Saturday, March 28, 2015

Free Video Tip No. 5 - Chewing And The Redirect

Top Dog Training Tip #5 – Chewing And The Redirect



Well, I hope you understand more about your dog after watching Doggy Dan’s Top Dog Tip No.5. I certainly do, and I use this knowledge everyday to help me read my dog a whole lot better.
Today’s free training video, the last in the Top Dog Training Tips series, is a classic. It’s all about how to handle your dog’s unwanted chewing. This is such a common problem and Doggy Dan brings a clear and simple method to solving it. He calls it the “Redirect”.

Here you can watch it again.
I guarantee you’ll enjoy this one as I’m sure you have the rest of the free video series.

And by now you’ve probably had a look at Doggy Dan’s Official Video Site. You’ll appreciate how watching a professional dog trainer actually training other people’s dogs on video, is the best way to train your dog.

This has had the most profound impact on my life and it is with deep sincerity that I urge you try it, see the results, and enjoy the incredible, boundless relationship grow between you and your dog.
Visit Doggy Dan’s Online Dog Trainer now and see for yourself. 

Thanks for watching!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Free Video Tip No. 4 - Calming Signals

Top Dog Training Tip #4 – Calming Signals


Welcome back to Top Dog Training Tips. I hope your dog is now a swimming champ thanks to Top Dog Tip No.3.

Today Doggy Dan will show you all about Calming Signals and how these will help you to understand your dog better.

If you want to enjoy a stronger relationship with your dog, then watch now the 4th free video in our Top Dog Training Tips series.

Enjoy!

PS – Look out for the 5th free video link, it's coming soon.

PPS – If you haven’t yet heard of Doggy Dan or seen him on TV and you’d like to find out more about his famous dog training techniques then have a look at The Online Dog Trainer

He’s created a website where you can learn the fundamentals of dog training and solve all your dog’s problems by watching him train dogs in real life situations – all on video. 

There are over 100 detailed videos that deal with all kinds of dogs and every possible dog problem. You’ll also find downloadable audio and video clips and a free dog training Forum. I highly recommend it.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

FREE Video Tip No. 3 – Learning To Swim

Top Dog Training Tip #3 – Learning To Swim


Welcome back to Top Dog Training Tips :-)

Today you can watch the amazing Doggy Dan – one of the 

world’s leading dog trainers – in the third video as he 

teaches a dog to swim..

Your link to the next free video in our Top Dog Tips series is 


Enjoy!


PS – The fourth free video link will pop up in the next day or 

so. Look out for it!


PPS – Doggy Dan has spent the last 2.5 years putting 

together over 100 videos that will transform any dog’s 

behavior, often in just minutes. Have a look at The Online 

Dog Trainer  and see his incredible, revolutionary method in 

practice.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Free Video Tip No.2 - How To Stop Chewing The Leash

Top Dog Training Tip #2 – How To Stop Chewing The Leash

 

I hope you enjoyed the first of your five free videos,  Top Dog Tips No.1 “Keep Your Dog Out The Kitchen”.

Today our professional dog trainer brings you the second Top Dog Training Tip and shows a neat trick… how to stop your dog biting the leash.
 
Click below to view it now,  I’m sure you’ll enjoy it!
 Free Top Dog Tip #2
 

PS – I’ll be in touch shortly with your free Top Dog Training Tip No.3…
 
PPS – If you enjoy watching and learning from videos, then check out The Online Dog Trainer where there are over 100 detailed dog and puppy training videos that cover every dog problem.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Free Video Tip No. 1 - Keep Your Dog Out The Kitchen


I’ve formed a great relationship with one of the world’s top dog training gurus, Doggy Dan. He’s mastered a way of training dogs that delivers incredible results, often in just minutes, using no harsh methods at all.
 
Dan has agreed to give me free access to his library of dog and puppy training videos and together we’ve created the Doggy Tips Video Series. It’s made up of 5 great Top Dog Tips, full of neat tricks and expert advice that just have to be shared.
 
The first free video which is all about keeping your dog out of the kitchen – a very common problem – and the solution is amazingly simple. You can watch it HERE

Over the next week or so, I’ll be posting on my blog a new link to four more fantastic free dog training videos.
 
Til then, enjoy!
Here’s the link again – Free video No. 1

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Inside Every Dog Is A Great Dog

As a dog trainer with a huge passion for dogs Doggy Dan has a burning desire to share his knowledge to help make the world a better place for us all, including our beloved friends. 

Dan believes that inside every dog is a good dog and inside every good dog is a great dog. It is a simple statement, but one that Dan has found to be true with every dog, every time.



Working with thousands of dogs all over the country Dan has seen the most difficult of situations turn around when we choose to understand our dogs rather than train them through force.


Here is what Dan says:


"Becoming the pack leader in a kind and gentle way is an absolutely crucial part of this and it is those secrets that I hold close to my heart that I want to share with you. It’s these secrets of becoming the pack leader that your dog is looking for.



Without them in place your dog will always see you as a follower and you will always struggle. Whatever situation you are in there is an answer and it is often so much simpler than you care to imagine. 

Do not worry that your problem seems to be different from anything else you have seen, that your dog is older, or your issue only occurs when you are not home, or it appears to be random, or breed specific.



The training method that I would like to show you treats the cause of the problem, and when you do this the issue so often simply disappears all on its own.



If you are serious about sorting out your dog's behavioral issues and training your puppy up right from the start don’t be tempted to try some fancy gadget that will only back fire on you later on. 

Learn that the real secret to success is YOU and having the skills and knowledge to get your dog to trust, respect and love you for who you are.



When you become the best pack leader that you can be they will chose to follow you. Tere will be no more need for shouting and scaring your dog.



When you chose your puppy or dog you had a certain relationship in mind. A wonderful, mutually benefcial relationship where things were not a strain and you could both just enjoy life to the max. Keep focused on that because that is exactly what you can have if you chose to."


