Posts Tagged ‘pet dog training’

Having Fun AND Building A Relationship With Your Dog

Sunday, December 16th, 2012

Today’s dogs have joined the unemployed population. They are bored and looking for things to do. We, as dog owners, need to give them something to do. To do this, we must build our relationship with our dogs. There are many ways to build a relationship with your dog. All these ways revolve around communication and learning how to communicate with your dog. Some ways are more fun that others. One of the favorite ways among dog owners are teaching tricks! Dog tricks are entertaining and they help teach your dog to think. Tricks will also give you a way to enjoy your dog in the coming winter months.

The following dog tricks are not listed in any particular order. Some are pretty easy to teach and others are a bit more work. This list is not all inclusive but is intended to give you some ideas. To teach a trick, use your dog’s favorite treat or favorite toy. If you know of more trick ideas or have a funny story about dog tricks, please feel free to post them in the comment section. I’ll post a funny trick comment about Catch in the comments area after this blog post.

Answer the Phone


Jump Through a Hoop

Jump Over Your Arm/Leg/Stick

Jump Into Your Arms

Roll a Barrel

Drag a Box

Carry The Leash/Walk Yourself

Walk Another Dog

Shell Game



Take a Bow



Wipe Your Feet




Stick Out Your Tongue


Turn On/Off Lights

Sit Pretty

Give Me a Kiss

Wag Your Tail

Shake Your Head Yes or No

Find The Ball/Toy/Treat/Keys/Person

Carry a Message

Shake Hands

Play Dead

Roll Over


Say Your Prayers

Balance a Treat and Catch it

Bring the Newspaper

Get the Mail

Walk on Hind Legs

Push a Carriage

Poor Puppy!

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

What a great winter we have been having! Nice temperatures – not to hot, not to cold. Catch and I have been able to stay on the road without worrying about the weather affecting the temperature in the vehicle we are driving.

After the terrible weather last winter, I wanted to be ready for this winter. I started in September looking for an other car with 4 wheel drive since the Bravada was on it’s last leg. The TDT (The Dawg Trainer) van does great in the snow but it only has so much clearance. I bought a used Ford Explorer. Nice truck. Sits high enough that I can clear any snow drifts in the 1/2 mile driveway to the black top so that Catch and I can get around. Plus, I can still get up to 4 crates in there to carry more dogs.

Usually, if you see me, you see Catch. He’s kinda hard to miss. Catch is a 90 pound Giant Schnauzer pup. Even though he is 1.5 years old, I still call Catch a pup since he is not done growing yet. I did find it interesting when Catch and I would take the Ford, that I would find more people around the Ford than the TDT van. I guess the windows are not as dark in the Ford as they are in the van. And maybe it has something to do with the van having signage on it and the Ford does not. I suppose in the winter time, people do not hear me approach the vehicle as well as any other time of the year either. I started hearing things like “poor dog”, “poor puppy”. At first, I just let it go. Then finally, I had to ask. I apparently was missing something! Why were people feeling sorry for my pup?!? You would be surprised at the answers! At least I was surprised. People felt sorry for my dog because he was left in the car. They felt he would have been better off at home. I was at Rural King one day and see 2 separate people approach someone else’s vehicle and do the same thing. Their reasoning? They felt sorry for a dog trapped in a car. Let me throw in a disclaimer here too: every time this has happened the temperatures were nice. Both vehicles had their windows down enough for ventilation. In the case of the dog “trapped” in the car at Rural King, his windows were all the way down and the people were actually petting the dog (that is for another blog post :-)).

Trapped? To me, trapped means to not be able to get out of. Like a land slide or a collapsed building – maybe being in jail or even house arrest! Catch must not be under house arrest since he is not in the house, right?

Catch is a trained dog. He is reliable on and off leash. Catch likes to go for rides. In fact, you can not say the “G” “O” word in front of him or he runs to the door and is ready to go! He will race you to the car and then dance around watching you to see which car you are headed to so he can beat you to that one. He then sits and waits at the door he normally uses to enter the car until you release him with the command he knows which tells him to get into the car. He rides well – rather the trip is only 10 minutes long or 10 hours long. I can leave him in my car without worrying about him eating a seat or the dash! Life is good!

Catch is not trapped in life. Being a trained dog opens the door for many adventures for the dog and his/her owner. Catch is able to go into stores that allow dogs, sit on a patio and have dinner with me or go to a BBQ with friends or family. I can be gone for hours and not have to worry about whether Catch needs out – has enough water – is hungry – all because he is right there with me, enjoying life, meeting new people, going on adventures.

