So you just got a dog.
Thinking of taking him home, turning him loose and
seeing what happens? Better not! Read this
article for simple, easy ways to make things happen the
right way, from the beginning...
Top 5 Reasons You're Having Dog
...When you got your dog,
you expected happiness and cuddling and ball games
and dog tricks and a best friend, right? If
you are here, it's probable that things aren't
perfect and you are looking for a solution to
something that is bothering you, and that's too bad.
I want to help you fix it, and this article targets
the top five causes for how things went wrong. It
also shows you how to get things on track.
...Whether you have a puppy
or an older dog, a new dog or a a dog you've had for
a while that is suddenly having issues, here is
advice you can use. Throw away everything you
have heard before, start fresh with an open mind,
read this article, and you will succeed...
...This is the most important
thing you will ever learn about what to do with your
dog, especially if you live in a suburban or urban
area. It's not just puppy parties and meeting people.
Fortunately it's ridiculously simple, if you know
how to do it. Read this article and discover
just how easy it is to prepare your dog for a
lifetime of calm and easy reactions to the world.
Whether you have a brand new pup, or an older dog,
this article is for you. There is no age where
socialization cannot help...
...You don't "need" to use a
crate, but confinement of some sort (and there are
many options!) can be a useful tool in housetraining
and in preventing bad habits forming like: chewing
inappropriate items, the development of separation
anxiety, and many other issues. This article
will teach you how to get your dog to see his crate
or confinement area
as a happy, cozy place--a cushy bedroom where he can
relax, curl up, and enjoy his "den time."...
Listening for Life: A Modified Nothing in Life is Free
listen? Blows by you at top speed trying to get
his own way? Has his own ideas about how the house
should be run? Pushes through you instead of
acting like a partner and friend? This method is a
gentle, necessary training approach that works like a
charm to set things right. You don't have to be
harsh, you just have to be consistent. Even if you
don't believe, give it a try and see what happens...you
will become a true believer after you see the results!
Help! My Puppy Bites!
Training Proper Use of Mouth
...Dogs don't have hands, but
they do have a mouth full of teeth and they just
love to explore their world with those big white
choppers. Whether it's your hands, your
child's hair or clothing, or your heels as you walk
on by, this article will teach you how to show your
dog how to control himself when he wants to wildly
nip and play with you as if you are another dog...
Help! My Dog Eats Poop!
eating of feces. It's a thing. Many dogs do
it. If you are a member of the "My Dog Eats Poop"
club, click on this article. We are here for you.
Take a deep breath...
Raising and Training a SMALL DOG
Want to avoid having a little
fella with a Napoleon complex? Ever wonder why a
lot of small dogs are fearful or shy? Did you know that
small dogs can act just like big dogs, if you raise them
right? Discover the major mistakes that cause
small dog problems. If you already have a little
Napoleon, the methods described will help your Napoleon
change his ways. It's easier than you think!
Mental Stimulation: How to
Keep Your Dog Sane and Happy
Your dog is
programmed to do a lot of things that occupy his brain.
Did you know that pet homes often provide nearly none of
this very instinctual stimulation? Did you know
that most dog problems can be eliminated or lessened
just by increasing the mental stimulation you provide?
The methods might surprise you.
Mental Stimulation: How to
Create Dissection Toys
Dogs of the
world, unite! Enjoy these crazy, fun, cheap and
easy dissection tools from now on! Reduce your
stress! Use your brain! Stop chewing the
wallpaper and the shoes! Become a better dog!
Food or Object Aggression:
Instinctual Resource Guarding Management
One of the
most alarming types of aggression, Resource Guarding is
fortunately quite easy to reduce and manage. Don't
despair. You will find easy techniques to ease
your problems with this very instinctual, common issue.
**General Facts about Aggression
teeth, a great big jawful, and when they use them to
harm it is incredibly difficult to know what to do.
Learn when to be worried, how to evaluate the
seriousness of a problem, safety management techniques,
and where to turn to solve the issue.
What is it?
Does my dog have it? Is it a terrible thing?
Myths and facts discussed. Before you click, stop
a moment to think about YOUR personal definition of
Dominance in dogs. See if it matches the facts.
You might be really shocked at the answer.
**Myth-Busting: Punishment and Discipline
and Punishment have become dirty words in some dog
training circles, and catch phrases in others.
