Sunday, August 19, 2007

Puppies that bite hard and get really mad at us!!!!!

This seems to be a problem many people with new pups are having. You try to love on your new pup and he gets all nasty and bites you, hard, tearing your skin.You wonder what has made this little pup so angry and mean? Well honestly, we don't know that answer and we usually don't know the history of the pup from birth. Either way the problem must be dealt with and it must go away or your arms will be shredded. If you are shaking your head and agreeing with me then give me a call or email and set up a time for two puppy classes. During these classes I will address the biting and the personality issues.Your puppy must learn that we the humans, are not their chew toys.
This personalty problem does not make your puppy a bad puppy it just makes it a puppy that must learn the rules of living with humans.
Normally I will give you tips on how to address most problems but in the case of puppies (12 weeks and under) biting too hard and getting angry and flying back at you to bite you again, I personally will deal with this problem.If this lesson is not done correctly the first time then you have only angered your new pup and the fight is on.
2 puppy classes will cost you $70.00. You get 2... hour and a half sessions at my training store. You will go home with homework to follow up on and I personally will teach your pup that biting the human hand is not what they want to do. There is no hitting or yelling or smacking with a newspaper!!! As a behaviorist and trainer I am qualified to think like a dog and get the point across so your new pup understands the rules.
This is one lesson I will not discuss over the phone or give hints on how to stop it. If your pup is seriously biting you and chewing on your arms and drawing blood, then you should think about calling me before you finish reading this message.I deal with this problem all the time so don't go thinking you have purchased a bad puppy. Your pup simply does not know the rules and this is what I am here for.
Thank you, trainer and friend, Sully.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Walk the walk (heel)

We all know that sometimes when out for a walk others will allow their dogs to get right into our dogs' face with out a thought in the world. This is not only rude it is sometimes asking for a fight among the canines.This leaves us feeling very uncomfortable and we have a tendency to pull our dogs away, while the other dog is coming after our dog. When you pull your dog away you are leaving your dog exposed for a bite.This is not only unfair it is dangerous for everyone involved.
The polite way to walk your dog is to have your dog at your side and paying attention to you, not the dogs coming towards them. Not all dogs are dog friendly. Should your dog look the other dog in the eyes, there is apt to be a fight. Most fights are not serious but they sure scare the hell out of us when they start. Should you have your kids with you when out for a walk, you are now endangering everyone.
This message is for all my clients who walk their dogs in the park or around town.Sometimes it is your dog starting the problems and sometimes the other persons. Blame is not the issue here, safety is!!!
Should you feel uncomfortable about an approaching canine while out for a walk, simply guide your dog to the side of the sidewalk or up on the grass area, place your dog in a sit and wait for the other dog to pass. If the other person stops to talk, keep your dog in a sit and do not allow your dog to get in the other dogs face. I have taught you all how to correct for unwanted behavior and if this is unwanted behavior at the time then correct for it.DO NOT wait for something to happen before you react. Correct for impure thinking if you must. Just apply a firm but gentle correction with the leash and your dog will pay attention to you and not the dog on the sidewalk.
Sometimes people just don't get it! They continue to come towards you and your dog even though you have placed your dog out of the way and at your side so the other dog can pass. If you're dealing with a person who doesn't get it, simply tell them straight up, "My dog is in training and can not visit at this time." That should get the point across!!!
Do not be afraid to stick up for yourself or your training. People will walk away respecting you for trying to create a well behaved dog. They will even think about getting their own dog trained.
Have faith in your dog and your dog will have faith in you. Please remember to take hold of a situation before it gets out of control.Don't wait for something to happen first, be ahead of the game at all times and watch out for the people coming towards you with a dog. Pay attention at all times.
Trainer and friend

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Choosing a Trainer

The most important tip I can offer anyone looking for a trainer is this: talk with your trainer before signing up. Sit in on a class to see how things are done. Find out if your trainer will kick your out if your dog is unruly. A real trainer will see you through all the hard times of raising a pup or older dog. Look at the dogs being trained and see if they like the trainer, dogs don't lie.

Benefits of crate training

When purchasing a new pet it is wise to have the home set up prior to bringing the new dog or puppy home. You should have a safe area set up just for the pup. A crate is a wonderful idea for an inside dog house. This way the pup gets used to going into it. If a treat is set inside the crate and the door is left open then the pup will willingly go into his crate. Never slam the door behind the pup or dog. Close it gently and open it up quickly so the pup does not feel cornered. You can start closing the crate door once your pet has no fear of going inside. By placing the treat inside the crate every time you give a treat, you will have a crate trained pet in no time at all. I will explain further why crate training is so very important. This does not mean your pet must live in a crate at all times it merely means your pet is trained to go to his or her crate when asked and remain there in a calm fashion.

