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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

Speak

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

Crawl

Limp

Take a Bow

Pray

Shy

Wipe Your Feet

Scratch

Sneeze

Wave

Stick Out Your Tongue

Spin

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

Beg

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.

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

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

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Remote Collar Training at St. Louis Dog Trainer, The Dawg Trainer

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Agility Fun at St. Louis Dog Trainer, The Dawg Trainer.

Monday, May 10th, 2010

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 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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