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I’m Coming To Birmingham, Alabama- Dog Training

Birmingham, Alabama Dog Training

I wanted to write a quick post to let you folks know that I’ll be coming to Birmingham, Alabama in May of 2013 during the week of May 6th.  I’m honored to be invited by Rick Clark of The Barking Zone.  Rick has come up with some interesting and unique ways of running his dog daycares and even offers Dog Daycare Franchises for those looking to get into the industry.

Rick and I have gotten to know each other over the years as he has been studying from my dog training DVD’s and we’ve talked about dog behavior and training.  I even had the privilege to interview Rick about his business for my marketing radio show for pet business owners. 

I’m excited now to be able to come down to his neck of the woods and work with him on his dog training goals but to also work with the dog owners from Birmingham and the surrounding areas on their most pressing dog training issues.

While I’m in Birmingham we’re going to be setting up group sessions and private sessions for local dog owners.  Space will be very limited.  For those interested please contact us to let us know of your interest and we will update you on availabilities, pricing, schedules, etc.

Use this link to contact us.

Birmingham, Alabama Dog Training Invitation

 

Dog Training Birmingham, Alabama 

Birmingham, Alabama Dog Training- Courses

I’ve become known over the years for standing out with various skills.  If you are in need of help in one of these areas I invite you to contact us for more information:

  • Puppy training- If you can avoid various pitfalls with raising your puppy the chances are far better you’ll end up with the perfect adult dog.  The majority of the behavior problems we deal with at our training company could have been avoided with doing things right from the beginning with a puppy.
  • Fixing dog aggression- I’ve really been able to make a name for myself with fixing dog aggression.  I’ve traveled the U.S. and to various other countries to work through aggression problems with numerous clients.
  • Big time behavior modification- If you’re dealing with big issues like destruction, separation anxiety, etc. I can help you.
  • Advanced off leash obedience- I have a unique and proprietary system for using an e-collar in a humane fashion to quickly train reliable and high level obedience training.

I invite you to come out and enjoy a workshop, private session, etc.  Contact us for more information!

Dog Training and Culture

Dog Training

Teaching a dog training class to locals here in Jaco, Costa Rica.

Dog Training and Culture

As I’ve previously written on this blog I’m currently living with my family in Costa Rica.  We’re working on a variety of projects from work projects to charitable projects along with attempting to learn how to surf and playing in the pool a lot.

One of these projects I’m working on is a new spanish language dog training site where I’m teaching a lot of my dog training concepts in the Spanish language and am creating a Spanish language equivalent to my current dog training DVD product line.

I’m working with a lot of the locals here in both private training at their homes and group training classes in front of a local veterinarian’s office.  Aside from the fact that it’s VERY hot here and my video work catches me sweating quite a bit I’m running into some new types of dog training challenges that I haven’t run across before.

No, when it comes to bad dog behavior I’m pretty sure I’ve seen a pretty wide range over the years from everything to puppy problems, aggression, house training, destruction, and more.  What I’m seeing here, though, is a difference in dog training culture and that is posing new challenges to my work.  I’m learning how to adapt my training style based on how people perceive dogs and I’m doing my best to help push the dog culture in a direction that I think is more beneficial.

Dog Training- What Are The Cultural Challenges?

Let me first state that I love the people here in Costa Rica.  They are warm, open, and inviting.  I have the luxury of speaking Spanish so I can fit in pretty quick with new groups.  My wife and kids don’t speak Spanish yet but, even so, they are finding the people to be so accepting and open.

I say that because as I outline the cultural differences here I don’t want to come off as sounding like I’m ‘spitefully critical’ or that I feel that I am a better person because my dog culture is different.  Bear in mind, I do feel like the culture I bring to dogs IS better than what I’ve found here but that doesn’t mean that I am a better person because of that.

