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Is it Possible to Give Your Dog Too Much Affection?

Posted by Bruce Edwards on April 13, 2018  /   Posted in Really Good Pet Food

One of the biggest mistakes we make as dog owners is to give our dogs too much affection.  We, as humans, think that the more “hugs and kisses” the better.  We love getting attention and accolades from our family, friends, coworkers, and bosses.  We love being the center of attention.  We also understand that this attention is normally based on specific actions or situations that may not carry over into the rest of our lives.

Dogs have a different perspective of attention and affection.  They love the affection and attention just as we do; but there are some additional perceptions they place on those activities.  Too much affection can cause bad behavior in our dogs.  It can sometimes lead to dangerous situations such as aggression and misplaced dominance.

Robin and I have a great dog training article titled “Is it Possible to Give Your Dog Too Much Affection” that explains what is really happening between you and your dog when you give affection.  We also supply you with some suggestions that allow you to give affection and maintain the proper relationship with your dog.  Please check out our article today.

Giving your dog affection is great if you do not over do it. Too much affection can lead to bad behaviors with your dog

Understanding Your Older Dog

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

A lot of us have your dogs for most of their life.  We get them when they are a puppy or young and energetic.  It is so much fun to interact with them, play hide and seek, chase them and have them chase us, and so on and so on.  Sometimes we forget that they age far faster than we do and we continue to treat them as puppies even into their older years.  This can cause problems.

Our dog can still be a great companion as he gets older.  He still loves us just as much if he can’t fetch the stick from across the yard when we throw it.  He still needs the ability to be a useful member of the family even though he can’t protect us like he did when he was younger.

Just as we age, and we understand that we can’t do all the things we did when “we were in high school”, we must give our dog the came consideration.  We need to take into account his senior needs and abilities as we interact with him.  This means that we need to change our level of energetic activity as well as his nutrition needs.

Robin and I have had to deal with this issue several times over the last several years as the more senior members of our canine pack have become older.  We have a great dog training article on Understanding Your Older Dog on our dog training blog that we hope you will read.

Understanding your older dog in Jasper Georgia

Refocus Your Dog with a Great and Simple Solution

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

Many times, the answer to our dog’s bad behavior is right in front of our noses. We often try to go for the “big solution” to solve a problem. Although this would be defined as the best solution by many dog training professionals, it can take a lot of time. It can also allow our dog to continue the bad behavior as we are “teaching them” what to do.

There are often “quick fixes” to many dog behavior problems that can be easily implemented with quick results. Since we live very busy, complicated, and hectic lives; getting a solution that gets our dog to behave sooner than later is a good thing. As Forrest Gump always says, “One less thing to worry about”. Well, I believe that Forrest’s mother was the one that always said that.

The one thing that we have to understand is that sometimes these “quick fixes” can cause additional, sometimes even worse, behavioral issues. Because of this, we must pick our “quick fixes” wisely. Robin and I have a great example of a quick fix that we discussed with a neighbor of ours in the Publix parking lot the other day. Please take a look at our dog training article discussing Simple Redirection to Correct Bad Behavior. It is simple and it works.

family dog training in Georgia

When Your Family Members Don’t Want to Train the Dog

Posted by Bruce Edwards on January 24, 2018  /   Posted in Really Good Pet Food

We go to our clients’ homes to train them and their dogs. Many times we run into the issue that not everyone in the house wants to participate in training the dog. Sometimes, family members are adamant in not wanting to correct or direct the family dog in any way. All they want to do “is to have fun”. The rest of the family is often worried that this will undermine the training process.

Although this is not the best solution to have a harmonious human-canine family, we can easily work with this sort of family dynamic. The secret is to set up clear roles and expectations that each family member can communicate to their dog and to make sure that all family members adhere to these defined social dynamics. This will allow some family members to just play and go nuts with their dog and others to have the family dog well behaved and obedient for all.

We have a great article that helps explain all of this. Please take a look and have a great dog and harmonious family experience.

family dog training

Food Aggression at Meal Time

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

Many dogs “have a thing” about protecting their food when they are eating. Although this is not a trait shown with all our dogs, some dogs experience this. This aggressive stance does not mean that we have a bad dog.

Dogs can naturally have a possessive feeling when eating. This comes out of the time they were wolves and were protecting their nourishment from other animals who wanted to take it away. Dogs that are rescue dogs or were the “runt of the litter” often display this tenancy more than others.

We (humans) often try to deal with this issue by punishing our dogs when they are eating and show this tendency. This will normally just make our dog more protective and show heightened, aggressive actions while eating. We also do not take into consideration the natural surroundings at meal time and how that may increase our dog’s concern over their safety and ownership of their food.

We have a great dog training article on Dog Food Aggression at Meal Time that can help you with this problem. Please take a look at it today.

Food Aggression at meal time can be easily corrected

Using a Dog Collar or Harness with a Leash when Training Your Dog

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

I can’t tell you how many times I return to a client and I see them trying to have their dog perform obedience exercises without a leash or collar. They will say the command over and over again and chase them around the room, trying to get their attention.

Sometimes, and I emphasize “sometimes”, the dog eventually will do what my client has been asking them to do for the last five minutes. The thing that makes me laugh (inside) is that the client is so excited and proud that their dog was so good and obeyed their command.

In a word, “no”. Their dog did not obey them. They simply got bored with what they were doing and decided to play with their owner.

The owner needs to have a way to calmly and passively get their dog’s attention in order to instruct them. That is where the collar or harness attached to the leash comes into play.

Now, it is important to understand what is the best tool, based on your dog. Obviously, you will use a leash, but what about a collar or harness? Picking the wrong one could actually put your dog’s safety and health at risk. Please take a look at our dog training article on Dog Collars and Harnesses to learn what is the best dog training equipment for your dog.

Use a Dog Collar and Leash when Training Your dog

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