One Reason Why Your Dog Might Not Listen to You

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Our whole business comes from people who just want their dogs to listen. They want their dogs to listen when they say come, or sit, or stay, or stop jumping. Sounds simple, right?

Well actually, it is! But first you have to learn how to speak your dog’s language…and THAT can be the tricky part.

As humans, we like to try and treat dogs like little furry baby humans. We dress them up, pet them, love them, talk baby talk to them…and thoroughly confuse them every minute of the day. It’s a wonder dogs haven’t given up on us yet.

One reason why your dog might not be listening to you is because what you say and do is simply not valuable to them. I’m sorry, but that leftover turkey in the trash is WAAAY more enticing than you yelling at them. That open door is WAAAY more exciting than staying in the house. And that other dog at the park is way more exciting than them sticking around boring old you.

So how do you become valuable to your dog? There are two parts to this equation and you need to utilize both to have a 100% obedient dog.

The first thing you need to do is stop any bad or dangerous behavior. This means correcting the dog. Whether you use a verbal command, a tug on the leash, slip lead, prong collar or a remote collar you need to correct the unwanted behavior. Find what works for you and use it.

Make yourself valuable to your dog by implementing a correction for the unwanted behavior. This is not going to harm your relationship and the dog is not going to “hate” you. Correcting a dog is helping them learn.

I wouldn’t want to go to a doctor who has never been told what not to do. Yes, he will probably get some things right. But I want a doctor who knows NOT to thread a needle the wrong way, or knows NOT to give a certain medication for my condition. Fast track your dog’s education by teaching them what NOT to do.

The second (and more fun) part of the equation is rewarding for good behavior. Once my dog knows not to lunge at other dogs, then when he sits and looks at me I can reward him. Good boy! When he decides to stay on his bed instead of running out the door or jumping on guests I can give him lots of reward…because he’s being a good boy!

By utilizing both side of this equation you have a winning solution to become valuable to your dog.

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When Should I Start Training My Puppy?

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Great question! I have some news for you though…training is happening ALL the time.

You started training them car manners on that first ride home. You started training them household rules the second you stepped foot in your home.

So the answer to your question is, you already are!

Starting at 10 weeks old puppies should be learning how to be quiet in the crate and stop puppy biting. Almost everything should be reward-based at this age. Carry your puppy’s food with you everywhere you go and reward the puppy for any good behavior you see. Now is a great time to start practicing “come when called”.

Here at Be the Boss Dog Training we start basic obedience at 15 weeks old. We start teaching the puppy crate manners, go to their dog bed on command, and walk politely on a leash. We also start correcting for any unwanted behaviors at this stage, like jumping up on people, barking and so forth.

Remember to always reward good behavior and correct any unwanted behavior. Your human world is foreign to young puppies and they need guidance. To have the clearest form of communication you will need to tell the puppy when they are doing something good, and stop them from doing any bad behaviors that may be dangerous.

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No...Your Dog Was NOT Abused

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Okay, okay. This title is a little click-baity. But it leads to a phrase I hear all the time. “Do you think my dog was abused when they were little?”

This question comes after explaining that their dog is afraid of men, barks at big dogs, or has massive anxiety in the crate. And while I do not discount that some dogs are abused they are not the majority of the case. In fact, they are such a small percentage of cases that most of us have never seen an abused dog in our lifetime.

So then, what leads to all this anxious, aggressive and anti-social behavior?

Lack of structure and too much affection. Let me say that again… lack of structure and too much affection. What does lack of structure look like? Freedom to roam the house unattended, being left alone in the backyard, going to your family’s house and letting the dog interact freely and run up to whoever and whatever they want.

What does too much affection look like? Laying on the couch and hugging and petting them, letting them sleep on the bed with you, letting everyone around you touch and pet your dog.

So now that you know what behaviors are detrimental to your dog…what should you be doing with a dog that is misbehaving?

Here are a 3 tips to get started. This will not solve all of your problems but it is a great place to start until you are ready for some formal training

  1. Crate your dog when they are in the house. Unless you are taking your dog potty, on a walk, or having designated play time they should be crated

  2. Keep a leash on your dog at all times when out of the crate. Having a leash on your dog allows you effective communication and removes the accidental reinforcement of bad behavior.

