Dog Aggression Issues

Dog Aggression Issues

To any rescue that follows us or anyone that owns a challenging dog, this is a MUST READ!  I want to share something that we go over with clients all the time. We start today with heavy hearts.  As dog trainers, you can only imagine the networking with other dog trainers across the country that takes place. Bouncing ideas, techniques and methodology off each other. Sometimes, we call each other when we have a real hard case and are looking for a breakthrough (no pun intended). And other times, we call each other just to chew the fat and have a laugh. This morning we were contacted by a fellow trainer and were floored by what they told us. Like us and many other trainers, this trainer is a balanced trainer and likens their training style to being in a pack. That’s how dogs operate, period….and what I am about to share with you will personify that. Our trainer friend took in a dog not too long ago from a rescue because of dog aggression issues. We personally followed the progress of this dog and what the trainer was able to accomplish was amazing! This trainer gave something to this dog that he probably never had before – freedom, confidence and happiness. As trainers, we ask potential clients to be realistic in their expectations when they have a dog with serious issues. It’s not always a wave of a magic wand and you get Lassie or Benji back. Sometimes, behaviors have to be managed and many times, can be managed effectively. Your dog may not ever play with other...
Liberated by Intensive Dog Training

Liberated by Intensive Dog Training

We would love to share this blog by a client our good friend’s Curtis and Meredith Crag of The Calm K9 in Tennessee. We could not argue the case for balanced dog training any better. Curtis and Meredith changed Leah’s and her dog Bruiser’s life forever. We always tell our clients that nothing can replace strong leadership, rules, boundaries and structure. Liberated I try and stay off of Facebook and Facebook comments, because we all know the consequences…you see a post that upsets you, you comment, WWIII starts, and no one changes their mind. I am pretty good about staying away, but about once a month I see something I just can’t pass. This morning, I’m looking at a picture of a precious dog and then I see it. The comment that I can’t pass. The one that hurts at my very core because it attacks the only thing that has saved my dog’s life. “That goes to show you that aversive “training” tactics lead to negative behavior and positive training leads to positive behavior!” I crumble. I crumble because I am instantly taken back to what I could only imagine were some of the darkest days for the most precious thing in my world. I think of all the dogs that could lose their lives because of these statements. I think of the 5 years that Bruiser was forced to stay chained, then confined. I go back to seeing him try to attack my husband. I feel all of the feelings of hopelessness that I felt when I was faced with the reality that Bruiser may be too dangerous to...

Addressing Your Dog’s Fear

BTK9T Tip: Is your dog afraid of EVERYTHING? Some dogs show their fear by some form of aggression and many of us have seen dogs that run and hide from everything. All of this can be from a bad background where the dog experienced negative things or it could be breeding or a combination of both. But like many other behaviors, dogs will continue these reactions to fear if allowed to. “How do I fix it?” you ask. The answer aside from your normal rules, structure and boundaries are specific training regiments immersing your dog in what makes him fearful – every day! Whether it’s vacuum cleaners, bicycles, trash cans etc, you start of with bits and distance at a time while at the same time, advocating for your dog and letting them know you will not let that evil thing hurt them. The goal is getting them closer and closer to what scares them and having them feel comfortable or at the very least, know they can cope with it! Follow us: www.breakthroughk9training.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/breakthroughk9?ref=hl Dog Training – Puppy Training – Dog Trainer – Richmond VA – Petersburg VA – Charlottesville VA – Colonial Heights VA – Williamsburg VA – Northern VA – Henrico County – New Kent County – Chesterfield County – Hanover County – Goochland...

Aggression Is Not The Issue!

How many times have we walked down the street and noticed someones dog – whether it was in a yard or someone walking past with their dog, and that dog lunges, snaps or barks in a menacing way? Most say, “Oh! That’s an aggressive dog!” Or how many times have we heard people say when they witness something like that, “That dog needs to be put down!” Statements like this couldn’t be more further from the truth. The fact is, the majority of the time it is many smaller issues that were left unaddressed that caused behavior like this. In fact, there is rarely a dog that “attacks” someone just for the sake of attacking. The majority of what people witness as “aggressive behavior” is behavior manifested because that dog has not had any of the following: leadership, structure and boundaries. The dog reacts this way because it does not know how to handle the situation at hand! So when you’re thinking of buying a puppy or adopting a dog – have a plan in place. A plan consisting of you arranging to start training as soon as you bring the dog home. If you lack the knowledge (and don’t be shy about it!), find a reputable trainer in your area. A reputable trainer will stay committed and follow up with you and make sure you understand and apply the methods they used. Follow us: www.breakthroughk9training.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/breakthroughk9?ref=hl Dog Training – Puppy Training – Dog Trainer – Richmond VA – Petersburg VA – Charlottesville VA – Colonial Heights VA – Williamsburg VA – Northern VA – Henrico County – New...

We Are Our Dog’s Keeper!

BTK9T Tip: Great dog trainer and friend, Dave Caramico with Empowered K9 Training in Arizona brings up a good point recently. Your dog needs a leader! Think about it…you are the leader or “Alpha” the moment you rescue a dog or buy a puppy. It’s so sad that so many times that people will procure a dog or puppy and act as if it’s maintinence free. Your dog will mimic whatever you do and whatever energy you send out. For instance, what do many households do when the doorbell rings? “Someone’s at the door!!!” or “I’ll get it! I’ll get it!!!” then a stampede to the door. Then some wonder why their dog does the same. That’s where so many bad manners such as jumping, barking or even some forms of aggression can surface. Act and behave around your dog like you would want your dog to do the same around humans! Follow us: www.breakthroughk9training.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/breakthroughk9?ref=hl Dog Training – Puppy Training – Dog Trainer – Richmond VA – Petersburg VA – Charlottesville VA – Colonial Heights VA – Williamsburg VA – Northern VA – Henrico County – New Kent County – Chesterfield County – Hanover County – Goochland...
Thresholds

Thresholds

Threshold training is almost just as important as place or crate training. If you let your dog barge out of the crate instead of waiting and coming out on cue or you let him go through a door ahead of you, he has learned he can do whatever he wants. Also, your dog will think it’s in charge or the alpha. Issues like this and others left uncorrected can turn into HUGE issues in the future to include forms of aggression. Tug has been cooped up for a while now as his back foot has been healing from surgery. Today – FINALLY – I was able to take him for a nice structured walk this beautiful fall morning. As anxious as he was because his activity is limited, he was still a gentleman when I told him to “wait” before coming out. It was a great walk and he’s still got it! Follow us: www.breakthroughk9training.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/breakthroughk9?ref=hl Dog Training – Puppy Training – Dog Trainer – Richmond VA – Petersburg VA – Charlottesville VA – Colonial Heights VA – Williamsburg VA – Northern VA – Henrico County – New Kent County – Chesterfield County – Hanover County – Goochland...