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How Can I Train my Dog to be Good at a Restaurant?

Posted by Bruce Edwards on May 28, 2018  /   Posted in Really Good Pet Food

We all go to restaurants and see those great and well-behaved dogs sitting quietly at the foot of the chair of a patron across the patio.  Waiters pass by, cars honk their horns, people are talking at the other tables, and the dog is perfectly calm and well behaved.  Don’t you wish that could be your dog?

Most people simply think that their dog could never be as good as the dog they are observing.  They don’t understand that the other dog probably always not well behaved when out in public.  That dog had to be socialized to what was going on around him so that he could feel safe and confident.  That entire process is established through appropriate socialization training between the dog owner and the dog in a specific situation.  Since the dog is great at the restaurant, the owner has socialized his dog to the surroundings and encounters at the restaurant.

You can do this to if you only knew what to do.  Don’t worry because Robin and I have created a great training program for you to socialize your dog at a restaurant. Please take a moment and read our dog training article on “How Can I Train my Dog to be Good at a Restaurant”.

Learn how to properly train your dog so you can go and have a great time at your favorite neighborhood restaurant

If Nothing Else Works, Should I Consider Using an E-Collar to Train My Dog?

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

Sometimes there are dogs that just don’t listen to the normal tools that are used in standard behavioral dog training.  Sometimes the dog owner just doesn’t have the ability to use the standard tools effectively.  Be bottom line is that the training process is stalled because the owner can not get his dog’s attention to start the learning process.

When this situation arises, we sometimes suggest the E-Collar as a tool to get the dog’s focus.  We only suggest this with the stipulation that the dog can never show any signs of fear or pain when the E-Collar is being used.  When used properly and when used in the correct situation, the E-Collar can be a magnificent tool in gaining the dog’s respectful focus and willingness to learn and obey.

Robin and I have a great article that explains if the E-Collar should be used and the process behind the E-Collar’s proper use.  Please read our article titled “If Nothing Else Works, Should I Consider Using an E-Collar to Train My Dog” to learn more.

Should You Use the E-Collar?

What Are the Mistakes I am Making when Walking My Dog?

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

So many dog owners make the mistake of thinking that all they need to do to walk their dog is to put a leash on and say, “Let’s go”.  They don’t understand that their dog sees them as their care giver, protector, provider, and best friend.  When a dog owner takes their dog out on a walk, their dog is surrendering their safety to their owner and are trusting that their owner will keep them safe and never put them at risk while out of the house.

This all seems pretty simple, but is it?  The easy way to tell if you have made mistakes is by observing your dog’s personality.  If your dog isn’t listening and focusing on you and (especially) going crazy; you have made mistakes.  You have not effectively prepared for the walk.  In essence, you have not done the “pre-flight check-off list” before taking off.

Robin and I have observed all the wrong things that dog owners have done over the years as they are walking their dogs.  We have taken those observations and combined them into a great dog training article that we would like to share with you. Please take a moment and read our great dog training article titled “What Are the Mistakes I am Making when Walking My Dog”.  Read it and you will start having great walks with your dog.

Walking your dog is more than just clicking on a leash and saying "Let's go"

Is It OK to Leave My Dog in the Back Yard?

Posted by Bruce Edwards on May 18, 2018  /   Posted in Really Good Pet Food

Robin and I just finished putting up a new fence in our back yard, so we could let our dogs run and play.  Even though we now have a fence that is fully secure, we understand that there are more precautions we must take to assure our dogs’ safety and well-being while in the back yard.

With big and small dogs, we need to take different precautions.  Because of our dogs’ different personalities, we need to take different precautions.  We need to make sure that they will remain healthy while in the back yard.  We need to responsibly manage them while they are back there.

Wow.  There is a lot of things to remember when you open the back door and let your dog run through!  Don’t worry.  We have prepared a great checklist that we share with all our clients titled “Is it OK to Leave My Dog in the Back Yard”.  We have tried to keep it short and to the point to make sure your dog remains safe and happy.

Keep your dog safe in the back yard through proper preparations and vigilant management

What Are the Most Important Tips for Potty Training?

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

Potty training your puppy has always been somewhat of a “mysterious black hole” of tips and suggestions that sometimes work and more often just make you mad.  You can scan the internet for all sorts of ideas that you can try.

The problem is that many of the suggestions don’t go into detail of why whey are designed to be successful.  More important, there is rarely a “Plan B” when the suggestion is not working.  Robin and I have developed an extensive potty-training program that covers what to do, why you are doing it, and what you need to adjust when things don’t seem to be working.

A long list is great, but some quick ideas to get you going and quickly successful is even better.  Because of that, we have written a great article titled “What Are the Most Important Tips for Potty Training” that will get you a long way down the path to having a potty-trained puppy.

There are two potty training tips that will get you a long way to a potty trained puppy

What Can I Do When My Dog Eats His Food Too Quickly?

Posted by Bruce Edwards on May 11, 2018  /   Posted in Really Good Pet Food

Some of our dogs seem to naturally scarf their food down as soon as we put the bowl in front of them.  Our German Shepherd does this because she was originally abandoned in the Florida Everglades and she had to “eat it or loose it” in order to stay alive.  Whatever the case, eating too quickly can be very detrimental for our dogs.

This can cause stomach problems, “bathroom problems”, and even behavior problems such as food aggression and protective boundary issues.  We, as dog owners, are normally at a loss of how to correct the problem.  We simply can’t say “slow down”.  I know that we all don’t want to admit thatwe have done that with no results.

We must find a way that naturally slows our dog from eating so quickly while remaining unengaged and calm.  That sounds like a pretty tall order.  Luckily, Robin and I have some solutions that work wonderfully.  They have worked for our clients for years and have worked for our German Shepherd.  Please take a moment and read our dog training article titled ”What Can I Do When My Dog Eats His Food Too Quickly?”.   It will solve your dog’s eating issue immediately.

Slow your dog's eating

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