  3. Watch your affection! No petting, hugging, kissing or high pitched voices. This type of affection solely benefits the human. Dogs do not express affection this way. If you want to give your dog affection make them earn it. Teach them tricks or teach them obedience work and reward for good behavior.

If you think your dog has been abused most likely it has not. Most likely, the case is that the dog is running free around the house, being petted all the time and allowed to sleep on the bed, and not being crated when you leave the house.

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Firework Tips for Your Furry Friend

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Did you know that the day after the 4th of July is one of the busiest days for dog shelters? Can you take a guess as to why?

So many of my clients have stories of their dog running away, or getting hit by a car on the fourth of July. Here are a few tips for fireworks safety.

Contain your Dog

This may seem common sense, but most people want their dogs out and about with them while they have fun with the family. While fireworks may be exciting and fun for humans, dogs do not see them that way.

Pets are sometimes terrified of the whizzes, bangs and screeches that fireworks make. They panic and flee into the night, ending up lost, injured or killed.

The best way to contain your pet is in a crate. This way you are free to move in and out of the house during the evening without worrying if your pet will escape if you leave the door open.

Properly Identify Your Pet

Make sure your pet has proper identification on. At bare minimum they should have a collar with tags on, but even better is having them microchipped. That way, if one of the little ones in your home lets the dog out they can be identified if and when they are picked up by animal control.

Or hopefully, a kind stranger will see them and be able to give you a call to come retrieve your furry friend.

Keep Them Away From Chemicals

Last but not least is one that we might forget. We as humans use A LOT of chemicals. From lighter fluid and matches, to citronella candles and glow sticks…please make sure that your dog is safe around the items that you are using.

If your dog is not afraid of fireworks and you have them with you outside, please keep them to a designated chemical-free area. We want to avoid a trip to the vet as well as a trip to the shelter.

Thanks for reading everyone, and have a SAFE and HAPPY 4th of July! And for those of you in Utah…a 24th of July as well!

Bethany

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You Can't Just Be Friends With Your Dog

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Some of you think you are not training your dog unless you have enrolled them in a class. Or you are not training them unless you have treats in your hand and are teaching them tricks.

You could not be more misinformed. EVERY moment of your dog’s life is training. EVERY interaction you have with your dog is teaching them. You do not have the luxury of just “being friends” with your furry pup.

The picture included with this article is of Navi. He is a beautiful 3 year old husky and I could not be more proud of the work his owner is doing with him. They are incredibly dedicated and it is such an honor to watch Navi’s transformation.

There was a time in Navi’s life where his anxiety was inadvertently being reinforced every day. His owner was unknowingly feeding Navi’s insecurity. Not by doing anything wrong, but just by normal, every day interactions this was happening.

And this is happening in your home as well. You love your dog and want to give them all the good things in life…and that is great! That is always our goal here at Be the Boss Dog Training.

However, your dog is an animal. And as such, their brains are very simplistic. It feels good, they keep doing it…it doesn’t feel good, they stop doing it.

That petting and reassuring you do when your dog is barking at other dogs? That is reinforcing unhealthy habits. The action of trying to use treats to stop your dog’s aggression regarding bones or toys…that is reinforcing the behavior. EVERY time you interact with your dog you are training them.

People sometimes tell me that they haven’t had the time to train their dog yet. My response is always “You’ve been training them for years!”

Your dog is an animal that does not have the skills for a human world. Guide them and teach them how to be successful in your home. BOTH of your lives will be the better for it!

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Putting Your Dog in "Time-Out" is Wasting Time

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Feeling a little frustrated with how your dog training or puppy training is going? Giving your puppy lots of time-outs in the crate but that doesn’t seem to be doing anything? Well, I’m here to tell you why.

Dogs and puppies do not have the ability to make connections between intelligent concepts. They do not understand that being put in their crate is punishment for jumping on guests. This is just not a dog’s language.

So all this dog training of “time-outs” that you have been doing is not going to help you. To stop an unwanted behavior you need to correct the dog. A correction is something that is intolerable to the dog.

