what are their type of training methods, how long it takes to train a dog with typical behavior issues, what’s the best option and approach for training your dog.  It’s always best to ask questions when you are looking for a dog trainer. A professional dog trainer is the key to success in establishing training on Both Ends Of The Leash. For help, contact us. Complete Control K9 Academy, Serving the Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll County, Harford County, Howard County, Fredrick County and Southern...

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Hiring a Professional Dog Trainer

Posted by on Mar 17, 2015 in Professional Dog trainer | Comments Off on Hiring a Professional Dog Trainer

Hiring a 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 dog’s bad habits or behavior problems before the owner realizes they need to be addressed. It’s definitely no secret that dogs can be very challenging from time to time.  It may even be impossible to train your dog by yourself, no matter how much time and effort you put into it.  Remember, the dog you have now may not be that great dog you had growing up.  Every dog is different and may require a diversified training approach unfamiliar to you. As dog owners, one of the most important decisions we’ll ever need to make is whether or not to enroll our pets in a professional dog training program.  Keep in mind that dog training isn’t just simply teaching our dogs to perform tricks for food with a clicker, or to sit, down. stay, come on command.  Obedience training is developed a trusted and respected bond with your dog.  Teaching a dog to follow your guidance and leadership. Guidelines to help you decide on the need for a professional dog trainer. Here are just a few guidelines to help you decide if it’s time to hire a professional dog trainer. Do you have the time and commitment to work with your dog? Are you skilled and confident enough to fix your dog’s problems? Is the dogs behavior dangerous or could it possibly worsen to become dangerous? Have others pointed out behavior issues about your dog? Do you see someone with a well behaved dog and say to yourself, I wish my dog was that well behaved? Are you considering giving up your dog because of the problem behaviors? Is you dog’s behavior so annoying that no one can stand it anymore? Are you embarrassed by you dog’s behavior? Is your dog causing resentment and stress in you life? The Professional Dog Trainer On of the main questions many dog owners ask about professional dog training is, “How much does professional training cost and is the cost really worth it?”  What type of training should I pursue?  Private lessons, group lessons, board and train, etc.  Just like any other professional service, the cost of professional dog training really depends on the location and what you are looking for. To give you somewhat of an idea, here are some average costs in the Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Carroll County areas: Group Training: 4 to 6 weeks / $100-$160 Private Lessons: 1 hour / $50-$150 per hour Boarding Kennel: 2 to 4 weeks...

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The Leash Correction

Posted by on Dec 24, 2014 in Leash Training, The Leash Correction | Comments Off on 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 my actions result in a negative consequence, I frequently will say to myself “I won’t do that again”.  The purely positive defined dog trainers don’t discuss the fact treat training may lead to over-weight, food begging dogs, who will only fork for food. They become focused on the hand that feeds them instead of the human giving direction or commands.  When utilizing treats, transitioning away from the treats are essential.  This must be done at the appropriate time of the training process.  In my opinion, at this point in the training process, the correction or consequence is an integral part of the learning process. PURPOSE OF FEEDBACK Correction is a type of feedback for the dog.  Feedback is an important element in effective dog training.  It simply gives the dog information. This information, which is given to the dog throughout the learning process is the key to dog training.  Without giving the dog appropriately timed information, the dog may become confused and have difficulty understanding the task for which is being asked.   Feedback can be defined as something positive, for example verbal and physical praise, treats and play.  It can also be defined as a correction, such as a leash or verbal correction, low-level stimulation for a remote collar, withholding of a treat or something the dog desires.  Purely positive trainers resort mostly to withholding of treats or something the dog desires.  A balanced trainer will utilize all of the types of feedback available.  A balanced trainer approaches the dog as an individual, and is open-minded to all types of feedback.  Dog training is not a one size fits all approach. Some dogs require a soft, but fair approach; while others require a firm, but fair approach. This will establish an open line of communication with your dog.  This line of communication allows your dog to look to your for guidance. Taking the time to watch dog behavior in a dog park is an awesome way to begin to understand “feedback” or communication with the pack.  For example if a dog gets too rough, the dog will quickly be put back in line, possibly by a nip or a loud growl of another dog.  All animal pack behavior follows rules.  In fact, the discipline of the pack or herd is a mechanism that promotes harmony, access to food, breeding rights, protection of the young and survival.  So, correcting your dog is not a new or foreign concept to their genetic component....

