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Can you relate to this? You're out for a walk with your dog, you're relaxed and enjoying your walk, when you see another dog coming towards you...
...your heart starts to race, because you know how your lovely but very dominant dog is going to react, with aggression, pulling and barking like mad, it's embarrassing and frightening at the same time.
You don't know how the other dog will react, or the owner!
Even though both dogs are on a leash, if the other dog gets too close it will set your dog off, you know you're going to be in for another unpleasant encounter.
Your dog starts barking and snarling, pulling you off your feet.
You try to find an escape route, but it's too late, your dog is in full Dominant dog mode.
You've tried everything from tugging on the lead, yelling at the dog, you even tired a different harness collar and lead, distracting them with treats but nothing worked.
It turns a beautiful relaxing walk into a nightmare! and you don't get a chance to chat to people on your walk because your dog is so anti social.
Where did it all go wrong? You've almost given up hope.
The thing that dog owners and trainers need to understand is that if the dog has been getting the wrong message at home, it's too late when you see another dog coming down the street to turn it around.
Here's the thing... dogs are not as complicated as humans, they don't care about the size of the T.V. or a faster car, or a luxurious holiday, they may be intelligent but they are also simple animals, dogs are all about SURVIVAL Full Stop. This means protecting their property and the pack, especially when they are outside the home.
If you think about this, they are pack animals and they only understand leaders and followers, as leaders they decide what is dangerous and take the initiative to protect the pack.
So your dog thinks it's the pack leader and sees another strange dog approaching, they will show their pack leaders skills by walking right up to the other dog, head up, chest out, tail up, growling and barking in an attempt to get the other dog to back down.
And that's when all hell breaks loose.
But don't blame the dog, what started this was you giving them the message that they were the pack leader in the first place!
That they were in charge in your home...
This is where I found Doggy Dan's training method so helpful.
He really understands how your dog thinks and he's able to help you to show your dog that YOU are the pack leader. And the on line site shows you how simple this is to do.
Dan even offers YOU a 3 Day $1 trial of the site that you can take advantage of. The really nice part is that everything he does is done in such a kind and gentle way. He simply uses 5 Golden Rules.
Wait till you see how Doggy Dan's pack act around other dogs they don't overplay their role because they all know that he is the pack leader and so they can relax.. Now every dog is different, some can be more dominant than others, some will be more submissive.
But as long as YOU are the pack leader, it won't matter what type your dog is, that's the secret. Once this is established, you'll find training will be so much easier.
You'll find you'll only need a gentle word of warning, a slight pull of their lead or a food treat distraction will work really well.
It's not to say that the training techniques you are using at present aren't good, but with no strong foundation, they just won't work for you.
In Summary: Once the other dog shows up, you're dog is not going to take any notice of you because they have bigger things to worry about. Like protecting their pack (which is you)
So, YOU need to become the pack leader to turn it around. Doggy Dan has given me some great training tricks to pass on to you, if you follow these you'll have a calmer dog when the other dog approaches.
Check them out...
But remember, the foundation of YOU as pack leader HAS to be in place first.
Remember to relax immediately afterwards, dogs sense your tension.
The thing I love about this method is that it works with your dogs instincts. For instance, we know that it is natural in the dog world for one dog to be above the other in a pack, you can't change that in a dog's behaviour.
But if you position yourself as the top dog in the pack, they will be less likely to become overly protective, tense, aggressive and dominant and take things too far.
Take a look at look at this great video of two dogs playing at being dominant and submissive.
If you're ready to take control back from your dog and become the gentle and kind pack leader they are looking for then get your 3 day $1 trial and take a look around this amazing site, I think you'll LOOVE Doggy Dan's method of Training.
P.S. Remember that leaving it till the other dog is approaching is too late, get help for your dog now and sort out the problem so you can turn things around, your dog is just waiting for you to give him the right message.
That can often result in injuries to other pets and humans...
What is the cause of this behavior?
Well, it can often be found in dogs who've been rescued and have suffered neglect, or it can often show up in dogs that haven't had the proper training foundation in place.