Being chased around the house (which is a game) and then being put in the crate (which is not uncomfortable) is not communicating clearly to the puppy or dog what you want them to do.

A better way to handle a jumping dog is to correct the behavior. Use a leash and regular collar, or prong collar, remote collar, shake a can of pennies or spray the dog with a water bottle. Or if your dog finds another action intolerable pursue that course. You need to make the act of jumping uncomfortable and intolerable to the dog.

I used to put my dogs in the backyard as a “time-out” when we had guests over. And all I would see was their happy panting faces and smooshed noses against the glass as they wondered when they could be let in to assault the guests. Ha ha.

So take control of your dog training and puppy training. Stop using the crate as a “time-out”. Instead, speak your dog’s language and help them understand what behavior is not wanted in your home.

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Your Dog Doesn't Feel Bad for Bad Behavior

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Bad dog!

We have all said this to our dogs before. Whether we have lost our temper at a puppy piddling on the carpet, or reprimanding our dog for another chewed up sock, these words have probably crossed our lips.

What I find interesting is what happens AFTER we yell at our furry friends. Their shoulders hunch, they put their faces down and they look up at us with those sad puppy dog eyes.

And then we think something like “oh look how bad he/she feels about what they’ve done!” This is what I want to talk about.

Did you know that your dog does not “feel bad” for what they have done? The body language and look they are giving you are based off your tone and energy.

By raising your voice, making eye contact, and projecting frustration/anger towards your dog this makes your dog feel a little anxious. They will probably be exhibiting submissive behavior since your energy and body language are expressing dominant energy.

Your dog’s brain is very different than yours. While humans have the ability to generalize and make higher processing connections, dogs do not. A human can make the connection between that dark spot on the carpet and why Mom is mad. Your dog cannot.

Your dog reacts to the tone and energy you are using, not the implied connection between what happened a few minutes ago and what is happening now.

So there you go…next time you yell at your dog, remember, you just look like a crazy person to them. They have no idea what you are screaming about.

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What NOT To Do To Your Barking Dog

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I was out on a walk with my dogs the other day when we passed a young woman walking her dog as well. The second we came into sight her dog started barking and pulling on the leash trying to reach us, even though we were a good 50 feet away.

Glad for my two obedient dogs, I gave this lady some space by crossing the street and heading a different direction. As I looked back I cringed at what she was doing…

I see MOST people do this with their barking dogs when I am in public. And I did it with my dogs before I had the right information.

…she was crouched down by the dog’s side petting them in a loving way while crooning “Shh, it’s okay…it’s okay.” Now, if you don’t do anything else with your barking dog, at least don’t do that.

This young lady is not a bad dog owner, and her dog is not a bad dog. She loves her dog and WANTS her dog to stop barking. For whatever reason, at the moment…she does not have the correct information.

So what ARE you supposed to do to stop your dog from barking at another dog?

Giving the dog a treat to get their attention back on you is not going to stop the barking. This is called re-direction and it only works as long as the dog is willing to play this game. The next time it sees a dog/person/cat that it REALLY wants to bark at, it will do so regardless of what you have in your hand.

To stop the barking you need to correct the behavior. Give a leash pop, shake a can of pennies, squirt the dog in the face with water, use a prong collar, remote collar or a bonker. Whatever works and stops the behavior so you never see it again…do it!

Walking your dog should be a pleasant experience for BOTH of you. Your dog’s energy is better spent by focusing on you, or playing Chuck-It or fetch. Nothing good will ever come of your dog’s energy focused on barking at another dog.

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To Choose, or Not to Choose....a Dog?

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When I was 13 my church group had us write down a few characteristics of the type of person we would like to marry. Being a teenager my first three were: tall, dark and handsome. Ha ha.

Once I got past that, my next few items were: smart, funny, compassionate and loving. While this list is just being used as an example, the point I’m trying to make is this: when we make big decisions in our life we usually plan all (or some) of the decisions beforehand.

A lot of people rush into getting a dog because “look how cute!”, or “we have a kid and a house now it’s time for a dog”, or “maybe the dog will make me happy”.

