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.

Does Giving In To My Dog Create Bad Behavior?

Let’s think about this a minute.  You know that when you give in to your kids to take them to McDonald’s or to let them stay up late is bad.  You do these things because you may be too busy to “deal with the NO” right now.  You also understand that they will probably be demanding something again real soon and you will be faced with the same situation again.  You also know that, as a parent, you are not doing the right thing.

So, my question is this.  What is different between giving in to your kids and assuming continued bad behavior and giving in to your dog and assuming nothing less than continued bad behavior?  The answer is simple.  There is no difference.

We are not going to deal with your kids, because they are too complicated.  But, we can easily explain what the consequences are when dealing with your dog.  We can also easily explain why your action, or inaction, causes those bad behaviors.

Dogs, like us, are social animals.  In any society there is “the group” and “the leader”.  The leader helps direct the group to the safe place, the place with the food, the place with the fun, etc. It is important that you understand what are the roles, characteristics, and benefits of being the leader versus being one of the group.  You will learn how these actions impact your placement in the group and how that relates to your dog’s behavior towards you.

Robin and I have a great article titled “Does Giving In To My Dog Create Bad Behavior” that clearly explains what is going on and how you can correct it.  Trust me, you will be happy you took a look at this article.

Some great tips about you and your dog's behavior

 

How Do I Control my Dog in the Back Yard?

It is always fun to have our dog in the back yard so that we can have some bonding time, enjoy the outdoors, and play some games.  The problem arises when he gets distracted, starts to go crazy, and won’t listen to any of our commands or directions.

The problem that we now face is how to calm our dog down and get him to behave.  If he is running, barking, jumping, and not listening; the answer becomes very elusive.  Standard things like clapping our hands or giving him the high-pitched dog whistle normally never break through his lack of focus and heightened adrenaline rush.  He is way too fast for us to try and run after him and catch him.

We need to fall back to the wisdom of Monty Python and use the methodology of “And now for something completely different”.  We need to get our dog’s attention and respect as we have often done in the past.  This is not different.

We will be using a technique that we normally don’t use for calmer times where we want him to sit by the table or stay out of the kitchen.  The technique we will now use must be totally different.

Robin and I have a great method that has worked for us 100% of the time in dealing with dogs that don’t want to listen or circumstances with heightened adrenaline and distraction.  Please take a look at our great dog training article titled “How Do I Control my Dog in the Back Yard”.  You will be able to transfer this technique to many scenarios where adrenaline and focus are at issue.

Some great tips to control your dog in the back yard

 

 

What Should I Know About Dog Safety and Poisons Around My Home?

We all love our dogs and want to do everything possible to keep  them safe.  We also want to play with our dogs and love to give them the freedom to be happy, socialize, and explore.  These are both wonderful and admirable things.  The problem is that sometimes our best intentions lead to very bad results.

There are many things around the house and in our yard that we use and even eat every day.  We think nothing of them.  The problems is that these same things may be very poisonous to our dog.  Giving them these things or allowing them to “get at these things” could make them sick or even much, much worse.

This doesn’t mean that we need to eliminate all these “bad things for dogs” from our home and our lives.  To give you a small “spoiler alert”, chocolate and avocados are bad for my dogs.  I love anything chocolate and always have guacamole with my chips. I am not going to give up my dog or my goodies.

It is important that clearly understand how to manage these “bad dog things” around the house in order to protect your dog while still living a life that is great both for you and your dog. A little bit of preparation, planning, observation, and vigilance is all that you and all your family members will require to make all this happen.

Robin and I have a great dog training and safety article that quickly lays all of this out for you.  Please take a look at our blog titled “What Should I Know About Dog Safety and Poisons Around My Home”.  We want to make sure that “you can have your dog and your chocolate too”.

Some great tips on things poisonous to your dog

How Do I Keep My Dog from Stealing Food from The Pantry?