All dogs should be as trapped as Catch.

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.


St. Louis Dog Trainer Sponsors Disc Dog and Agility Workshop!

Monday, May 10th, 2010

St. Louis Dog Trainer Helps Raise Funds For Delta WaterFowl.

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

Join us on April 18th, 2010 to raise funds for Delta Waterfowl and to work with your retriever! The Dawg Trainer will set up 2 land doubles and one water double with a blind to work with your dog and to see what you need to practice on before duck season opens! Donation of $25.00 per dog.

Join The St. Louis Dog Trainer in Herman, MO on February 27, 2010.

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

Come join us at Orschlen’s Farm and Home in Herman, MO on February 27, 2010! We will be doing free demos with your dog and our’s throughout the day.

Retriever/gun dog class and workshop from 11 AM until 1 PM.

“Puppy Party!” from 1 to 3 PM. Bring your 8 weeks – 16 week old puppy and join us for the fun!

Pet Group Class will be held from 3 PM – 5 PM.

Would you like to see how to with your dog around distractions? Have your dog come when he is called? Even off leash? If you have any questions about the event or about your dog; call 636-828-5538.

103 Danube Drive
Hermann, MO 65041
(573) 486-2366

Store Hours
M-Sat 8am – 8pm
Sun 10am – 6pm

St. Louis Dog Trainer Answers: How Did This Happen With The Dogs?

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

“With the ever increasing population density in our cities and surrounding communities the historical approach to canine ownership is no longer a viable approach.  The problems that are arising  DO NOT lie with the dogs but with humans and their changing perceptions and circumstances”. 1

Wow, what a mouthful. I would like to talk about this some. I agree with this statement but only to some degree. I do believe that the problems lies with us, the human, for the shape of things today. but I am not convinced that it is due to the population density in our cities and communities. Let me explain:

Think back in time. Think back when you were growing up with your family dog. Do you remember? Playing in the yard with your dog right there beside you. You both made army forts together or maybe it was mud pies. The neighbors came over with their dog and while you played cowboys and indians, the dogs ran and played with you. Most yards did not have fences and many times, you would open the front door to find one of the neighbor’s dogs sitting in the yard with Fido and you thought nothing of that.

Now, fast forward to the present. Look around you. What do you see? Today, everyone seems to have a fence. Many of those are actually privacy fences where no one can see what the person on the inside is doing. We wake up of a morning, let the dog out, feed the dog, and then we leave for work. Many of us travel an hour or more each way to and from work then add at least 8 hours on the job. That makes for a minimum of 10 hours away. When we get home, we’re exhausted. By the time we let Fido out again and fix dinner; all we wish to do is relax for a bit. Weekends are not that much different. Some of us need to work the overtime to make ends meet – especially in this economy of cost going up and income going down. Some of us need to get away on the weekends because we find our jobs so stressful that we need the break. Where does that leave Fido?

We bring Fido home as a puppy and we think he is so cute that we can not set boundaries and rules yet. Let him be a puppy. As he grows up, we can’t take Fido out in public because he has no manners. Then Fido is full grown. He’s strong and pays us no attention. Fido stays at home when we go places because he jumps on people or snarls at strangers or charges other dogs. How did this happen?

Many things brought this about. All of these things could have turned out better if we would have slowed down and set rules and boundaries in the beginning. Nutrition and genetics also play roles in our pets behavior but even those are more tolerable when we set rules and boundaries.

Before you ever pick up your puppy, think about how you want your puppy to behave and make a plan to make that successful. Hiring a pet dog trainer should be in that plan. Start from day one, taking your puppy with you everywhere humanly possible. Please keep in mind, you do not want to leave a puppy unattended in a car. Socialize this puppy to people, strangers and other dogs. Attend puppy socialization classes and beginning obedience class. You will want to teach your puppy right away not to jump on people. Teach your puppy how to come when he is called and how to sit. Use the sit command when you meet a stranger. Your puppy does not get pet until he sits. Do not pet your puppy while he is jumping up. Teach your puppy how to be calm. A pet dog trainer can help you set up your puppy for success and set you on the right path to enjoy your puppy for many years to come.

What brings the biggest success to raising your puppy???? Consistency. Throughout your dog’s life, practice consistently the behavior you wish your dog to exhibit. If you let your dog bolt through the door, bark constancy or chase the neighbor’s kids, that is the behavior they will learn. If every time you open the door, the dog has to sit; practice consistently, every time you open the door your dog will automatically sit without you saying differently. The next thing you will know, people will start telling you they wish their dog behaved as well as yours.

