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Learn a Great “Kick Start” to Potty Training Your Puppy

Posted by Bruce Edwards on March 28, 2018  /   Posted in Really Good Pet Food

Puppies are always fun, cute, and cuddly. Everyone loves to play with them and you always want to get that “cute little puppy in the window”.  The one thing that we always forget is that everything has a price.  We get our little puppy and play and love them.  Next, they start to potty on the carpet.

Potty training is one of the most important and often misunderstood actions that we all need to teach our puppies before they become dogs.  Puppies that will grow up to be big dogs need to be potty trained to go outside and puppies that will stay small dogs often need to be trained to use the wee-wee pads inside the house.

One annoying thing that many puppies do when you are trying to potty train them to use the wee-wee pads is to tear the pads up.  They are just puppies and think the pads are toys.  Since they are usually made of paper, they are fun to chew and rip up.

“Ripping up the toilet” is not conducive to proper potty training.  This is often an annoying conundrum faced by many puppy owners.  The problem is that they new need to teach their puppy too many lessons at the same time.  This is just too much for the puppy to successfully accomplish.  We have a great and simple solution to this problem.  You can find the solution explained in our Dog Training Article titled “Learn a Great Kick Start to Potty Training Your Puppy”.  You will be really glad you did.

Use washable Wee-Wee pads for your puppy

Why Dog Crates on Trips Are a Great Idea

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

Robin and I have always been big fans of using dog crates for our dogs.  We currently have five dogs and effectively use crates for each of them.  We were recently at a dog charity event and had the opportunity to talk to a new dog owner who is having a problem in getting his dog ready for travel.  Guess what?  The dog crate is the perfect answer.

We are always stressing the need to keep your dog safe and to create a warm and nurturing environment for him at home.  You have read our articles in the past about how the dog crate can help your dog at home.  Well, the dog crate is also great for traveling and at your travel destination.

We have a great article on “Why Dog Crates on Trips Are a Great Idea” that will explain all of this. We review the instructions for making the crate great at home as well as expand our discussion to your destination and the trip.  Take it from us, it really makes things great for you and your dog.  Please check out the article today and have a great trip.

Traveling in Georgia with your dog is great if you use a dog crate for the trip

Working With a Dog that is Very Nervous of People

Posted by Bruce Edwards on March 24, 2018  /   Posted in Really Good Pet Food

Most people believe that all dogs are just naturally happy and love to be around people.  You know they always say, “A dog is a man’s best friend”.  This is true for a large portion of the time, but there are exceptions.  Some dogs, as with people, can be mildly to aggressively nervous around other people and dogs.

A dog’s nervous behavior around others is normally caused by experiences they have encountered in the past.  At birth, they were put into a nurturing and safe environment with their mother.  They also learned that it was fine to be around other animals because of their natural experiences with their litter mates.  The “nervous around people” problem arose from experiences they had after that.

Robin and I have five dogs that all came from rescue situations.  We always encourage people to rescue dogs when they are looking for a new furry friend.  Rescue dogs are great, but they can also come with issues.  If they were abused, hurt, frightened, or hurt by people in the past, they may naturally have an aversion to be around people. We will never know what actually happened, but we can take actions to resolve the nervous behavior to have a wonderful dog.

Robin and I have a great dog training article regarding “Working With a Dog that is Very Nervous of People” that will teach you how to calm and sooth your dog. Please check out the article today to calm your dog’s fears.

Training a human fearful dog in Oakwood Georgia

Never Use an Extension Leash with Your Dog

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

There are very few “hard and fast” rules that Robin and I strongly discuss with our clients.  One of those “you really should never” rules we emphasize is never using an extension leash when walking your dog.  We have scene first hand that using the extension leash when walking your dog is a large safety hazard for both you and your dog.  Using the extension leash also is enforcing the wrong type of behavior with your dog that will propagate to other bad behavior problems.

So many people see people walking their dogs with an extension leash and think that the dog is walking wonderfully.  The problem with this arises when you start to examine what is really happening between the dog and the dog walker.  We have written a dog training article that emphasizes “Never Use an Extension Leash when Walking Your Dog” that explains what is really happening.  Please take a look at our dog training article and then get to the store to get a “normal dog leash”.

Never use an extension leash when walking your dog

When Your Dog Destroys the Bed in his Crate

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

Many of us have crates for our dogs.  They are great because they can create a place of security and a place where they can really feel safe.  It can be a constant in their life that, when everything else is going nuts, they can go and simply call a time out on everything else.

The problem arises when they start to do bad things in their crate.  One of the most common “bad” things dogs do in their crate is to destroy the dog bed we have put in there for them.  Destroying their bed is obviously something we don’t want them to do.

Our issue is how to correct this bad behavior when it is being done in their “sanctuary” and it is normally an action we almost never observe.  We normally walk into the room after being away or first thing in the morning and find our dog in the crate with a destroyed bed.  Normally, our solution is to simply go to the pet store and get another bed.  Well, how is that working?  Right!