If you would like to take a free tour of Dan's dog training video website which will show you exactly how to do all of this, in step-by-step videos, then I recommend that right now you… CLICK HERE



Tanks for taking the time to read this, have a great day and Love your dog!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Training Your Dog to Deal With Separation Anxiety in Three Simple Steps


Dogs are very much like children. If you leave your dog for several hours they will start to bark and whine and chew on things if they are not trained properly.  Training your dog properly to deal with separation anxiety is the first key step in being sure that you do not have an upset dog that tears up your house while you are at work all day.

Three simple steps to help your dog deal with separation anxiety:

Step #1: Practice leaving and returning at short intervals at first
Your dog will have to get used to the fact that you are leaving. One of the reasons that he is getting anxious is because he is not sure if you will return. Practice leaving and returning at short intervals. You can do this by simply going outside for a few minutes and then returning. This will help him to understand that you are not leaving for good, but you are also showing him that you will be leaving the house for periods of time.

Step #2: Do not make your departure a big deal
Many fresh dog owners make the mistake of being overly affectionate before they leave the house for work. This ends up getting your dog excited and confused. Playing with your dog for 10 or 15 minutes and then grabbing your stuff and heading out the door leaves your dog wondering what they did wrong. When you do play with your dog in the morning before work, than allow for an ample amount of time to pass so that they can calm down before you leave.

Step #3: Keep your dog busy while you are gone
Leaving a treat, numerous chew toys and other things to do to keep your dog occupied while you are gone, will help them to deal with your absence. And in turn deal with the anxiety.






The Difference Between Therapy Dogs And Companion Dogs


Therapy dogs and companion dogs are your best friends and also your constant buddy. They obtain this classification from being able to assist the owner with a multitude problems. But what exactly is the difference between Companion Dogs and Therapy Dogs?

Defining what a therapy dog is
They are found in retirement homes, nursing homes, hospitals, and schools. They aide people with difficulties in learning, and help to calm stressful situations that can be normally seen in disaster areas caused by natural hazards, such as tornadoes, hurricanes, tsunamis, floods, earthquakes, technological hazards including nuclear and radiation accidents, or sociological hazards like riots, terrorism or war.

Therapy Dogs are specifically trained to provide affection and comfort to people who needs it as  mentioned above. They are well known for their temperament. They are patient, friendly, confident, gentle and easy in whatever situations...

Your dog needs to have these characteristics to be classified as qualified Therapy Dogs. This is because they are expected to enjoy human contact, can be petted and handled by people carefully and even clumsily. They come in all breeds and sizes. It is a Therapy Dog's job to have other people even the unfamiliar one to have contact with them and these people should enjoy that connection.

But, why? In some situations, the Therapy Dogs might need to be lifted onto, climb onto, placed onto individual's lap, sleep on an adult's or kid's bed, and either sit or lie comfortably there. Therapy dogs need to be comfortable on this situations and must cope depending on a person's need to be able to provide emotional support to both adults and children. They are expected to be stroked, held, and sometimes just watched.

Therapy Dogs are not service or assistance dogs. Service dogs directly assist humans, it is legal for these dogs to accompany their owners in almost all areas and in fact, in the United States alone, Service Dogs are protected under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 which is a wide-ranging civil rights law that prohibits, under certain circumstances, discrimination based on disability.

Therapy Dogs on the other hand are not mentioned on this law simply because they did not provide direct assistance for people with disabilities so this is why some institutions gives limit and prohibit access for Therapy Dogs but, in most cases, they allowed it. However, institutions may impose requirements for Therapy Dog.

What dogs are eligible to be Therapy Dogs? Actually, pure breed and mixed breeds are all fine as long as they are at least one year old, female or male, neutered or not. So, it's not that difficult to pass this eligibility. As long as they pass the test, they can all be Therapy Dogs. If you have your own dog who you think is eligible, then you can always go ahead and have them evaluated then have them trained.

What about a Companion Dog? 
These are the dogs that do not work. They provide companionship for their owners as well as being a pet. Most common Companion Animals are toy dog breeds which refers to a very small dog like spaniels, pinschers and terriers. This is because their looks and traits fits to be used only for the pleasure of their company, but definitely not as workers.

Every dog breed was created for a reason and Companion Dogs are not an exception. They can't be discriminated because on the brighter side, their job is the most important work an animal can do - to keep people company. Any dog can actually be a companion dog.

A Companion Dog is placed with individuals who will actually benefit from physical and emotional therapy of having well trained pet. Companion Dogs help people (especially elders) to live longer, healthier, happier, and a more fulfilled life.

The most common difference between a Companion Dog and a Therapy Dog is that while Therapy Dogs are expected to go out with their owners and be friendly in public, Companion Dogs on the other hand are simply trained to support their owners in the home environment. So in short, Companion Dogs most of the time are not trained for community access, not expected to support owner in public setting, and not trained to travel on public transports as well.

But why do we need to train Companion Dogs? By nature, our dogs are pack animals with well defined social orders. A dog in your house will always look to you and even for entire family for guidance. We are their leaders. That leadership can be established in a friendly and well defined manner. Owners are leaders who at the same time are expected to be teaching dogs appropriate behavior. Like people, Companion Dogs differ from one another, some are shy, some are serious, some are laid back, while others are hyperactive and these makes training beneficial for the entire family.

Training Companion Dogs corrects behaviors such as jumping on people, digging, inappropriate barking and chewing and at the same time enhancing the dog's mental and physical activities. It deepens the bond between the dog and the owner, providing a higher level of satisfaction and enjoyment that we get from the dog's companionship. Training also ensures dog's safety and their happiness that is beneficial for your family, neighborhood and even the entire community.

When do you actually need to train your Companion Dog or to enroll them in a class? The answer is Now. Nowadays, veterinarians encourage owners to have the puppy trained even before the completion of shots. It could begin in as early as seven to eight weeks old. Why? The number one cause of death for dogs under 3 years of age is not actually infectious diseases - it is the behavioral issues between puppies as they grow up to be dogs.

