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Emotional Connection with dog

We all love our dogs so much.  Many people will tell you they love their dog like a baby.   I mean, why not? Here is why loving your dog so much is  important. The emotional connection you create with your dog in the very beginning weeks and months of your relationship will form how he relates to and interacts with you, other family members, friends and strangers in the years to come. Will you create a confident and well-balanced dog?  Or, —- will your dog develop insecurities and become laden with anxiety and tension? Here are some facts about relationships with our dogs that could change your approach to training and

Do You Know Why Your Dog Will Not Come to You

If I asked you, “Do you know why your dog will not come to you?” would you really know why? I asked a recent client with a Bassett Hound the same question because she was frustrated that her dog wouldn’t come to her. She understood part of the “reasons why” but when I finished explaining she had a much better understanding of the work she had ahead of her – better yet, how to do it. I remember questions in one of my obedience classes, one of which was, “Why do some dogs do better in obedience than others?” Here is something to think about when it comes time to

Dogs Chasing Squirrels: A Walking Nightmare for Some

It seems the problem of dogs chasing squirrels is aggravating to more dog owners than you would expect. Here are owner’s concerns: Then the Obvious Question, “How Do I Stop It?” Stopping it takes training and practice. You should start sooner than later because it can be a serious problem especially if your dog has a particularly high prey drive. It’s not uncommon to see this squirrel issue progress to other fast-moving things like animals (cats in particular) cars, bikes, kids on skateboards and joggers – just to name a few. It can also become quite addictive as your dog’s body releases chemicals while in the chase mode, including adrenaline. Prevention

Dog  Behavior Training Help in Houston

Did you go through another day of “trying” to deal with your dog’s crazy behavior? He used to be a good dog right? What the heck is going on! All of a sudden, he’s just gotten weird. You have a dog that is acting out, getting into everything and you’re at a loss as to why. You simply want your dog to behave as though he likes you, wants to be with you and does what you ask: A reliable set of behaviors. Let’s have a look. See dogs are not that different than kids with what they require to be well behaved – we just don’t think about that. But

Puppy Training: Big Barking Problems Can Come In Little Packages

Did you go through another day of “trying” to deal with your dog’s crazy behavior? He used to be a good dog right? What the heck is going on! All of a sudden, he’s just gotten weird. You have a dog that is acting out, getting into everything and you’re at a loss as to why. You simply want your dog to behave as though he likes you, wants to be with you and does what you ask: A reliable set of behaviors. Let’s have a look. See dogs are not that different than kids with what they require to be well behaved – we just don’t think about that. But

5 Reasons Why Dog Training Fails

There are basically 5 reasons why dog training fails with some dog owners. In my 30 years of dog training, I have presented plans, worked with dog owners to resolve their dog behavior problems, have had many successes and have seen owners struggle and sometimes fail with a good dog training plan. Dog training failures can be inter-related to one or more of the other 4 reasons. They all wind up being factors contributing to the ultimate failure of a dog training program. Lets take a look at some reasons why dog training fails AND solutions or explanations This should help you better understand each reason if/when you are ever

Why Dogs Fight – Or What Is With Sibling Rivalry

If you have sibling rivalry going on amongst your dogs, you need to understand how you are creating that problem. What’s Your Role? Maybe it’s time to take a look at why your dogs have taken to fighting each other.  As you think about your relationship with your dogs, see if you can recognize any of the following that could be evidence of your own sibling rivalry. Competition for your attention: Have you noticed that when you are petting one dog, the other comes over and splits the two of you apart? Fighting over who’s the boss:  Usually two housemates of the same sex trying to exert their dominance over the other by

Loving Your Dog TOO Much?

Truth be told, loving your dog is one of the best things you can give to your dog. However, there can be dire consequences for loving your dog too much. Have you ever gorged on too much ice cream and regretted it later? That’s dire consequences! In other words, a little goes a long way. When it comes to your dog though, the concept of “a little love goes a long way” is difficult at best to put into use. Loving your dog too much can bring dog behavior problems to your relationship. You may not see it today or tomorrow but I see it every day as it begins to

Dog Listening Easy Tips Create Listener

Is your Dog Not Listening to You? Here are Some Easy Tips to Create a Better Listener Why is my dog not listening to me?” This is one of the most common complaints that I get from dog owners. You can fill in the blank (or blanks – which ever applies) to the statement, “My dog won’t listen to me when I ______!” on this one but rest assured, if not listening is a problem with your dog, you are definitely not in the boat alone. You would not believe the number of people complaining about this problem. Why are so many people complaining?  It is  an easy problem to fix!

Emotional Connection with dog

We all love our dogs so much.  Many people will tell you they love their dog like a baby.   I mean, why not? Here is why loving your dog so much is  important. The emotional connection you create with your dog in the very beginning weeks and months of your relationship will form how he relates to and interacts with you, other family members, friends and strangers in the years to come. Will you create a confident and well-balanced dog?  Or, —- will your dog develop insecurities and become laden with anxiety and tension? Here are some facts about relationships with our dogs that could change your approach to training and

Do You Know Why Your Dog Will Not Come to You

If I asked you, “Do you know why your dog will not come to you?” would you really know why? I asked a recent client with a Bassett Hound the same question because she was frustrated that her dog wouldn’t come to her. She understood part of the “reasons why” but when I finished explaining she had a much better understanding of the work she had ahead of her – better yet, how to do it. I remember questions in one of my obedience classes, one of which was, “Why do some dogs do better in obedience than others?” Here is something to think about when it comes time to

Dogs Chasing Squirrels: A Walking Nightmare for Some

It seems the problem of dogs chasing squirrels is aggravating to more dog owners than you would expect. Here are owner’s concerns: Then the Obvious Question, “How Do I Stop It?” Stopping it takes training and practice. You should start sooner than later because it can be a serious problem especially if your dog has a particularly high prey drive. It’s not uncommon to see this squirrel issue progress to other fast-moving things like animals (cats in particular) cars, bikes, kids on skateboards and joggers – just to name a few. It can also become quite addictive as your dog’s body releases chemicals while in the chase mode, including adrenaline. Prevention

Dog  Behavior Training Help in Houston

Did you go through another day of “trying” to deal with your dog’s crazy behavior? He used to be a good dog right? What the heck is going on! All of a sudden, he’s just gotten weird. You have a dog that is acting out, getting into everything and you’re at a loss as to why. You simply want your dog to behave as though he likes you, wants to be with you and does what you ask: A reliable set of behaviors. Let’s have a look. See dogs are not that different than kids with what they require to be well behaved – we just don’t think about that. But

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