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Should My Dog Like His Crate?

Posted by Bruce Edwards on May 22, 2018  /   Posted in Really Good Pet Food

When it comes to crates and dogs, there are two, distinct camps of dog owners.  Many dog owners think it is mean and even inhuman to put their dog in a crate.  They often believe this because they think of a crate as a jail.  It has bars and many people mistakenly use them as overt forms of punishment.

Robin and I, on the other hand, love to use the crate with our dogs.  Our dogs love their crates and enjoy spending time in them.  This is because we properly trained them that the crate was a safe and happy place from the first time they ever saw their crates.  We simply transferred the extension of the dog’s “my den is safe” to “my crate is safe”.  This is something that dogs naturally feel and instinctively need.  We simply guided them in the right direction.

Make the crate a great place for your dog and you will be amazed at their improved disposition and focus on your commands.  Things will also become a lot easier for you when you need to properly manage them if you are gone or busy and not able to watch them.  Please check out our article on ”Should My Dog Like His Crate?” and you will see wonderful results.

The crate is a safe place for your dog so it is important that he likes his crate

How Do I Keep My Dog Safe for an Elevator Ride?

Posted by Bruce Edwards on May 16, 2018  /   Posted in Really Good Pet Food

Elevators can be a little creepy even for us; and we know what is going on.  Just think about it for a minute.  You get in a very small room and then more and more people crowd in all around you.  You then get the feeling that the whole room is moving, and you are jostled about while the door keeps opening and closing and strangers keep getting on and off.

We clearly understand what is happening in an elevator.  Even when we were young and really didn’t have a lot of experience being in them, our parents could communicate what was going to happen and we could understand.

The problem with our dogs is that they don’t understand what is happening and we often are unable to properly tell them that all will be fine.  They are then put into a flight or fight situation with no possibility for “flight”.  Something bad is about to probably happen.

Robin and I have a great dog training exercise that anyone who needs to transport their dog up and down in an elevator will find invaluable. Please read our article on “How Do I Keep My Dog Safe for an Elevator Ride” to assure the safety and well-being of your dog and everyone traveling with you in the elevator.

Make sure that your dog understands that he will be safe with you in the elevator

Should I Allow My Kids to Train Our Dog?

Posted by Bruce Edwards on May 15, 2018  /   Posted in Really Good Pet Food

Many of our clients want to include their children in the training process with the family dog.  In most cases this can be a great learning experience for both the dog and the kids.  Having a dog is often a great tool to create a sense of responsibility and commitment with our kids.

Even though these are all great and wonderful things, we need to be careful when allowing our kids to engage in the dog training process.  Sometimes the situation just doesn’t warrant allowing them to directly work with the family dog.  These issues normally focus around safety concerns that you can proactively correct.

Robin and I have written a great dog training and family safety article titled “Should I Allow My Kids to Train Our Dog” that will give you come great insights into this situation.  Please take the time and read it before you have your kids start training your dog.

Make sure that your kids are ready and are safe when they train your dog

How Do I Stop My Dog from Jumping on My Friends?

Posted by Bruce Edwards on May 14, 2018  /   Posted in Really Good Pet Food

When your dog is always jumping on your friends when they come over to the house and you can’t find a way to stop it, it could be a symptom of a larger problem.  One reason that dogs seemingly disobey our rules is because we haven’t been clear in what we are asking them to do.

Dogs learn is a manner very similar to ours.  The issues is that we have multiple methods of learning things and have the ability to assimilate and differentiate.  This is not always possible with our dog.  Robin and I have a great and simple article (I just gave away part of the solution) titled “How Do I Stop My Dog from Jumping on My Friends” that will enlighten you and make you a far better dog trainer and dog owner.  Please take a moment to read it today.  You will find the solution amazingly simple.

Keep your rules consistent and your dog will easily learn what you want him to do

What Should I Do When My Dog Just Doesn’t Seem to Get It?

Posted by Bruce Edwards on May 09, 2018  /   Posted in Really Good Pet Food

We all love our dogs and we all love it when they obey and respect us.  This is something that normally just “doesn’t happen”.  It takes time and often a good amount of hard work.  Training is a key factor in having a great dog and loving companion.

The problem that we often experience when our dog is not responding to our training methods is that we are not taking our dog’s perspective and abilities into consideration.

Have you ever had a teacher that you thought was excellent and your friend thought was horrible?  You both might be in the same classroom listening to the same lecture.  One of you may “be getting it” while the other “is completely lost”.  If the person that “is completely lost” doesn’t speak up to the teacher, they will never learn to the lesson.

The problem is that our dogs don’t have an easy way to tell us when “they are completely lost”.  As their teachers, we need to understand when this happens and to determine what we can to to “help them learn”.  Please check out our article on “What Should I Do When My Dog Just Doesn’t Seem to Get It” to help your dog be an exceptional student.

