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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 Often Should I Train with My Dog?

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

Robin and I often go to clients and get them all set up to have wonderfully trained and behaved dogs.  Their dog will perform all of their obedience exercises and will show that they can be well behaved as well.  Even though they are great now, we have to remember the old saying “Practice makes perfect”.

We need to understand that our dogs, like us, or at lease myself, are creatures of habit.  The more we do the same thing, the more we will perfect or repeat the action.  In the same way that we practiced our times tables, we need to work with our dogs.

Robin and I have a great and simple article that will help explain the question that almost every one of our clients have asked over the years.  At the end of the lesson, they always ask “How often should I train with my dog?”  Guess what, we have created an article that explains just that.  And, what a coincidence that we have appropriately named it “How Often Should I Train with My Dog”.

You must practice with your dog to maintain their training

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 4th great for you and your dog by reading our article titled “How Can I Keep My Dog Safe and Happy on July 4th”.

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

How Can I Walk Two Crazy Dogs?

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

When we get two dogs, normally puppies, we start to train them together.  That seems pretty logical and is a lot less time consuming than working with each one separately.  This works out pretty well for most things like inside behavior, simple commands, and potty training.

The issue that many of us face comes when we want to train our dogs to walk outside with us, together.  All their “wonderful behavior” seems to immediately evaporate. One dog shoots off in one direction while the other is barking at the neighbor sitting on their porch.  We try to correct them but as soon as we think we get one under control the other is going crazy again.

What we quickly learn is that the more we try to “teach them” together on the walk, the more it is turning into an absolute disaster.  Everything we thought we were doing correctly just wasn’t working.

The “secret” that Robin and I know is that you have forgotten the most important fact in successful training.  Without that fact, you have no ability to logically create an action plan for success.  We have a great article that reminds you of this simple solution and gives you the steps needed to have a great walk with both of your dogs. Please check out our article titled “How Can I Walk Two Crazy Dogs

Walk two dogs at the same time

How Do I Stop My Puppy from Nipping My Hands?

Posted by Bruce Edwards on June 20, 2018  /   Posted in Really Good Pet Food

There are few things more painful that those sharp little puppy teeth.  When our cute, little puppy comes up to us and gives a little nip, it often feels like we were just bitten by the jaws of a massive shark.

The bottom line is that all puppies nip.  They use their teeth in a passive way to communicate and also as an action of socialization.  When puppies nip other puppies, it doesn’t hurt them because they are nipping fur.  The problem is that we have skin and nipping skin really hurts.

We don’t want to take away the spirit and joy of our puppies, but we don’t want to be all nipped up either.  So, we need to understand what we can do to stop them from nipping us.  This involves the communication we are missing that causes them to nip.  It also involves our actions that places them in a natural, social position that encourages and often demands a nip.

Robin and I have a great article that can allow you to have a great, happy puppy that is no longer nipping you.  Please take a look at our dog training article titled “How Do I Stop My Puppy from Nipping My Hands”.

Stop your puppy from nipping your hands

How Do I Keep My Dog Calm at the Veterinarian Hospital?

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

Having a crazy dog in public is never fun.  At least when we are in normal “public places”, we can simply go home.  The same can not be said when we take our dog to the Veterinarian Hospital.

There we are, stuck in the Waiting Room that is always filled to the brim with other nervous dogs and fidgety dog owners.  Our dog starts to bark or another dog barks at them and then things start to “get interesting”.  Sometimes it is next to impossible to get them from the Waiting Room to the Examining Room.

We need to understand that our dog is just not happy there.  We need to figure out why he feels that way and then come up with a plan to make that “unhappiness” go away so that we can turn that “doggie frown” upside-down.  The answer is not to fill him up with “doggie downers” before you go.  If you are taking him there to be examined, having him drugged won’t allow the Vet to properly complete his job.

The absolutely excellent news is that Robin and I have a great dog training/socialization process that has corrected bad dog behavior in Vet Hospitals.  We have used it with our clients for years and it is always a great success.  Please have a great Vet visit with your dog by reading “How Do I Keep My Dog Calm at the Veterinarian Hospital”.  You will be really glad you did!

Some dogs do not feel safe at the Vet hospital. You need to change that through a proper socialization process.

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