This only proves that delaying the training until the puppy finishes the vaccines may somehow be damaging beliefs which could affect the dogs in the future simply because they are missing almost 16 weeks when the puppy was isolated from the world.






Dog Training - Training Your Dog To Sit


Training your dog can be a challenging task. Teaching your dog to follow your commands takes time, practice, and patience. Training your dog to sit is no different.

Make the process more efficient by following a few simple rules:

#1 Practice throughout the day - A good way to make practice fun is by incorporating training into your daily routine. Teach your dog to sit before you feed him or give him the command to sit before you open the front door to take him for a walk.
#2 Train in a familiar environment - You should train your dog in a place that is familiar and comfortable for him. Make sure this location is free from distractions and loud noises. You are encouraged to use an environment where it's just you and your dog, one on one. This will help him focus in on your commands.
#3 Be clear about what you want - When giving your dog the "Sit" command be clear about how you want him to sit. If he does not execute it properly start over.
#4 After the first few times use food rewards sparingly - Most people who teach their dogs to follow commands use treats. After your dog learns the "Sit" command reward him intermittently. This way he is more likely to follow your commands even when you are not offering him doggie treats.
#5 Keep your dog training sessions short - Training your dog to sit should start with short sessions. Young puppies tend to tire easily so it is important not to exhaust them with long sessions. Start with the short session of around 5 minutes. After a few sessions, you can increase the dog training time but do not exceed 15 minutes.

Teach your dog the "Sit" command by having him stand right in front of you. Take a small treat in your hand and guide the treat from your dog's nose level over his head. The treat should be a few centimeters away from your dog at all times. This will make him raise his nose and move back and his rear will end up on the ground. As soon as he sits, you will say "Sit "and give him a treat.

Repeat this a few times and your dog will make the association between the action, treat, and verbal command. Then you can start saying it without moving the treat over his head and rewarding your dog for properly following your dog training command.







Saturday, March 14, 2015

How to Incorporate Dog Training Into Dog Play and Exercise!


Dogs need exercise. How much exercise depends on the dog's breed and physical condition. The more mentally alert and active your dog, the more exercise and/or playtime he'll likely need. Just because your dog is out exercising and having fun doesn't mean that they don't have to be obedient. While exercising and having fun with your dog, you should use some of this time to practice your dog training, to keep your dog obedient.

A dog getting little or no exercise can become lazy and overweight and develop health problems; or fretful, stressed and unhappy, and resist training. It can be dangerous to feed your dog before or after exercise. Don't feed your dog for at least 4 hours before exercise and wait at least one hour after exercise for your dog to settle down before feeding.

Some important dog training tips for dog play and exercise:

Select a breed suited to your exercise level. If you hunt, hike or run, you'll manage a high-energy dog better than if your idea of exercise is reaching for the TV remote. If you get a dog to up your own exercise level, start slowly and don't overdo. Walk shorter distances a few times a day before slowly upping your distance. Long walks are ideal for bigger dogs; shorter, more frequent outings suit small dogs.

When training your puppy, exercise should be kept to short bursts of 10 minutes. Puppy obedience is a form of exercise for puppies because they're concentrating on you and your commands. As your dog learns obedience and masters the training skills, more of his exercise will come in the form of playtime, walking and running.

The best form of exercise is simply walking your dog around your area. Walking around the streets of your neighborhood for about 30 - 60 Minutes is great exercise for both, you and your dog. Your dog will also enjoy all the different smells and visual stimulation of cars, people and other animals. This is also a great time to practice getting your dog to walk with a loose lead next to you and to sit. Make your dogs sit at every kerb before you cross the road. Walking is a great time to train your dog because you are practicing everything amid distractions and in a different environment.

A active dog will respond positively to both, mental and physical activity. They need to be occupied, and if you don't provide suitable activities, you may not be happy with their choices! Giving them a puzzle such as finding hidden treats (if the dog won't destroy rooms seeking them) or cheeses or frozen dog food packed inside a toy like a Kong can occupy them for a good while. Bones including rawhide that take hours to gnaw are also ways to keep them healthily occupied. You can even practice your dog training in this situation by simply making your dog sit and wait until you're ready to give him the Kong or rawhide. Always pick the Kong up and put it out of reach when your dog is finished with it to show him that you are the pack leader and in control.

Play games together to keep your dog fit. Tossing a Frisbee, throwing a ball, and chasing him in the yard are great. Some dogs revel in tearing past you while you lunge to catch them. Not only will your dog get a great workout from chasing a ball or Frisbee but this is a great opportunity to practice some dog training and also show your dog that you are pck leader. Dog training techniques that you can incorporate into this game are:
make your dog sit and wait before you throw the ball. When he returns the ball to you, have him sit and set the ball in your hand when you ask for it.

Make your dog sit and stay while you walk away from him and then throw the ball. This is a more advanced training trick. Continue to make him stay after the ball has been thrown. He must wait until you say he can go. This is excellent because you're practicing the sit and stay command while overriding his desire to chase the ball, which shows great control over your dog. At the end of play, you must take the ball and set it out of your dog's reach. This tells him you are pack leader because you control when you play ball.

If you play chase with your dog, you can incorporate dog training at the end by relaxing your posture and being visibly calm. When you are calm and relaxed, call your dog over, make him sit and give him a pat. This will let your dog know that playtime is over and that you are back in control.

If you have to stay indoors, make use of your dog's favourite toys to have fun. Dogs that like tug-of-war, for instance, can perhaps have a favourite tug toy tied to a stable metal railing to tug when you are busy. Incorporate dog training here by giving your dog permission to start tugging and when he is finished, you remove the tug toy and put it out of reach. This tells your dog the game is over and that you are pack leader. A more advanced version is asking your dog to leave the tug toy while playing and then giving the command to begin tugging. If you can do this you have excellent control over your dog. Dominant dogs or those you've not bonded with well may turn and bite you in this situation, so be careful when doing this exercise.)