At one point or another, all dogs have “stolen food” from the table, a counter-top, your hand, the pantry, or almost anywhere else you may have placed some food.  The first thing we need to understand is that the term “stealing food” is often misused to characterize what is actually taking place.

As I have mentioned many times in the past, we need to remember that our dog, who is often our favorite family member, is still a dog.  Although we both share a very special bond of companionship, safety, socialization, and well-being; our dog still sees the world from a different perspective. Hint: He is a dog!

Dogs place a great deal of importance in the “here and now” and their concept of passive ownership (i.e. food) is based upon proximity.  With these facts in mind, when you place a plate of food on a table and walk away, you still believe that the food is yours.  From our human perspective, we had the food and simply placed it on the table. We still assume ownership even though we walked to the other side of the room or outside into the back yard.

Our dog lives in the “here and now”. He sees the food with nobody around it and determines that it is available for him. As you can see, an obvious “failure to communicate” between our dog and ourselves has just taken place.

The concept of the pantry is that we leave food in there and walk away.  We now know we are sending the wrong message to our dog regarding the food. How can we resolve this?  Robin and I have a great dog training article that provides a simple answer.  Please take a look at our dog training article titled “How Do I Keep My Dog from Stealing Food from the Pantry”.  We used the method described in our article with our German Shepherd and it worked like a charm!

Some great tips to have your dog stop stealing food from the pantry

How Should I Play with My Dog in the Pool?

It is always fun to see your dog jump in the pool and swim around with his funny “dog paddle”.  We throw balls in the water for him to catch  or see how high he will jump as he plummets into the water.  We get him all excited around the pool through our encouragement and direction.

Now, the entire family is in the pool playing and having a good time.  Then, all of a sudden and out of nowhere, we get a “doggie missile” vaulting at us from the side of the pool.  For some strange reason, they always like to “come at us” from the back and the first moment we realize what is happening is when we have their claws scratching our back.

Our dog means no harm and is only trying to play. Unfortunately, a crazed dog going nuts in a pool full of people is normally not a good thing.  It is not easy or safe to have small children in the pool when the seventy-pound Golden Retriever is splashing, pawing, and nudging them.

The problem is that we taught them to do all of this when we encouraged them to be crazy around the pool when we were alone with them.  We need to retrain them not to be crazy around the pool.  This can be a very difficult thing.

It is often easy to teach our dog to do something such as sit, come, or walk.  It is often much harder to teach them not to do something that was previously acceptable.  Proper behavior modification training is needed for you to be successful.

Robin and I have a great method that has worked with us when we had a very active Springer Spaniel that loved the water and loved to be a part of “anything pool”.  Please take a moment to read our dog training blog titled “How Should I Play with My Dog in the Pool”.

Some great tips for your dog and the pool

 

Should I Give My Dog Treats? If So, What Kind of Dog Treats?

Treats are great.  We all love treats.  Even when we hear the word “treat”, that congers up ideas of tasty, wonderful things that we get on special occasions.  If they happened all the time, they wouldn’t be “treats”, but just “that goodie I get all the time”.

We also understand that “treats” are not the same as dinner or even a snack.  We normally assume that treats are not part of our “healthy diet”.  The candy store is where you get your treats and the restaurant is where you get your dinner.

When we were young, we understood that our parents might give us treats from time to time.  If we tried to demand a treat, we understood that we probably would not get anything.  Demanding a treat didn’t work.

We can now take this same type of thought process and use it with our dogs.  There are so many “theories and practices” when it comes to dogs and treats that it could take many articles to discuss everything.  As with almost all dog-related subjects, Robin and I like to keep it simple.  Remember, we are discussing our dogs.  I wouldn’t call dog’s simple, but I would say that they see the world simply.

Robin and I have written a great and simple dog training article titled “Should I Give My Dog Treats? If So, What Kind of Dog Treats?”.  In it, we discuss what types of treats are best, quantity of treats, and times to give treats.  Once you read it, you will see how simple it all can be.

Some great tips for dog treats

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.