Keep reading to learn what you can do to make sure your dog doesn't develop this dangerous behavior.
What Is Food Aggression?
Food aggression is simply the dog aggressively lashing out toward a human or another animal when food is present.
Other characteristics of food aggression can include the following:
Growling if you or another animal gets too close to your dog’s food bowl.
Stalking you for food.
Lashing out at humans or other dogs and biting, or attacking if they come between the dog and their food.
Guarding their food - even when they are not eating it.
Dogs with Food Aggression will show various levels of behavioral issues - from growling to biting but all should be taken very seriously.
What Causes Dogs To Have Food Aggression?
As previously mentioned, rescue dogs can often suffer from this behavioural problem... due to the past neglect they have suffered.
The reason: dogs who have been neglected have to fight to survive.
It's sad, but you can't blame the dog for this, if a "fight or die " instinct has been triggered, the dog will do almost anything to make sure they don't lose out on their next meal.
I'm sure the same would apply to humans, if your family was starving and food suddenly appeared on the street, and there were other humans trying to take it away from your family, you would try your best to keep it.
But, there is another little understood but very common reason why a dog might become aggressive towards his food and that is because he thinks he is in charge, he thinks he is the leader of the pack.
The more your dog thinks he is the boss, the more he will think that he controls his food as well. Quite often he will want to eat before anyone else, including you!
This goes back to wild dog packs, and it still exists in wolf packs to this day.
The strongest wolves would be the boss, saying who will eat what and when they will eat. They will usually eat first and feed their young first.
Think about when humans eat at the dinner table, if they have guests they always serve the "visitors" first, because our table manners dictate that the visitor is important and should be fed first.
But dogs think differently to us, the dog with Food Aggression won't like anyone getting in the way of him and his food.
How to Fix Dangerous Food Aggression Behaviors
If you have small children or other pets, you must address the serious issue of Food aggression in your home... I'm going to give you a few techniques to teach your dog to relax at meal time and so that they don't feel the need to vigorously protect their meals.
Technique Number 1- Stick to a Feeding Schedule
Having a routine is very important to dogs especially if they have just been rescued and have suffered neglect.
Dogs are incredibly smart, so they are able to tune in on patterns.
Dogs generally know what time to go out in the morning, what time their walk will be during the day, what time their owners go to work and come home.
It’s almost like a sixth sense.
So it's no surprise that they key into their feed times, if they are fed on the same schedule each day.
For this reason you must be consistent! - Pick a time every day to feed and stick to it.
In sticking to a routine it will help your dog relax and have less anxiety at meal time.
Here's a good example. I once worked at a doggy day-care centre, where there was a huge pack of dogs of all breeds.
One of the dogs that I loved very much, called Demo, arrived one day really out of sorts, no one knew why.
He was very grumpy, his energy was low, he got into a fight in the afternoon. I asked his owners what was wrong with him when they came to collect him and they said, "Oh, we forgot to feed him this morning".
I am positive this was a contributing factor! In our family, when we are hungry and become angry we call it “hangry.” And I believe it’s the same with dogs…A dog with a full belly is a happy dog!
Technique Number 2 – Supplement Your Dog’s Diet throughout the Day
Monitoring your dogs diet every day is very important so that they don't gain excess weight, having said that, if your dog has stress-or anxiety-related food aggression issues, it might help to supplement his meals, so that he knows he will be continually fed.
There is a simple logic here...
Keep your dog’s belly full so he doesn’t stress about food. Your dog will learn to look to you for food and will associate you with food in a positive way at the same time.
The healthy way to do this is to break your dog’s normal-sized breakfast and dinner into 4-6 smaller meals.
There's a trick you can use if you use dry food is to soak it overnight so it swells to a much larger volume. This gives your dog the perception that there is a lot more food being offered and they feel fuller.
Following this regime will mean you can feed your dog several times per day without overfeeding them. You can also include rewards that you give them throughout the day during training.
Once your dog understands you’ll provide food for him every day and gets comfortable with that you can cut back on the number of mini meals and get back on to a normal feeding regime.