 If you don't enjoy exertion when it's brutally hot and humid, it's a safe bet that your dog doesn't either. Choose the coolest part of the day during hot weather and the warmest part of the day during cold weather, to avoid health complications.

Take your dog to an area where he can safely run free and hit a tennis ball to retrieve. Ball-launching toys are a great way to train your dog to fetch. This is the ultimate exercise for a dog who enjoys this type of play, and a great opportunity to practice your dog training techniques.

When at the park, make him sit and stay before you hit the ball and then make him sit before he gives you the ball back. Another reason this exercise and training routine is so effective is because you begin the exercise with a warm-up walk, and progress into more intensive exercise, with the dog sprinting out after the ball and then jogging back. This can be repeated many times. Once finished, there is a warm-down walk back to your home.

A happy dog is one that is regularly exercised and has basic obedience training. And a dog that is well-exercised will invariably be better behaved. And that makes for a happy dog and a happy owner!







How to Prepare Your Dog for Your Newborn Baby

Many people worry needlessly about how their dog will handle a baby in their life. Many owners think of getting rid of the family pets because of fears that they will harm the baby. Please do not do this unless there is no other option. Most dogs, when treated and trained properly, can handle life with a newborn very well.
When raised properly together and taught how to behave with each other, children and pets make wonderful companions . Children that grow up in a home with pets learn respect and love for animals, and more importantly, respect for life. As the children grow older they can learn responsibility by helping to care for the animals. Animals enrich our and our children's lives beyond belief.

As the dog tends to be treated differently, having a baby can cause problems for both humans and dogs,  and because of this, dog may act differently. Some owners get over-stressed and punish the dog for normal, curious behavior toward the baby. Often our pets are the center of our world, our "babies" if you would, and can get "jealous" if not equipped to handle losing that status to the new baby. If you are willing to make the time and effort to prepare your pets for the new arrival, everyone can live in harmony.

The dogs may become overprotective of the baby. Many owners enjoy and even prefer the dog being a guard for the baby. While it is normal for the dog to become protective of the baby, it is dangerous for the dog to become overprotective and not let anyone near the baby. All of the above scenarios can lead to the dog being kicked out of the house!

You need to prepare your dog(s) for coming of the baby in advance if possible. While most dogs will be very gentle with the baby, many dogs do not see babies as humans because of their size, smell, and the strange noises they make. By taking the time to give your dog some extra love and attention he should be fine and not turn to bad behavior to get your attention. You need to prepare and educate your dog for what lies ahead. This will ensure that they are ready and willing to accept the new family member with open and loving paws.

Calming remedies (herbs, aromatherapy, oils) and or prescription medications are also an option to help facilitate a better behaved dog. You can talk to your veterinarian to inquire about these products and the implications associated with their use. I am a believer in the holistic approach whenever possible, instead of using drugs.

Please, please always be aware that your dog is an animal and animals can bite or do harm to a baby, intentionally or unintentionally. No matter how well-behaved or loving your dog is NEVER LEAVE YOUR DOG ALONE WITH YOUR BABY! I cannot stress this enough. Accidents can happen. You do not want to harm your baby or have to get rid of your dog because of an unfortunate, and possibly avoidable, incident.

If you are unsure that your dog will accept your new baby, please seek the advice of a professional trainer or behaviorist before making any decisions.

Electronic Dog Training


Once people become familiar with electronic training products and use them properly, they find the methodology is proven, efficient, economical, and ethical.

The type of training in which an electronic aid is used is critically important, for it will influence the type of product and methods used. Is the equipment being used to teach a new obedience command, correct some common misbehavior, or is it being used to reinforce another electronic training methodology?
Factors affecting success Before an electronic training tool is used, it is strongly suggested that the entire training situation be re-examined. There are three major considerations in this re-evaluation:

Does the owner know what he is doing, does he understand the training process, and can he apply proper methodology to a specific situation? Is the owner training the dog properly, does he have a plan for this specific misbehavior, and is he executing that plan appropriately and correctly? Is the dog trainable? Is the dog in question stubborn, set in his ways, or unintelligent? We believe that all dogs are trainable. Dogs that seem stubborn, or unintelligent, have simply not been trained properly, consistently, or effectively.

The first two factors are most important. If training is not successful, in most cases it is because owner education, preparedness, consistency or commitment is lacking. This may be difficult for some owners to accept, but remember that we have invited dogs into our environment. It is our responsibility to teach them in ways they can understand. This is incredibly important, because if an owner has not taken the time, or applied the appropriate techniques properly and consistently, training with an electronic product will not make a difference. It will only confuse even the smartest dog.

Education is the key. If an owner takes the time to understand electronic training - why it works, how it works, how to apply the appropriate techniques - it can be a beneficial tool.

Electronic training requires knowledge and skill Why the concern for proper education? Because of the largest variable in the equation - the owner. Let us face it, humans are very unpredictable, as far as dogs are concerned. The response of most owners to the need for correction varies widely, depending on the dog, the training, the situation at hand, and even the mood they happen to be in at the time. This is not conducive to effective training - of any kind.

In most cases, a dog exhibits a behavior in response to some stimulus or distraction. Owners must be careful not to create yet another, different misbehavior by misapplying the correction, or applying it at the wrong time. And, for the safety of the dog, it is unnecessary to correct it for every little thing. Owners must be selective to avoid canine confusion. When applied properly, electronic training can be done successfully. To help understand this, let us examine how people respond to their dog without electronics.

Dog owners respond to their dog in any number of different ways. They may reward their dog by petting, talking, providing food or treats, playing, or letting them sleep on the bed. The list is as long as there are owners on it. The same owners also correct in various ways, including yelling, hitting, throwing things, the use of a chain link training collar, ignoring their dog, not providing food or treats, or isolation in a room, crate, or kennel. This does not imply that all of these forms of reward and correction are acceptable. Only that they are multiple, and that training can be successful under some of these circumstances. So it is with electronic training.

