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.

Should My Dog Walk on the Left or Right Side?

Many of our dog training clients ask us this question as we get to the “dog walking” part of our training program.  Our first response is to ask them to walk the dog themselves and we simply stand back and observe.  One family member often walks the dog on one side and another walks the dog on another side. Sometimes they actually switch sides in “mid walk”.

We normally observe that the dog is completely confused and keeps “swerving” back and forth from the left side to the right side of the client.  He will often go behind the client.  None of these actions demonstrate obedient, safe, and calm “walkies”.

The answer that we provide our clients and the training methods that we teach them and their dog is all based on the natural way the dog wants to learn.  It is all based on consistency, leadership, and staying calm.  The “spoiler alert” is that none of these things are based on “which side”.  Left side or right side; it doesn’t necessarily matter.  Please read our dog training article titled “Should My Dog Walk on the Left or Right Side” to discover the really simple answer.

It isn't important which side you pick to walk your dog

How Do I Catch My Dog When He Gets Out into the Neighborhood?

All dog owners have experienced the “fun moment” when their dog gets away from them and runs down the street barking at the neighbors and sniffing around all the trash cans.  They normally immediately react by running after their dog and yelling their name.  As we all know, this never goes well.

What these dog owners do not understand is that as they are trying to get their dog to come back to them, they are really telling their dog to keep going and to have a really good time.  This is all based on the dichotomy of “talking human” and “talking dog”.

Dogs easily communicate on a premise far simpler than ours.  Theirs is based on a duality of right and wrong, dominance and submission, etc.  Our is bases on, well, we’re nuts.

Robin and I would like to explain what is really going on when you are trying to get your dog back to you.  We also have a very simple way to get them back that we have used countless times in the past.  Please take a moment and read our dog training article titled “How Do I Catch My Dog When He Gets Out into the Neighborhood”.

Learn how to get your dog back after he escapes

What Can I Do When My Kids Are Causing My Dog to be Crazy?

Many of us have experienced it where we have taken our dog to a training class in the park or at a pet store and they pass with flying colors.  They are the valedictorian, top of the class, best of the best.  When they are home during the “quiet of the day”, they are perfectly behaved, come when called, stay off the furniture, and never jump or bark.

Now, our kids come home from school.  Something happens and that once perfect dog goes completely nuts.  He doesn’t listen, runs after the kids, barks at everybody, nips at your hands, and steals stuff so you will chase after him.  What happened here?

All of this can be explained with one simple word.  Adrenaline.  The cheer leaders create adrenaline, so we will yell for the home team.  The coach creates adrenaline, so his players will push a little harder.  Our boss gives pep talks to create adrenaline, so we will work just a little harder for the next promotion.

You see, adrenaline can often be a good thing.  It is not a good thing when it creates our once calm and wonderful dog to go nuts.  We need to find a way to reverse this process and it starts with our kids.  Robin and I have written a dog training article that details a great process to make all this happen. Please read our dog training article titled “What Can I Do When My Kids Are Causing My Dog to be Crazy”.

It is important to minimize the adrenaline that is created when your kids come home from school

How Do I Stop Dogs Chasing Me on My Bicycle?

I don’t know about you, but I love to ride my bicycle around the neighborhood and around the park.  It is great to be out in the fresh air and a fun and simple way to get some great exercise.  Sometimes, I get some exercise that I don’t actually want.

This “extra exercise” comes in the form of trying to outrun the neighborhood dogs as they chase me down the street or through the park.  No matter what I do, I can never outrun them.  It is amazing how fast they can run and the fact that they never seem to get tired.  I love riding my bike but hate having to deal with all those frisky dogs.

The problem that I am facing is that I am sending the wrong signal to these dogs as I bike past them.  After I send the wrong signal, my further actions heighten the situation to a point that is always annoying and disturbing.  When I am trying to tell the dogs that “I don’t want to have them chase me”, I am actually telling them the opposite.

Robin and I have a great dog training article that not only explains what is going on, it gives you step-by-step instructions to eliminate the problem.  If you want to start to have great bike rides again, I suggest you read our dog training and “people training” article titled “How Do I Stop Dogs Chasing Me on My Bicycle”.

