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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

What Are Some Good Things I Should Be Doing for My Dog?

Posted by Bruce Edwards on April 27, 2018  /   Posted in Really Good Pet Food

Many dog owners are very passionate about their dogs and have done a very good job in their training.  The dog is well behaved and a joy to be around when there are guests in the home or when they are out in public.  The one thing that many of these dog owners ask themselves is “Is this enough? Do they need to do more for their dogs?”

The answer is “Yes”.  We just don’t send our kids to school and do nothing for them the rest of the day.  There are many things besides education that makes for a well rounded and self-fulfilled dog (and kid).  Life lessons, health, nutrition, socialization, appearance, and many other things are the building blocks that, in addition to education, make up how our dogs (and we) deal with life on planet Earth.

Robin and I have put together a few tips and suggestions that will help you have a more well-rounded dog.  Please take a look at our dog behavior article on “What Are Some Good Things I Should Be Doing for My Dog” to learn more.  We think you will be happy that you did.

Teach your dog to stay

How do I Get My Dog to Stay?

Posted by Bruce Edwards on April 25, 2018  /   Posted in Really Good Pet Food

Like we were young and we had to learn the classic “Reading, Writing, and ‘Rithmatic”, the “Stay Command” is one of the classic obedience commands that are taught to most dogs.  The problem that many people have with this command is that they don’t realize that it consists of several steps and several levels.

When our teachers originally taught us that one plus one equals two, they understood that there was still a long road and many steps that they needed to teach us before we could solve binomial equations.  The same concept is true when we start to teach our dog to stay.

We need to take our time and understand the proper steps and following levels of the command that all need to be carefully administered and successfully completed before we can really say “My dog can stay”.  Robin and I are going to share our training process with you and give you the tools to successfully have your dog stay on command.  Please learn all about this process by reading our dog training article on “How do I Get My Dog to Stay”.  You will be amazed at how quickly you can get your dog to stay.

Teach your dog to stay

What is the One Thing I Never Want to do With My Puppy?

Posted by Bruce Edwards on April 23, 2018  /   Posted in Really Good Pet Food

Puppies are so cute and energetic and are just full of unconditional love.  We love to play with them and they love to “play back at us”.  No matter what size our puppy will become, they all start out small and easy to handle.

There are many things that we can teach our dogs and many lessons to teach.  The amazing thing is that, as humans, we can make a lot of mistakes along the way and our wonderful dogs “will forgive us” and easily adapt when we need to make “courses corrections” to what we have been doing.

There is one, really big action that is really hard to correct if we don’t get it right when our puppy is young.  No, this isn’t potty training, we can always fix that.  It deals with our puppy’s general disposition and how they will eventually view the world and us.

Robin and I have a great dog training article titled “What is the One Thing I Never Want to do With My Puppy” that explains what is going on and what not to do.  This is a big thing and we hope that all of you who are thinking about a puppy or have just brought a puppy home will take the time and read this.  You will be really glad that you did.

It is important that you don't play rough with your puppy

How do I have My Dog Come to Me in the Back Yard?

Posted by Bruce Edwards on April 21, 2018  /   Posted in Really Good Pet Food

One of the biggest problems our clients talk to us about is getting their dog in from the back yard.  This would appear to be a simple “Come Command” where they are at the back door and their dog is somewhere in the yard.  The dog comes to them and that is that.

The problem arises because they are often engaging this command when they are in a rush and are overly excited.  They may have done a little work on the command in their living room and it seemed to work most of the time.

Now that it is “game time” and their dog is at the far corner of the yard sniffing out a squirrel or searching for their lost bone and they are late for a meeting; the stakes are much higher.  You know what happens next; their dog ignores them, and things get ugly.  This doesn’t have to happen if you read our article titled “How do I have My Dog Come to Me in the Back Yard?”.  We will tell you our little secret that always works.

Make sure your dog will come to you when you are in the back yard

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