One of the greatest acknowledged advantages of electronic training is that sophisticated electronics do make us humans more predictable. It enhances human consistency, especially as it relates to correction. It also allows humans to easily and conveniently apply appropriate corrections, even when a dog is not within range of traditional (leash and choker collar) correction techniques.

Before beginning to train with an active electronic collar, the dog should first become accustomed to a deactivated collar (i.e., take the battery out). Even if the dog trainer or dog owner is under pressure to train the dog quickly (e.g., the neighbors are complaining), he still needs to teach the dog that the collar is not something to be feared.

The last thing someone wants to see is the dog cowering when it is being approached with a training collar, electronic or otherwise. By spending just a few days introducing the dog to the collar, other problems can be prevented.

Finally, the beginning point of most electronic training includes the use of a leash, which serves to help redirect the dog away from escape and other inappropriate responses. This, in turn, makes it increasingly important not to correct arbitrarily or out of frustration. As a dog trainer or owner, it is necessary to be as disciplined as you want the dog to be.

The risks in electronic training are the many variables. This same situation, handled improperly, can have the opposite effect. It could train the dog to attack joggers. A correction at the wrong time may cause the dog to identify the correction stimulus with the jogger. Dogs are known to have fight or flight responses to such threats. If the dog's response is to 'fight,' joggers beware!

Reward: Unfortunately, some dog trainers/owners put the emphasis on correction. Even in this article, the information is weighted in this area. This is because correction is the area where most training problems occur. Reward is a much easier concept to understand and apply. During training, the dog should constantly and consistently be given a deserved reward - preferably praise and petting - for behavior that meets his training objectives. Again, timing is critical. The dog must be able to make the connection between the reward and the appropriate behavior.

Gratuitous reward is also a no-no. The dog trainer must reward the dog only when he is behaving properly. Do not worry, there will be plenty of opportunities to do so. Unless  the dog trainer/owner slacks off and chooses to reward inconsistently; or he breaks down further and treats the dog to praise, petting, and food, even if a behavior is inappropriate.

The best plans are the simplest - the ones that ask the dog to do something basic. Pick something the dog has done many times before; perhaps a 'Sit' and 'Stay' command. Reliance on an old habit can bring a misbehaving dog - even a frightened or frazzled dog - back into the comfort zone. This will enable the dog trainer/owner to reward the dog, or regroup, should this become necessary.





Dog Training Tricks - Cool Dog Tricks To Teach Your Dog


Dogs are smart animals that can learn fun and cool tricks easily when properly trained. Teaching your dog tricks does not only make your dog smarter, it's also a fun thing to do for the owner. Good news is that training a dog is not really that difficult. You can begin with simple dog training tricks before proceeding with advanced dog training. Here's how owners can start with simple training:

Giving treats. Dog food is one of the most helpful things that trainers can use for simple dog training because these pets react easily to food. The trainer can begin with giving treats for dog behavior training until the dog becomes more obedient to commands even if there's no more treat.

Repetition. When teaching dog tricks the trainer has to be patient because pet dogs understand better from repetition. In this way, there is more consistency and the behavior or actions that they have learned become more solid.

Regular training. Like regular exercise for optimum results, dog agility training should be done every day so the pet will not forget the tricks they are taught. Doing this will make the lessons such as the training process, the commands and the dog's obedience stick with them and continue on.

Dog clickers. Using a clicker to teach dog tricks is also very helpful especially because the hearing sense of dogs is very sensitive. They respond to the sound that the clicker makes and it will be easier for them to familiarize the command and the sound so clicker dog training tricks are essential.

Hand motions. Aside from using dog clickers, the trainer can also use hand motions to teach fun dog tricks. When they see physical commands such as rolling over, they can associate the verbal command with the hand movements.

Basic commands. One way of curing dog aggression or unwanted behaviors is to teach them basic commands like sit stay fetch. They serve as the fundamental ways that make toilet training dogs easier to achieve. Moreover, the basic commands also pave the way for advanced dog training for more difficult or impressive tricks.

The Benefits of Teaching Dog Tricks
It is important for trainers to keep in mind that training your dog to do tricks should be safe for the pet and any training technique that may hurt them is not advisable. Training your dog should not be too stressful also which means you don't need to spend the entire day to do the training. Keeping it short will make the pet more focused and willing to get back to it the next day.
Some trainers may want to enroll their pets in group trainings so their dog can socialize with other pets while some prefer individual training. Both methods for teaching dog tricks are highly effective so the owners can choose whichever suits them.

The importance of simple dog training and teaching dogs the basic commands is that it improves their behavior and trains them to avoid doing unpleasant behaviors such as chewing on shoes or carpets or peeing on the wrong places. While training your dog to walk on a leash, you can also teach them proper toilet training. Further, basic training and teaching them to come, sit, stay or stand can promote bonding and play time between owner and pet. Treats can also be used to lure the dog to do the commands and should be given to pets every time they do a trick successfully

Advanced dog training often makes performers out of dogs and people become more impressed or entertained with them because of this. Learning the basics will prepare the dogs to do more complicated tricks such as backing up, catching something, crawling, dancing, playing dead or shaking. Compared to basics commands, training your dogs to do tricks like these also require more persistence from the trainer and the training doesn't need to be every day.

If they teach dog tricks to pets, trainers can develop better communication with dogs and in return, the pets will open up more to trainers. The pet may also gain more confidence from the training and their high energy can be put to good use. Moreover, some people are afraid of dogs and one way to make them feel less threatened around these pets is if they see the dogs performing impressive and fun dog tricks.
Dog training tricks can be quite a lot of work, require a lot of patience and need sufficient time but returns rewarding experiences both for dogs and trainers or owners.

