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Dog Bites Increase

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Headlines read: “Man’s best friend? Severe dog bite injuries have increased”1

The article goes on to state that dog bites incidents grew by 86% from 1993 to 2008. We really need to be asking ourselves why this is happen. Dogs are our best friends. No other animal can be the companion that a dog can be. Reading stories like this is very upsetting to me. A dog can be everything to us, given the opportunity. Is that where we are going wrong? Are we not giving the dog’s the right opportunity?

Our lives have become so complicated. There seems to not be the time for a dog. This actually makes it even more important to train your dog. Start that training at a young age. Help to bring your dog up correctly so that he/she fits into your lifestyle so that he/she can be part of that lifestyle. Make a commitment and follow it through.

Using a dog trainer that teaches you how to teach your dog is important. That way, you have an understanding on how to communicate with your dog in all situations. Communication leads to understanding the role your dog needs to play in that situation.

Then we, as humans, have become used to having everything happen quickly in this electronic age. We have failed to progress in how we raise our dogs though. We now use computers and cell phones to help raise our children but we still expect to give the dogs a treat and expect them to follow though with the rest of the communication. I’m not saying that treats do not work, what I am saying is that a treat needs more than just giving it to the dog for it to work. It takes more time to communicate with that treat. Why should we not move forward in the electronic age with our dogs?

The technology is available. Remote (shock) collars are are a great way to communicate with your dog. You just need to find a trainer that uses them as a communication tool. There are many trainers out there that have studied to expand their knowledge on how to use the remote collar as a communication tool.

Let’s start working on decreasing the bite statistics.
1.) Make the commitment to your dog – train him/her to fit your lifestyle.
2.) Do not leave your dog unattended unless in a kennel.
3.) Teach your children not to approach a strange dog.

These 3 things will decrease the bite statistics considerably.

1.http://www.latimes.com/health/boostershots/la-heb-dog-bite-20101202,0,3917303.story

St. Louis Dog Trainer Goes For Continued Education

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

Through the years of training dogs, I have learned many things about behavior and why the behavior happens. Dogs act out for many reasons. The most common reason is due to fear. Some of the dogs that are acting out in fear are doings so due to body issues. If you are uncomfortable, you really do not wish to be messed with. Because of Kane, my Giant Schnauzer’s body problems, he often acts out in fear around strangers. We have known since Kane was 8 months out that he had problems with his hind end. Sometimes Kane’s hind end is so uncomfortable, he has problems just sitting or laying down and even more problems standing back up. Because of this, I have been doing some research on how to make him more comfortable.

On June 24 – 26th, I went to OH to learn Maryna Ozuna’s Canine Kinaesthetics™ Kane and I spent the weekend learning Maryna’s method of canine massage. All I can say is “Wow!”. Kane is moving much better and is more comfortable. Because of this, Kane is also much friendlier to strangers. He is now going up and saying “hi” and allowing people to give him a quick pat.

Since returning home, I have worked on a few other volunteers with the same results. Their owners tell me how much happier their dogs are – how much better they are moving around, sitting, getting up and down. If you would like more information on this for your pet; please give me a call at 636-828-5538.

St. Louis Dog Trainer’s July Where’s Karlie Contest

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

No one won last month’s “Where’s Karlie” so we thought we would run it again this month. We did have a couple of people tell us where Karlie was but that doesn’t count! Grab your dog and your camera and go take a picture. Then send it to me via email to win a prize!

St. Louis Dog Trainer – The Dawg Trainer’s June 2009 Where’s Karlie?

Friday, June 5th, 2009

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