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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 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.

How Do I Teach My Dog to Play Fetch?

Posted by Bruce Edwards on June 14, 2018  /   Posted in Really Good Pet Food

We see our friends’ dogs or dogs on TV playing all sorts of games with their masters, so we naturally think our dog should do the same thing.  When we give them a command to “play a doggie game” with us and they don’t do it, we get frustrated and mad.

There are some “doggie games” that we like to play with our dogs that our dogs naturally know because they were “puppy games” they played with their siblings.  These games were based on social structure and dominance positioning.  They helped them understand how to function and react.

There are a lot of “doggie games” that humans “just made up”.  We never send our dog the memo saying they had to play those games and didn’t tweet a link to a video that would explain what to do.

When our dog doesn’t understand how to “play a game” like “Fetch”, we need to progressively teach him in a positive and repetitive way. Please understand how to teach your dog to play a game such as “Fetch” by reading our dog training article titled “How Do I Teach My Dog to Play Fetch”.

Your dog doesn't naturally understand how to play "fetch". You need to teach him the game.

How Do I Stop My Dog from Destroying His Dog Bed?

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

Many dog owners face the very difficult problem of walking downstairs in the morning to find that their dog had completely destroyed the dog bed in their crate.  They may get mad at the dog, but that really doesn’t help.  Their dog may have destroyed the bed hours ago and would have no idea why their owner was so mad.

Most owners simply clean up the mess and go out and buy a new dog bed.  They cross their fingers and really, really hope that their dog doesn’t destroy the new one they just brought home from the pet store.  Well, that scenario normally ends up with another torn up dog bed.

This appears to be a never-ending problem that most dog owners hope will just magically fix itself.  We all know that this will probably not be the case. The good news is that Robin and I have an article, based on our many years of experience, that definitively resolves this issue.  Please read our article titled “How Do I Stop My Dog from Destroying His Dog Bed” to learn the answer. The answer always works and is really simple.

Stop your dog from destroying his bed in the dog crate

How Can I Avoid a Dog Bite?

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

We have all been put in that situation where we come upon a dog that we think really wants to come at us and bite us.  Our natural instinct is to turn and run as fast as we can.  Maybe we can out run him or maybe he isn’t interested and won’t even come after us. The answer to these two possibilities is almost always “no”.

As humans, we perceive running away as a “retreat” that is often all the “other side” wants to accomplish.  There are human perceptions and not the mind set of that aggressive dog that looks like he as about to pounce on you.  We need to understand what is going through the dog’s head to figure a way not to be attacked.

The most important thing that we can do to try and not be bitten is to stay calm.  This can help to send a signal of assurance to the dog.  This is a strong neutral signal that tells the dog that you mean him no harm.  It also sends a signal of passive dominance that will have the dog think twice about any aggressive posture on his part.

Robin and I have a great article that details the specific things you can do to send the appropriate signals to the dog who looks like he wants to eat you.  Please check out our dog training article titled “How Can I Avoid a Dog Bite”.  I have followed the steps we have provided and have avoided multiple bad situations.

Don't bet bitten

How Do I Stop My Puppy from Waking Me Up at Night?

Posted by Bruce Edwards on June 07, 2018  /   Posted in Really Good Pet Food

It is so exciting when you bring home your new little puppy and expect to have a wonderful experience.  Then, about 1AM in the morning you start hearing whining, scratching, whelping, and barking.  You think something is wrong and you run over to your puppy to find that he is waiting to see you.  He gives you licks and jumps and walks around the room for a minute or two.  You think everything is great and you settle back in bed.  Then, twenty minutes later; the same thing.

Puppies often bark and whine at night, but constantly going to them does not resolve the issue.  Most of the time they do not have to go potty.  Most of the time they simply want to see if they can get you to come to them and play with them.  Guess what?  You normally do just that.

Simply ignoring your puppy may eventually get him to be quiet and go to bed.  This course of action may cost you many, many hours of sleep.  There is no single solution to “new puppy barking at night” issues, but there are some things you can do to mitigate and minimize problem.

Robin and I would like to share two simple ideas with you that work on proactively addressing “your sleepless nights”.  Please look over our article titled “How Do I Stop My Puppy from Waking Me Up at Night” to learn our simple steps.  You, and probably your entire family will be glad you did!

Learn some great tips to stop your puppy from barking at night

What is the Best Dog Sitting Choice for My Dog?

Posted by Bruce Edwards on June 05, 2018  /   Posted in Really Good Pet Food

Although we would always love to take our dog with us wherever we go, sometimes we just can’t do that.  We need to find somewhere to leave him when we are away from home on a trip or vacation.  We don’t want to leave him in a place where he won’t feel safe and secure.

Well, Robin and I are happy to report that there is good news and bad news.  The good news is that you have many options to pick from for your dog when you have to leave on a trip or vacation.  The bad news is that you have to pick one of them.

These options range from having your dog in a classic dog boarding facility to having someone move into your home and take care of your dog and your home while you are gone.  Each option provides different features that may or may not be good for you and your dog.

It is important that you do your homework before you must pack your bags and pull out of the driveway.  Robin and I are quite familiar with all the options and would like to share our observations on the pluses and minuses of each choice.  Please take a moment to read our dog training article on “What is the Best Dog Sitting Choice for My Dog” to gain a perspective regarding your options.  Next, check each option out way before you have to go on your trip so that you are comfortable with your choice.

Pick the best choice for dog sitting when you have to go out of town

Do I Need to be Involved in Training my Dog?

Posted by Bruce Edwards on June 03, 2018  /   Posted in Really Good Pet Food

Dog training is more about training the dog owner than it is training the dog.  It is important that the proper relationship is established so that the dog understands “who is boss” at a very early stage of the relationship.  Only then can the dog owner gain the respect needed from his dog to maintain his dog’s focus to create teaching moments.

Yes, board and train programs can be very effective in many situations.  The critical factor with successful board and train programs is that the dog owner is involved during the process or is provided training needed to develop the appropriate bond with his dog.

Although we always wanted to find that magic “smart pill” when we were in school so we didn’t have to study, it always alluded us.  The same is true with dog training.  Spending the time with your dog to build a respectful and focused bond is critical for success.  It can take many forms, but it must always be there.  Robin and I have a great dog training article titled “Do I Need to be Involved in Training my Dog” that we hope you will read.

You must be involved in some form in your dog's training in order to make it successful

How do I Get My Dog from Running through the Door Before Me?

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

It is always annoying and sometimes dangerous when your dog pushes ahead of you when you walk from room to room or through the door to the outside of the house.  Besides dangerous and annoying, it is actually showing disrespect and your dog’s lack of acknowledgement that you are his leader and protector.

You always hear the term “The leader always leads” and “Leader of the pack”.  Well, that is exactly what your dog is doing when he pushes ahead of you.  He is taking leadership from you.  When this takes place, he will also stop focusing on you and obeying you in other situations.  Why should he? He is the boss and you have done nothing to tell him otherwise.

It is important that you are the boss.  We have a great and simple dog training exercise to make sure your dog always respectfully waits for you to go through the door or any opening first.  This will confirm your leadership in his eyes and will allow you to easily continue your training program. Please read our article on “How do I Get My Dog from Running through the Door Before Me”.

Do not let your dog run through the door before you.

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

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