We fail to realize that the dog we just chose will be with us for the next 12-15 years.

What if you chose your significant other the same way you chose your dog? I chose my first dog because he had cute eyes. Trust me, I dated guys with cute eyes who I consider myself lucky to have escaped.

What if you chose your car the same way you chose your dog? Would you choose your next car SOLELY on the fact that you saw a Toyota in the newest movie? Of course not.

When it comes to choosing a dog you should be approaching it with optimism AND planning.

What is your lifestyle like? How committed are you to this relationship? Does the dog’s personality fit with a houseful of kids…or no kids? A sedentary lifestyle…or active one?

The best way to get a dog is to have a “trial period”. Rescues are great places to get a dog, and most of them offer this option. Take the dog home for the weekend and see how they fit with your lifestyle.

Meet the parents, talk about how many kids you want to have, do they have any debt, what is their medical history like? Okay, okay, I’m getting side tracked with some things I did (or should) have asked my significant other before marrying. Ha ha!

I guess what I’m trying to say is this is a LONG relationship you are about to start. Treat it with the same respect you would make with any other investment, you owe that to yourself and to the dog.

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Ignoring Bad Behavior is Bad Advice

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Yup, we’ve all heard it.

“Just ignore your dog’s barking/jumping/biting and they will stop.” As Dr. Phil so elegantly puts it: How’s that working for you? Well, I don’t know about you, but it never came close to working for me.

Ignoring bad behavior is not just bad advice, it’s dangerous advice. I would never tell my 5-year-old nephew (or 90-year-old grandma) to ignore a jumping dog. I want the people in my home to be safe and secure, and a jumping dog could create injuries.

Stopping a bad behavior requires one simple step. You need to correct your dog.

What does that mean? I will explain.

Correcting a dog means that whatever behavior you want to stop needs to be uncomfortable for the dog.

I don’t care what you tool you use (or don’t use) to stop this behavior. You can pop the leash, use a remote collar, shake a can of pennies, or use a squirt gun…as long as the behavior stops.

If you squirt your dog with water and they continue jumping/barking…that method obviously doesn’t work. Try something else. One method of correction might work for jumping, but you might need another for barking or nipping.

Please do not just ignore bad behavior. Not saying no is always saying yes.

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Exercising a Dog Will Not Create a Calm Dog

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“I take my dog on 2 walks a day, and we play fetch in the backyard, and he runs around the house all day, and STILL my dog does not know how to be calm. What am I doing wrong?”

Does this sound familiar? I hear this all the time from my clients. It seems logical that if we “tire” out our dogs then they will be calm inside the home. That they won’t chew on things and act crazy in the home and jump on people. Right?

Wrong.

I have a relative who consistently tries to quit smoking. Just because he goes to the gym and works out, and then goes home and takes a nap does not mean that he has quit smoking. It just means that he is tired from working out. Stopping a behavior is a mental choice, not just a tired body.

Exercising a dog to tire them out will just create a stronger, faster dog that can do the unwanted behavior longer than before.

To teach a dog how to be calm around exciting environments and people you will need to correct unwanted behavior, and then reward behavior that you DO want. If your dog barks at people that come into your home you can correct the barking, and then when the dog is calm and quiet you can reward them.

Stop exercising your dog to try and get good behavior. You will just find yourself frustrated and exhausted, and your dog will be up from their nap soon and ready to go again!

For some tips and advice on how to create a calm dog you can check out my DIY Dog Training videos, or you can contact me here.

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You are Killing Your Dog with Affection

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Okay, okay. This title might be “click bait”. But hear me out.

Killing your dog with affection sounds extreme, but it’s really not. I saw it happen all the time with my foster dogs. These dogs would come to me with no chances left. They had bite records and massive anxiety….all because of too much affection.

I see the beginnings of it in my client’s dogs that I train now. And I tell all of them the SAME thing:

STOP GIVING YOUR DOG AFFECTION

Giving affection to a dog is like feeding your kid on a diet of candy. It causes health issues, attention deficit issues, and major behavioral issues. You get dogs that don’t listen, jump, bark and yes, even bite. And by giving unearned affection you are ENCOURAGING these behaviors. You are telling them whatever they decide to do is okay with you.