Here are the main differences that I chalk up to cultural variances between what I typically see here in Costa Rica and what I’m typically accustomed to in the United States:

  • Dog crates- I’ve yet to meet someone who has used a dog crate to house train a dog or work on destruction.  In the United States the culture has shifted towards large scale acceptance of dog crates or dog kennels.  In fact, in my Salt Lake City dog training company it is more rare to NOT see someone with a crate during a first session than it is to see a dog owner who does have a crate.  It’s been pretty well established that crates are a humane way to supervise a dog in order to prevent destruction, chewing, digging, and housebreaking accidents.  In contrast, the dog owners in this area seem to have zero aversion when I bring up the crate as a potential tool.  It’s not that they are against using a crate, it’s just that it’s not something that has been done in this culture so it’s not really even considered.  I think the other part of the equation that has prevented the crate from entering into cultural use is the expense.  An average salary in this area is in the range of $350-$800 per month.  Import taxes are high meaning a crate is going to cost $200 or so.  Imagine spending a large portion of your monthly salary on a crate?  Doesn’t seem feasible does it?  We know some folks who are spending less than $200 on their rent for their house so imagine trying to find room in the budget to buy a crate.  For many it just isn’t doable.  In not being doable, though, it becomes very difficult to fix issues related to destruction and housebreaking.
  • The dog culture may be different, but there are definite perks in living here.

    Dog fencing- Along those same lines we meet many folks who simply let their dogs go and wander throughout the day.  In many parts of rural America you can still find this as an accepted custom but in most parts of the U.S. letting your dog wander the neighborhood is sure to quickly make you a pariah.  Most folks would rather be the ones who leave their Halloween decoration up until February rather than be the family that releases it’s dog onto the neighbors.  I’ve found it quite acceptable here to simply let your dogs run wild in the neighborhood.  Add the fact that very few people spay and neuter and it’s no wonder why there are plenty of stray dogs and aggression problems amongst dogs run rampant.  Many of the people with whom I’m working have aggressive dogs and those dogs are let loose all day, get in dog fights, form unhealthy relationships with other dogs, and generally get into trouble.

  • Dog leashes- I was talking with a friend the other day and they mentioned how their neighbor walks his dog every day off leash.  The dog is aggressive and if it sees another dog it will immediately attack.  If it sees a bicycle it will give chase.  Does this deter the neighbor from continuing to walk the dog off leash with zero control?  Nope.  I’ve come to realize that having control over a dog is something that is culturally foreign here.  For generations dogs have lived on the street and run wild.  The idea that we should teach them control seems very off to many dog owners.

Dog Training Culture- The Solution

So is there a solution to change the dog training culture in a positive way?  I think so.  And I’m already seeing certain evidences of how the culture is shifting towards something positive:

  • TV shows like Cesar Millan’s El Encantador de Perros have become very popular here and around Latin America.  I think these shows have changed the conversation in the United States towards getting your dogs trained and I think the same thing is happening here.
  • Rescue organizations are becoming bigger and more influential.  In our area here we have the McKee Foundation who helps rescue lots of pets and has been pushing the agenda of spaying and neutering for some time.
  • Trainers like myself.  I’m hoping that my Spanish dog training site can gain traction and help push people towards responsible care and training of their dogs.
     

 

The Best Dog Breed For A Family

The Best Dog Breed For A Family- Is There One?

One of my awesome cousins (I’ve got 30-some-odd cousins or so) recently sent me a question.  Her question was one that I get quite frequently so I thought I’d turn it into a blog post.

Her question was:

“What is the benefits from having a male or female dog? I would love to get my kids a dog but I know nothing about them and am fairly allergic to them, (however I have had a dog before and had no allergy problems). Any ideas on what would be best for my small kids?”

Whether it’s casual conversation with friends at church, an encounter with a stranger on the street that finds out I’m a dog trainer, or a question coming in from the website, I frequently hear ‘what is the best dog breed for a family?”

Along with those types of questions I frequently hear various iterations like I heard from my cousin regarding breeds for allergenic dog owners and gender of the dog.

So the question remains…is there a best dog breed for a family?

Unfortunately, my answer is no.

The Best Dog Breed For A Family- Why Not?

So why isn’t there a best dog breed for a family?  The answer is that there is simply too much variation within breeds to say that one breed is going to reliably act a certain way around kids, within a home, etc.

You see, in my years of training I’ve heard from various sources that Labradors, Golden Retrievers, Labradoodles, Goldendoodles, German Shepherds, Pit Bulls, and Rottweilers are the best dog breed for a family.  I’ve heard these assertions from dog owners, breeders, rescue organizations, and others.  If you go searching online you’ll likely be able to find collaboration for each of these breeds being the most suitable for your family and kids.

