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St. Louis Dog Trainer – The Dawg Trainer – teaching Force to fetch

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

Most of you already know from my previous post about my new Labrador Retriever puppy named Force. Force turned 10 weeks old on Monday. I have been playing fetch with Force since the day I picked him up from the breeder at 7 weeks. We played every day even when in WI on a dog training seminar. We used toys, sticks or anything we could find to throw. Look at Force now with a regular sized canvas bumper! I’m very proud of him.

Importance of Socialization While Young.

Saturday, September 27th, 2008

Socialization during puppy hood is very important. For a well balanced, happy and social adult dog, socialization needs to start as soon as you get your new puppy. You have seen me posting about Force since I got him 12 days ago. I picked Force up when he was 49 days old exactly. In the last 12 days, Force has visited the vet to make sure he was healthy; rode on a ferry boat; has been to PetsMart; training evaluations and demos; training lessons, both private training and group lessons. And he has even been to Wisconsin. The slide show below is of Force in WI at a dog trainer’s seminar: Ecollarpallooza. Force was never in danger and was able to be socialized with adults, children and dogs. Some of the top dog trainers in the USA along with a trainer from Greece were in attendance with their dogs at this conference. If you have been watching The Dawg Trainer Twitter account, you have seen pictures of Force playing with other dogs during training sessions and with a group of children. Allow your dog to walk around and explore his environment in a safe manner. Force has been able to explore the world with my guidance. This well help him to become a well rounded, balanced and confident adult. Enjoy the slide show.

St. Louis Dog Trainer’s Group Training Class Having Fun!

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

Here are some pictures of Memorial Day Weekend Pet Group Class enjoying their dogs on a holiday weekend. We started out playing on the confidence course and practicing their command. We then moved on to a BBQ so the dogs could practice their good behavior.

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The Dawg Trainer Picture Slide Show

Saturday, April 26th, 2008

Retriever Training at The Dawg Trainer

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

Brody Brody is returning with a bumper. Brody arrived here at The Dawg Trainer a little over a week ago. Brody likes to retrieve a lot. He also likes to play keep away. Bumper, duck, dog dish or anything he can pick up he enjoys running with. Problem was, he was usually running the opposite direction.

Brody loves attention. He will bring back all retrieves for a nice “that’a boy”. Brody is now ready to join The Dawg Trainer’s retriever class on Saturdays. Brody will sit at your side and “mark” to watch for bumpers or birds to fall then run out to pick them up. He now comes running back and sits so you can take the item so he can go again! Brody is also becoming a better dog to have around. He is off lead around the property with a reliable recall and helps me do odd and end chores here on the farm. Brody’s owners are very proud of him. In the weeks to come, Brody will make a nice pet dog as well as a nice gun dog.

Luke is looking for a new home.

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008

LukeMeet Luke. He really is a nice guy. You can even ask Dr. Pam Echterling and her staff at Cave Springs Animal Hospital. Luke was there on Tuesday for his vet visit. Luke had blood work done and received vaccinations without even a flinch. Luke is a healthy 3 year old Rottweiler mix. He weight 70 pounds at the vet clinic but he is on a diet. He is neutered and micro-chipped.

Luke has been in shelters, foster homes and has been adopted twice already. Luke’s only problem is he loves to run. He is full of energy and is strong as an ox. Luke is now learning manners. On Tuesday, the first time Luke was let out of the kennel, he took off like a bullet and just about took my arm out of it’s socket. I worked with Luke for about 15 minutes and put him up to rest for a little while. By the time we left for the vet that evening, he was much better behaved. He greeted the staff with a smile and a wagging tail. Once Luke is finished with the training program, he will come when called, heel, sit, down, stay, place, wait, and he will know many more commands. For the person that adopts Luke, they will have free training for the life of Luke. The Dawg Trainer guarantee.

 Luke likes everyone. His last home was with a small dog and a young boy that he slept with every night. Luke will have to be watched when outside or must be in a fenced in yard to make sure he does not run off again. He will need lots of exercise.

If you would be interested in adopting Luke, leave me a post.

The Dawg Trainer – Where dog ownership becomes fun again!

Saturday, January 5th, 2008

Where dog ownership become fun again! Your dog will learn to come when called, sit, wait, heel, down, stay and much much more! Training is guaranteed for the life of the dog.

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Selecting A Trainer

Saturday, December 8th, 2007

The correct selection of a professional trainer to help a family with their dog training and behavior problems is essential. A good trainer should combine a variety of methods and be sensitive to the individual needs of the owner and the dog. While convenience, cost and scheduling are considerations, finding a class or having in-home consultation where you feel comfortable and successful should be your primary concern.These guidelines have been developed to help in that selection. Shop around until you find a trainer that will work for you.Ask your veterinarian for referrals. Vets see many well-behaved dogs often. Ask owners of well-mannered dogs where they received their training.Good training is flexible and suits the needs of the dog and the owner. Competent trainers modify their methods so that everyone can succeed.Find a trainer who can deliver what you and your dog need. If obedience competition is your dream, find a successful competitor. If you want to train your dog to assist you in your disability, find a trainer with that specialty.If you have a specific problem with your dog, ask trainers what their experience is with this problem. Ask if they have experience with your breed. Ask questions if you don’t understand their program or if something doesn’t sound right. Where possible observe the trainer with other dogs before enrolling. Are lessons orderly and enjoyable? Are students struggling with their dogs without getting help? Does the instructor use assistants to manage large classes? If an instructor won’t allow you to observe them, look elsewhere. How does the instructor interact with the dogs? Is the treatment too rough? Does the instructor genuinely enjoy dogs? Do the dogs enjoy the instructor? How does the instructor’s own dog relate to the instructor? Would you be proud to have a dog that behaved like the instructor’s dog? Instructors only spend a short time each week with the students’ dogs. Is the instructor preparing the student to practice until the next lesson? Interview the instructors you are considering. Ask where they got their experience. How long have they been teaching? Ask about failures as well as successes. Be skeptical of instructors who offer guarantees. Not all dogs and owners can be trained to the same performance standard in the same length of time. Look instead for instructors who offer to make time for students who need extra attention. Refuse to deal with trainers who make you uncomfortable. Is the trainer a member of a Professional Trainers organization such as The International Association of Canine Professionals or NADOI?

This document is provided as a courtesy by: IACP – International Association of Canine Professionals

The Dawg Trainer – Where Dog Ownership Becomes Fun Again!

Friday, December 7th, 2007

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Fun Times at Duck Dog Days

Monday, October 29th, 2007

HunterGateway Outfitter’s Duck Dog Days was fantastic! A great time was had by all that attended. Hunter did well, even if he did have to retrieve on black top. The venison chilli was delicious. Avery donated bumpers, there were gun cases and carriers donated as door prizes. The Dawg Trainer raffled off 2 free private lessons and 2 free retriever group classes which were won by Randy and Brad. We look forward to seeing them in the near future.

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