pet-care

8
Jul

Socializing a Fear Biter

Many of us have met the “fear biter.” This dog will attack a human, child, or another dog without much warning. Often, the onslaught occurs just as you turn your back to walk away. Fear biters are dogs that are aggressive out of fear of their surroundings. Whether they have been poorly socialized or improperly bred, these dogs will attack

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8
Jul

Small Dog Syndrome

A condition termed ” Small Dog Syndrome” is a common malady I encounter in training dogs. It is frequently presented in small breed dogs, and the general symptoms are problems with dog house training, aggression, separation anxiety, phobic reactions and diffused stress reactions. The reason this is seen so frequently in small dogs is usually the fault of the owners.

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8
Jul

Dog Training Method

A common question I receive from prospective clients is “what training methods do you use”. Displaying my characteristic ineptness in the niceties of double-speak and the various marketing mantras designed to dazzle, I resort to a radical approach and simply tell the truth. To wit; “Sir/Madam, I use the method that works for your dog.” A moment of silence normally

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8
Jul

Dog Training for Reliability

Training your dog is a life-long process. Often people expect me to use my experience and knowledge to instantly teach a dog to sit or heel correctly. Generally, this is not the case. A good trainer can have your dog obeying basic commands in a relatively short period of time but the “secret” ingredient to having a reliability trained dog

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8
Jul

Dog Training Mistakes

I cannot train a dog to be a happy healthy pet without the owner’s support and co-operation. The biggest mistakes in trying to train a dog are owner behaviors described below. If you want to have a well trained and mentally healthy dog, please avoid becoming any or all of the dog owners I describe below. The Pest- This owner

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8
Jul

Avoiding Dog Aggression

All dogs bite under the proper circumstances. If you stress a dog or the dog feels overwhelmed and cornered, you are likely to be bitten. Even the cutest, fuzziest, lovable pup can bite if provoked. Most people are bitten by their own dog or one they know. Some owners actually think it’s macho to promote aggression in their dogs or

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8
Jul

Understanding Your Dog

Knowing your dog is the key to dog training. This is the problem with dog training books, videos, obedience classes and most general dog training advice (including mine). In other words, your dog is not exactly like my dog or any other dog. Yes, as canines they share common traits and behaviors. However, to effectively train your dog, you must

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8
Jul

The Trouble with Trick Training

The trouble with tricks is that they serve little useful purpose. Often owners will spend inordinate amounts of effort in teaching their dogs to ‘give paw’, ‘play dead’, etc. Although the acquisition of such skills can mentally challenge your dog during the learning process, they have no real world benefit other than to enhance master’s ego. In accessing a new

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8
Jul

Purely Positive Training

The needle slid easily into the vein and its lethal contents were injected slowly. The final good-byes had been said and now, as tears streamed down his face, the owner reflected on what went wrong as he watched his dog die. He thought about how hard he’d tried – he had sought out the best trainer he could find and

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8
Jul

The Power of Routine for Your Dog

Dogs love routine. If you understand that one simple fact about your dog, you have a powerful tool to train your dog. Try to picture yourself as your dog. You essentially live in an alien environment created by another species. You love your humans but they speak another language, apparently walk on their hind legs, display displeasure when you sniff

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