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It may surprise our long time customers to hear me say that I prefer our Leerburg streaming videos to Leerburg DVDs. This short article explains why I say this.
When we train with food rewards we will meet people who tell us how foolish we are for training with FOOD TREATS. We will be told that it is only a matter of time before we ask our dog to do something and we don't have food with us to reward the dog with and then what will you do?
The two most important things a new dog trainer can learn how to accomplish with their dogs are: 1) They need to learn how to get and maintain "ENGAGEMENT". 2) They need to teach "GENERALIZATION" as it relates to commands.
I am 65 years old. For the past 40 years dog training has been my passion. It's what I do, it's what I study and it's something I learn new things about every day. It's also something at which I have been lucky enough to make a living for my family.
Maybe it's my passion to find a better way that makes me want to share what I learn. Or maybe I am just trying to make up for all the bad training I did with my old dogs (who all deserved better than what I gave them) that makes me want to help people not make the mistakes I made along the way.
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:
This article is being written for dog owners who believe that have a problem with aggression or poor behavior with their family dog.
We get a lot of emails from people who believe they have dominant dogs. The fact is very few dogs are truly dominant. We feel the vast majority of the people who email us don't have dominant dogs but rather they have dogs that have never learned rules. For lack of a better description I call them dogs that have never learned "pack structure rules".
There is a lot of talk in the dog world these days about ALL-NATURAL DIETS (AN). The purpose of this article is to explain what these diets are and the reasons why I feel everyone should consider feeding their dog a natural diet. I will also explain what I feed the dogs in my own kennel.
Disclaimer: I am not a vet or a health care professional. Feeding a raw species appropriate diet can be a controversial topic, and like any feeding regimen can have health risks associated with incorrect feeding and preparation. DO NOT FEED COOKED BONES, ever! Cooking bones changes the molecular structure, they become brittle and may splinter and injure or kill your dog!! NO COOKED BONES.
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.
This article will detail three topics concerning dog parks: 1) The original purpose of dog parks. 2) The problems and dangers of taking your dog to a dog park. 3) How to prepare for a dog park. 4) How to handle and protect your dog while in the dog park.
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."
My philosophy of how to train dogs has been a journey that began when I was a boy in the 1950's and continues to this day. I get as excited today as I did 45 or 50 years ago when when I learn something new about training my dogs.
For me this journey began as a hobby and has evolved into a life's passion and work. It will end on the day I die.
If you are around bite work long enough, you will eventually see dogs that simply “will not” out. Nothing their handler does can persuade the dog to release, not prong collar corrections, not remote collar corrections.
We get emails from handlers of these kind of dogs on a regular basis asking “what can be done to fix this problem?” The majority of people who write have bought these dogs and are now seeing the problem.
I know that there are so called “Professional Dog Trainers” who offer protection dog’s or for a fee will claim to protection train a client’s dog. I am going to have to agree to disagree with these people.
It is unrealistic to expect a dog to determine when and who he can or cannot bite. It is also unrealistic to expect a child or even a young adult to be mature enough to command a dog to bite another person.