Training with Clothesline

Clothesline is not only used for hanging clothes on it is used for your dog too. It is not used to hang your dog when he is being very bad or mischeivious it is simply used to gain control of the situation. I am trying to find the humor in an out of control canine so hang in there with me. No pun intended, hahaha.

Cut a piece of clothes line about four feet long. Tie it to your dogs soft collar or training collar. Never leave your dog unattended with the line on. This line is a training tool only. You will keep it attached to your dog when he or she comes into the house for a visit. With the line on you now have control of where your dog will be and where he might wonder off too. Should your dog jump on the couch, you will simply give the line a quick tug and tell the dog to get "OFF" Once the dog is off your hands will be right there to praise. Remember this always hands are for praising and the line is to get your dogs attention or to correct for unwanted behavior. Please, think before your correct your dog. Does your dog understand what it did wrong? Or are you yelling at the dog because you think it should automatically know what is right and what is wrong? Your dog is willing to learn if you are willing to teach. You must be your dogs guide until your dog understands the rules of the household. Guiding your pet into proper behavior is where it all begins, not with the yelling and the tossing the pooch outside.

Think about this, If I came to your home and there were wonderful looking cookies on the table I would assume you were going to offer me one. (I'd sure hope so anyway) Your dog sees a great looking steak hanging near the edge of the table, just perfect for him to take a bite, so a bite he does take. Well hells bells, your all bent out of shape and had you had the clothes line on you could have guided your dog to the table and told him (NO!). Then you would remove him from the great steak on the table and place him somewhere not so close, until he learned what it was you were wanting of him. If I was a dog I would just wait until you weren't around to clobber me and then I would grab it. If you guided me through the steak- no take lesson, I might just sit down somewhere and wait patiently for a bite when you were finished. Not to many of us came out of the womb knowing the right thing to do the first time around so give your dog a break and put the clothesline on him and guide him through the lessons he must learn to become a good member of the family.

With a visit from me to your home I will guide you through the training you will need in order to guide your loved pet. The dollar store has clothes line on sale for a buck. Buy some and if your pet should chew it off just replace it and be happy you only paid a buck for it. This is what training is all about. Thanks for thinking of your pet, Sully
What can I expect from you?

When purchasing a new dog or pup I have found it works well to set up a one time visit with your trainer. This way the pup or dog will be learning only good habits prior to going to school. Take a few days to get acquainted with your new arrival and then get with your trainer so unwanted habits don't become a way of life.

I will show you how to boundary train, potty train and crate train. I will show you how to stop your precious pet from running out the front door. This is so important as once outside they are at the risk of being hit by a car. When I come to your home, the visit normally lasts about two hours. I find it very important to learn your life style and the style in which you want your pet to live. My goal is to make your life easier so you can live in harmony with your new friend. Once I get to know you and your pet then I am only a phone call away should a problem come up that you don't quite know how to handle. I can solve most problems over the phone so there is no need to continue paying for in-home visits. The education I will leave you with should carry you through until your pet is ready to attend group or private lessons. I firmly believe in a lot of socialization, there for I highly recommend a group setting in which to train. There are occasions where a few private lessons are in order, depending on your canines behavioral problems. Most problems can be solved right here at the training grounds. When I do an in-home visit, I will tell you what you have to look forward to in your dog. I will give you routines to follow so your canine knows how to except a command and look to you for guidance. I will teach you how to become your pets best friend so your friend will willingly want to do as you ask. Starting off on the right foot makes life a whole lot easier. You will find it is a lot easier to create good living habits then it is to un-do unwanted habits.

Call me and let's talk. Please remember, no question is too silly so ask away once you get me on the phone. I do not send you a bill for talking with me on the phone so feel free to call. Our dogs need us to work together so they can stay in our lives for many years to come. Please remember, most bad habits that our pets have are usually due to us!!!!! Don't blame them, call me and let's work on the problems. Your problems will become my problems.

When should I begin training?