As a trainer, though, I can tell you that I’ve worked with dozens of aggressive Labradors and Golden Retrievers.  I’ve seen plenty of aggressive German Shepherds, Rottweilers, Pit Bulls, and Doodles.  I’ve met Labradors that want to kill every kid they see and I’ve met Pit Bulls who will let kids perform on them a tonsillectomy without any anesthesia.

Dog Training MembershipI’ve seen dogs of all breeds that started out wonderfully with kids but turned into a liability when the parents didn’t supervise the children well enough and the kids abused the dog.  I’ve met dogs that are perfectly fine with their family’s kids but hate all other neighborhood kids due to taunting at the fence.

I’ve seen owners raise a dog around children and do everything nearly flawless and still have the dog turn out with child aggression issues.

As far as the allergy issue goes, I’ve seen people who have never been allergic to dogs suddenly develop an allergy to a particular dog.  I’ve seen scads of the supposedly ‘hypo-allergenic’ breeds (doodles, poodles, Portuguese water dogs, Havanese, Shih Tzus, etc.) cause allergies in owners.  And then I’ve seen owners who are allergic do just fine with their own dog.  (One of our trainers at my company is quite allergic to dogs, in fact, but manages fine with controlled amounts of medication.)

What I’m getting at is that for every ‘best dog breed for a family’ that you see out there, I’ve seen countless exceptions.

And I’ve quite frequently had conversations with dog owners who are down-trodden and confused when the breed they researched suddenly isn’t acting the way the book told them to act.

There are so many factors that go into the temperament and behavior of the dog including:

  • Proper breeding practices
  • Early imprinting and conditioning
  • The right quantity and quality of socialization during the puppy’s ‘socialization window’
  • Giving proper leadership to a dog
  • Excellent training from a young age
  • Nutrition, exercise, medical care
  • So much more.

If you tweak with just one of those components you may find that the Labrador who was supposed to be great with kids suddenly isn’t.

Now, on top of that, there are other considerations to be taken into account.

The truth is that, yes, I’ve found that MOST Labradors (leaving plenty of room for exceptions) tend to be friendly towards children.  Having said that, I’ve trained numerous Labs because they are ‘over-friendly’ with the kids and jump on them, run into them, knock them down, get in their face, etc.

I’ve also found that MOST Pit Bulls TEND to be gentle with children.  But many that I’ve worked with have had dog aggression issues so that poses various threats were the dog to be with the kids while another dog approached.

So even a dog that IS good with kids can often become a liability if other aspects of training, care, supervision, and smart dog-ownership are ignored.

So for these reasons I always find it incredibly difficult to make a recommendation on which breed to choose for a family.

The Best Dog Breed For A Family- So How Can You Choose?

I know I’ve spent the past page of prose waxing profound on why it is so difficult to find the best breed for children.  I don’t mean to scare you away, though, and I don’t want you to back away from your decision to get a dog.

Here are the guidelines the I normally recommend for finding the best breed for YOUR family:

  • Take into account cost.  Certain breeds are going to cost more to acquire, groom, and feed.
  • Think about allergies.  As I mentioned previously there are numerous exceptions but certain dogs have a better chance for not causing allergies.  Typically these are dogs that have ‘hair’ rather than ‘fur’.  Examples would be poodles of any size, Labradoodles, Goldendoodles, Havanese, Bouvier de Flandres, Schnauzers, Airedales, amongst others.
  • Consider training.  I’ll get flack for this, I’m sure, but I find it easier to get dogs of medium to large size house trained and obedience trained.  (In my years of training I’d conservatively say that of the dogs that I’ve met past one year of age who still weren’t house trained 98% of them were Yorkies, Chihuahuas, and Shih Tzus.)  Also speaking in generalities, I find that a lot of smaller dogs aren’t best suited for kids because they can quickly become terrified when they have many pairs of hands coming at them all day.
  • Think of things like your family’s energy level, time that you’re home, and age of your children and use that data to help better choose.  Certain breeds will require more exercise, require more attention, etc.
  • Once you’ve found the breed that YOU like and you feel best fits YOUR family, go search out the right individual within that breed that meets those characteristics.  ***This is very important***  Many people through their research find that a Labrador or German Shepherd, for example, are the best breed for them.  What they don’t realize, however, is that those two breeds, amongst dozens of others, have been severely over-bred and improperly bred for the past two decades.  What that means is that all the info you learned in your breed related books doesn’t apply.  Yes, perhaps a German Shepherd is typically strong and confident but just try getting one from a lousy breeder and you could very well end up with a neurotic, fearful mess.  Yes, a Labrador should be happy-go-lucky but just try getting one from a horrible breeder (the majority of breeders are horrible breeders, by the way) and you could end up with a Labrador that snarls at children.  At this point it’s important to note that rescuing a dog is a viable option.  You obviously can’t know too much about the dog’s history, though, so you’ll have to test the dog out, take him out for walks, do a trial weekend at your home, etc. before deciding.