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Friday, March 13, 2015

Never is a Long Time…In Dog Years

Four years ago I went through an emotional roller coaster when I decided to breed Feature. It wasn’t just pulling her out of competition for months, or worrying about the potential health risks during a pregnancy or all of the work that goes into raising a singleton.

It was a combination of all of the above.

Even though the breeding resulted in my amazing, talented and handsome dog “Swagger”, when I was asked if I would ever breed her again, I confidently said “NO WAY!” It was w-a-y to stressful for me!

Well here I am four years and one month later to share with you all that the old adage “never say never” is a good one.

As Feature is once again a mother and Swagger now has seven…yes that is correct seven new (half) siblings. And I am in love with each and everyone of them.

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As I said that last time I bred Feature, I do not want to be a breeder. There is so much to know, it is a such an investment of your time to do it properly. Then why did I do what I said I would “never do again”? I did it because I just adore Feature and to keep her line going here in North American I had to have another litter.

It just so happens that the sire of this litter is also a very special dog… and not just because he is handsome and athletic :). He is also a half brother to my special girlie “Encore” AND grandson to John’s past dog “Quid” AND back in his pedigree are all four grandparents from my very first talented Border Collie “Stoni!”

Since the baby daddy is a black & white dog the litter produced 4 reds and 3 blacks. We have 2 red females, 2 blacks females, 2 red males and 1 black male. A lovely collection and assortment. I decided the theme of this litter was going to be talented Canadian athletes.

The girls are:
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The boys are:
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Can you name the person and the sport each of these puppies are named after? I will give you a hint each puppy represents a different sport!

I am excited to see these 7 special souls grow up. I am excited to be keeping one of them for my very own and I am excited for the new twists I will be putting on my puppy training! Yep, “Puppy Peaks” is about to get just a little more interesting :).

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Today I am so grateful for the safe and relatively easy delivery of a healthy and thriving litter of puppies and a happy and healthy mama dog. Happy to report Feature is now being a champion mother. :)

*Addition note: For those who have been asking. Here is a video of the “baby daddy” two year old “Sense” running at a UKI trial. Sense is pretty new to trialling in agility as his owner is a very busy lady studying to be a chiropractor and getting ready for her wedding but what an amazing team they make! Love him.

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Thursday, March 12, 2015

Setting Goals is Easy…Accomplishing Them?

Setting Goals is Easy…Accomplishing Them?
goals post it noteAnyone who trains their dog or competes in sports should be setting goals. Goals focused on everyday training sessions as well as goals around the competitions. It makes no difference if your dream is to watch your dog having the most fun possible or if it is to win a world championship… goal setting is what will make it happen.
Completing a Jumpers round without getting lost. Qualifying in 60% or more of your weekend classes.Beating the Border Collies scores in one class with your Papillion.Having an Agility Championship by the age of 3. Qualifying for a National Championship by the age of 4. Finishing in the Top 10 for your breed.
The best way to accomplish a “competition”
goal, is to first set “training goals.”  Training goals are stepping stones to those competition goals…however, they are often a step that many canine performance sports enthusiasts leave out. Too often no goals are ever considered until the person gets to their first competition…and sometimes not even then! Often the “stuff just happens,” without any thought into what an “ideal outcome” for the day would look like!
There are two key reasons why goal setting should begin with your everyday training.
The best way to achieve any big goal is to break it down into smaller more manageable ones…setting yourself up for success. So if you have a “competition goal” like any of the ones I wrote about above, the best way to achieve it is by splintering it into smaller “training goals.”The second reason is confidence. Many times on this blog I have written of the importance of instilling confidence in our dogs as we are training them. It creates clarity which leads to success. And it isn’t true only for your dogs! The same is true for you! When you set and achieve your training goals your subconscious mind starts to believe in the possibilities of setting and achieving any goal. You are rehearsing success which makes for a more confidence competitor in the ring!
In short, the power of training goals is not only to build up your skills
but also to build up your belief  in the possibilities of future successes! Training goals are powerful things that lead you to your success with your Competition Goals!
Some of you may be reading this thinking “goal setting like that is just for the “professionals”…I just want to have “fun” with my dog…not get all serious”.

The truth is goal setting, for ANYBODY, it is really all about the same thing…can you guess what that is?

Yes that is correct, goal setting, is all about happiness. Regardless if your goal is to pay off your debts or get into better shape or have more “date nights”
with your honey, or to qualify in agility with your dog …it all comes down to setting ourselves up to maximize our happiness.
So do you still think that goal setting is something only the “professionals”
should be doing?
HECK NO! We all deserve to maximize our happiness!

Like most people, this is the time of year I review my own goals for the next 12 months. Goals setting has always been somewhat of a fascination with me. Take a look at this photo and you IMG_5035can see the collection I have of; DVD’s, downloadable ebooks, CDs and hard copy books on the topic. I consider myself as somewhat experienced on the subject. However, this year I took the plunge and invested in a new resource…and I want you to join me.

Last week I bought Michael Hyatt’s online program “Five Days To Your Best Year Ever”

Yep five days…that was kind of eye catching for me too…a course I could get the gist of in just five days.

So why did I buy it when I already have all of these other resources? That was the question I asked my friend “Stu.”
Stu is the guy who recommended the course to me. Stu has been quoting “Michael-isms” to me for the past couple of years. I trust Stu… a lot, he has never steered me wrong. When I asked him “what will this course give me that my current collection on goal setting doesn’t have“ he said three things.Time Efficiency: It will save you time as the course is laid out as a process with “bite sized” videos and BYEdownloadable PDFs. So each lesson should take you about 10-15  minutes to get through…no reading long books. This way you can use your time actually working on your goals rather than trying to figure out how to “goal set.”Clarity – Each of the exercises within the course actually guides you through a series of revealing questions which force you to think.  Most people just don’t take the time to think about their future because they don’t know the right questions to ask to guide their own thoughts.  This course guides you through that so you come out on the end with supreme clarity around WHAT you want to accomplish and HOW you’re going to do it.Proven Success; Michael Hyatt was the CEO for Thomas Nelson Publishing, the 4th largest publishing company in the world and the leading publisher of Christian books. He is a New York Times Best Selling author and he was named one of the Top 50 Social Media Influencers of 2013. But equally as impressive, is his 35 year marriage and the fact that most of his children work with him in his business! Pretty impressive track record of balancing a career with relationships and not only achieving big goals but inspiring others to do the same!
Yep, I think this is a guy who could help me set my 2015 goals.

