Are You Prepared for Leash Training?

“Every time I take my dogs for a walk, they spend the entire time with their noses sniffing and dragging on the ground!” Scent Marking is serious business. Your sniffing Dog(s) inherited a very keen sense of smell from wolves. Dogs have since developed a complex social structure over the 30,000 years since separating from the Wolf. These instincts are … Read more

Training Dogs to Get What You Say

Try to Speak to Someone Who Can’t Understand You Training dogs is like trying to explain something to someone who doesn’t understand anything that we were saying.  Isn’t our first instinct to raise our voices or gesture with our arms and maybe point erratically to get our point across?  We simply want them to  understand … Read more

Use the Best Dog Training Techniques

My Method and Philosophy Stand out from Other Dog Trainers I am an advocate for a dog’s mental recovery. I truly want them to succeed. When I assess their demeanor, I then create a strategy to achieve the goal of the owner, and then I implement it. My dog training techniques involve Leash Training and … Read more

Use the Best Training Techniques For Dogs

Training Family Dogs with Treats is Not Good Longterm

In my opinion, I’m all for any of the Methods that use Positive Reinforcement training for their dogs. I don’g think the best training techniques for dogs involves spoon feeding treats to get “results”. In my opinion, this is not in the owners best longterm interest!

I say stop giving your dog treats for doing something you want them to do everyday! I believe the best training techniques for dogs should be the owner’s/Trainers honest approval.  It’s important to always praise for a good job at listening and following a basic command.  That is what I call the “Sugar“.  (Food treats should be given to dogs for just being dogs).  Food is a very good way to get your dog’s early attention, but for long term results, food treats used as training techniques for dogs must be phased out.

Family Dog Training For Owners and Their Pets

I am referring only to family and personal dog training and not of any high end treat training methods used in Police or Secret Service duty and for TV and Films work. This is everyday family dog training for owners and their pets.

My idea of a good training technique for dogs is giving them a treat or “Sugar” when they do what you ask.  I’m simply giving my dog a clear and honest approval of what I see coming back from it. That “treat” of accomplishment I honestly give them is way more impactful & longer-lasting than a goggled up dog treat.  Treats of approval and satisfaction given to a dog at the right time, will create a far more cohesive bond between them. I think people should give dog’s treats “Just Because” dogs love them.

“Training Doesn’t Have to Be Cruel and Punishment-Oriented”

Here’s a quote from a Positive Reinforcement expert about this Method of training techniques for dogs. “Training doesn’t have to be cruel and punishment-oriented,” Sylvia-Stasiewicz says. “If you train using positive reinforcement, you’ll get a trained dog and you will maintain the spirit of that dog.”  This approach fully mirrors my philosophy and method at Way of a Dog.

Training Techniques For Dogs “Personal Perspective”

Some dog owners believe that I might come in and turn their dog into something they won’t recognize.  I respond by saying…I do change attitudes…sometimes drastically!  In fact, isn’t that why you hired me in the first place? Most of the dogs I work with have morphed into something their owners can’t control or don’t recognize and understand anymore.

Most of the negative change these owners see in their dogs have happened right under their noses (or it came with a new adoption). Dogs “go rogue” in many ways, but mostly it occurs when owners allow it to happen over time.  Way of a Dog uses training techniques for dogs and owners to provide proper oversight, corrections and longterm understanding.

My Prescription for Your Dog’s Over-Reactions

My belief is that most of a dogs decisions are pre established from all of their previous set of experiences. Like in a Rolodex of preset reaction cards. These metaphorical reaction “cards” inside dogs heads, have very clear responses and states of minds related to what is “written” on them.  Think squirrels, postmen, arriving guests and other dogs.

There are profound implications for dogs and their owners when each of these cards are “Triggered”. When a dog is presented with these established “triggers”, they will then act as prescribed…and Waalah! A Predictable occurrence!

 

Dogs Can’t Help But React to That Presented “Card”

Those irrational and drastically overblown decisions stemming from this dog state of mind, are usually carried out in mindless repetition.  Picture all of your dogs past experiences and reactions engrained onto a recipe card! Once written, dogs will simply continue to react when that “Provocative Card” is presented.