If you were to break down my advice into one simple adage it would be- ‘Don’t think about which breed is best for a family…instead think of which breed is right for YOUR family and then search out the individual within that breed that is MOST likely to be great with your kids.’

I’ll tell you that the breeds best for MY family would likely be Jack Russel Terriers, Labradors, Belgian Malinois, Rottweilers, German Shepherds, and Airedales.  Those breeds in other families, though, could be a disaster.  And just try giving my family a poodle, a boxer, or a Cocker Spaniel.  While I think those breeds are wonderful they are just a lousy fit for my family.

Best of luck in your choice and happy training.

10 Year Old Kids Don’t Own Dogs

Dogs and KidsDogs and Kids- The Real Truth

In my years of training dogs I have run across few absolutes.  It seems like there are dozens or even hundreds of ‘rules’ that dictate dog behavior and dog training.  Having said that, it seems like I will find exceptions to most rules.

The topic I wanted to touch on today is one of those.  Is this topic a hard and fast rule?  No.  But if I had to put a percentage on it I’d say that what I’m about to present is correct 99% of the time.

I’m talking about dog ownership and children.

I love dogs.  I’ve got two of them in my home.  I love kids.  I’ve got four kids in my home.  But what I realize is that, for all the best intentions in the world, children just aren’t capable of owning dogs.

Dogs and Kids- The Promises And The Pleading

In my career I’ve been in the home of hundreds, if not thousands, of dog owners.  In many of these client situations I’ve found that the dog was purchased ‘for the kids’.  The dog was invited into the home ‘to teach the children responsibility’.  Or that the puppy came to live with the family because the ‘kids could take care of it’.

I can only think of one or two occasions that I’ve come across where this is actually the case.  Instead, in most scenarios that I’ve come across, I’ve encountered strife and fighting amongst parents and children.  Expectations that existed upon purchase of the puppy seem to go out the window within weeks and the family is left trying to figure out how to take care of this creature.

Dogs and Kids- The Reality

The reality is that most kids I meet under the age of 13, 14, or 15 can hardly remember to bathe themselves if they don’t have a parent telling them to do so.  Most of them can’t make much more than a sandwich if they were hungry.  They can’t drive themselves anywhere, they lose track of time when playing video games or playing with friends, and homework doesn’t get done unless the dutiful parent is on their case.

Now, I know there are plenty of exceptions as well as plenty of even worse cases.  My point here is not to insult children.  They are what they are.  They are grown ups in training.

My point is, though, that how is it possible to take that level of understanding and awareness and make sure that it is waking up on time in order to take the puppy out to the bathroom?  To supervise that young dog with enough precision that it can’t sneak away and chew on shoes?  To be on enough of a schedule to remember when it’s potty time, meal time, etc.?  To have the coordination, dexterity, and ‘stick-to-it-iveness’ to follow a training program?

The reality is that kids just can’t do this.  This leads to a never ending source of frustration for me as I try to help dog owners understand that their puppy or dog isn’t going to reach it’s potential with a child at the helm.  A few examples:

– We had a client where both mom and dad worked long hours and the 9 year old child was home alone with a German Shepherd.  The complaint was that the German Shepherd would drag the child around the neighborhood when going on walks.

I was horrified to learn that they had even sent the young child out alone in the neighborhood with a dog that was about the same size as the child.  It doesn’t matter how well trained the dog is, what if the dog has one bad day and drags the kid into traffic pulling after a cat?  It doesn’t matter how well trained the dog is, what happens if a loose dog comes up and starts a fight with the dog and now the child is in the middle of 150 lbs. of dog fight?  The potential for disaster is endless.

– We had a client where dad worked a lot and mom was home but wasn’t too interested in the dog.  They wanted the 13 year old son to take care of the dog.