What should you do when your dog just isn't learning from your teaching style

How Do I Stop My Dog from Begging at the Dinner Table?

Posted by Bruce Edwards on May 06, 2018  /   Posted in Really Good Pet Food

After a long, hard day, it is always a wonderful experience to sit down to a great, calm, happy meal at the dinner table.  Then, suddenly, we are attacked by our dog wanting our attention and anything we may have on the plate.  It seems that the more we try and quell the situation, the more it escalates.  We finally give in and give our dog some of our dinner or lock him in the back room to hear him bark and scratch at the door.

Well, I am not sure that is the way you are wishing to spend the end of a long work day.  (I don’t think so!) The problem is that we are often sending our dog the wrong signals that could actually be creating the situation and our follow-up actions aren’t helping.  Robin and I have a great article that will allow you to have a great dinner and a really great dog.  Please check out our article on “How Do I Stop My Dog from Begging at the Dinner Table” today and have a great dinner this evening.

Stop your dog from begging at the table

How Do I Prepare My Dog for a Plane Flight?

Posted by Bruce Edwards on May 05, 2018  /   Posted in Really Good Pet Food

We all love to go on summer vacations and those vacations often include plane flights.  We also love to take our dogs along with us.  The one thing we think about too late is preparing our dog for a plane flight.  A plane flight is a unique experience for us and our dogs.  We might not like to fly, but we can understand the process and fine a way to get through it.  The same may not be the same with our dogs.

The good news is that Robin and I have a great dog training program that is designed expressly for preparing your dog for the plane.  We would like to share this great information for you in our dog training article titled “How Do I Prepare My Dog for a Plane Flight”.  Please read it now if you are planning to fly with your dog this Summer.

Prepare your dog for a plane flight with some great dog training tips from Bruce and Robin Edwards

How Do I keep My Dog from Going Crazy When I Come Home?

Posted by Bruce Edwards on May 03, 2018  /   Posted in Really Good Pet Food

It never is any fun to anticipate a crazy dog jumping on you and barking like a nut the moment you come home from a long day at work oar with arms full of groceries.  Unfortunately, this is something that happens way too often with dog owners and their families.

This entire situation is very bad because our normal reaction is to immediately acknowledge our dog and stop whatever we were about to do.  Things eventually calm down and we go on with our home activities.  The problem is that we are never addressing the issue and it seems that our dog’s bad behaviors of wanting our attention just appear to grow and grow and grow.

Robin and I have a great dog obedience article that will do two things for you.  First, it will explain what is really happening and why you need to curtail the behavior as quickly as possible. Second, we will actually tell you how to fix it.  What could be better than that?  Please take the time to read our dog obedience article titled “How Do I Keep My Dog from Going Crazy When I Come Home”. You will be glad you did.

Make sure your dog respects you and is calm when you come home

What Should I Do When My Dog Cowers When I Correct Him?

Posted by Bruce Edwards on May 01, 2018  /   Posted in Really Good Pet Food

When I went to the chalk board in fifth grade to do a math problem, Mrs. Kraft would either praise me for getting the right answer or correct me when the answer was wrong.  These are both critical parts of the learning process.  They are the bookends that mark the edges of our educational journey.

The important thing to remember about the action of correction is it should result in a positive learning experience.  The same is true for our dogs.

When we correct our dog, it should result in his heightened focus and attentiveness to our next actions.  It can never cause fear, angst, or anger.  Unfortunately, some dogs come to us with conditions and experiences they can’t tell us about.

Sometimes our good intentions in teaching will scare our dogs.  Please check out our dog training article on “What Should I Do When My Dog Cowers When I Correct Him” to discover how to manage your correction process.

If your dog cowers when you correct him, you need to change the method in which you are correcting

How Can I Potty Train My Dog When I Am Gone All Day Long?

Posted by Bruce Edwards on April 29, 2018  /   Posted in Really Good Pet Food

Potty Training your dog or puppy can often be a mystery and you are never sure if you are getting it right or wrong.  To make matters worse, potty training requires that you are there when you need to let your puppy out and you are there to make sure he doesn’t potty on the rug.

If you are gone all day for work or other reasons, your puppy probably won’t be able to “hold it” and is going to potty somewhere.  You can’t leave him outside because of safety reasons.  You can’t leave him roaming inside because you will never find his “potty mistake” when you come home.  You can’t leave him in his crate because you are trying to teach him not to go in his crate.

Is the only thing left for your puppy to “send him to the moon” when you can’t be home?  This may be possible sometime in the future, but not now.  Robin and I have a great solution for this problem that we have successfully provided our clients for years. Please read our article on “How Can I Potty Train My Dog When I Am Gone All Day Long” to discover the answer.

What to do when you can't be home and need to potty train your dog

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