In Part three of this three part series watch, Mary Tully, discuss the signs to watch out for when considering your next dog or puppy.
Choosing a dog whose size, age, exercise needs, care requirements, and temperament fits the living situation in which they're being adopted into is arguably the most critical decision one could ever make regarding a dog. Hiring professional dog trainers to help you find the right dog will not only save you time and money, but it'll save everyone (including the dog!) trouble and grief in the end.
Our country appears to be in the midst of a food revolution as companies race to rebrand and even reformulate their products to jump on the organic, non-GMO, all-natural, sustainable, holistic bandwagon. In the very recent past, this change has even trickled down to the lowest peg on the food industry totem pole—what we feed our pets.
lovelyloisss asks: My puppy bites people when she gets all amped up, playing or not. Not viciously but it hurts most of the time. How do we get her to stop?
I'm so glad you asked this question, lovelyloisss! Puppy mouthing is a very normal and natural behavior. Not only is it normal, it's also very important. Before I give you advice on how to stop it, I want to explain to you why it's happening in the first place.
Half the battle of having a well-behaved dog is finding the right type of dog for you and your family. As trainers who provide professional dog training in Los Angeles (and now San Diego!), we cannot stress the importance of knowing your breeds and doing your research!
Figuring out what you want from your dog is important: Every breed of dog was engineered for a different purpose! If you hate physical exercise and you bring home a husky, you might have a few problems…
One recommendation I make to most of my clients is to find a way to incorporate puzzle toys into their dogs daily life. Ideally, every dog owner should have a few different types of puzzle toys, and for their dogs to only be fed via these delightful little enrichment devices. Why? It's like free training! All you have to do it fill it up, give it to your dog, and like magic your dog gets mental enrichment and physical stimulation without you having to do anything but watch and be entertained. As a trainer, I am very thankful so many companies have developed so many types of puzzle toys.
German Shepherd training, in my experience, can either be very difficult or a breeze, it all depends on how well they were socialized as puppies. Socializing a German Shepherd is extremely important and if done properly, these dogs typically do well in most situations. A lack of early socialization can cause German Shepherds to suffer from serious and crippling anxiety and some issues that could develop include leash aggression, aggression with strangers, separation anxiety, and resource guarding.
Give your dog a healthy diet, and they will give you healthy behavior.
There are a lot of products for pet consumption out there and they all claim to be healthy for your pet. The truth is most of them aren’t. Many of the ingredients in your typical kibble are questionable to begin with; pair that with a ton of processing and a great deal of added chemicals, and you have food that is very high in caloric value and very low in nutritional value.
If your dog isn’t the anxious or aggressive type, group dog training classes are a great way to kickstart you and your dog’s training education. Learning to interact and communicate with your dog in a public place even just one hour a week will improve your relationship immensely.
As a dog trainer and group class instructor myself, I wanted to compile a list of the things you need to know in order to get the most out of your experience. If you follow these simple tips, you and your dog are sure to be at the top of your class!
In her book My Dog Pulls. What Do I Do? animal behaviorist, Turid Rugaas (who hails from Norway) offers an easy peasy training plan that will stop your dog from dislocating your shoulder every time you take them outside to pee. You'll learn Turid's method to train your dog to walk calmly and quietly on a loose leash using the solid understanding of why dogs pull to overcome the problem.