Robin and I have a great dog training article that explains “When Your Dog Destroys the Bed in his Crate”.  Chances are, you are dealing with this inappropriate behavior in the wrong way.  Read our article and learn what to do. You will be glad you did.

Fix the problem of when your dog destroys the bed in his crate

Stop Your Dog from Begging at the Table

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

It is just so annoying when you are trying to have a meal at the table and you have a barking dog at the base of your chair, nudging your leg, or trying to jump in your lap.  As soon as you get up to get something from the kitchen, your dog is on the table going after your sandwich.

You yell at your dog and push him away, but he keeps coming back.  The problem is that you are not addressing the real problem and setting the scene to correct the annoying action once and for all.  You need to understand that your actions, not only during meal time, are signaling your dog that it is OK to go after the food on the table.

You need to address your general actions to establish your wishes to stay away from the food on the table.  We have a great dog training article to “Stop Your Dog from Begging at the Table” that can fix this continuing problem in just a few days.  Please take a look at our dog training article today and start enjoying your meal time very, very soon.

Stop your dog from begging at the table

Don’t Be a Bully and Still Train Your Dog

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

Over the years Robin and I have seen so many dog owners trying to train their dogs like they were little, furry people.  They communicate and react like humans and assume that their dog understands.  When they don’t respond, our clients normally get mad or do the same thing again and often forcefully.

The problem is that dogs don’t communicate in the same manner as humans and can sometimes become fearful because of the methods we (humans) try to use to get them to understand us.  We need to make sure that we talk to them in “their language”.  When we do that, they will then respond to our requests.

Robin and I have a great dog training article on “Don’t Be a Bully and Still Train Your Dog” to start talking to your dog today.  Trust us, the conversation will be great!

Properly talk to your dog

How to Train Your Dog When Your Family is Crazy

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

Robin and I have trained many dogs and have found that their surroundings are very important in the training process.  When they are in a calm and sedate environment, it is very easy to get their focus and to teach them.  If the dog is in the middle of a “three ring circus”, they are way too busy “chasing the elephants” than listening to what you want them to do.

Just remember when we were in school.  It was always quiet and calm.  That allowed our teacher to get our attention and then to teach us our lesson.  The same thing is true when you are training your dog.  Since you are normally training your dog at your home, it is important that your home is calm when you are training your dog.  Well, sometimes our home is just darn crazy and it is hard to make it any other way.  We have a great dog training article on “How to Train Your Dog When Your Family is Crazy”.  Please read it today so you can easily and effectively train your dog.

Train your dog even if your family is crazy

What Causes Sibling Rivalry in Your Dogs

Posted by Bruce Edwards on March 12, 2018  /   Posted in Really Good Pet Food

Having multiple dogs in your family can be a wonderful thing for everyone.  With multiple dogs in the family comes additional things, as a dog owner, you need to understand.  You will always be the leader, best friend, and protector of all your dogs and they will willingly accept that.  When there is only one dog in the family, the family hierarchy is very simple.  You are the boss and they are not.  Adding multiple dogs to the mix creates a new dynamic.

Your multiple dogs will decide among each other how they rank.  This does not involve you, only them.  They will figure out which dog is “higher on the food chain” than the next.  They will all accept this and still respect you as their overall leader.

If you start to perform actions that upset their sense of relationship hierarchy among each other, that can cause issues.  This can cause bad behavior and even aggressive actions.  This is normally known as “Sibling Rivalry”.  Please read our article “What Causes Sibling Rivalry in Your Dogs and How to Fix the Problem” and fix your problem or make sure it doesn’t happen.

Sibling Rivalry is caused by your dogs being confused regarding you you are treating them

Training Your Dog to Stay

Posted by Bruce Edwards on March 10, 2018  /   Posted in Really Good Pet Food

The “Stay Command” is one of the core obedience exercises that we teach all our clients.  They are “Come”, “Sit”, “Stay”, and “Walk”.  The one difference with the “Stay” command is that it has a prerequisite that the dog needs to have accomplished before it can be successfully taught.  This would be the same for us knowing how to do arithmetic before we could understand algebra.

Like all obedience commands, safety plays a very large role in their successful implementation.  If you are having someone come in the front door, you want your dog to stay in one place to allow them in.  If you are walking and you stop at the street corner, you want your dog to stay so that he doesn’t run into the street.  You don’t want your dog to run down the street and get hit by a car so you want him to stay on the porch.

The mistake that most people make in trying to teach their dog to stay is that they don’t take “baby steps” to allow their dog to understand what they really want.  Like all commands, obtaining and controlling your dog’s focus is key to all levels of success.  Please read our great dog training article on “Training Your Dog to Stay” to find our step-by-step instructions to successfully have your dog Stay.

The stay command can be taught to your dog if you take it slow

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