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How do I Potty Train My Puppy if I am Away Almost All Day?

Posted by Bruce Edwards on August 07, 2018  /   Posted in Really Good Pet Food

Potty training your dog is often never easy and takes a lot of time and patience.  Potty training is based on maintain schedules and understanding that your dog’s bladder is really driving the process.

We are simply “passengers trying to figure out where we are going”.  The problem is waiting for a reply of “Yes” when we are asking the preverbial question “Are we there yet?”.

In our busy world, we have many other responsibilities in addition to managing our puppy’s potty routine.  We need to go to work, take our children to school, etc.  These activities and others will take us away from the house.  Sometimes we will be out of the house for a very long time.

We have a large problem with potty training when we are away from the house for a long time and can’t get back to let our puppy outside when he needs to go.  Robin and I have an excellent solution for this dilemma that is easy to implement and something your puppy will completely understand.  Please take a look at our article titled “How do I Potty Train My Puppy if I am Away Almost All Day” and get your puppy potty trained.

Potty train your dog when you are away from home for a long time

What Should I do if a Dog Charges Me and my Dog?

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

It is always a great bonding experience to get out in the fresh air and take a nice and peaceful walk with our dog.  We talk to our dog, he sniffs the neighbor’s new flowers and we get to spy on our neighbors without them suspecting anything.  (Only kidding!).  We have spent a lot of time working with our dog to get to this point and he feels completely safe and secure with us engaging in this activity.

All of a sudden, a strange dog comes from around a tree and charges us.  We have never seen this dog so we don’t know if he is friendly and just excited to see us or if he is aggressive and thinks we are hostile transgressors within his territory.

What you do in the next few seconds could easily defuse the entire situation or make it far worse and dangerous for you and your dog.  Robin and I have a great article that recounts an experience I had with our dog.  It explains what you need to do and “not do” to keep yourself, your dog, and even the other dog safe and calm.  Please check out our article titled “What Should I do if a Dog Charges Me and my Dog”.

What to do if a dog charges you and your dog while you are out on a walk

How Can I Help with My Dog’s Fear of Thunderstorms?

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

We always watch those old “scary movies” and the scariest parts always seem to be when there are big thunderstorms with bright flashes of lightening and horribly loud clashes of thunder.  We know that they aren’t going to hurt us and that it is “only a movie”, but we still get scared and some of us (not me) will scream.

So, with all this said, why wouldn’t you think your dog could have a problem when a thunderstorm rolls in over your house?  Your dog is far more sensitive to the change in pressure caused by a thunderstorm.  His hearing is many times more sensitive than ours.  When the thunder clashes, it can be absolutely deafening for him.  The bright flashes of lightening can easily disorient your dog.  For your dog, it is like the scary movie times one hundred.

It is your job to keep your dog safe and secure.  Because of this, you need to let your dog know that he will remain safe during the thunderstorm.  It can all be accomplished by your direction and strong assurances of safety that your dog can easily and quickly understand.  We have a great dog training article that explains all of this titled “How Can I Help with My Dog’s Fear of Thunderstorms”.  Please take a look at it and help your dog feel safe and calm the next time the skies start to get dark and ominous.

Keep your dog safe during a thunderstorm

How Do We Keep Our Dog from Going Nuts When We Get in the Pool?

Posted by Bruce Edwards on July 10, 2018  /   Posted in Really Good Pet Food

As the weather starts to get warmer, that pool is looking better and better.  We all love going into the pool and sometimes get a little excited when we are going to the pool or playing in the pool.  And, shy not?  The pool is a fun place we can enjoy.

This is all great and wonderful for us, but we often send an inappropriate signal to our dogs when we act in this manner.  Since we are excited and crazy as we have pool time, our actions often are interpreted by our dogs that they can be excited and crazy too.

If you have ever had dogs running around the pool constantly barking at you or jumping on your back while you are in the pool, you probably don’t appreciate a dog that is totally out of control while you are in the pool.

Robin and I have a really great dog training exercise that will help you understand how to get your dog to understand that the pool time can be fun for all.  The best news is that your dog will stop driving your crazy and you both will still be having fun. Please read our dog training article titled “How Do We Keep Our Dog from Going Nuts When We Get in the Pool”.

