There are a surprising (and confusing) array of training options and tools out there in a dog training industry that is essentially unregulated. You are relying on trainers to be honest with you about their abilities and expertise in order to determine if you think they'll be able to help you address your problems effectively. A large part of what comprises their expertise is what training tools ... Read more
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There are a wide variety of different training tools and aids available to help you change your dog's behavior. I am going to discuss some of the most common used today, including how they should be used in a responsible training program. You or your dog may work very well on one particular tool or another. The important thing is to find what works and then be consistent. Different Kinds of ... Read more
There are so many different options available when you start looking for a dog trainer and considering dog training approaches and tools. Some approaches are specific types of handling, some are defined by the tools used, some are specific programs or even methods. Of course, an approach or tool is only as effective (or not) as the trainer using them. So it's important to consider ... Read more
Dog training can easily run upwards of $2,000 depending on where you live, the nature of the problems you're experiencing, and the type of training necessary. In many cases, people are making a large investment in their dog's future and the trainer's expertise. With the high cost of training, and the even higher cost of working with a "bad" trainer, finding a dog trainer that is the right fit is ... Read more
No one approaches a trainer with a "good" dog that they'd like to make into a "super-dog." As a professional trainer, I tend to see people who are in the throes of a severe behavior problem: usually some form of anxiety, hyperactivity, or aggression. A trainer is often the "last resort" that dog owners seek after their dog has delivered a severe enough wake-up call (a bite, major property damage, ... Read more
Nylabones, raw marrow bones, rawhides, and the "new kid on the block," Himalayan Dog Chews, which is best for your pooch? Your dog needs appropriate chew items. Dogs chew to exercise their jaws and keep teeth and gums healthy. Appropriate chewing can also be a great way to burn energy. If you don't provide appropriate items for your dog to chew on, he'll likely find something on his own. Below, ... Read more