Watch Me….First and Foremost (2010)
Watch Me should be the first command people teach their dogs! Let’s face it, if you don’t have a dog’s attention, teaching them anything else is pretty much futile. This is exactly what watch me is! I want to teach a dog that, with either…
The Three D’s – The First Two
In my opinion, there are three basic stages in teaching a dog anything. Whether you are teaching sit, down, watch me, stay or recall for that matter, you must learn, understand, and deal with the 3 D’s of dog training. They are Duration, Distance and…
The Three D’s – The “Big” One “DISTRACTION”
Now for the third “D”, the one that is typically the root of all evil when it comes to problem behaviors…DISTRACTION! As you can probably guess on your own, Distraction is the hardest issue for people who own dogs. Ironically, it is also the biggest…
SO JUST WHAT ARE NON NEGOTIABLE RULES?
IF YOU LIKE ANY OF THE T-SHIRTS YOU SEE HERE PLEASE VISIT US AT www.muttzrus.com Over the course of my blogs and my training classes, you have heard me refer to the “non negotiable rules” when it comes to human and dog relationships. It occurred…
Dog-Runs Are Not For Long Term Confinement!
As trainers, and parents of 7 and 10 year old kids, we learn about dogs and kids from their behavior by living life and learning from our mistakes! Today was no exception!!! My sons learned a valuable lesson this morning; and two of my dogs…
Petting Party Part 3: ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL??? HOW TO CONVINCE FIDO TO LOVE HOUSE GUESTS…THE RIGHT WAY!!
This blog post will discuss the differences between puppies and older dogs when you are hosting a petting party. If you are dealing with a puppy at this stage (between 8-18 weeks of age,) then the more people and interactions, the merrier! Invite everyone…kids, adults,…
Why do dogs bark & what can be done about it? Part 2
If you like any of the products or T Shirts shown please visit www.muttzrus.com! So, now we have arrived at the other big reason dogs bark…exercise (or lack thereof). Let’s be honest, most of us do not give our dogs enough exercise, let alone mental…
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Leave it On Leash
OK, this next blog is what follows after working in the car, in the parking lot of a big box pet retailer. You have gotten good at the Leave it/ Watch me command when your pooch is distracted by another dog, and wonder “how awesome Read more →
Leave it… The Next Step (the car)
OK if you have not heard me talk about how to work with reactivity in dogs I always preach 3 things: High Frequency (Every Day Practice) Short Duration (No more than about 15 minutes per practice session) Under Threshold (the dog must not be reacting, Read more →
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