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Posted by Bruce Edwards on September 26, 2015  /   Posted in Really Good Pet Food

DOG TRAINING FOOD

Feeding your dog Life’s Abundance Premium Dog Food is a great step in the right direction of providing him with the bond and safety he craves and needs.  In addition, obedience and behavior training is very important in assuring that you have a great dog for life and the proper companion for the entire family.

We would like to share some of the articles we have written over the years and continue to write regarding dog safety, obedience, and behavior.  We hope you enjoy them.

 

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

How do I Teach My Dog to Eat from their Bowl?

Posted by Bruce Edwards on April 19, 2018  /   Posted in Really Good Pet Food

We often think it is cute that our dog jumps in our lap and “asks to be fed by hand”.  We naturally do this and, very quickly, it becomes a “constant thing”.  This small, seemingly harmless indulgence that we have allowed our dog can quickly get out of hand.

First, do you always have the time to feed your dog by hand for every meal?   Do you understand that the more you are doing this, the more your dog is learning that he can command you to do other things?

The bottom line is that you really should have your dog eat from their dog bowl.  This is just better for so many reasons.  Learn about those reasons and how to easily teach your dog to eat from their dog bowl by reading our article on “How do I Teach My Dog to Eat from their Bowl?” today.  If nothing else, you will no longer have dog food crumbs on your lap and between the pillows of your sofa.

You do not want your dog demanding you to do things for him. That goes for his feeding habits as well. Teach your dog to eat from his dog bowl and not beg you to feed him by hand

How do I Prepare to Dog Sit my Friend’s Dog When I have Dogs Too?

Posted by Bruce Edwards on April 17, 2018  /   Posted in Really Good Pet Food

Robin is always a push over with our friends when it comes to taking in our friends’ dogs for the weekend.  With five dogs, we don’t get away on a lot of “quick weekend excursions”, so we are normally home.  That makes us wonderful “targets” for our friends to watch their dogs.

Please don’t get me wrong, we love most of our friends’ dogs.  For the most part, they are great and get along great with our dogs.  Having one more dog is really just one more wet nose asking for hugs while I am watching TV.

Being dog trainers and canine behavioral professionals, we have already taken the appropriate steps ahead of time to make sure that the weekend with all the dogs will be great.  We have already conditioned them, established the rules, and set the environment to assure a wonderful time.  The problem is that many people do not take these steps and bad things can happen.

If you are one of those people who like to have your friends’ dogs over, we strongly suggest that you take a look at our article on “How do I Prepare to Dog Sit my Friend’s Dog When I have Dogs Too?” just to be sure everything will be as great as you assume.

Dog sitting a friend's dog can be a happy experience for you and your dogs if you take the appropriate precautions.

What Should I Consider When Bringing an Additional Dog to Our Family?

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

Robin and I have experienced our clients having wonderful relationships with their dogs.  We help them create loving and lasting relationships and they “just smile” every time they are in the same room with their dog.

Many times our clients are so excited about the experience they have with their one dog, they want another.  Their rational is that if one dog is great, two or more dogs will be really great.  Although this can be the case, bringing multiple dogs into your household may not be a really good idea.

The dynamics, time commitments, and financial responsibilities of having multiple dogs is very different than only having one dog.  Robin and I have five dogs and we will be the first to tell you that it is an entirely different experience than having one dog.

We have a great article titled “Things to Consider When Bringing an Additional Dog to Your Family” that you really need to read if you are considering another dog.  We know you only have the best intentions, let’s make sure they will create the right results.

Understand the special issues and questions you need to address when considering a second dog

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

What are the Best Toys and What is the Proper Way to Play with My Dog?

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

Believe it or not, the way that you play with your dog and the toys you use when playing with your dog can go a very long way in defining your relationship with your dog and his lifelong behavior.  To a large extent, the same is true with you and me.

With our dogs, as with us, “play” can be thought at the “dress rehearsal” for “real life”.  It is a time where things can be worked out, rules can be established, lessons learned, and behavior created.  The difference between dogs and humans is that we have a better understanding of “Oh, that is just play” and comprehend that the behavior we display during playtime may not be appropriate for some situations in our general life experiences.

Dogs, on the other hand, place a much larger link between the activities done in their play time and what they believe they can do the rest of their life. Because of this, we need to be aware of the lessons taught during playtime.  Are those the behaviors we will allow the rest of the time?  Robin and I have a great article on “Playing with Your Dog and Proper Dog Toys” that gives an example of a trap many dog owners fall into when playing with their dog.  Please give it a read today.

Play with your dog in a way that will create respect and a lasting bond

How Do I Stop My Dog Nipping My Pants?

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

Many dog owners have the problem of their dog nipping their pants as they pass by them.  Sometimes this bad behavior stops as the dog grows out of being a puppy.  Unfortunately, this bad behavior sometimes does not stop as the dog grows older.

When your dog nips your pants, that is bad enough.  It can be come a far bigger issue if your dog nips the pants of your house guests or other people coming into the house.  A simple nip can easily escalate into something more adrenalized and even turn into a bite.

It is important to stop this behavior as quickly as possible and to be sure it will not return.  The problem is that the way most humans try to stop this behavior actually escalates that in their dogs eyes.  We have a great article on “Stop Your Dog Nipping Your Pants” that will detail what you can easily do to have your dog understand that they can’t nip you anymore.  Please take a moment and read it today.

Stop your dog from nipping your pants through proper dog training from Home Dog Training of North Georgia

Should I let my Dog Walk without a Leash?

Posted by Bruce Edwards on April 08, 2018  /   Posted in Really Good Pet Food

Many dog owners love walking their dogs and they often walk their dogs without a leash.  In the right situation, walking your dog without a leash may be just fine.  Robin and I, as professional dog trainers, need to deal with safety the safety of any situation between a dog, their family, and the community.

It only takes one time where a dog becomes adrenalized by a squirrel squeaking in a tree limb across the street.  No matter how much training the dog owner may have done with their dog, that one moment may be the time where it all goes out the window for s split second.  That split second may be the moment when the dog is encouraged to “go for the squirrel”.  The dog runs out into the street to go for the squirrel and directly into danger.

Even worse than having the dog in danger, there may be a small child playing with the dog at that moment.  The small child may follow the dog into the street.  These are both situations that we can not allow to happen.  Because of the spontaneity and uniqueness of the event, there is never a way that simple training can ever assure it would not happen.

Robin and I have a great article discussing “Walking Your Dog without a Leash” that will go into more detail on this subject and the need for overall safety.  Please take a look at this article to avoid a possible tragedy and assure a safe and happy relationship with your dog.

You must always keep your dog safe at all times in all places. When you are out, you need to do this with a leash

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