Technique Number 3 – Training the sit and wait command
When Training your dog or puppy to sit and wait for their food it calms their mind and their body.
Take a look at this short video showing you how you can do this with younger puppies. It’s taken from inside ‘Project Moses’ the video diary of my puppy Moses when he was 14 weeks of age.
Technique Number 4 – Don't leave their food down
This is one of the biggest mistakes that I see people doing, they leave the dogs food down. This is not a good idea for a number of reasons.
1. It's not healthy to leave the food down, especially in the warmer weather when it can attract flies and other unwanted animals and pests, plus it smells awful!
2. A dogs digestive system is not designed to graze all day long, like cows. Dogs are animals who eat much larger meals quickly a couple of times each day. (Pups can often eat up to 4 or 5 times a day when very young)
3. The dog will get the wrong message if the food is left down all day, this tells them that they are in charge, not you. This creates a dog who makes his own decisions, is less likely to listen to you and may even ignore you.
So If your dog is not eating the food, pick it up.
Technique Number 5 – Establish yourself as the provider
This final technique is the most important—establishing yourself as the provider and the one in charge.
This part is crucial because dogs who think they are in charge are always going to try to control the food and they will be unpredictable…
This can be very dangerous, especially when other dogs or young children are around when it's feeding time, dogs with food aggression issues simply think that they are the "Pack Leaders" they think they are the ones in charge!
A dog with this mindset, is more likely to get cranky and lash out if they think someone is trying to steal their meal.
Here's the good news…
It’s not hard to establish yourself as the leader in a kind, gentle way. All you need is a little time and patience.
I've found one of the easiest ways to reassure your dog that you are the provider is to always eat your meals first before you feed your dog.
When you finish your meal, eat the last bit over their bowl, to show them that you always eat first. In your dog's eyes, this means YOU are the one in charge and they will understand and get the message.
Your dog will soon understand that you are the provider then everything else falls into place…
Sticking with this routine, will change the whole relationship with your dog for the better. It’s something I’ve helped tens of thousands of people establish with their dogs and it’s what I am totally passionate about.
If you’re interested in finding out more, check out The Dog Calming Code.
In this program, you'll get step-by-step instructions on how to establish yourself as the "Pack Leader", the one in charge or the decision maker. The knock on effect of this is that your dog will relax and focus on you so much more and you'll end up with a more responsive dog who is easier to train!
Next: Steps to Helping Resolve Your Dog’s Food Aggression Issues
To re-cap - Food aggression is a very serious issue that can result in serious injury to other dogs and people.
Is your dog exhibiting signs of food aggression? If so you need to be sure to...
1. Put a comprehensive training program in place—like The Dog Calming Code.
2. Keep kids and other pets away from your dog while he eats.
3. Ensure your dog feels safe while eating meals.
If you'd like to know how to make your dog feel safe while eating, I've put together a FREE guide on 3 ways you can help your dog feel safe during mealtimes.
Best wishes as you work with your pup.
Believe me this mistake is far too serious and too common to ignore.
I'm going to share an email I received yesterday with you because it's just too important and typical of what happens when people get a puppy and aren't aware of this... plus this will save you a lot of heartache and money wasted...
All around the world, thousands and thousands of people are getting new puppies every day and enrolling them in puppy school, or a puppy training class, thinking they are doing the right thing.
They could even progress to dog obedience later on thinking that they are going to end up with an obedient well trained dog that is safe and under their control.
They've spent hundreds of dollars and hours of their time in hope of achieving that...
Would you be shocked to know that they have wasted their money and that sending them to Puppy School or Dog Obedience doesn't mean they will achieve this?
What they will learn at obedience school is how to teach their dogs to follow commands in a sterile environment. Yes they will get some socialisation if done correctly, but what is often overlooked is the really important information.
The number one, most important thing for them to learn first is that YOU are the Pack Leader, this is crucial to prevent serious issues as your puppy grows up.
Understanding how to become and remain the Pack Leader and PREVENT serious issues as your puppy grows up is fundamental.