Contact your local pet dog trainer today to see how they can get you were you would like to be with your dog.


St. Louis Dog Trainer questions helping or hindering?

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

A good friend, along with being a well known dog trainer, Robin MacFarlane of That’s My Dog! Inc. was off teaching other dog trainers how to use the remote collar at Jackson County Humane Society when she was approached by a woman calling herself a representative of PETA. I will let you read Robin’s account of the story here: After you read Robin’s story and the volunteer at the shelter response, the rest of my post will make more sense.

One of the first things that popped into my mind while reading Robin’s story was how the woman was there at least once a week to look around, yet not once during that time actually volunteered to help at the shelter or bothered to bring in any food or medication for any of the animals. All this individual was doing was looking for problems instead of helping or resolving any problems.

As my past clients know, The Dawg Trainer looks for methods that helps to solve the problems that an individual is having with their dog. In other words, The Dawg Trainer wish to find solutions. If members of organizations like PETA were to work as hard at solving problems instead looking for more problems – just think how many problems they could actually solve.

With that thought in mind, I believe it would be a good thing to help Jackson County Humane Society with their current problem. Most of their problem can be solved with money. With money they could buy kitten food they need for the spring batch of kittens dropped off or medication for the cat that has allergies. I know times are tough for everyone these days. If you can afford to, please write out a check for whatever amount you can afford. In the memo section of that check, write “TMD thanks you” and mail it too:

Jackson County Humane Society

If there is a local shelter in the area that would like to learn more about what we do here at The Dawg Trainer, please contact me. The staff at The Dawg Trainer would be more than willing to show you what we do, how we do it, and help you with any dogs you currently are having behavioral problems with.

Twitter and TwitPics

Thursday, September 25th, 2008

While at E-collarpolooza this weekend, JT Cough talked about networking on the web. Twitter and TwitPics were 2 areas in which she talked about. I can post from my iphone a quick comment or a picture and it will show up at I know the picture part I will use often. Thanks JT!

Force meets Tessa on TwitPic

The Dawg Trainer Visits Central Elementary School – Dog Safety for Children

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

Jilly and I were invited to speak at Central Elementary School on July 10th. I had a very hard time thinking up what to talk about to the children of the school until I started doing some research. I found that 50% – 75% of dog bites reported in the United States each year were children. I know from personal experience that most children do not know how to approach a strange dog. I can remember a trip to PetsMart with one of my dogs where a child came running up from behind my dog and I and grabbed him around the back legs and gave him a hug, resting her head on his back. Thank goodness I heard her coming and I had a well trained dog with me or that could have become a scary situation. I have not had an adult do something like this yet, but I have had adults make the wrong decision when it comes to approaching a strange dog. I believe everyone could use a refresher course in safety.

Statistics show that there are common patterns surrounding dog bites. A few of these patterns include: more than one dog, a dog is in the backyard at a neighbor’s, no adult supervision, and the dog is normally kept on a chain or a rope.

There are many ways to keep a child safe around strange dogs. Talk to your children about these safety steps:
1. Always stay calm around dogs. Do not make loud noises or sudden moves. Talk softly.
2. Do not run up to a dog.
3. Do not hug a strange dog.
4. Do not put your face near a dog’s face.
5. Do not touch a dog that is growling, showing his teeth or barking alot.
6. Only approach a dog when a grown up is around and watching.
7. Do not take toys or food away from a dog.
8. Do not bother a dog when it is sleeping.
9. Do not pull a dog’s tail, fur or ears and do not poke at a dog through a fence or with a stick.
10. When a dog approaches you, stand still and quiet. Keep your hands at your side and allow the dog to sniff you.
11. Do not run away from a dog that is chasing you. Stand like a tree. If the dog knocks you down, curl up in a ball with your arms over your face and head.
12. Avoid eye contact with dogs that are barking loudly, showing their teeth or growling. Back off slowly and walk away.
13. Always ask the dog’s owner if you can pet their dog.
14. If the owner says yes, slowly reach towards the dog and make a fist so the dog can sniff your hand and then pet the dog under the chin.

The Humane Society of the United States has a Dos and Don’ts coloring page to help your children spot the proper responses and improper behaviors. The American Veterinary Medical Association has a Yes or No Picture Page to help your children practice their new knowledge of dog safety. Also check places like Dog Bite Law, Kids and Dogs: Safety First, and Kids and Dogs Safety Tip Sheet.

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