So I signed up…and I have been so impressed! So…. I want you to sign up with me. I got so excited by what I have seen so far on this course that I signed up as an “affiliate.”
This means I will make a commission if I inspire you to join me, so I want to plan something special for you when you do…

Here is what I am thinking. We are all motivated by the same thing…playing with our dogs and being happy. Why don’t we do it together. If you want to join me on this course, once you sign up I will invite you to a secret facebook community page that I have put together, there we can all share our thoughts on the process as we move along.

Rarely am I excited enough by a product that I will actually stand up and say “Yes, I will be affiliated with this product!”
This course is so simple, yet I can see how effective it is going to be.  2015 IS going to be my “best year ever”… I just know it! Use this link and we can do it together. There are two price points for the product…I jumped in and signed up for the “year long” coaching. I really want to give this thing an “all in” try….you do what is best for you…here is what put me onto the top level though…
Two years ago I was talking to a friend who had just paid a guy $100,000 to coach her for the year. I was slack jawed when she told me the price. I said “what can someone contribute to you that is worth that much money?”
She laughed and said it was one of the easiest decisions she ever made. She sat down and wrote out her goals for the next 12 months…which were pretty ambitious. She decided if he could help her achieve even half of those goals it would have been money well spent (she ran a multi-million dollar company so the price tag …although not insignificant… would have been more than paid for with her success).
I will be adding other “dog -related- goal setting”
pdfs for our members of that Facebook but that doesn’t mean that will be all we will be discussing! I know that for me personally,  making 2015 my “best year ever” means it will be successful in many areas…success for Susan Garrett in 2015 wears a face of better balance in my life…what does it look like for you?
Today I am grateful for CLARITY. It is amazing what a lift you get by sitting down and focusing on your future! Here’s to an amazing 2015 for each of you!

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

And They Call It Puppy Love: Doing Whats Best For Our “Agility Prospects”


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Did you know that you can significantly reduce the amount of time it takes to train your agility dog based on what you teach him as a puppy? Not only that, but you can better prepare that dog to avoid injury over their 5-10 year career, based on what you do in the first 5-10 months of your training with them.
I am so convinced of the impact that early education for puppies destined for the agility ring has, that I included an entire “Puppy Path”
section in my Handling360 course. Our Puppy Path is loaded with instructional videos of my favourite puppy exercises…I am sure I could have made this a course all on its own!
The focus of our “Puppy Path”
is what I consider the three key areas of emphasis for any brilliant foundation in dog training.
Of course nothing is more important than a skill that can save our dogs lives!
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There are more than 20 in H360 videos focusing on: balance, flexibility, proprioception and strength.puppy_yoga2
Training is not fun for all if the dog does not happily bring the toy back !
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Interested? Learn more about Handling360 here.
Focusing on these three key areas is investing in the brilliance of your puppy’s agility future. Of course this section of our prograis not JUST for puppies. I know all dogs will benefit from going back and putting their best paw forward. That’s why many of our current H360 students have done just that, starting on the “Puppy Path”
 while they are working through other areas of our course. It is all just more education for the dog, and that is never a bad thing.
I see so many videos of people running puppies over agility equipment or through sequences with the bars on the ground. I can’t help but think this is because they haven’t thought of enough other things to focus on with those puppies. That is what lead us to create our “Puppy Path”. Sequencing, weaving and contact training can wait until your puppies are better physically prepared. Personally, my puppies don’t see their first ever weave poles until they are 14-15 months old. The start their first sequencing work with agility equipment at the same age or older, depending upon the puppy and only get on any contact equipment as they are nearing their first birthday.
Focusing on those three keys with my puppies, AWAY from actual agility equipment hasn’t held my dogs back…my last five dogs were all winning in the agility ring long before their 2nd birthday sticking with those “thrilling three.”
What is the rush? There is so much FUN! to be had with our puppies and young dogs that prepare their bodies and minds long before they need to be doing any actual “agility”. Not only is it a blast to do with the dogs I believe it is always a good  investment into a long and healthy agility career for my dogs.
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An amazing agility foundation creates an amazing agility future. The best way to “fix” agility challenges is to lay down a foundation that avoids them! Handling360 is all about foundation, a foundation created away from the agility field! You can become a member of our H360 community by clicking this link now, but only until the end of this week… as we close registrations to focus on helping our students become the best they can be.
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Today I’m grateful for the path in my dog training life that guided me to the importance of breaking down every skill into small training games for puppies, adolescents and mature dogs to help build the confidence to shine in any sport in life!

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How To Become The Pack Leader

Of all the things that’s going to help you to stop any unwanted behavior and develop the relationship with your dog that you have always dreamed  of is understanding how to become the pack leader. Tis is the fundamental principle of Doggy Dan's dog training method, and must be in place to experience the full impact of my everyday tools and techniques.

Dogs are pack animals, so they understand that there are leaders and followers in their pack, which includes you. Knowing how to communicate to your dog the clear message that you are the pack leader and you make all the decisions is not difficult however it is something that is not widely taught.

Without this basic foundation in place you could spend the rest of your life trying to train your dog, reading books, going to different dog trainers and wondering what is going wrong. You may even think that your dog is stupid or deliberately trying to annoy you. When all along in your dogs mind you were simply not the pack leader and so they did not see why they should listen to you. Tus any training was really a waste of time.