This will ensure that your training will work while they are puppies and continue to work as they grow up.
Now back to the email I received...
from a lovely lady who unfortunately spend hundreds of dollars and many hours at puppy training, and is now seeking help, it's a classic example of what happens every single day. She has spent close to $500 and she is left with several serious issues which she now needs help with.
Her dog is growling, barking, nipping her to get attention, is fixated, can't relax and follows her everywhere so that she doesn't get any peace.
So what is the point of puppy pre-school and puppy training if all they learn is sit and stay?
Here is the email she sent in...
For my 30th birthday last year I got a little puppy who, for the most part, has been well behaved.
She has done a couple of puppy schools and training classes where she did very well and showed she was a quick learner.
However, over the last few months (she is now 1 and a quarter) her behavior has been getting worse.
Here is a list of her issues at the moment: - Barking & growling.
She is constantly growling out the windows at nothing in particular, anything can set her off - birds, the neighbors chickens, people next door, trees moving, rustling in the bush, dogs down on the beach, kids toys on the lawn next door and imaginary things.
Once she starts barking she seems to get fixated on it. This is her biggest problem and it is so frustrating not only to us but I am sure to the neighbors as well.
As well as barking at things outside, when she wants attention she will growl/bark/nip at me (only does this with mainly me, sometimes other family members. Is very cuddly at the park with other people). -
She is unable to occupy herself and is constantly following me around.
She does not seem to know how to relax and chill out. - Because of her barking, we can't leave her outside by herself, as she will just bark non-stop.
She has a sweet personality but the barking and attention seeking is very draining and I would like to be able to enjoy having her around again and I am sure she would be happier if she were more independent and relaxed.
Do you think you would be able to suggest someone to come and help us get our lovely little girl back?” Thanks Christine W and Poppy
Very sad, when you think that it could have all been prevented and saved her all the stress, time and money if she had only known about Dan's training in the first place.
No one explained to the puppies owner the importance of becoming the Pack Leader because as always this is the real cause of the problems.
Nipping, Barking, following the owner around, not settling, are all symptoms of a dog that thinks that it has to be the Pack Leader to protect the property.
And the dog will follow you around to protect you, much the same as a mum will follow her children to protect them.
It all comes down to YOU becoming the Pack Leader so that your puppy can switch off and relax because you are now in charge.
Puppy training to follow commands is fun and so it should be, your puppy needs to learn these skills but it shouldn't be the only thing you focus on.
Gaining you dogs respect is vital, you really need to understand that, so that they will listen to your commands even when they are fully grown. Keeping them safe when it really matters.
One of the best sites I have found to learn these skills to help your dog is Doggy Dan's Video Website - The On line Dog Trainer...
Watch Dan raising his very cute puppy, Moses, from 8 weeks of age right through to 8 months and beyond, it's full of training hints.
On his site he covers all dog training and dog behavioural problems.
AND right now, Dan offers a 3 Day $1 trial of the site that you can take advantage of.
Go and take a look for yourself, you will really enjoy his method of training, it's not hard at all and he cover the REALLY important topics on raising a puppy effectively.
It's a video diary of an amazing puppy who has turned out to be a fantastic dog.
Follow his lead, (pardon the pun) don't wait until you have problems with your dog, save yourself the stress and the cost of having to re-train when problems develop later on.
It's true that prevention is better than cure!
Sign up for Doggy Dan's 3 Day $1 Trial of the Online Dog Trainer. You'll LOOVE it!
It's the complete dog and puppy training website where you can get it right the first time around.
CLICK HERE: To get access straight away!
Getting dragged along the street when you're trying to have a relaxing walk with your dog is no fun at all! In fact it makes you darn cranky!
Your shoulder aches, your back aches and you can't wait to get home...
It's not pleasant for you or the dog, my dog used to make awful choking noises when we walked him before he was trained. It is soooo much easier walking him now. Now we both enjoy his walk.
And the great thing was it wasn't complicated to train him. With Doggy Dan's Training it can sometimes be a 5 minute turnaround as Dan demonstrates in his video at the bottom of this article.