And here’s where it gets dangerous. You know how your dog barks and lunges at strangers? When you bend down (or pick them up) and talk soothingly to get them to stop…you are training your dog to be aggressive. With petting and soft soothing tones you are telling your dog it is a GOOD thing for them to be scared and to bark and lunge.

“But Bethany”, you say, “is there ever a time I can give affection to my dog?”

Absolutely! But hey…how about they EARN it first? How about you treat your dog, and hear me out here…like a dog? You need to love your dog how THEY need to be loved. And dogs need to be loved by providing them with rules, with boundaries, and correcting them when they do stupid and harmful behaviors.

I am a dog trainer and I give my dogs all the love in the world. They get lots of squeezable hugs, and soft baby voices, and kisses. But guess what? They also get lots of crate time, lots of structured walks, and yes…even corrections for behaviors I don’t want.

Stop giving your dogs too much affection. Love your dog so they can be mentally healthy and happy, and not the way that only makes YOU feel good.

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Your Backyard Is Not a Babysitter

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Listen up, people. Stop putting your dogs and puppies in the backyard unattended. Does this sound a little harsh? Maybe. But a vet bill for $1000+ when your pup ingests a pillow from the outside lawn furniture sure feels a lot harsher.

My clients come to me and want me to help with stopping their dogs from digging holes in the backyard, chewing up lawn furniture and jumping the fence. The first thing I ask them is “where were YOU?”

Puppies and dogs have the mental capacity of a 2-4 year old. I have never met one responsible parent who left their toddler unattended in the backyard for hours at a time. Our dogs are no different.

I understand that you want the dog to get some fresh air and exercise when you don’t have time for a walk. I do too! But backyards make poor babysitters and GREAT demolition derby zones. It is the perfect environment for dogs to practice bad behavior to their loyal canine heart’s content.

A dog needs structured exercise and designated playtimes. Stop using big words, Bethany, what does that even mean?

This means go for a walk with your dog. Put a leash on your dog, teach them how to heel…then go for a walk around the neighborhood. Get out and smell the roses. Give your dog a chance to do what they do best…walk and sniff. Then come home and teach them tricks or play fetch.

You made the choice to bring a pup into your life, give them some attention and more importantly keep them safe!

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Feeling Like Your Voice Doesn't Matter?

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I don't know about you guys, but it seems more and more the voice of the "little guy" matters less and less. From cell phone carriers throwing extra fees onto your bill, to restaurants not caring enough to get your order right...you feel lost and overwhelmed.

While big change takes time and comes slowly (if at all), there is one area of your life where change can happen quickly. That area consists of four feet and a waggly tail.

Does your voice matter with your dog? Answer honestly, guys. THINK...don't just give me the generic answer that your dog is a good dog. I'm not talking about in your home when you have a treat in your hand. I'm talking about when you are outside, or in public, and your dog barks. How about when they jump?

How many times are you saying "no" before your dog stops their behavior. And an even better question...you have already said "no" thousands of times. Why are you still getting this behavior? If this is happening in your life...then obviously your voice is not being heard.

Imagine if you had to repeat EVERYTHING you say to family three times. Oh my gosh...how annoying and frustrating would that be? And yet...we do it with our dogs all the time. WHY? Why are you letting your dog continue behaviors you don't want, and allow them the leisure of waiting until they feel like obeying to finally obey?

I wish I had that leisure. I wish I had the leisure of paying my rent until I felt like it. Or the leisure of taking whatever I wanted in the grocery store and paying for it when I felt like it. 

We have rules in society for a REASON. It makes living with other people enjoyable and fun. Our dogs are not buttercups or fragile flowers...correct them when they break a rule. They deserve the same courtesy that we give humans. We spell out rules clearly and hold them accountable so life can be enjoyable.

Your voice may not be heard in the big outside world...but it DEFINITELY should be heard in your living room with your dog. 

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Trust Me, Your Dog is Not "Protecting" You

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Does your dog bark at strangers in the house? How about when you are outside and someone approaches? Does your dog run up and bark at them? Don't be fooled. Your dog is not "protecting" you. 