Does Giving In To My Dog Create Bad Behavior?

Let’s think about this a minute.  You know that when you give in to your kids to take them to McDonald’s or to let them stay up late is bad.  You do these things because you may be too busy to “deal with the NO” right now.  You also understand that they will probably be demanding something again real soon and you will be faced with the same situation again.  You also know that, as a parent, you are not doing the right thing.

So, my question is this.  What is different between giving in to your kids and assuming continued bad behavior and giving in to your dog and assuming nothing less than continued bad behavior?  The answer is simple.  There is no difference.

We are not going to deal with your kids, because they are too complicated.  But, we can easily explain what the consequences are when dealing with your dog.  We can also easily explain why your action, or inaction, causes those bad behaviors.

Dogs, like us, are social animals.  In any society there is “the group” and “the leader”.  The leader helps direct the group to the safe place, the place with the food, the place with the fun, etc. It is important that you understand what are the roles, characteristics, and benefits of being the leader versus being one of the group.  You will learn how these actions impact your placement in the group and how that relates to your dog’s behavior towards you.

Robin and I have a great article titled “Does Giving In To My Dog Create Bad Behavior” that clearly explains what is going on and how you can correct it.  Trust me, you will be happy you took a look at this article.

Some great tips about you and your dog's behavior

 

How Do I Control my Dog in the Back Yard?

It is always fun to have our dog in the back yard so that we can have some bonding time, enjoy the outdoors, and play some games.  The problem arises when he gets distracted, starts to go crazy, and won’t listen to any of our commands or directions.

The problem that we now face is how to calm our dog down and get him to behave.  If he is running, barking, jumping, and not listening; the answer becomes very elusive.  Standard things like clapping our hands or giving him the high-pitched dog whistle normally never break through his lack of focus and heightened adrenaline rush.  He is way too fast for us to try and run after him and catch him.

We need to fall back to the wisdom of Monty Python and use the methodology of “And now for something completely different”.  We need to get our dog’s attention and respect as we have often done in the past.  This is not different.

We will be using a technique that we normally don’t use for calmer times where we want him to sit by the table or stay out of the kitchen.  The technique we will now use must be totally different.

Robin and I have a great method that has worked for us 100% of the time in dealing with dogs that don’t want to listen or circumstances with heightened adrenaline and distraction.  Please take a look at our great dog training article titled “How Do I Control my Dog in the Back Yard”.  You will be able to transfer this technique to many scenarios where adrenaline and focus are at issue.

Some great tips to control your dog in the back yard

 

 

What Should I Know About Dog Safety and Poisons Around My Home?

We all love our dogs and want to do everything possible to keep  them safe.  We also want to play with our dogs and love to give them the freedom to be happy, socialize, and explore.  These are both wonderful and admirable things.  The problem is that sometimes our best intentions lead to very bad results.

There are many things around the house and in our yard that we use and even eat every day.  We think nothing of them.  The problems is that these same things may be very poisonous to our dog.  Giving them these things or allowing them to “get at these things” could make them sick or even much, much worse.

This doesn’t mean that we need to eliminate all these “bad things for dogs” from our home and our lives.  To give you a small “spoiler alert”, chocolate and avocados are bad for my dogs.  I love anything chocolate and always have guacamole with my chips. I am not going to give up my dog or my goodies.

It is important that clearly understand how to manage these “bad dog things” around the house in order to protect your dog while still living a life that is great both for you and your dog. A little bit of preparation, planning, observation, and vigilance is all that you and all your family members will require to make all this happen.

Robin and I have a great dog training and safety article that quickly lays all of this out for you.  Please take a look at our blog titled “What Should I Know About Dog Safety and Poisons Around My Home”.  We want to make sure that “you can have your dog and your chocolate too”.

Some great tips on things poisonous to your dog

How Do I Keep My Dog from Stealing Food from The Pantry?

