Mary Tully, Owner and Founder of Tully’s Training, describes what all family’s and new dog parents need to prepare when bringing a new dog home. Mary discusses the best foods, (grain vs grain free dog food?), the best beds and some overall tips for a smooth transition for both your dog and family.
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.
Pit Bulls are some of the most fun-loving and enthusiastic dogs I have ever met and could warm even the coldest of hearts. They can be excitable and vocal in their play with other dogs and sweet, gentle giants with children. Sadly, Pit Bulls have been unfairly demonized which has caused all kinds of problems, but times are a-changin and I think/hope pitties will once again be “America’s favorite dog.”
Dog owners in Los Angeles and San Diego call Tully's Training for a variety of reasons; their dog barks too much, jumps on guests, pulls on the leash, etc. They ask us for help on potty training, nipping and biting, or how to keep their dog from chewing up their brand new pillows. The point is, we get asked about everything—except, how to properly name a dog.
Naming your dog is a crucial part of training and can sometimes mean the difference between a well trained dog and a confused dog...
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…
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.
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!