Think about the average day of a 13 year old.  He leaves in the 7 o’clock hour for school and gets home during the 3 o’clock hour.  He’s got homework, he’s got sports and activities, and hopefully time to play with friends.  Where is it possible in that scenario that this 13 year old boy is going to have much time at all to dedicate to the training and care of a dog?

– We’ve had several clients with multiple children and a young puppy in the home.  In these cases the children are often tasked with ‘supervising’ the puppy.

Folks, how many of you have kids that can go long periods without some degree of supervision?  Let alone asking those same children to supervise and train an 8 week old dog?  It just isn’t going to happen.

Dogs and Kids- The Ideal

After writing all this I don’t want to come across that dogs and kids should have nothing to do with each other.  In fact, I think kids should be taught to feed and clean after the dog, train the dog, and care for the dog.

What I’m getting at is that it should never be the primary responsibility of children to care and maintain a dog.  Any work the child does in that respect should be under the supervision of a parent to make sure it is being done correctly and with the proper techniques.

Dog Training- Success Vs. Failure

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Dog Training- What A Week!

I was struggling to find the right way to begin this blog post.  I didn’t want to come across as braggadocios but I did want to give some background into why I’m writing this post.

You see, this was a good week for my ‘dog training‘ ego.  I happened to run into someone who had purchased my dog training videos several years back.  He told me what a difference those videos had made and then he showed me his dog.  His dog was impeccably trained!  I was so impressed!  His dog was highly obedient, both on and off leash, even with distraction of other people and dogs around.

I also received several emails this week from people thanking me for the results they had been getting from the training DVDs they had purchased.  One was telling me about how well his puppy was going and another was telling me how their dog’s aggression had been improving.

We frequently get emails and calls from our clients and are thrilled when we get them but this was the first time that I had actually run across someone who I had never met but had received some great training from my videos.

Needless to say, the combo of meeting this dog owner and receiving some of these thank you emails:

  1. Boosted my ego.  I won’t lie.  I loved hearing and seeing these things.
  2. Made me think and wonder.  What is the difference between someone who is thanking me for my dog training DVDs and the person who is returning them to get a refund.

Dog Training- What Makes The Difference?

Perhaps I shouldn’t admit it.  Many business owners will never admit to having customers that aren’t happy with their company.  I won’t lie, though.  While we do our best to provide the best dog training information possible we may not be the right company for every dog owner out there.

Our training DVDs carry with them a complete money back guarantee.  If people aren’t happy they can get a return on their money if they return us the DVD programs within 45 days.  We believe in our training so much that I think we’re the only dog training company to do that.

So far we’ve been rewarded.  I think the most return requests we’ve ever had in a month has been two.

In any case, on some of these occasions people want to return the DVDs because they got rid of their dog, didn’t have time to train the dog, etc.  On other occasions, though, we’ll get an email request to return the DVDs and people will complain ‘the training didn’t work for me’, ‘it didn’t work on my dog’, ‘your techniques don’t work’ or some other sort of complaint along those lines.

No matter the reason, we refund them their money but I often wonder what the difference is between the guy who is showing me stellar off leash obedience and the guy who says my methods are lousy?

Dog Training- Action vs. Inaction

With that in mind I went about interviewing and questioning these wonderful folks who took the time to get in touch with us this past week.  I compared their answers with the answers of those who ask for refunds.  I looked for similarities but above all I looked for differences.  I wanted to determine why some have dog training success and others, with the exact same methods, have failure.  And I think I found out the difference.

There was no ‘big reveal’.  I didn’t have an ‘a-ha moment’.  There was no voice from the heavens or light bulb going off.  What they told me was so simple it almost seems ridiculous to mention it….

The difference is that these folks….took action.

That’s it.  They found dog training information they believed in and they got to work.

You see, in many cases when someone writes me to tell me ‘hey man, your methods such and they don’t work with my dog’ I want to help them achieve their goals.  I’ll often tell them, ‘I’m sorry you haven’t found success.  What trouble were you having with my methods and perhaps I can help.’

When I ask this I nearly always get one of two responses:

  1. No response at all.  I’m not surprised.  Some folks just aren’t happy with anything.
  2. A response that signifies that they aren’t familiar with my methods at all.  Perhaps they never even cracked the plastic on the DVDs or even attempted to apply the dog training techniques with their dog.  Perhaps they were too lazy to get to work with their dog.  Regardless, in almost none of these cases can they converse back and forth intelligently about the methods that I purport will work with their dog and WHY my methods aren’t working for them.