At one point or another, all dogs have “stolen food” from the table, a counter-top, your hand, the pantry, or almost anywhere else you may have placed some food.  The first thing we need to understand is that the term “stealing food” is often misused to characterize what is actually taking place.

As I have mentioned many times in the past, we need to remember that our dog, who is often our favorite family member, is still a dog.  Although we both share a very special bond of companionship, safety, socialization, and well-being; our dog still sees the world from a different perspective. Hint: He is a dog!

Dogs place a great deal of importance in the “here and now” and their concept of passive ownership (i.e. food) is based upon proximity.  With these facts in mind, when you place a plate of food on a table and walk away, you still believe that the food is yours.  From our human perspective, we had the food and simply placed it on the table. We still assume ownership even though we walked to the other side of the room or outside into the back yard.

Our dog lives in the “here and now”. He sees the food with nobody around it and determines that it is available for him. As you can see, an obvious “failure to communicate” between our dog and ourselves has just taken place.

The concept of the pantry is that we leave food in there and walk away.  We now know we are sending the wrong message to our dog regarding the food. How can we resolve this?  Robin and I have a great dog training article that provides a simple answer.  Please take a look at our dog training article titled “How Do I Keep My Dog from Stealing Food from the Pantry”.  We used the method described in our article with our German Shepherd and it worked like a charm!

Some great tips to have your dog stop stealing food from the pantry

How Should I Play with My Dog in the Pool?

It is always fun to see your dog jump in the pool and swim around with his funny “dog paddle”.  We throw balls in the water for him to catch  or see how high he will jump as he plummets into the water.  We get him all excited around the pool through our encouragement and direction.

Now, the entire family is in the pool playing and having a good time.  Then, all of a sudden and out of nowhere, we get a “doggie missile” vaulting at us from the side of the pool.  For some strange reason, they always like to “come at us” from the back and the first moment we realize what is happening is when we have their claws scratching our back.

Our dog means no harm and is only trying to play. Unfortunately, a crazed dog going nuts in a pool full of people is normally not a good thing.  It is not easy or safe to have small children in the pool when the seventy-pound Golden Retriever is splashing, pawing, and nudging them.

The problem is that we taught them to do all of this when we encouraged them to be crazy around the pool when we were alone with them.  We need to retrain them not to be crazy around the pool.  This can be a very difficult thing.

It is often easy to teach our dog to do something such as sit, come, or walk.  It is often much harder to teach them not to do something that was previously acceptable.  Proper behavior modification training is needed for you to be successful.

Robin and I have a great method that has worked with us when we had a very active Springer Spaniel that loved the water and loved to be a part of “anything pool”.  Please take a moment to read our dog training blog titled “How Should I Play with My Dog in the Pool”.

Some great tips for your dog and the pool

 

Should I Give My Dog Treats? If So, What Kind of Dog Treats?

Treats are great.  We all love treats.  Even when we hear the word “treat”, that congers up ideas of tasty, wonderful things that we get on special occasions.  If they happened all the time, they wouldn’t be “treats”, but just “that goodie I get all the time”.

We also understand that “treats” are not the same as dinner or even a snack.  We normally assume that treats are not part of our “healthy diet”.  The candy store is where you get your treats and the restaurant is where you get your dinner.

When we were young, we understood that our parents might give us treats from time to time.  If we tried to demand a treat, we understood that we probably would not get anything.  Demanding a treat didn’t work.

We can now take this same type of thought process and use it with our dogs.  There are so many “theories and practices” when it comes to dogs and treats that it could take many articles to discuss everything.  As with almost all dog-related subjects, Robin and I like to keep it simple.  Remember, we are discussing our dogs.  I wouldn’t call dog’s simple, but I would say that they see the world simply.

Robin and I have written a great and simple dog training article titled “Should I Give My Dog Treats? If So, What Kind of Dog Treats?”.  In it, we discuss what types of treats are best, quantity of treats, and times to give treats.  Once you read it, you will see how simple it all can be.

Some great tips for dog treats