I so often hear people refer to their dogs as their “fur babies” or “four legged kids”…these sayings usually make us dog trainers cringe. When I hear these terms of endearment for dogs (because, hey that’s what they are right? Dogs!), what I am really hearing is someone who has humanized their dog. Someone who could never possibly say no to this cute, furry, creature. Someone who could never hold a dog acountable for their own actions. Now, this may not be true for all people who use the term “fur baby”,......
So your dog is not listening to you…and I bet you are getting more frustrated by the day! Here are the top 3 reasons your dog does not listen to you: 1. He does not understand what you are asking of him. Imagine travelling to Germany and not speaking a single word of German. You get off the plane and someone starts speaking to you in German. You don’t understand what they are saying. They repeat themselves a few times, obviously getting more frustrated that you are not replying. Now apply that......
The most common issue we deal with is pulling on the leash. We usually get the call after people have tried different training collars or contraptions without proper instruction, and at that point they are beyond frustrated. Before you can get your dog walking nicely, it’s important to understand why they pull. Here are the top three reasons your dog pulls. 1) It’s rewarding. Your dog truly believes that pulling gets him what he wants. Whether he is pulling you to sniff a tree, pulling you to go greet someone, or simply pulling you to go forward…he is being......