Hey guys, this week we’re going to discuss two quick and easy commands.  Those commands are “Drop it” and “take it”.  Last week I talked about how to teach your dog to leave things, so if you haven’t checked that out, you can do so HERE.   This week it’s all about dropping things he shouldn’t have!  I consider this the second most because ideally we should be able to say leave it.  But the world isn’t perfect, of course, so you have to teach him to drop things he’s not supposed to have, too.   “Take it” is almost like a release word, butRead More →

There are some people in this world that think that dogs should perform for us just because we want them to, but no one goes to work because their boss wants them to.  They go for the paycheck and you can’t expect your dog to be different.   Treats mean different things to different dogs.  For some dogs, just your praise is enough, but that’s definitely not true for all dogs!  Some dogs love toys, and others you just have to stick with the food rewards. Every single dog is food motivated.  I know, you’ve got that one friend that says their dog doesn’t like treatsRead More →

Do you feel like you’re repeating commands constantly with your dog? Or that they listen when you’re inside but as soon as you take them outside they could care less?  That’s common and a completely normal problem to have.  Sometimes dogs do that because other things are really interesting (c’mon they live for going outside) or just because they don’t realize that they have to because they’ve never had to before.  That’s common with rescue dogs that aren’t used to being trained.   Let’s look at some ways to get your dog to listen better.  I’m warning you now.  This post is LONG and THOROUGH withRead More →

I know you’re expecting me to have a wildly expensive training class that I want you to purchase at the end of this post.   Spoiler alert.  I don’t have one.  I mean, I can train your dog or help you train your dog, but I’m not trying to convince you to buy training classes from this post. I’m trying to convince you to train your dog, even if it’s just a little bit.   Related Posts: Why I hate Dog Vets 5 Foods you and your dog can share Stop Using Retractable Leashes! 5 Lazy dogs for Lazy People   Most people think ofRead More →

Hey guys, I know this is a weird way to put it but with four dogs (and a cat), you know some serious training goes on in my house! Except, it doesn’t really. Instead of training, everyone has general dog manners, but I don’t have four dog beds lined up where they must stay or anything like that. It’s pretty free form even though I am a dog trainer. When I explain it to my friends, I call it training versus manners. Training: Automatically heeling and sitting at stop signs Going into the crate when we leave Knowing things like “On your bed”, down, stand,Read More →