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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 Know if I am a Responsible Dog Owner?

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

We all love our dogs and always want to do the very best for them.  We love to have them with us when we are watching TV in the evening and to take long walks on Saturday morning.  We are always giving them goodies and have great times playing with them.

Does that make us a good and responsible dog owner?  Is there a difference between finding time to play with our dogs and being responsible for them?  In short, the answer is “Yes”.  Life is not just one, long party.  There are things we must do that will be defined as “responsible” that do not fall into the category of “Happy Play”.

In order to have the wonderful and fun relationship that we want with our dogs, we must also understand that we have taken on a new form of responsibility.  We are normally good and responsible parents to our children; but does the same hold true for our dogs?  Robin and I have a great article that outlines the steps you must take in order to be a “Responsible Parent to your Dog”.  Please take a look at our article titled “How Do I Know if I am a Responsible Dog Owner”.

Understand the requirements for responsible dog ownership

How do I Potty Train My Puppy if I am Away Almost All Day?

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

Potty training your dog is often never easy and takes a lot of time and patience.  Potty training is based on maintain schedules and understanding that your dog’s bladder is really driving the process.

We are simply “passengers trying to figure out where we are going”.  The problem is waiting for a reply of “Yes” when we are asking the preverbial question “Are we there yet?”.

In our busy world, we have many other responsibilities in addition to managing our puppy’s potty routine.  We need to go to work, take our children to school, etc.  These activities and others will take us away from the house.  Sometimes we will be out of the house for a very long time.

We have a large problem with potty training when we are away from the house for a long time and can’t get back to let our puppy outside when he needs to go.  Robin and I have an excellent solution for this dilemma that is easy to implement and something your puppy will completely understand.  Please take a look at our article titled “How do I Potty Train My Puppy if I am Away Almost All Day” and get your puppy potty trained.

Potty train your dog when you are away from home for a long time

What Can I Do If My Dog is Afraid of Me?

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

Although we really hate to admit it, sometimes we get so mad at something our dog has done that we do something that makes our dog afraid of us.  It might be yelling in a loud voice, hitting them on the head, throwing something at them, or locking them outside in the back yard.

Life happens and we all make mistakes.  As human family members, when we get mad at another family member, we normally apologize and move on.  All is normally forgiven and live continues.  Unfortunately, that is normally not the case with our dogs.

Our dogs strongly rely on us as their protectors, care givers, and leaders.  When we do something that breaks that perception, their world is completely turned on it’s head.  We need to know how we can reestablish the relationship so that our dog trusts us again.

Robin and I have a great dog training article that easily explains what you can do to have your dog happy with you again.  Yes, you were a dummy. But you can fix that and your dog will be fine.  Please take a look at our article titled “What Can I Do If My Dog is Afraid of Me”.  Your dog is waiting…

If you make your dog afraid of you, it is important to regain his trust as quickly as possible

Why Does My Dog Goes Nuts at People When We are Riding in the Car?

Posted by Bruce Edwards on July 30, 2018  /   Posted in Really Good Pet Food

We all hate it when we are in our car and, all of a sudden, our dog just goes nuts barking at the person in the car next to us or the people in the cross walk in front of us.  Whatever we try to do, it normally doesn’t work.

We get “evil stares” from the people in the cars and the cross walk “like they think we are making our dogs be crazy and nuts”.  We thought we were doing the right thing by taking our dogs with us to bond and making sure they were secure and safe with us in the car.

Guess what? Our actions in trying to have a safe and happy car ride just didn’t work.  Robin and I have the answer and are ready to share the simple solution.  Please check out our article titled “Why Does My Dog Goes Nuts at People When We are Riding in the Car” and have a great car with your dog from today forward.

How can I make sure my dog will behave in the car?

How Do I Prepare My Dog for the First Day of School?

Posted by Bruce Edwards on July 26, 2018  /   Posted in Really Good Pet Food

It is amazing how early school seem to start every year.  This year in Georgia, it starts between August 1st and August 7th.  Isn’t that still the middle of Summer?  With that said, we need to get our kids and ourselves ready for school and that ever encroaching “first day”.

As we are running around, trying to get ready, have you ever thought what is going through your dog’s head?  In his mind, everything should be still a time of playing with the kids in the back yard all day, long walks with you in the afternoon, and a house always full with people.  In a very short time, his world will become exactly the opposite.

The problem is that “your dog never received the memo” that things were going to change drastically.  He will not understand and can possibly act out his confusion with fearful, destructive actions.  He may possibly become passively aggressive.  You need to make sure that your dog “gets the memo too”.  Robin and I have a great article that will help you prepare your dog for the start of your kids’ school.  Please check out our article titled “How Do I Prepare My Dog for the First Day of School”.

How should I prepare my dog for my kids' return to school?

What Should I do if a Dog Charges Me and my Dog?

Posted by Bruce Edwards on July 22, 2018  /   Posted in Really Good Pet Food

It is always a great bonding experience to get out in the fresh air and take a nice and peaceful walk with our dog.  We talk to our dog, he sniffs the neighbor’s new flowers and we get to spy on our neighbors without them suspecting anything.  (Only kidding!).  We have spent a lot of time working with our dog to get to this point and he feels completely safe and secure with us engaging in this activity.

All of a sudden, a strange dog comes from around a tree and charges us.  We have never seen this dog so we don’t know if he is friendly and just excited to see us or if he is aggressive and thinks we are hostile transgressors within his territory.

What you do in the next few seconds could easily defuse the entire situation or make it far worse and dangerous for you and your dog.  Robin and I have a great article that recounts an experience I had with our dog.  It explains what you need to do and “not do” to keep yourself, your dog, and even the other dog safe and calm.  Please check out our article titled “What Should I do if a Dog Charges Me and my Dog”.

What to do if a dog charges you and your dog while you are out on a walk

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.

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