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One of the most common themes in the many emails I get every day concern problems people have with house training their dogs. In March 2007 I wrote a 160 page eBook titled Common Sense Solution to House Training Problems. We sell it for $12.00 - you can view the table of contents on the link to the eBook.
There's no such thing as an almost housebroken dog. Either he is or he isn't. Saying a dog is almost housebroke is like saying your wife is almost pregnant. When a dog is housebroken he never uses the house for his toilet.
I will talk about the controversial topic of “the need for corrections in dog training.” I will tell you a little about my experience in dog training and why I feel the need to talk about this subject.
There are three types of all-positive trainers:
One of the most common problems that dog owners email us about is unwanted dog aggressive.. There are many reasons for dogs being aggressive to other dogs, cats or other animals. This article will only address a the most common reasons.
To begin to understand the solution of dog aggression one must first understand what triggers the aggression. There are 20 to 30 categories of dog aggression. We will only touch on a few in this article.
I train dogs with prong collars. There are very few dogs that I would not train with a prong collar. I recommend them to new dog owners, new trainers and people who own dogs with behavioral problems. While some think a prong looks nasty the fact is they are far more humane than a normal choke collar.
Bringing a new dog into a home is always an exciting time. It's like adding a new family member or guest to the household. While much has been written on bringing puppies into the home - very little has been written about bringing new adult dogs into the home. This article should help you make some decisions that will ease the transition.
I have used Muzzles to train dogs since 1974 and sold them for 20 years. This article is an overview of the different kinds of muzzles and how they work. I need to start this article with a warning. If you think you need a muzzle you obviously are concerned about aggression problems with your dog. Novice trainers need to work under the supervision of a professional if they have aggression problems.
I have owned, trained and bred dogs for 45 years. I have trained protection dogs and police service dogs since 1974. If you have come to this page you have issues with aggressive dogs. In the mid 1990's I wrote this article on "How to Break Up A Dog Fight Without Getting Hurt" which you can read below. It has been reprinted (with my permission) in many different languages.
I get a lot of emails about taping German Shepherds puppy ears. The majority of these emails come from people who are jumping the gun and worrying too much. By that I mean their pups are 3 or 4 months old and they are starting to panic because their puppies ears are not standing. I tell these people that they need patience, they need to wait until their pup has finished teething.
I have bred over 350 litters of GSDs in the 30 plus years of my breeding career. Over those years we have done our share of caring for newborns that need help. We have also come up with our own newborn puppy formula that I think is the best we have seen.
After 50 years of training dogs, over 30 as a professional dog trainer there are a few sayings that make a lot of sense to me: 1) "Dogs don't know how to be good unless we show them." 2) "You create your dogs value system." 3) "People don't give birth to a brat!" 4) "You can feed, water, and love your dog and he will like you, but he very well may not respect you." 5) "Dogs know what you know and they know what you don’t know."