Dog Training- My Methods

I believe in my methods.  I know they work and I’ve seen them work time and time again over the course of years and years.

Having said that, I’ve found that even if you aren’t using my methods (don’t worry, my feelings won’t get hurt) but you ARE actually training your dog actively you WILL get results.

I’ve found that someone with sub-par dog training methods and a great work ethic will get a heck of a lot more out of their training experience than someone with the best methods in the world that can’t bother to learn and/or apply those methods.

The bottom line is that I encourage everyone to use my dog training style.  I believe in it and know it helps people and dogs.  Even if you aren’t going to follow my style, though, at least get to work.  Don’t buy that dog training book, DVD, course, group class, private trainer, or other delivery method and then get frustrated when you don’t see results due to your own inactivity.

It’s Not About You

We all love our dogs.  In fact, there are many folks nowadays who love their dogs like they are family members.  I think this is fine.

Where it ceases to be fine, though, is when we start thinking that we need to treat our dogs EXACTLY like we want to be treated.  I’m a big fan of the Golden Rule.  When it comes to dogs, though, it just doesn’t always apply.

Let me give you some examples:

  • This is one I’ve heard a lot.  I had a client just the other day ask me about this and I’ve heard several variations over the years.  The client mentioned that one of their dogs slept in the crate and one of them slept out of the crate.  They wanted to know if this was okay because it didn’t seem fair.  I asked them about the dog that slept in the crate.  Apparently if she slept loose she would pace and whine throughout the night.  When she was put in the kennel for bed, however, she immediately conked out and went right to sleep.  My response to this client was, ‘Well, it sounds like she’s happier in the crate then…right?’ to which they responded in the affirmative.  I counseled them to realize that if the dog was happier and there was no training problem to speak of then why would they have an issue?  They said it just didn’t feel ‘fair’ that one dog was crated and the other not.  Remember, dog owners, it’s not about YOU.  It’s about what makes your dog happy and well adjusted.  You don’t need to feel bad with your dog in the crate if your dog is happily catching Z’s.
  • Going along with the crate theme, I often help puppy owners get their dogs crate trained.  The first thing I recommend to them is to not put a blanket or bedding in the crate.  Puppies are likely to chew on it and are more likely to pee on bedding than if the bedding weren’t there.  The response I often hear is, “Ohhhh…my poor puppy.  She won’t be comfortable without a bed.”  Remember, dog owners, it’s not about YOU.  YOU probably wouldn’t be comfortable in a crate without a bed.  YOU also would likely not be comfy sprawled out on the tile but your dog is.  YOU probably wouldn’t roll around in deer poop or mud but your dog is perfectly happy with that.  Just because a bare crate floor wouldn’t be comfortable for you doesn’t mean that your dog isn’t A-Okay.
  • I’ve known many dog owners that leave food out in a bowl all day for their dog.  When I recommend they stop in favor of scheduled feeding the argument I hear is, “Well, I like to eat throughout the day.  I think my dog should, too.”  Repeat it with me now….It’s not about YOU.  Your dog is a carnivore.  Carnivores aren’t meant to graze on food throughout the day.  They are meant to eat full meals and then digest them over the next several hours.  YOU are not a carnivore (I’m assuming, I’ve yet to meet the carnivore dog owner).  YOU are not set up to eat the same way a carnivore does.  For YOU it is more healthy to eat several times a day.  Remember, it’s about doing what is best for your dog.

These are just a few examples.  When it comes down to it, I often compare human behavior to dog behavior and there are many parallels.  In many cases it’s perfectly okay to put yourself in your dog’s shoes.  There are many other cases, however, where you’ve just got to remember.  It’s not about YOU, it’s about what’s best for your dog.

Train A Puppy To Stop Biting

Bloody hands…

Torn sleeves…

Shredded pant legs…

Puppies that bite or nip certain cause a lot of problems.  Use these techniques to curb puppy biting and nipping.

 

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Train A Puppy To Sit, Lie Down, And Stay

Every puppy should start out learning the fundamentals of how to sit, lie down, and stay.  There is a ‘connect the dots’ way to train this yet most people attempt to ‘reinvent the wheel’.

Watch as we work with a puppy (albeit a huge puppy) on these foundational exercises.

 

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