Think doorbells or cat fights. Over time, the problems worsen when dogs amplify their “Normal” reactions that morph into over-reactions, which then lead them into becoming serious obsessions. When proper training techniques for dogs are used, you will be able to actively rewrite all of your doggie’s bad and poor reaction cards!

Someone Who’s Panicking Can’t Really Listen

Could you have a calm and reasonable conversation with a person who’s house is on fire, or who is drowning?  This is one reason why training techniques for dogs can help dog owners see the bigger picture.  A person cannot have a rational conversation when their house is on fire…or when they are drowning for that matter.  How can you expect to connect with your dog when it’s constantly worrying or unsure or distracted when it has become overwhelmed in it’s head?

Dogs in these irrational and drastically overblown states of mind regularly make poor decisions.  Certain decisions and overreactions are constantly and consistently causing all the same issues over and over again for their owners. My training techniques for dogs can help owners break the overreaction cycle.  Dog owners learn when and how they can get and keep their dogs attention using my Stop Sit & Wait method.

Timing & Training Techniques for Dogs can help owners

Many training techniques for dogs should be used during a dog owners daily routine.  If done properly and with precision timing, family dogs will ultimately get out of their own heads and give their owner some better and clearer responses.

I show dog owners how and when to reward their pet for giving them focus and for their calmer reactions.  My Stop Sit & Wait Method helps dogs to rewrite their previous over-reactions with ones that are closer to what the owner needs from their dogs. Calmer and more responsive pets are what I seek for my dog owners.

Feeding Dog Treats Hampers Long Term Connections

When considering my training techniques for dogs, feeding a dog Treats during training is only a short term fix.  Running out of treats or having to reverse a dogs treat dependence may eventually become yet another issue and impediment to any future training.

“Treat Trained” dogs are much harder for professional trainers and motivated owners to get to listen without using treats. What happens when you don’t have a treat to stop your dog from running into the street after a cat?

I Teach Dogs How to Listen to Their Humans

My training techniques for dogs can guide them on how to listen to their humans. Dogs should discover the amazing things they can and will want to learn from their owner/trainer.  Here is an example of some of my training techniques for dogs during a Dog Day Immersion: Izzy’s Full Dog Day with trainer Joe Ozier from Way of a Dog.  “Basic Training for Dogs and Their People”   Read more about Joe Ozier here:

Be Who Your Dog Looks Up To!

Way of a Dog-Dog Training Packages & Pricing

In House Dog Training

Affordable In House Dog Training Program This is an example of my in house dog training program that I call a Dog Day Immersion. Meet Santos.  He lived his entire lifetime unable to be picked up by anyone other than his owner.  When you try to pick him up or love him or even get … Read more

6 Years of Dog Training In Your Home

Why Dog Training In Your Home I am an advocate for a dog training in your home. It’s different than going somewhere else to get your dog training. My job is to assess a dogs demeanor and then help create a strategy to achieve the goal of the owner. Every approach involves Leash Training and … Read more

Why In Home Dog Training Near Me Works

In Home Dog Training Lowers Your Dogs Liability Keeping your dog from running out the front door should be the challenge of every dog owner. When dogs rush through the front door, they are dangerously close to ending up lost, injured or killed. Sometimes, it unfortunately happens right in front of the owners!  That’s one … Read more

Stop Dog Biting

7 Training Videos To Stop Dog Biting The following 7 videos are a series of Gabby Vignettes, that I shot during one of my Dog Behavior Training in home sessions to stop dog biting.  These sessions are adapted to Gabby and her special biting predicament.  These are  7 training examples from my Dog Day Immersion Program! … Read more

Choose a Personal Dog Trainer

Group Classes or a Personal Dog Trainer Choose a personal dog trainer that can work in your own home, not in a class with many other dogs!  There are always plenty of people to teach your dog basic obedience & hand commands, but are they a personal dog trainer? Group classes serve to get basic … Read more

Therapy Dog Training In Home

Training A Service Dog Was Not My Original Intention Training for Therapy and Service dogs is not my specialty nor do I claim much knowledge in that field.  What I can claim is the ability to help dogs begin therapy dog training in home before any qualified therapy or service dog training.  The beginning of … Read more

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