Archive for Control

Why does your dog bark? Consider the reason and the breed

Barking. It’s my least favorite thing about dogs. Many would agree with me. I receive questions weekly about controlling barking. “He barks when people are at the door.” “She barks at squirrels.” “He barks in his crate.” There are different reasons for barking behind each of these statements. And in addition to the reason behind

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Three things to consider when keeping your dog contained

A client recently sent an email to me stating that she and her small dog had been attacked for the second time by a Siberian Husky that escapes his yard during her morning run. At a charity event the past weekend, a woman told me that her Rottweiler keeps getting out of the backyard and

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Controlling Chewing

Chewing falls into the top three complaints of all time for owners of puppies. Allowance should be made for chewing as it is a biological need for canines. Much like housebreaking, the rule of “confine or supervise”, applies to controlling chewing. There is normal chewing and there is chewing driven by emotional stress. The management

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Obedience Training Improves the Life of Your Dog

I think we’d all agree that owning an obedient dog improves the life of the owner but have you ever considered how obedience training improves the life of your dog? A dog that has been trained and required to be obedient is safer, happier and calmer than a dog left to his own devices. An

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Teaching Your Dog to ‘Stay’ Requires the ‘3 Ds’

Stay is one of the most important commands I teach my students and their humans. I’ve created a mnemonic device to help owners remember how to practice the stay command for optimum results. I call it the 3 Ds of stay. The three Ds are comprised of Duration, Distance and Distractions. When training the “stay”

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Walking Your Dog on the Katy Trail

When walking with your dog on the Katy Trail, there are many things to consider from heat related issues to encounters with other dogs, walkers, runners and cyclists not to mention the squirrels that do everything they can to derail the hard work you’ve put in teaching your dog how to heel. I’m on the

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Working Relationship

I saw a client today whose adopted Australian Sheppard’s litter mate was shot dead before her eyes. This must have been a completely traumatic experience for this dog. I can’t imagine how she processed it in her little Aussie brain but it couldn’t have been a neutral experience. Flash forward one year. She has a

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Evil Prong Collars

I saw a post on Face book yesterday that riled me to the core. The picture was of a prong collar used for correcting a dog with the universal sign for bad/wrong/no next to it; the circle with a slash through the middle. There was a picture to the right of a dog with holes

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Kids and Dogs

I was at a client’s home recently working with their Shih Tzu who is growling and cowering under the chair whenever the children are near. The kids like to put the young dog in a stroller lifting it by its front legs, carry it around on its back like a baby and give it hugs

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Accepting Limitations for Aggressive Dogs

A client contacted me recently because his dog that I had trained two or three years ago has had a couple of incidents of aggression in the last couple of weeks. I read the email once and absorbed the emotion and urgency of the situation as concerns of litigation and euthanasia (forced or voluntary) were

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