Dog Training

Heatstroke: Warning Signs and Prevention

Heatstroke:  Warning Signs and Prevention

Good judgment can go a long way in preventing your dog from having a heat stroke. Between the hours of 10 am – 4 pm during the summer months, it is way too hot to have your dog on the beach, out for a run, going wild at the dog park, or out for a long walk. High-intensity exercise is not wise in this hot and humid climate during the summer.

What We Owe Our Human Clients

What We Owe Our Human Clients

If I make training an unpleasant experience for the human, the results will be lackluster at best. We owe it to our human clients to show them the same respect, compassion, and patience that we show the dogs.

Training Basics: Timing, Reward Marker, Reward Delivery

Training Basics: Timing, Reward Marker, Reward Delivery

Three simple training concepts that are worth explaining and greatly affect training. The timing of the reward marker and reward delivery are essential for training to be effective.

Have a K9 jumping bean?

Have a K9 jumping bean?

Dogs do what works for them and what gets reinforced, so look at how you are interacting with your dog and what you may be unconsciously encouraging and reinforcing.

Simple, Effective Training Tips

Simple, Effective Training Tips

Humans and dogs are generally happier when there is clear communication about what is expected in terms of behavior.

Training for Success

Training for Success

“Success builds confidence, confidence builds success.” A fellow trainer and dear friend, Mel Wilson of Canine Point of View in Jacksonville, shared that golden nugget of wisdom with me some time ago.

Failure is often the result of expecting too much, too soon from the dog. 

Modern Puppy Training: who and what to avoid like the plague

Modern Puppy Training: who and what to avoid like the plague

Want a puppy that is able to function in our society and mature into a well-adjusted adult dog? If the answer is yes, steer clear of the tools and techniques listed below, as well as any trainer, that tells you to use them on your puppy.

Better Walks Using a Series of Cues

Better Walks Using a Series of Cues

Why it’s important: By using cues in your dog has learned in a series, you can communicate with your dog while out in the world and reinforce good behavior in a fun way. This gives you the opportunity to teach the dog what is appropriate and also serves as an excellent way to redirect unwanted behaviors.

Make the Time to Train

Make the Time to Train

Before you get worked up and utter the old, “but I don’t have time!” line… consider that you have to let your dog out, feed your dog, walk your dog, hopefully play with your dog and otherwise interact with your dog multiple times throughout the day.

New Year Dog

New Year Dog

Oftentimes when dogs are “behaving badly” in our eyes, it’s because they’ve not been taught an appropriate behavior and/or the behavior is rewarding for them. You must train behaviors in different contexts for it to transfer—she knows how to sit at home but not while out for a walk.

Secret Weapon(s) of +R Trainers

Secret Weapon(s) of +R Trainers

Recognizing what motivates a dog is mission critical for effective and successful training – oftentimes you have a secret weapon(s) at your disposal you aren’t even aware of. Every dog is an individual – with their own style of learning and motivation. The following refers to things that motivate a dog in a positive and pleasant way.

Canine Urinary Incontinence

Canine Urinary Incontinence

Urinary incontinence in dogs can be caused by a variety of things. Among these are old age, medications, surgery, anxiety, bladder/kidney issues, a urinary tract infection – these are just the causes I am aware of.

Having a 13-year-old dog, I know firsthand how stressful dealing with a dog’s urinary incontinence can be. Bea’s first round of indoor accidents was caused by a UTI and back pain. Thankfully modern medicine and an awesome veterinarian fixed the initial problem.

Play it safe: Kids and K9s

Play it safe: Kids and K9s

If we play as if we are a dog, then we can expect to be treated like a dog.

Dogs are wonderful members of our families, but we have to remember that they are a different species. Nature programmed dogs to be able to sniff things out, use their teeth and claws to play, and to chase down prey to eat it. Knowing this, it is a wise decision not to rough house, wrestle or play chase with our dogs.

Leash jerks do no favors.

Leash jerks do no favors.

Ever consider the anatomy of a dog’s neck? You have a thyroid, trachea, esophagus, lymph nodes, artery, vein, and cervical vertebra. Damage any of those and you could be looking not only a hefty vet bill, but you will likely have a dog in pain. Pain = not so great behavior = makes the behavior you were jerking the leash for worse

Contrary to the belief of some, leash jerks are not a viable option for training. Leash jerks are not conducive to training appropriate behavior, your timing had better be supernatural, behavior often gets worse, and you can cause extreme physical and psychological damage to the dog. For some dogs, being jerked on leash escalates the behavior you were trying to correct OR suppresses the behavior until Fido has had enough and perhaps enacts his frustration up the leash towards you or the other dog with you.

Play to Train

Play to Train

If you only implement training during your typical sessions or out on walks, you are missing out on a major opportunity to improve reliability and impulse control.

Tips to tire that puppy/dog out!

Tips to tire that puppy/dog out!

All dogs need exercise and enrichment, especially puppies and energetic dogs – some require more than others. Exercise can help curb undesirable behavior – a tired dog is a good dog!