A little bit of doggie psychology can stop the neighborhood dogs from running after you on your bike ride

How Do I Get My Dog to Stop Stealing Toys?

Believe it or not, we often encourage and are the reason why our dog steals our children’s toys and other goodies.  We let our kids’ toys be on the ground and our dog’s toys are right there too.  There are games like tug of war going on and other adrenalized activities.

These are all natural games that our dogs and kids play.  The problem is that our dogs have no way to differentiate which toys and goodies belong to them and which toys and goodies belong to our kids.  They see them as all being the same because of the social environment we have created.  It is simply natural that they think they are allowed to take whatever toy or goodie they desire.

We need to educate ourselves regarding the appropriate environment we will present to our dogs so that they understand what belongs to them and what belongs to our kids.  We also need to create rules to maintain focus and respect.  Please check out our dog training article titled “How Do I Get My Dog to Stop Stealing Toys” to learn how you can easily accomplish this.

A little training and adjustment to the family room can stop your dog from stealing your kids' toys

Can I Use an Extension Leash to Walk My Dog?

We talk to many of our first-time clients who have purchased extension leashes to walk their new dog.  We tell them that even though they think the extension leash is just fine and everything will be great, it really isn’t.  We try to reinforce this with the things they don’t notice when they see other dog owners walking their dogs on extension leashes.

What they probably don’t notice is that the other dog isn’t even close to their owner and the other dog is probably sniffing plants, checking out squirrels, and doing whatever he wants to do.  What they also probably don’t notice is that as soon as the dog starts to tug on the extension leash, the owner probably “pushes the button” and gives their dog more leash.  That is when our client starts to give us that “Oh, that’s right” look.

We continue to explain that if there was a problem, the extension leash has no “reverse button” to get the dog back to the safety of the owner’s side.  With the dog away from the owner and focused on their own matters, it is next to impossible to get the dog’s attention if a problem arises.  This is when the client puts the extension leash into a drawer and asks us what to do.  Robin and I have a great article that resolves this problem. Please take a look at our dog training article titled “Can I Use an Extension Leash to Walk My Dog”.

Never use extension leashes if you want to safely walk your dog

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.

Should My Dog Walk on the Left or Right Side?

Many of our dog training clients ask us this question as we get to the “dog walking” part of our training program.  Our first response is to ask them to walk the dog themselves and we simply stand back and observe.  One family member often walks the dog on one side and another walks the dog on another side. Sometimes they actually switch sides in “mid walk”.

We normally observe that the dog is completely confused and keeps “swerving” back and forth from the left side to the right side of the client.  He will often go behind the client.  None of these actions demonstrate obedient, safe, and calm “walkies”.

The answer that we provide our clients and the training methods that we teach them and their dog is all based on the natural way the dog wants to learn.  It is all based on consistency, leadership, and staying calm.  The “spoiler alert” is that none of these things are based on “which side”.  Left side or right side; it doesn’t necessarily matter.  Please read our dog training article titled “Should My Dog Walk on the Left or Right Side” to discover the really simple answer.

It isn't important which side you pick to walk your dog

How Do I Catch My Dog When He Gets Out into the Neighborhood?

All dog owners have experienced the “fun moment” when their dog gets away from them and runs down the street barking at the neighbors and sniffing around all the trash cans.  They normally immediately react by running after their dog and yelling their name.  As we all know, this never goes well.

What these dog owners do not understand is that as they are trying to get their dog to come back to them, they are really telling their dog to keep going and to have a really good time.  This is all based on the dichotomy of “talking human” and “talking dog”.

Dogs easily communicate on a premise far simpler than ours.  Theirs is based on a duality of right and wrong, dominance and submission, etc.  Our is bases on, well, we’re nuts.

Robin and I would like to explain what is really going on when you are trying to get your dog back to you.  We also have a very simple way to get them back that we have used countless times in the past.  Please take a moment and read our dog training article titled “How Do I Catch My Dog When He Gets Out into the Neighborhood”.

Learn how to get your dog back after he escapes

What Can I Do When My Kids Are Causing My Dog to be Crazy?

Many of us have experienced it where we have taken our dog to a training class in the park or at a pet store and they pass with flying colors.  They are the valedictorian, top of the class, best of the best.  When they are home during the “quiet of the day”, they are perfectly behaved, come when called, stay off the furniture, and never jump or bark.