What are the facts about using discipline and punishment
in a dog training program? Cast aside your
previous bias and develop a balanced and clear
understanding of how dogs learn from both, along with
the various side effects, pros and cons of using
punitive methods to train.
of this type of training, and you've clicked a clicker a
time or two, but what kind of tool is this really?
Is it worthy of its cult-like following? Is it
effective and efficient? Get the answers to these
questions, along with how to use the method, in this
**Introducing House Pets:
Cats and Dogs
Find out how to make dogs and
cats live together with the least amount of stress.
It's the old cliché --getting along like cats and dogs.
Yet cats and dogs can co-exist in harmony and even be
best friends. Being aware of the realities of
introductions and safe transition periods can help you
to calm down when you bring that dog home and your cat
disappears under the bed for six weeks, or when you
bring the new cat home, and the dog acts like "FRESH
Feeding Routines: A
Building Block for Relationships
Did you know
that certain types of feeding routines are the start of
really, really bad behavior? That other ways of
controlling the food routine can be the building block
of a great relationship? That feeding routines can
leave your dog restless and bored, or happy and
satisfied? Read on, to learn just how important it is to
have a proper feeding routine for your canine, for
health AND behavior.
Dog Body Weight: Is Your Dog Fat, Skinny or Fit?
with illustrations gives you the technique of how to
accurately judge healthy and unhealthy body weight of
dogs. Pictures and hands-on evaluation techniques
allow you to know the truth about your dog's healthy
**Putting Weight on a Skinny Dog
Helping a dog
return to a healthy weight after it has been too thin
should be a carefully managed and thoughtful process.
Learn several safe, easy techniques to restore your dog
to glowing good health.
**Feeding Routines for Canine
reason, people with overweight dogs are often more
offended by me telling them their dog is fat, than if I
told them that they themselves were fat! Overcome
your denial and do the right thing by your dog.
Learn how to slowly and easily reduce body weight on a
canine, through safe and healthy methods that do NOT
involve buying special foods from the vet.
**Choosing a Dog Food: How
to Evaluate Ingredients
right dog food can be a bewildering task. Learn to
step past the colorful packaging and intense media
campaigns, by knowing how to read and evaluate an
Spay/Neuter: Pros and Cons
Should it be automatic at a certain age?
I don't think so, and recent studies support the growing view of dog
owners that we should wait or omit sexually altering our pets.
Find out the facts on why sexually altering a pet dog could be
detrimental both mentally and physically.
Puppy Life Stages: What to
Expect When You're Raising a Dog
what is going on in the brain of a dog as they grow from
a neonate into an adult animal. Trainers
often don't tell you about the very real stages in your
dog's learning curve as they mature and grow. If
you know what is happening, it is easier to adjust your
training to provide the best experience possible for you
and your dogs. Hint: They Don't Grow Out
Of Anything...but they do have fear periods, teenage
angst, dog/dog relationship changes, and many other
things that happen at very consistent ages, that you
need to understand.
|**Raising and Training an Australian Shepherd
This is a
rundown of the behavioral traits mentioned in the ASCA
Breed Standard, and how they spin out as unique
behavioral traits as the dog grows from puppyhood to a
mature adult. You will understand how your dog is
perceiving the world, particularly the ups and downs of
adolescence. This is a good partner article to
Puppy Life Stages, and should be read SECOND to that
article. Note: Much of this information
applies to other herding and watchdog/protective breeds,
like German Shepherds and Rottweilers.
**So You Just Bought a Stockdog:
Valuable Training for the First Few Weeks
brought home a puppy or an older dog, what you do in the
first few weeks of his time on your farm will set the
path for a successful transition to working. Some things
may seem totally unrelated to his potential working
career, but make a huge difference in how he accepts
training on stock later in life. Learn the simple,
sensible things you can do with your new dog to truly
prepare him in the best way possible.
**Training Your Stockdog
off-site resources on this page, combined with a few
simple exercises to improve your dog, along with a list
of things to avoid to prevent unwanted learning.
**Livestock Guardian Dog, or
In this day
and age there is a vast array of farm needs, every farm
having its own particular priorities. Farm size
and type of stock along with family dynamic make a huge
difference in the way a dog may be used. One size
definitely does not fit all! This article makes
you aware of some of the considerations to make when
choosing the right dog for your operation.
**Basic Handler Skill Sets: Improving Your Chops as a
You don't have to be an expert or
even very experienced to have good success when training
dogs. What you do need is a plan and some
information on how your dog is interpreting what you are
doing. What are the true, bottom-line facts you
should keep in mind when you are training your dog?
