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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.
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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
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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.
Here are a few Real Keys that you will find helpful when training your dog, whether you are trying to train your dog to stop barking, come when they are called, sit, or other behavior that you're not happy with...
If you want to create a deep bond with your dog and get long lasting, rapid results, here are some crucial tips...
The first thing you must do is win your dogs mind. You will struggle all the way with your training if you don't start with this.
Winning your dogs mind means that your dog looks to you for all the decisions. I would recommend that before you do anything else, watch one of the amazing video on line that show you the 5 Golden rules to establishing yourself as the pack leader. You don't want to set yourself and your dog up to fail, so make sure you put these things in place before you begin.
You need to know that your dog will listen at the crucial point, this could save their lives, you don't want them running off and doing their own thing. Your dog may play ball occasionally and even do what you ask 99% of the time. But if you want your dog to always listens to you and do as you ask every time, then you need to win your dogs mind.
Motivation is the second Key to Success
You must discover what your dog enjoys doing, whether it's chasing a ball or a toy for exercise, or you throwing a frizby, or just a simple walk, it is really important in terms of a reward. If you can make the experience enjoyable for both of you, you'll find you will achieve more and they will look forward to training with you.
Every breed is different, some like to chase a ball or a stick, others love agility, others love the water and retrieving things, or simply just following their obedience training and pleasing you.
So start with what your dog loves and this will help them develop their skills, work with them, make their training a fun and enjoyable reward for your dog.
Here are the 3 Main Rewards:
Food- This could be a liver treat, dog biscuit or even small pieces of meat.
Affection- Lots of Strong Verbal Praise, Pats and Cuddles
Toys- Games, throwing whatever it is they love to play with, it could be a stick or a ball, or chasing your dog, they just love the interaction from you.
Remember that your dog is always going to work hard to please you, so be fair, if you don't want to use food, then give plenty of affection and praise when your dog does well. That way you'll gain their trust and respect.
Here are some tips when using food rewards:
Do not give food rewards every time
Always vary food rewards
Never let your dog know what the reward is
If your dog doesn’t obey you and come first time then do not give them the food reward.
Achieving perfection is the third key and that takes practice!
The key to success is learning how to encourage behavior that is closer to what you want than the last time. This is where rewards come in handy to motivate them and show your dog what it is that you want.
Don't break your dogs trust in you by using any negative training!
One of the best sites I've found that shows you all of this and more is The Online Dog Trainer, put together by Top Dog Trainer, Doggy Dan.
I love that Dan is so gentle with the dogs that he trains, this is the way to get your dogs love and respect. Remember, YOU are their World.
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