Now, our kids come home from school.  Something happens and that once perfect dog goes completely nuts.  He doesn’t listen, runs after the kids, barks at everybody, nips at your hands, and steals stuff so you will chase after him.  What happened here?

All of this can be explained with one simple word.  Adrenaline.  The cheer leaders create adrenaline, so we will yell for the home team.  The coach creates adrenaline, so his players will push a little harder.  Our boss gives pep talks to create adrenaline, so we will work just a little harder for the next promotion.

You see, adrenaline can often be a good thing.  It is not a good thing when it creates our once calm and wonderful dog to go nuts.  We need to find a way to reverse this process and it starts with our kids.  Robin and I have written a dog training article that details a great process to make all this happen. Please read our dog training article titled “What Can I Do When My Kids Are Causing My Dog to be Crazy”.

It is important to minimize the adrenaline that is created when your kids come home from school

How Do I Stop Dogs Chasing Me on My Bicycle?

I don’t know about you, but I love to ride my bicycle around the neighborhood and around the park.  It is great to be out in the fresh air and a fun and simple way to get some great exercise.  Sometimes, I get some exercise that I don’t actually want.

This “extra exercise” comes in the form of trying to outrun the neighborhood dogs as they chase me down the street or through the park.  No matter what I do, I can never outrun them.  It is amazing how fast they can run and the fact that they never seem to get tired.  I love riding my bike but hate having to deal with all those frisky dogs.

The problem that I am facing is that I am sending the wrong signal to these dogs as I bike past them.  After I send the wrong signal, my further actions heighten the situation to a point that is always annoying and disturbing.  When I am trying to tell the dogs that “I don’t want to have them chase me”, I am actually telling them the opposite.

Robin and I have a great dog training article that not only explains what is going on, it gives you step-by-step instructions to eliminate the problem.  If you want to start to have great bike rides again, I suggest you read our dog training and “people training” article titled “How Do I Stop Dogs Chasing Me on My Bicycle”.

A little bit of doggie psychology can stop the neighborhood dogs from running after you on your bike ride

How Do I Get My Dog to Stop Stealing Toys?

Believe it or not, we often encourage and are the reason why our dog steals our children’s toys and other goodies.  We let our kids’ toys be on the ground and our dog’s toys are right there too.  There are games like tug of war going on and other adrenalized activities.

These are all natural games that our dogs and kids play.  The problem is that our dogs have no way to differentiate which toys and goodies belong to them and which toys and goodies belong to our kids.  They see them as all being the same because of the social environment we have created.  It is simply natural that they think they are allowed to take whatever toy or goodie they desire.

We need to educate ourselves regarding the appropriate environment we will present to our dogs so that they understand what belongs to them and what belongs to our kids.  We also need to create rules to maintain focus and respect.  Please check out our dog training article titled “How Do I Get My Dog to Stop Stealing Toys” to learn how you can easily accomplish this.

A little training and adjustment to the family room can stop your dog from stealing your kids' toys

Can I Use an Extension Leash to Walk My Dog?

We talk to many of our first-time clients who have purchased extension leashes to walk their new dog.  We tell them that even though they think the extension leash is just fine and everything will be great, it really isn’t.  We try to reinforce this with the things they don’t notice when they see other dog owners walking their dogs on extension leashes.

What they probably don’t notice is that the other dog isn’t even close to their owner and the other dog is probably sniffing plants, checking out squirrels, and doing whatever he wants to do.  What they also probably don’t notice is that as soon as the dog starts to tug on the extension leash, the owner probably “pushes the button” and gives their dog more leash.  That is when our client starts to give us that “Oh, that’s right” look.

We continue to explain that if there was a problem, the extension leash has no “reverse button” to get the dog back to the safety of the owner’s side.  With the dog away from the owner and focused on their own matters, it is next to impossible to get the dog’s attention if a problem arises.  This is when the client puts the extension leash into a drawer and asks us what to do.  Robin and I have a great article that resolves this problem. Please take a look at our dog training article titled “Can I Use an Extension Leash to Walk My Dog”.

Never use extension leashes if you want to safely walk your dog