I encounter this a lot with potential clients. After all, the behavior certainly looks like they are protecting you. But I promise, they are not. There are a variety of factors for why your dog may be displaying this behavior. I am going to talk about 2 of them.

1. There is a lack of believable structure in the home

Your dog does not have a leader in the home. Therefore, your dog does not believe that anyone in the home will protect them. This results in an insecure and anxious dog when exposed to new people and situations. 

An insecure dog will bark (and sometimes bite) the perceived threat. This makes the threat go away so they can feel comfortable again.

2. Your dog sees you as a possession

Your dog feels they own you. After all, why wouldn't you want to guard something that gives you wonderful food, soft beds, great toys, and all the love and attention in the world? You are their goose that lays golden eggs!

Much like a dog will growl or bite when you try and take a bone away...you are the bone. Anyone coming up to greet you is trespassing on their property. Your dog will bark, growl, or bite when they are faced with the prospect of losing their prized possession.

So next time your dog barks at someone coming near you, just remember that your dog is not protecting you. Your dog is missing a leader in their life. Be that leader for them..they deserve it.

For free advice on how to stop barking please contact me here.

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1 Free Tip so You Won't Need a Dog Trainer

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I give this tip away for free when I talk to a potential client. I give this tip away for free when I meet people for evaluations. And I give this tip away for free in blog articles like this one. 

Are you listening? I GUARANTEE this will change your whole world with your dog.

CRATE YOUR DOG. Wait...what? That sounds too simple. How will crating my dog make me not need a dog trainer?

Here are two things that happen when you crate your dog (though there are many more):

  1. By restricting their movement your dog learns to relax

  2. By not letting your dog roam throughout the house they learn boundaries and are kept safe.

A calm dog does not bark, bite, jump and cause you stress by being a nuisance. A contained dog is a safe dog. They do not chew up socks, furniture, or poop and pee in the house. Did you know that barking, biting, potty training and calming hyper dogs IS MY WHOLE BUSINESS?

If people crated their dogs more, I wouldn't be needed...well, mostly needed. Ha ha.

Try it in faith and see what happens. You will join the rest of my clients in wondering in amazement why they did not try this before. You will be amazed and astounded at what other nonsense behaviors will disappear as well. It is the best magic trick in the books!

You got this. You are an amazing dog owner and you want what is best for you pup. Love your dog even more by crating them. 

If you need any crate training tips for a rambunctious dog please contact me here.

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Why I Can't Help You...

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Believe it or not, I run across potential clients that I can not help. Their dogs are barking, pulling on the leash, jumping, biting and holding the humans hostage in their own home. And I have to walk away.

WHY...you ask?

Because I can't help those that don't want to be helped. 

Sometimes I have clients who ask me to help their dogs stop lunging on the leash, barking at other dogs and people, stop stealing food right out of guest's hands, and multiple other bad behaviors. 

And yet when I show them how to stop the bad behavior in a matter of seconds they refuse to implement the training I showed them. They refuse to stop a life-threatening behavior because they don't want to correct their dog. 

Not stopping your dog's bad behavior because you "love" them is the equivalent of getting rid of all traffic lights to try and make driving easier. 

What about all the traffic accidents and killed pedestrians because there are no rules on the road? What about the collateral damage to your car, and maybe even physical therapy for years?

Getting rid of all traffic lights SOUNDS nice and fluffy... But when you actually take a look at the reality?...there's nothing but chaos, damage and pain.

Getting rid of rules for your dog SOUNDS nice and fluffy... But when you actually take a look at the reality?... You are risking your dog getting mowed down by a car because they ran away, or getting cut open by a vet to remove something they should not have eaten. 

Teach your dog not to grab stuff out of the trash, run away, and jump on people. 

If you care...you will have rules.

Thanks for reading,

Bethany

Orem

Utah County

Utah

Photo Source: Taken from Funny Guilty Dogs Compilation

 

 

 

The BEST Device to Keep Your Dog Safe

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Do you have to leave your dog home alone during the day?

Are you worried that they might get into something or hurt themselves?