How can you improve your training success by changing
the way you plan training? What physical actions
improve, or hinder, your dog training journey?
Learn new ways of thinking about how to go about
training with the highest chance of success for you and
your dog. Apply this knowledge to the things you
can find in the media all around you, and your job will
be MUCH less confusing.
**Recall: Training to Come When Called
A rock solid
recall, with distractions, is a cornerstone for a true
partnership with your dog. Learn how to train it
and learn how to maintain it for life.
***Training a Sit
Can your dog
sit? Can your dog sit on cue on the FIRST cue?
Can your dog do it in every circumstance? If the
answer to any of these questions is NO, then this
article will fill you in on how to improve and solidify
your dog's response and teach you how to train from body
language to verbal in a short time.
***Training a Settle
taught in obedience class, a "settle" is a directed
control exercise during which your dog learns to be
beside you during activities, remaining calm and relaxed
while you enjoy your time together. This skill
will make the difference on your decisions on how to
spend time with your dog. Whether you attend a
softball game, bring your dog along camping or inside
someone else's home, every dog benefits from knowing how
to just CHILL OUT with you. Every puppy and adult
dog benefits from knowing this skill from an early age.
***Training a Down
Learn how to
get your dog to lie down on a verbal cue from a distance
with a willing and happy attitude. The Down cue is
one of the most functional obedience behaviors for
everyday life and stockdog work. Learn about
Reluctant Downers and how to overcome a resistant dog's
instinct to brace.
***Training a Stay
Of all the
obedience behaviors, handlers struggle with the Stay
command the most of all. Learn the components of
the Stay and how to effectively train them, and combine
them for a wonderful reliable Stay. Learn the
silly things most handlers do that actually inhibit the
dog's understanding of this behavior.
***Training to Potty on Cue
This is a top
cue for making life easy for the handler. It is
almost never taught in classes, but is one of the most
amazing skills your dog can have. Learn how you
can improve your doggie experiences by having a dog that
can "Get Busy" on cue.
***Training for Property Boundaries
Have a farm
that just isn't enough for your curious dog? Want
your new puppy to learn right from the beginning, where
he belongs? Learn how to train your dog to know
how to stick around the home place. This article
is targeted specifically for dogs that live in the
country with property all around and is NOT for urban or
suburban dogs. It is an in-exact science, not one
of the most reliable skills that the dog can maintain,
but you can really improve your dog's roaming habits by
conscientiously training for property boundaries.
***Training for Stock
makes a dog trustworthy around poultry and other
small stock, find out how to prevent the dog learning to
chase large stock. Get an idea of some of the
common mistakes that people make that cause dogs to
unintentionally learn to chase, harass or even kill
Control of Protective Behavior
"If I could
just get him to stop freaking out at the door, he'd be
perfect." Learn what mistakes to avoid and learn
positive alternatives that will teach your dog what is
and is not appropriate when someone rings that doorbell.
***Training to Not Jump Up
jumping up is very much a trained behavior, that you
certainly did not intend to train! Learn effective
ways to deal with guests and strangers on the street
that are training the dog to jump. Learn to
recognize how family members can prevent unwanted habits
***Hydrating a Hard-Working Dog
When They Don't Want to Drink
Did you know
that lack of good hydration can mean the difference
between working all day, or quitting and going to the
house? What's true for humans is also true for
kibble is by far not the only, or even the best, choice
for your dog. Making and storing raw food is
easier than you might think, and we will point you
toward resources to get you started.
***Life Hacks: Simple
Home-Based Care Suggestions
A fun, random
lists of little things to make life easier when you own
***Essential Oil Bug Spray Recipe
very effective for dogs, cats and people. Probably
would work on horses too, but I haven't tried it.
Helps control fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, chiggers, gnats,
and who knows what else. Plus, it smells DIVINE
for males and females of any species.
***First Aid Kit for Dogs
simple, comprehensive first aid kit to have on hand in
your home and car.
**List of Toxic Items for Pets
A simple list
of toxic items to avoid, along with first aid
information and Poison Control contact information.
***Deep Thoughts for Instructors of Humans Who Own Dogs
Kind of a
wordy job description, isn't it? We do far more
than the title of Dog Trainer. How can you improve
your student's comprehension and implementation of
things you advise? How do you motivate a person to
work with their dog? What key questions can you
use in your approach to quickly and effectively diagnose
problems? This article is a Human
Resource/Psychology/Learning Styles overview that deals
not with training dogs, but training your actual