Don't have a crazy dog when you want to have some fun in the pool

How Do I Get My Dog Ready for our Summer Road Trip?

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

Summer is the time to load up the car with the family and take off to places where we can have fun, relax, and just unwind.  The problem is that the car ride can sometimes be crazy and annoying.  You feel like you are Chevy Chase going to Wally’s World (National Lampoon’s Summer Vacation).

There isn’t a lot you can do about your kids in the car, but there are some great steps you can take to make sure that your dog behaves.  Dogs often experience boredom, fear, excitement, and anxiety while in the car.  This is caused by improper socialization.

Through proper preparation and education, you can easily socialize your dog to understand that the car ride is a time to mellow out and passively enjoy the moment.  We have a great dog training article titled “How Do I Get My Dog Ready for our Summer Road Trip” that explains everything you need to do.  Please read it if you plan to take a road trip this summer.

Make sure that you have trained your dog to be calm and happy in the car as you prepare for your summer road trip.

How Can I Keep My Dog Safe and Happy on July 4th?

Posted by Bruce Edwards on July 02, 2018  /   Posted in Really Good Pet Food

July 4th is one of our most iconic American holidays.  It is the day we all celebrate being us.  We have barbecues, shoot off fireworks, watch parades, listen to bands play John Philip Sousa, and share a fun time with our family and friends. It is a wonderful time for us, but not for our dogs.

To our dogs, this day can be a frightful nightmare.  Many dogs are afraid of loud noises and the flashes of fireworks can disorient them.  Having strange people, smells, and sounds invading their normally calm and consistent environment can make them very fearful.  Taking them to hectic, crowded public places can also put them at risk.  As I said, “nightmare”.

We need to find a way to make sure that our dogs feel safe and secure during this time.  This is because it is our responsibility to our dogs to make this happen.  Also, we love our dogs and want to have them share in our good times on this day too.  Robin and I have written a great article that helps out in this respect.   Make July Fourth great for you and your dog by reading our article titled “How Can I Keep My Dog Safe and Happy on July Fourth.

The 4th of July can be very scary for your dog. Keep him safe and happy on this American holiday.

Why Is My New Dog Not Like My Last Dog?

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

Many people think that “a dog is a dog” and they all act the same.  They bark at the Mail Man, run after squirrels, sit at your feet when you are watching TV, and love to play with your kids.  Well, that is a good generalization of what to expect from most dogs, but not a predictor of what to expect.

Like people, all dogs are different.  Even two dogs from the same litter can be completely different.  Because of this, it is wrong to assume that if you had a specific breed in the past and wanted the exact same experience, it will unquestionably be accomplished by getting the same breed again.

In addition, it is important to train and interact with every dog based on their temperament, strengths, and weaknesses.   Just like people, a dog can be assertive or passive, focused or wandering, inquisitive or placid, etc.  Every dog has their own character traits and the best way to build a positive relationship with your dog is to understand and work off those character traits.

Robin and I have a great article that comes from living with (sometimes) eight dogs over the years.  Each of them have been different and we needed to deal with each one individually. Please take a look at our article titled “Why Is My New Dog Not Like My Last Dog”.

Every dog is an individual, even within breeds and litters.

How Do Dogs Talk?

Posted by Bruce Edwards on June 26, 2018  /   Posted in Really Good Pet Food

For some reason we think that if we just start talking to our dog, he will understand exactly what we are saying.  This may be caused by our watching too many Skooby-Doo cartoons when we were younger.  The kids would just talk to Skooby and he would talk right back to them.  Let’s take a reality check right now.  Have you ever had your dog look at you, open his mouth, and say “Master, I believe I need to go to the bathroom.  Will you please open the door for me?”.  I think (hope) not.

Dogs have an excellent communication process that is very similar to ours.  The big difference is that they communicate in a more direct and simpler method.  We need to understand how they communicate in order to allow us to “talk to them”.

The great news is that we already understand their process of communication.  We just make things far too complicated when we communicate.  Once we remove all the “human”, foolish distractions from our communication, they will easily understand us.  We have a great article that will tell you exactly what to do.  Please check out our article titled “How Do Dogs Talk” and start your conversation today.

Learn how to talk with your dog

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

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