Let me first explain the really key mistakes that people make when walking their dog.
There are many tricks to getting your dog to walk beside you calmly on the leash and if your dog is one of those "determined" dogs, they can be large or small breeds, you may need to know all of these tricks to master the walk with them.
But in general, the tips I'm about to give you will really help you, so let's get started shall we?
Keeping your dog CALM is the most important point to start with, if you leave the house with your dog all ramped up, like the one in the video, then you're going to have a more difficult time trying to get them to walk calmly.
So how do we calm this Raging Bull I hear you say? Ok, well the number one thing to start with is this...
1. Calming your dog down.
Think about the build up to leaving the house. Your dog sees the leash and Wham! Your peaceful sleeping dog becomes a raging ball of energy. They start jumping up, wagging their tail, you can't even get them to stand still to put the leash on!
At this stage if you give in and put the leash on them, you're reinforcing their bad behaviour with a reward, which is the lead.
If this cycle continues their behaviour will get more extreme. They are becoming MORE excited and not calm at all.
This continues as they drag you out the door, and down the path getting more and more excited as they go. So the thing that you must do, the next time you prepare to walk your dog is WAIT for them to calm down...Simply pick up the leash and wait for them to calm down, take your time with this.
Put the leash down on the table or even put the leash away and ignore their antics until they calm down, carry on doing what you were doing before, it may take several attempts over a long period, but your dog will eventually calm down and get it.
When they are calm you can try again and repeat until they are totally relaxed as you attach the leash. Repeat the process once you are on the path, if they get excited, wait until they are calm to move off again, sometimes at the beginning you may need to postpone the walk until they respond calmly, they will soon get the message if you are consistent.
It may seem tedious but it's much better to sort out this bad habit now than put up with being dragged around the block for the next 10 years or more.
Note: The issue will not “self correct”.
Now step two is a simple exercise that involves you turning around when your dog pulls ahead.
2. Before you start your walk... look at which way your dog wants to go and change direction, If they want to go left, then you lead them to the right.
Take a step to the right and repeat this until they are actually taking notice of what you are doing.
On your walk, you could simply change direction and go the other way when your dog starts to pull ahead.
Don't wait until your dog is way ahead of you, do it early. This way your dog ends up behind you every time.
It can take some time, but your dog will eventually get it.
3. There are many great devices out there to assist you in getting your dog to heel, chose one that suits you. In the video you can see Doggy Dan using a very special harness where the attachment is under the dogs chin.
This is very different from a traditional harness where the attachment is on the back and the dog ends up pulling like a train.
4.Remember, you are the pack leader and you must be the one to Lead...
The pack leader always leads from the front, if you're dog doesn't recognise you as the pack leader they will fight for the spot at the front and it won't be a pleasant walk.
You can't trick a dog, especially the determined, strong minded ones!
Learning to be the Pack Leader is a whole topic on its own...and it's the basis of Doggy Dan's world-famous training method.
He's developed 5 Golden Rules, which when followed daily, help you become the pack leader in a calm and gentle way.
You'll see on his video website The On Line Trainer
Click Here to see more videos: https://tinyurl.com/y46wkrzu
He states that you first need to establish yourself as the pack leader before any training takes place, you can do this using the 5 Rules, he stresses that is the answer to solving all dog behaviour problems.
5.There are loads of extra tips and tricks such as... knowing how to give the lead a little extra pull without being harsh. Learning when and where to let your dog go and sniff and pee pee, that's the reason you're walking them in the first place, sniffing is like reading the paper for a dog, it tells them so much about other dogs and they enjoy it, as well as marking their spot, so they do need some freedom to do this.
If you would like to master this today, then check out Doggy Dan's website The On Line Dog Trainer, he has over 250 Videos on all aspects of dog training, it really is THE Best Dog Training site on line.
There are 7 excellent videos on the subject of mastering the walk, showing you how to deal with every issue and answer questions you may have.
There is even a 30minute Audio that you can listen to while you walk.