Now before we get started it is really important that I emphasize that when I talk about being the pack leader I am talking about a loving leader, more like a parent to a child than a mean boss! Using my method there is absolutely no place for shouting, hitting, kicking your dog or causing any fear or pain.

In fact this method is so gentle and amazing that it is fully endorsed and used by the SPCA of New Zealand, so you can rest assured that everyone in the family is going to be happy to implement it.

So how does it actually work? 

Well it’s all about thinking like a dog rather than a human – in a way it is sort of dog psychology. Let me give you a quick example of what I am talking about and show you a quick glimpse through the eyes of a dog rather than our own.

One of the most common misconceptions is that an old bone (or any edible chew for that matter) lying around in the house or the garden has no meaning for your dog. It’s just a treat that you, the loving owner, have given to your dog and they don’t want it...

Now your dog may not have touched it in months, or they may have buried it in the garden or down the back of the couch, and to us it is rubbish, worthless and irrelevant. In our human minds it has no bearing at all on the dog behavioral issues that we are experiencing and so desperate to fix. 

Yet to your dog this bone is their PROOF that they are the pack leader. In their minds, since they control the food, which is one of, if not the most important resource in their world, they must be the leader!

So in a nutshell, as long as that bone is lying around under their control, nothing that you do can convince them that you are their master. To them that bone is like the King’s crown, the treasure chest and the golden goose all rolled into one.

Very often people are actually told by trainers who do not know any better to leave bones and food toys lying around to try to keep your dog content when they are left alone. Now you will understand that whilst this all sounds very good in theory, if you think like a human, the truth of the matter is that to a dog this will cause you a lot more issues in the long run. You could in fact be setting yourself up for a lot of trouble.

Its amazing really that such a simple thing as leaving bones around for the dog can lead to such huge issues because they think they are the pack leader. And remember that this is just one tiny little example of the way your dog views things. 

The good news is that is so easy to rectify – simply pick up the bones when your dog has finished eating them! Easy.

So hopefully that gives you a good idea of what Doggy Dan means when he says that to help a dog you have to think like a dog, and stop expecting them to think like humans.

Doggy Dan has developed 5 Golden Rules to Becoming the Pack Leader which, when applied consistently, will remove as much as 95% of the problems you’re experiencing with your dog. If you’d like to learn more about them, please visit Dan's site, The Online DogTrainer, which shows you exactly how to become the pack leader without any fear or aggression.


15 Minutes with a New York Best Selling Author


10636303_10154974912695494_6886646217612652548_nLast Friday was a very special day for me. I had New York Times best selling author Michael Hyatt “in da house.” You see, Michael and I have a common friend who told Michael about the setup we use to do our coaching calls each month for our online students. So, Michael asked if he could fly up and have our team run one for him (he loved it and plans on doing it again :) .
I thought I would turn my awesome good fortune into yours, so I asked Michael if he would do a brief interview focused on his specialty, “goal setting”, and my specialty, “dog training.”
I can’t tell you what an impact Michael’s course “Five Days to Your Best Year Ever” has direct and indirectly, already made on me. In all my years of setting goals, I have never gone through a process like this one before. Sitting down and listing out your own limiting beliefs is an eye opener.
Can you tell I am excited about this course?
This is my third blog post on “goal setting” this year. You may notice I have never promoted anyone else’s online class on my blog before…even though I get at least a dozen requests a year to do so.
But this course is different. I am sharing it with each of you now for two reasons. First of all, as Michael says in this interview, “people who set goals are happier than those who don’t” and who amongst us doesn’t want to be happier? My other reason was that I wanted to go  through his course for myself, and I thought I could invite other dog owners to join me and we could all do it together…help each-other to stay on course, be accountable. So that is why I agreed to be affiliated with  “Five Days to Your Best Year Ever.”
For me personally, the “Evernote” “bonus” that he gives with the course is worth the price of the course itself (I LOVE Evernote…which if you don’t already use you can get free btw). Click here to get Evernote!
What I didn’t realize was the difference it makes having a “community” be involved through the process…a first for me again! You see I set up a Facebook group for people for THIS community (our dog loving one) so we could share ideas and keep each other motivated during the process. So far there are about 100 of us in there …and I am pleasantly surprised to be learning as much as I am sharing!
Our little Facebook group has been active as we are all setting goals here at the goals training coverbeginning of this year. It should get quieter as we move on but I will be checking in on everyone once a month to make sure the motivation is still high to either continue on or, if there has been any steps backward to re-commit to goals.  At the end of the month, once people have had a chance to work through Michael’s course, and focus upon what is important to them this year, I will be sharing two ebooks with our little “goal setting” Facebook group.
At some point I imagine “dog training” will be a goal for everyone this year so I have an eBook that I use to set up my own dog training goals each year. It doesn’t matter if I am starting with a new puppy or I am re-establishing training goals with one of my older dogs, I review, refresh, and get re-charged every year using this process.
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Check out Michael Hyatt’s Five Days to Your Best Year Ever and if you can see yourself designing your next year with intention, then once you have joined Michael’s course fill out this survey so we can add you to our little Facebook group. It doesn’t matter what “level” you join on Michael’s course…although I myself signed up for the “full year of coaching” (because I look forward to the extra motivation at key times throughout the year)…just signing up for any level of BYE will automatically make you eligible to join our “dog training focused” Facebook Group.
Setting goals gives you long-term vision and short-term motivation. It focuses your acquisition of knowledge, and helps you to organize your time and your resources so that you can make the very most of your life. If “goal setting” hasn’t been your thing in the past, I suggest you at least take time to think about 2015. When you start 2016 and look back at your past year…what do you want to see?
That is what goal setting is in a nutshell…painting your own picture of the future so that when you get to that point and look back, the picture you are looking at is something YOU created with intention… rather than something you were driven to by the priorities of others.
Today I am really grateful for our “Say Yes to Your Best Year Ever” Facebook group. I love how the diversified talents of so many can pitch in to create something even I had no idea could be so fantastic.

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