Articles

8
Jul

Flow Training

The type of dog training I employ is called “Flow Training”. The key principle is that dogs obey humans when they perceive that the human is their leader. In other words, dog obedience naturally flows from human leadership. If you are not perceived as a leader then the dog will not consistently obey you. In fact, if you are not

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8
Jul

How to Train Your Dog Any Behavior

I’m a professional dog trainer. I’ve had formal education, studied with other accomplished trainers and worked with dogs for nearly thirty years. It’s no secret why I can do things with dogs that seem amazing to the average person. But training your dog is about you and your dog, not me. If I can’t give you some useful nugget of

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8
Jul

Balancing your training methods

If a dog is trained only with positive influences it can raise the level of your dogs character to the point where he is uncontrollable. A dog trained only in this manner can be very weak in responding reliably to your commands, particularly in the presence of distracting situations. A dog trained only in the manner may develop such a

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8
Jul

Dog Training Tips

Getting started If your dog is aggressive or dominant, start slowly. A sudden display of alpha behavior to a dog who considers himself the alpha will be seen as a challenge and the dog may choose an aggressive course of action. For instance, if you take the dog’s food away, something which an owner needs to be able to do,

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8
Jul

Dog Whispering

For species that live in packs it’s important to be able to communicate with its own kind. Both in order to cooperate when they hunt, to bring up their offspring, and perhaps most importantly: to live in peace with each other. Conflicts are dangerous – they cause physical injuries and a weakened pack, which is something that no pack can

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8
Jul

Crate Training

Teaching your puppy crate training is the first and best step in his life. Crate training makes all the other steps in his training go so much smoother, much like a solid foundation makes for a superior wall. Establishing you as the Alpha member of his “pack” is one excellent reason for starting your puppy in a crate when he

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8
Jul

Dogs and Babies

Several evenings a week, I volunteer at the Naperville Humane Society. It is a very sad and common request to be asked to rescue a dog because there is a new baby in the house. One of the most frustrating things is that in the majority of these cases, the dog had a problem before the baby came and the

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8
Jul

Hyperactivity in Dogs

Hyperactivity in dogs is a common problem. Generally it is present amongst a cluster of other inappropriate behaviors such as jumping, pulling on the leash and unwarranted barking. In most cases, canine hyperactivity is stress induced. We must realize that simply living with humans involves a certain degree of stress for most dogs. Many humans do not understand dog communication

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8
Jul

The 3 Biggest Dog Training Myths

The 3 Biggest Dog Training Myths Myth #1 I need to enroll my dog in an obedience class for training. Most people think that dog training classes are effective methods for training your dog. The reality is that dogs are easily distracted by the presence of other people and dogs. Also being in a strange environment and the necessity of

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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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