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If Nothing Else Works, Should I Consider Using an E-Collar to Train My Dog?

Posted by Bruce Edwards on May 25, 2018  /   Posted in Really Good Pet Food

Sometimes there are dogs that just don’t listen to the normal tools that are used in standard behavioral dog training.  Sometimes the dog owner just doesn’t have the ability to use the standard tools effectively.  Be bottom line is that the training process is stalled because the owner can not get his dog’s attention to start the learning process.

When this situation arises, we sometimes suggest the E-Collar as a tool to get the dog’s focus.  We only suggest this with the stipulation that the dog can never show any signs of fear or pain when the E-Collar is being used.  When used properly and when used in the correct situation, the E-Collar can be a magnificent tool in gaining the dog’s respectful focus and willingness to learn and obey.

Robin and I have a great article that explains if the E-Collar should be used and the process behind the E-Collar’s proper use.  Please read our article titled “If Nothing Else Works, Should I Consider Using an E-Collar to Train My Dog” to learn more.

Should You Use the E-Collar?

What Are the Mistakes I am Making when Walking My Dog?

Posted by Bruce Edwards on May 25, 2018  /   Posted in Really Good Pet Food

So many dog owners make the mistake of thinking that all they need to do to walk their dog is to put a leash on and say, “Let’s go”.  They don’t understand that their dog sees them as their care giver, protector, provider, and best friend.  When a dog owner takes their dog out on a walk, their dog is surrendering their safety to their owner and are trusting that their owner will keep them safe and never put them at risk while out of the house.

This all seems pretty simple, but is it?  The easy way to tell if you have made mistakes is by observing your dog’s personality.  If your dog isn’t listening and focusing on you and (especially) going crazy; you have made mistakes.  You have not effectively prepared for the walk.  In essence, you have not done the “pre-flight check-off list” before taking off.

Robin and I have observed all the wrong things that dog owners have done over the years as they are walking their dogs.  We have taken those observations and combined them into a great dog training article that we would like to share with you. Please take a moment and read our great dog training article titled “What Are the Mistakes I am Making when Walking My Dog”.  Read it and you will start having great walks with your dog.

Walking your dog is more than just clicking on a leash and saying "Let's go"

Should My Dog Like His Crate?

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

When it comes to crates and dogs, there are two, distinct camps of dog owners.  Many dog owners think it is mean and even inhuman to put their dog in a crate.  They often believe this because they think of a crate as a jail.  It has bars and many people mistakenly use them as overt forms of punishment.

Robin and I, on the other hand, love to use the crate with our dogs.  Our dogs love their crates and enjoy spending time in them.  This is because we properly trained them that the crate was a safe and happy place from the first time they ever saw their crates.  We simply transferred the extension of the dog’s “my den is safe” to “my crate is safe”.  This is something that dogs naturally feel and instinctively need.  We simply guided them in the right direction.

Make the crate a great place for your dog and you will be amazed at their improved disposition and focus on your commands.  Things will also become a lot easier for you when you need to properly manage them if you are gone or busy and not able to watch them.  Please check out our article on ”Should My Dog Like His Crate?” and you will see wonderful results.

The crate is a safe place for your dog so it is important that he likes his crate

Is It OK to Leave My Dog in the Back Yard?

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

Robin and I just finished putting up a new fence in our back yard, so we could let our dogs run and play.  Even though we now have a fence that is fully secure, we understand that there are more precautions we must take to assure our dogs’ safety and well-being while in the back yard.

With big and small dogs, we need to take different precautions.  Because of our dogs’ different personalities, we need to take different precautions.  We need to make sure that they will remain healthy while in the back yard.  We need to responsibly manage them while they are back there.

Wow.  There is a lot of things to remember when you open the back door and let your dog run through!  Don’t worry.  We have prepared a great checklist that we share with all our clients titled “Is it OK to Leave My Dog in the Back Yard”.  We have tried to keep it short and to the point to make sure your dog remains safe and happy.

Keep your dog safe in the back yard through proper preparations and vigilant management

What Are the Most Important Tips for Potty Training?

Posted by Bruce Edwards on May 16, 2018  /   Posted in Really Good Pet Food

Potty training your puppy has always been somewhat of a “mysterious black hole” of tips and suggestions that sometimes work and more often just make you mad.  You can scan the internet for all sorts of ideas that you can try.

The problem is that many of the suggestions don’t go into detail of why whey are designed to be successful.  More important, there is rarely a “Plan B” when the suggestion is not working.  Robin and I have developed an extensive potty-training program that covers what to do, why you are doing it, and what you need to adjust when things don’t seem to be working.

A long list is great, but some quick ideas to get you going and quickly successful is even better.  Because of that, we have written a great article titled “What Are the Most Important Tips for Potty Training” that will get you a long way down the path to having a potty-trained puppy.