Anytime is the perfect time to set up a training program for your new pet. Do not let unwanted habits go on until they are out of control or you are thinking about returning the canine. This is unfair to your pet and to the family members who have fallen in love with their new pet. It is much easier to create good habits then it is to undo the bad ones. Creating good home habits and play habits will put a stop to most unwanted habits such as nipping, jumping, biting, chasing the kids so they have to get up on the couch to fend off the dog. Does this sound familiar? It is also important to set up a program with a trainer who has experience working with behavioral problems. A dog can come with behavioral problems at the wee age of seven weeks. If you cannot diagnose the problem and you are wondering why your pup is so out of control then you must have someone qualified to help you out.

Many problems are created prior to you getting the pup. It is most important to know where your new friend came from and how he or she was raised during the first few weeks of their precious life. Were the breeders in it for the money or did they do their job correctly when it came to handling the pup and socializing it up to the seven week period? By not knowing these things your pup could act out of control only because of where it came from. Crate training is made very difficult for the new owner if the pup came from a pet store or a puppymill. These are a few of the questions you should ask your trainer about. Be sure your trainer has had experience dealing with these kinds of situations. As a trainer of many different situations I spend quite a lot of time working with the owner and asking many questions about the dog and where it came from and what living conditions were prior to them getting it. Sometimes the first few weeks of training are simply about getting to know the pup or dog and seeing into its background. Most canines will let you know if their problems were created prior to coming into your home. A good trainer will pick up on these signals and begin training for positive behavior instead of getting upset for the bad behavior, which is not your dogs fault considering where it came from. Many clients of mine had just about given up prior to calling me for help. It is sad to think their dog would have ended up at the shelter, unwanted and waiting for a new home where it would have had the same problems. (and the circle goes on and on). Please try every avenue you can before getting rid of your possibly best friend!!!

Call me if you have a problem or get in touch with any trainer who truly cares about the well being of your family and canine. Let's face it, we all come with problems of some sort and I'm just glad I was never tossed out in the cold because of a problem somebody else created for me!!!

Give your new friend a wonderful start right from the beginning. Sign up for in-home classes if your pooch is too little to go to school and then continue with a group class for the socialization part. I have programs that will fit all your needs and your pooches too. Starting off with positive living habits sure makes life a lot easier for all the family to deal with. Prices are affordable and I am the kind of trainer who sticks with you for the long haul. Your pets become my friends whom I care deeply about and only want the best for them. Not only that, you will get my number so you can call any time a problem comes up that you don't know how to deal with. I realize problems don't just happen in class they happen when the owners get home.

Please call if I can be of help to you and your best new friend.

Teaching your dog to come when called

Before letting your dog go outside and just hoping he or she will return, tie a 10 to 15 foot piece of cotton clothes line to the collar. Stay within reach of the clothes line and when you ask your dog to COME, if it should look at you like your crazy, simply pick up the clothes line and give it a little jerk. Do not pull your dog to you, simply give it a little jerk and repeat the command. Once your dog is heading your way, praise it and say "COME". Once your dog is in front of you ask it to sit and tell it how wonderful it is. The trick to this lesson is, don't get mad at your dog for not coming, be in control by having the clothes line attached prior to your dog going outside. Once you are in control of the situation your dog can't get out of control. Try it, you will be surprised how easy it is and how well your dog will respond to direction. Please don't give me the excuse you were in a hurry or the rope wasn't around or you couldn't find it when you needed it. Hang the rope on the door knob or put a small nail in the wall so the rope will always hang there and be ready to use. This lesson will need to be done until your dog responds to the COME command. It could take a while so be patient and be consistent. You will wish you were consistent when your friend gets hit by a car and your heart is breaking. Please don't let your best friend get hurt because you were too lazy to hang the rope by the door.

On Shaving Your Dog in the Summer

Come summertime everybody seems to think that shaving their dog down will keep it cool. I have found this to be not quite true. It has lead to sun burned dogs and skin problems due to too much direct heat on the body. I do believe God knew what he was doing when He designed these dogs. Their hair serves as insulation both in winter and in the summer. You can shave under their bellies so when they lie on the nice cool floor they truly feel the nice cool floor. To each their own when it comes to their best buddies. As a trainer I have seen a lot of skin problems due (I think) to exposing their tender bodies to the heat and the sun. I believe that shaving their under side will help them to stay cool along with a cool floor and a few ice chips to nibble on while they are relaxing.

Think about this, when you are nice and white you would never run around in the blazing sun without some protection. We use sun screen or clothes. I do believe the BIG GUY gave your dog his coat for a reason.