The Jumping Dog and the Usual Ways We Handle It – Reinforcing the Problem Behavior!
Let me paint you a picture! You walk through your door at the same time every day and WHAM! Fido puts both paws right in the middle of your chest and you end up on your butt on the floor! Before you know it, you…
The Barking Dog and Command “Enough”
Are you tired of having your dog bark for 15 minutes every time the door bell rings, or for any of the infinite number of other reasons dogs bark? Well so was I, and like any good dog trainer I took a step back and…
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…
My dog pulls on the Leash…So What Do I Do Now???
Several months ago (or maybe longer) I wrote an article on “Why Dogs Pull on the Leash.” And while it was well received, I left those who were already having issues with dogs that pulled on their leash to wait for the next article for…
Repost Thursday…Business Communication Dog Training and Buddha From July 2013….
OK, so in business today we are taught all sorts of ways to communicate… You can do this in social media but not in person. You can raise your voice in conversation but don’t ever use all caps in an email. It really seems like…
A wise woman once told me a story about “muddy water” and it really stuck with me. So much that it has actually become part of my dog training material. But before we get into the dog training part, let me tell you the story!…
TETHERS – Part 2 THE TRAINING TECHNIQUES
In the last blog, I highlighted the mechanics of the tether and indicated there were three specific training techniques that the tether was outstanding to be used for. So let’s get to it! The first technique I want to cover is how to greet people…
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…
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Muscle Memory, In regard to Reactivity/Aggression….
OK while I guess you could say this blog is about generalizing an idea, which I really try not to do… I think this is one is really important to the idea of reactivity/aggression in dogs on leash… I need folks to really grasp how Read more →
Another way to look at Over-Stimulation…SURVIVAL MODE!!!
OK this blog is really about reactivity, but it also has to do with all dogs and the topic of over-stimulation… You have most likely read my blog on over stimulation (if not click here) but when a dog gets over stimulated, they really enter Read more →
Owner Absent Behaviors
OK so just what do I mean by “owner absent” behaviors? Well they are behaviors that occur when the owner is not around! Now let’s talk about why that is even important? Well when a behavior happens when we are not around that behavior is Read more →
I Don’t Have Time…
OK, so this is a blog I have been wanting to write for a while now, but I just know that some people will probably not take kindly to it… Some trainers might not even like it and some potential clients might even choose not Read more →
Fear Periods and Socialization
OK, this is a pretty darn important topic… Fear periods! What are they? When do they happen? What does it mean to you and your pup and why are there so many things we see in articles with different, names, time ranges and even descriptions? Read more →
So What Happens After Socialization?
OK everyone (or at least all my clients know) YOU HAVE TO SOCIALIZE A PUPPY!!! But there is a very significant, important and critical follow up question…. What needs to happen after socialization? Well most agree that the critical social development period for a puppy Read more →
(Wow 10 years ago) Dog-Runs Are Not For Long Term Confinement!
As a trainer, and parent 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 Read more →
Dog Bowl Aggression, and the Wonderful Resource We Waste Everyday…Part 4!!!
The Third Technique…Make your dog work for their food! So now we’ve made it to the last (at least on this topic) technique! We are feeding our dog(s) everyday using toys. We are even using part of our dog’s daily food ration to feed them Read more →
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