With all the new technology that we have these days there are LOTS of options to choose from to keep your pet safe. And here's the BEST one.

A CRATE. 

These new-fangled inventions of the Furbo dog camera, or a Whistle GPS tracker (which means you have LOST your dog in the first place) can run you into the hundreds of dollars. And from what I've seen with my friends...they don't stand up to dog teeth very well.

Buy a crate. It'll cost you $20-$60 on Chewy.com. Stop throwing your hard-earned money on items that will just show you the damage your dog is causing to your home in real-time.

When I get in the car I put my seatbelt on. When I leave the house I lock the door. When I can't supervise my dog I put them in their crate. WHY? 

Because humans are precious, my house is valuable, and my dog needs to stay SAFE.

Most of the time technology trumps what came in the past.

Not this time.

Crate your dog. Only YOU can prevent house damage.

Thanks for reading! If you need any tips on crate manners please feel free to email me here.

-Bethany

Orem

Utah County

 

2 Ways to Stop Your Dog from Barking at the Window

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EVERYONE has one, or has a friend with one. A dog that barks. Whether it's a person walking by the window, a car door shutting, or child laughing, SOMETHING triggers your dog and they run to the window and bark like there's no tomorrow.

I'm here to tell you 2 ways to stop your dog from barking at the window.

1. Crate your dog

This is the simplest method and also the one I recommend to people who leave their home while the dog is unattended. 

If the dog is not AT the window, then the dog can't see what's going on outside and generally does not bark. Not only does this help with uncontrolled barking, this also keeps the dog safe from wandering the home and getting into the trash and chewing up socks and furniture. 

2. Get a bark collar

Not only will this help your dog stop barking at the window, it helps stop barking even when you're home and the dog goes outside and likes to bark at anything that moves.

The bark collar should deliver a correction that's FAIR to the dog. So please do not buy a cheap one that may hurt your dog. I'm a fan of the Garmin Bark Limiter Deluxe (click here for link). This collar can be set to give a warning first, and then starts at a low level and increases the level if the dog continues to bark.

Please DO NOT get a citronella bark collar as this punishment is cruel and unfair to the dog. If the dog barks it is sprayed in the nose with a citronella scent. Their little noses are thousands of times more sensitive than ours, and the smell LINGERS for hours. A fair and correct punishment should last 1 to 2 seconds and be delivered in a timely manner.

All dogs bark, that's what they do. In order to live in a civilized society we need to teach our dogs when it is appropriate to bark, and when it is not.

I hope this article has helped you. Please feel free to email me here for advice.

Thanks for reading!

-Bethany

Orem

Utah County

Utah 

On Leash and Out of Control

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There's a leash law in almost every city in America. The point of a leash law? So you can keep control of your dog. Right now, the leash law in America has turned into "make sure you can drag your dog away from another dog" law. 

Whenever my dogs are off-leash and minding their own business, sometimes I see people with panic in their eyes. Are your dogs going to come over and eat my little dog? Or jump on me? Or harass me? No. They are not. They are 50 feet away sniffing the bushes and fetching their ball. My dogs don't care about you. No offense, but you're just not that interesting to them.

The dog I AM afraid of? The one on the leash. The one that is yapping at my heels and pulling so hard that the owner is struggling. People should be afraid of THAT dog. If the owner ever dropped the leash, or the retractable leash extended to where the dogs could reach me...I would be in danger of being hurt. 

Leashes are a communication tool. You can use a leash to tell a dog to knock off their bad behavior. Or to give them praise when they do something right. Or just to convey calm, positive energy to your dog to help them calm down. 

Don't get me wrong. I'm GLAD your dog is on a leash. And I'm sure the local cats are glad, too. Thank you for obeying the law.

But there is another way of using the leash. COMMUNICATE with your dog.  Don't just man handle them until the other dog/cat/person has gone beyond the realm of their interest. Have a conversation with your dog.  Tell them "Hey, you're not allowed to bark at everything and drag me down the sidewalk."

If you would like some tips about how to get your on-leash dog under control please contact me here.

Thanks for reading!

Orem

Utah County

Utah