You will enjoy your walks so much more once you master this method, your dog will enjoy it more too, being calm and not pulling and choking on the walk.
Is Your Puppy Destroying Your Things?
Here are some great tips for training your dog from Doggy Dan's - The On Line Dog Trainer...
I LOOVVE the way he trains the dogs out of their bad habits, his technique is not harsh, he shows you how to have success the kind and gentle way without harsh punishment.
Whether they're chewing and destroying things, wetting the carpet, pulling on the leash, being aggressive to other dogs and people, barking all day or digging holes, no matter what the problem is, Dan has the answer.
There are a few real keys to dog training, whether you are trying to train your dog to come when called, sit, stop barking or any other behavior.
Understanding their importance is critical to achieving rapid results that are long lasting and help develop the bond between you and your dog.
The first is simple; you must win your dogs mind.
If you don’t achieve this first then you will be struggling all the way.
When I talk about winning your dogs mind what I really mean is that your dog looks to you for all the decisions.
Before you do anything else watch one of the amazing video sites that show you the 5 Golden rules to establishing yourself as the pack leader.
If you aren’t putting these in place then you are setting yourself up to fail.
Just at the crucial point where you really want your dog to listen they will go and do their own thing.
For sure your dog may play ball occasionally or even most of the time, you may even have a dog that is obedient 99% of the time, however if you want a dog who always listens to you and does as you ask then you need to win your dogs mind.
The second key to success is to motivate your dog.
It is really important that you discover what it is that your dog enjoys both in terms of exercise and play but also in terms of a reward. If you can make the experience enjoyable then you will both achieve more and look forward to training.
Some dogs love to fetch, others love agility, and other dogs simply love obedience training, or swimming out into water and retrieving.
At least to start with find out what your dogs love is and help them develop this, what I am saying is work with your dog. The other point to recognize is to make training enjoyable reward your dog.
The three main rewards are:
Food- anything from a single dry biscuit to a whole piece of sausage!
Affection- pats, cuddles, lots of high verbal praise
Toys- games, throwing a stick or object, chasing your dog etc
Your dog is always going to work harder if you are fair in your training. Even if you do not want to use food you should make sure that you use affection accordingly when your dog does well
If you want to use food rewards then always follow these simple tips:
Always vary food rewards
Do not give food rewards every time
Never let your dog know what the reward is
If your dog doesn’t come first time then do not give them the reward
The third key to achieving perfection is practice!
Learning how to encourage behavior that is closer to what you want than the last is the third key to success. Again this is where rewards come in so handy! Motivate and then show your dog what it is that you want and there is no need for any negative training!
One of the best sites that shows you all of this and more is The Online Dog Trainer, put together by top Dog Trainer, Doggy Dan. CLICK HERE: http://Koolco1.doggyd4n.hop.clickbank.net
Does your dog suffer from separation anxiety when you leave the house?
Are your neighbours getting sick of your barking pooch?
Maybe your dog is showing signs of aggression?
If you can relate to any of the above then you definitely need this relaxation music to stop them in their tracks...
Your best friend, your dog could be suffering with anxiety and is distressed.
Around 30% of dogs will suffer with separation anxiety, and it can be as traumatic for owners as it is for our furry friends.
You have probably seen all of the signs: barking, whining, crying, having accidents indoors, destroying your possessions – all of these are symptoms of anxiety in your dog.
The funny thing is my own dog usually pesters me when I'm working on the computer and won't sleep in his bed while I'm working, but after I played this to him for the first time, I looked around and he was fast asleep in his bed! Peace at last...
I'm so impressed with this product, I've recommended it to friends, I think you'll love it.
Many dogs will display destructive behaviour when suffering with separation anxiety. Usually they will chose something that has your scent on it, and they will rip it to shreds and sit amongst the debris to surround themselves in your scent.
You'll be surprised at how quickly this works... even you'll feel relaxed after listening to it! 🙂
Watch this little Scotty Pup fall asleep fast! He can't help himself...
Buy it now and enjoy peace within minutes of downloading it, Your Pet will LOOOVE It!