How To Choose A Dog Trainer

How To Choose A Dog Trainer

Choosing a dog trainer can be a daunting task especially when it seems like every trainer has their own methodology. The information in this post will hopefully serve as a guide to assist you in making the right choice for you and your dog. Choose a trainer who can assist you with the issues you are having with your dog. This may sound like a given, but if your dog is human aggressive, a dog trainer who only works with happy go lucky dogs will not be able to help you. Let’s say you’ve narrowed your choices of dog trainers down to the one you really like. It would be nice if everyone was honest about their skills, but unfortunately, that’s not always the case. It’s important to ask for proof of successful work with other dogs. In the age of technology, it’s not very difficult to post a video, and most trainers proudly have their work shown. If a trainer tells you that they don’t have proof of any dog they’ve worked with, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they can’t do what they say, but it is something to consider. Don’t get caught up in the letters behind a name. Certification isn’t required to become a dog trainer and while there are many talented certified trainers, there are also many who just as talented, but uncertified trainers who have successfully helped dog owners. The majority of trainers become trainers in the first place because they love dogs. However, it’s important to work with someone who loves the owners as well, and not just the money that comes from...
Dog Training And Behavior Modification – The Truth About Correction

Dog Training And Behavior Modification – The Truth About Correction

In the dog world, there is balance. That is what we strive to bring with our dog training and behavior modification…balanced training. In quality balanced dog training, positive AND negative reinforcement are used as well as positive and negative punishment. Now, when I say this, some people may think “Oh my gosh! What will he do to my dog?!” Stay calm! Negative punishment can be something as subtle as, telling my dog to sit for his food at feeding time. When he doesn’t sit, I walk away with his food. I want to share the below blog post from Steph Mahrle of Good Karma Training, NJ on correction. Great way to bring it into perspective: – Corrections Are Natural, And They Start With The Dam This is a perfect photo of pups socializing with their dam. Here, the dam (Momma dog) is calmly correcting her pup for some sort unacceptable behavior. In nature, thriving, healthy animals correct their young. The corrected pups respond by choosing to avoid the unwanted behavior. The pups are not devastated by the dam’s correction. The pups don’t cower in fear of the dam. The pups don’t resent the correction. Instead, the pups absorb the instant communication, and move right along to other challenges, by testing their boundaries, and observing the environment. A balanced dam doesn’t wait for her pups to present good behavior, and respond by profusely rewarding the pup. Instead, the dam communicates instantly to the pup, if the behavior presented is acceptable, or unacceptable, she then quickly moves on. A healthy, balanced dam doesn’t hold a grudge, or excessively punish her pups...
Seasonal Allergies In Dogs

Seasonal Allergies In Dogs

Allergies in pets are not only frustrating for the pet but also for the owner. No one likes to be woken up in the middle of the night to hear their pet chewing on its feet or scratching its sides.  In the fall, we’re met with dead leaves, dust, mold, and winds that stir up this toxic mix and send it wafting through the air. For pets suffering from inhalant allergies their symptoms will typically present more aggressively at this time of year in the form of itchy, irritated skin known as allergic dermatitis.  If your dog is a seasonal or yearly allergy sufferer, it is of the utmost importance that you learn everything you can on how to help your dog’s allergies. Mold can be a big problem for allergy-prone dogs.  If your dog spends time outdoors, there’s a chance he could encounter mold spores there. To reduce mold levels in your yard and help prevent an allergic reaction in your dog, power wash your house’s siding, driveway or patio if you find mold or mildew growing there. Remove mushrooms and other fungi to help protect your dog’s health, and take steps to improve the yard’s drainage so water isn’t allowed to stand. To prevent tracking in allergens, wipe your pet’s paws with a damp washcloth before entering the house and remove your shoes. Give your dog a weekly bath and brush him daily to remove pollen from the fur. Vacuum, dust and sweep the home regularly to pick up any stragglers that you might of missed. Wash your dog’s bedding and plush toys with a gentle, hypoallergenic detergent. If possible, keep your dog...
Purely Positive Training vs. Balanced Training

Purely Positive Training vs. Balanced Training

Positive Dog Training vs. Balanced Dog Training BTK9 Thought: Haters are gonna hate…period. Recently, we had a client comment on their dog’s progress update on Facebook. They were overjoyed with what they saw. They were happy that she is absorbing all the information we are feeding while at the same time – the dog is happy! This is the best part of our job, when we hear awesome comments and updates from the owners – the smiles on their faces and the confidence and liberation we see in the dogs! Shortly after reading the owner’s comments, someone unknown to me and the owners replied to the owners original comment. This comment obviously had a “purely positive” tone to it. The person, hereafter referred to as SL (for Sunshine and Lollipops) said basically, “If you love your dog, why are you causing it pain when teaching it in gentler ways is as effective and more humane?” <deep breath and count to 10> I started to respond to SL however, quickly realized that you can’t fix well….you know. So one, I banned her from the page and two, instead of wasting time and air on SL, I’ll use the time to inform and educate the masses who are interested and want to learn. First, this is the battle that goes on all the time in this industry. You have a failing “purely positive” part of this industry that is losing business. Why? Because so many results are short-lived because this approach to training is so reliant on food. I cannot tell you how many of our clients had already put their dog...
When Love Kills – Great Post By Maggie Forootan Of Lead And Love K9 With Maggie

When Love Kills – Great Post By Maggie Forootan Of Lead And Love K9 With Maggie

Many of our clients have heard us repeat over and over again the differences between dogs and humans. So many times (many times in good faith), we as dogs owners mistakenly treat our dogs they way we would a human child and unknowingly validate and encourage negative behaviors. This has many times lead to the creation of a monster. What you are about to read is a true story that was experienced by Maggie Forootan of Lead And Love K9 With Maggie of California.   By Maggi Forootan – Lead and Love K9 www.leadandlovek9.com This is a true story. The names of those actually involved other than myself have been changed. Today was a sad day.  Come with me as I take you on the journey of Sunny. Little Sunny was rescued at three months old from a horribly neglectful situation. Left in a crate with her siblings for days on end, forced to lie in her own feces and starved. Thankfully a rescue organization stepped in and saved Sunny. She was underweight, and severely dehydrated. The rescue group got Sunny the veterinary care she needed, and then placed her in a foster home. She healed and grew stronger by the day. Sunny’s foster mom Jill was kind and loving. She dutifully nursed Sunny back to health, and gave her the love and attention that she desperately needed. Jill felt really bad for Sunny, and allowed her to spend her days wrapped in a blanket while Jill cuddled and coddled her. Babying Sunny made Jill feel really good. She had literally saved Sunny’s life, and she felt that this sweet puppy...
Crate Training – Don’t knock It Until You Try it!

Crate Training – Don’t knock It Until You Try it!

Over the years, I have heard so many naysayers speak about crates (for dogs) and how anyone could ever keep their dig in a crate for any length of time. Now the truth? down time for your dog in the crate is one of the best things you can do for your dog! As a matter of fact, once your K9 companion has grown into an adult and is fully crate trained – there is absolutely nothing wrong with leaving him in the crate during the day while you work, run errands for a few hours etc. You see, it is much like “Place” training. Place is a designated spot i.e.; dog bed, cooler, floor matt etc where you dog is put on cue and stays. He can do what he wants on Place as long he does not leave. Both crates and Place allows your dog to have down-time, calming his body and mind which allows them when they are released from either – make better decisions. So start crate training your dog today! 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 County – Charles City...