There are two potty training tips that will get you a long way to a potty trained puppy

How Do I Keep My Dog Safe for an Elevator Ride?

Posted by Bruce Edwards on May 16, 2018  /   Posted in Really Good Pet Food

Elevators can be a little creepy even for us; and we know what is going on.  Just think about it for a minute.  You get in a very small room and then more and more people crowd in all around you.  You then get the feeling that the whole room is moving, and you are jostled about while the door keeps opening and closing and strangers keep getting on and off.

We clearly understand what is happening in an elevator.  Even when we were young and really didn’t have a lot of experience being in them, our parents could communicate what was going to happen and we could understand.

The problem with our dogs is that they don’t understand what is happening and we often are unable to properly tell them that all will be fine.  They are then put into a flight or fight situation with no possibility for “flight”.  Something bad is about to probably happen.

Robin and I have a great dog training exercise that anyone who needs to transport their dog up and down in an elevator will find invaluable. Please read our article on “How Do I Keep My Dog Safe for an Elevator Ride” to assure the safety and well-being of your dog and everyone traveling with you in the elevator.

Make sure that your dog understands that he will be safe with you in the elevator

Should I Allow My Kids to Train Our Dog?

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

Many of our clients want to include their children in the training process with the family dog.  In most cases this can be a great learning experience for both the dog and the kids.  Having a dog is often a great tool to create a sense of responsibility and commitment with our kids.

Even though these are all great and wonderful things, we need to be careful when allowing our kids to engage in the dog training process.  Sometimes the situation just doesn’t warrant allowing them to directly work with the family dog.  These issues normally focus around safety concerns that you can proactively correct.

Robin and I have written a great dog training and family safety article titled “Should I Allow My Kids to Train Our Dog” that will give you come great insights into this situation.  Please take the time and read it before you have your kids start training your dog.

Make sure that your kids are ready and are safe when they train your dog

How Do I Stop My Dog from Jumping on My Friends?

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

When your dog is always jumping on your friends when they come over to the house and you can’t find a way to stop it, it could be a symptom of a larger problem.  One reason that dogs seemingly disobey our rules is because we haven’t been clear in what we are asking them to do.

Dogs learn is a manner very similar to ours.  The issues is that we have multiple methods of learning things and have the ability to assimilate and differentiate.  This is not always possible with our dog.  Robin and I have a great and simple article (I just gave away part of the solution) titled “How Do I Stop My Dog from Jumping on My Friends” that will enlighten you and make you a far better dog trainer and dog owner.  Please take a moment to read it today.  You will find the solution amazingly simple.

Keep your rules consistent and your dog will easily learn what you want him to do

What Can I Do When My Dog Eats His Food Too Quickly?

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

Some of our dogs seem to naturally scarf their food down as soon as we put the bowl in front of them.  Our German Shepherd does this because she was originally abandoned in the Florida Everglades and she had to “eat it or loose it” in order to stay alive.  Whatever the case, eating too quickly can be very detrimental for our dogs.

This can cause stomach problems, “bathroom problems”, and even behavior problems such as food aggression and protective boundary issues.  We, as dog owners, are normally at a loss of how to correct the problem.  We simply can’t say “slow down”.  I know that we all don’t want to admit thatwe have done that with no results.

We must find a way that naturally slows our dog from eating so quickly while remaining unengaged and calm.  That sounds like a pretty tall order.  Luckily, Robin and I have some solutions that work wonderfully.  They have worked for our clients for years and have worked for our German Shepherd.  Please take a moment and read our dog training article titled ”What Can I Do When My Dog Eats His Food Too Quickly?”.   It will solve your dog’s eating issue immediately.

Slow your dog's eating

What Should I Do When My Dog Just Doesn’t Seem to Get It?

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

We all love our dogs and we all love it when they obey and respect us.  This is something that normally just “doesn’t happen”.  It takes time and often a good amount of hard work.  Training is a key factor in having a great dog and loving companion.

The problem that we often experience when our dog is not responding to our training methods is that we are not taking our dog’s perspective and abilities into consideration.

Have you ever had a teacher that you thought was excellent and your friend thought was horrible?  You both might be in the same classroom listening to the same lecture.  One of you may “be getting it” while the other “is completely lost”.  If the person that “is completely lost” doesn’t speak up to the teacher, they will never learn to the lesson.

The problem is that our dogs don’t have an easy way to tell us when “they are completely lost”.  As their teachers, we need to understand when this happens and to determine what we can to to “help them learn”.  Please check out our article on “What Should I Do When My Dog Just Doesn’t Seem to Get It” to help your dog be an exceptional student.

What should you do when your dog just isn't learning from your teaching style

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