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The Importance Of The Leash

Posted by on Aug 27, 2014 in Leash Training, Professional Dog trainer, The Leash Correction | Comments Off on The Importance Of The Leash

The Importance Of The Leash

The first thing most people excitedly buy for a new dog or puppy is a leash. The dog, however, is usually not so impressed with the purchase. Puppy’s First Leash Walk Proud new owners usually can’t wait to take their new arrival for that first walk. They are sure this walk will bring closeness with their new four-legged pal. Everyone who sees them, they reason, will desire to have such a furry friend like theirs. To their disappointment, within the first few seconds, they realize that the walk wasn’t what they were expecting. This cute new arrival somehow has changed. She has now become an out-of-control lunatic on the end of the leash. The long awaited walk has become an exhausting frightful event. Different Expectations Humans somehow believe that a dog is going to enjoy a leashed walk, that the dog feels the same as they do. They are disappointed to learn that the dog doesn’t share this expectation. If you think it out, would you like it if someone put a strap around your neck and started steering you around against your will? Of course not! Man vs. Dog The difference between human and canine expectations can lead to frustration and eventually deteriorate the relationship. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Aligning Expectations Here’s the good news. It’s possible for your dog to learn to understand the leash and look forward to a relaxing walk with you. But it certainly is unfair to believe the dog should not oppose the leash without proper acclimation and training. How to Introduce a Leash The collar and leash are not one-size-fits-all tools. They require customization to your dog and your personal style. Here are some things to keep in mind. Leash training takes time, patience, and a calm attitude. Find the proper collar for your dog’s breed and size. A good fit makes all the difference. Start with a well-fitted buckle or flat collar.  If the puppy appears to be irritated by the collar, place the collar on during a time where the puppy is focused on something else. Acclimate your puppy to the leash by allowing the puppy to drag it around the house without anyone manipulating or pulling on it. This must only be done under the immediate direct supervision of a responsible adult. The leash could get tangled on something, which could be unsafe. The initial leash should be light weight. Another way is just to put the leash on and engage in play with the puppy redirecting his focus away from the leash. Next introduce the walk. The first few walks may be very short where you only take a few steps at a time, and engage in play at the same time. Avoid pulling or tugging on the leash with any force. You can then slowly progress to minimal leash pressure until the puppy yields to the pressure. The second you feel your puppy has yielded to the minimum pressure of the leash immediately reward the puppy with a lot of praise. Don’t think of the leash as a steering device, think of your leash as a communication tool between you and your dog. If it’s not working, don’t continue—you could be making it worse. Get professional help from a certified trainer. Professional Leash...

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Becoming a Dog Trainer

Posted by on Aug 16, 2014 in Professional Dog trainer, Training Approach | Comments Off on Becoming a Dog Trainer

Becoming a Dog Trainer

How To Become A Dog Trainer? I would love to share with you how, after 27 years as a retired Paramedic and ER nurse, I am now following my passion as a dog trainer. Jaycee the Rescue Dog It all started about 20 years ago, when I rescued my beloved Labrador Mix, named Jaycee. It was soon after I brought Jaycee home, I said to myself, “what did I get myself into?!” I was so frustrated and annoyed. I realized the only option I had to save our relationship was to hire a professional trainer to teach Jaycee some type of control. Obedience Training It was through that dog obedience training that Jaycee and I became partners for life. We developed a bond through obedience, which I never achieved with any of my previous dogs. Once she learned obedience, she learned it was “OK” to look to me for guidance. This relieved all the stress and chaos in her life. Jaycee’s stress caused her anxiety, which lead to hyperactive and annoying behavior. The Well-Mannered Dog Through obedience, she became a confident, relaxed, and well-mannered dog who learned to enjoy life. It was through that experience, I knew I wanted to eventually work with dogs and their owners. Throughout the years, I continued to train my own dogs, as well as assist with training with various working dog clubs. It wasn’t until I decided to retire from my career to take my passion to the next level. Starting A Dog Training Business I knew that if I was serious about my small business venture, I had the responsibility to thoroughly educate myself in all aspects of dog training. In the dog training world, there are so many approaches, opinions and theories on how to train dogs it becomes a confusing mess. I realized the only way to diversify my knowledge was to expose myself to the different approaches and personally train with respected and skillful trainers in the industry. My Customized Training Approach I wanted to treat each dog, and their owners, as individuals, avoiding the narrow-minded “one size fits all” approach. Just like people, all dogs have their own personalities, genetics and character traits. This makes their ability to learn differently. As a trainer having the ability to develop an individualized training approach is imperative! I have since had the awesome experience of attending The Michael Ellis School for dog trainers. Michael is a driving force in the industry with the reward-based approach. I later graduated from the Masters Training Course, and received my professional dog trainer certification at the National K9 School for Dog trainers in Ohio. By attending both of these schools, I was exposed to the two main approaches in dog training. This gave me the ability to learn how to combine these approaches and develop a well-balanced and diversified training approach for you and your dog. The key is to find the right approach for the right dog! I would love to have the opportunity and privilege to work with you and your canine partner. A professional dog trainer is the key to success in establishing training on Both Ends Of The Leash. For help with your new arrival, contact us. Thank you for visiting and reading! A dog trainer of Complete Control K9 Academy,...

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