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Are you having trouble walking your dog? Does it pull on the leash, or get aggressive and excited when you come across other animals? This is quite a common problem, and a great source of stress to many dog owners.

Doggy Dan from The Online Dog Trainer gives five simple tips in this short video to help you to break bad habits and regain control of your dog.

If you’re looking forward to a stress free walk with your dog, without having to worry about getting dragged down the street, learn how to walk your dog with love. Be sure to watch this short video, and then check out Doggy Dan’s Free 4 Part Video Training Course. And of course, put what you learn into practice. Breaking a bad habit won’h happen overnight, with with persistence, you will get there.

Stop Your Puppy Jumping Up

yourpurebredpuppyLearning how to stop a puppy from jumping up is something you need to get onto straight away.

Puppies jumping up are a very natural thing that they do when they are little – to get attention – and in the wild to get fed by licking the Mother’s face to encourage food to be regurgitated. Showing your puppy that it does not get attention when it jumps is something that you should encourage from a very early age. Often it can seem like fun when a puppy is very small but when your dog grows to 35kg and can jump 5 foot high it is not so funny.

If you do not stop the jumping when your puppy is little then when your puppy turns into a larger dog it soon turns into a more dominant display of demanding your attention!

If your puppy is jumping up, simply turn and walk away. Ignore your puppy, no eye contact, no speaking and no touching. Continue to ignore and then after your puppy has calmed down, wait for 5 minutes and then call your puppy to you. If your puppy does not stop then isolate your puppy by either leaving the room or by putting the puppy in another room.

Puppy jumping up on visitors:

If your puppy is jumping on your visitors then ask them to do the same as described above. It may also help if you hold the puppy by its collar or on a lead until they relax – then release. If your puppy decides to mouth you then you should immediately isolate them in another room or a crate.

Puppy jumping up at you when you are getting ready for the walk:

Put the leash down and wait for 10 minutes or until your puppy is calm, then try again. This is important and although you are keen to go for a walk you should not rush it!

dogs-jumping-for-joy-12Important concepts:

It is really important not to speak – to stay calm and not say a word when your puppy jumps up. Remember your puppy is an attention-seeking machine!
Your puppy’s jumping up and space invading is not its way of saying I love you!!

Space is very important to a dog and if she can invade yours whenever she wants then she will lose respect for you.
How would you feel if a human constantly invaded your space! It is more similar than you think!!
Start as you mean to go on. When your puppy is calm then you can call her and pick her up for a cuddle
When you are ignoring your puppy keep your arms folded and walk past the puppy confidently and assertively.

The two most common mistakes:

– Inconsistency – sometimes puppy jumping up is given attention!
– People make eye contact…This invites your puppy over, so do not make eye contact, focus on something else.

Another trick that will help is to train your puppy to sit for everything! If you can get your puppy to practise lots of “sits” then her default behaviour will simply be to sit when you call her, and not jump!

For more information on puppy training then check The Online Dog Trainer for a FREE Four Part Video Training Course which expands on what we’ve covered in this article. Access the FREE Course Here.

Why Doesn’t My Dog Come When I Call?

One of the most common dog training complaints is “my dog doesn’t come when I call”.

Training the recall is one of the funniest of all dog-training exercises because we do so much completely wrong! Let me explain.

This is what we want to achieve: When we call our dog “here Bella” we want Bella to come sprinting as fast as she can to us.

Now, in order to achieve this we must make “here Bella” the best command in the world. With the best result and rewards at the end!

So here are some tips!

Never call your dog if you are thinking of telling her off! You can undo months and months of hard work training your dog to come by telling her off just once. Suddenly coming when you call could be a really bed move!
9 times out of 10 make sure that your dog has a good experience when she comes if you call you. On the 10th recall if you need to put your dog on a leash then do so.
When you call your dog to you think of coming as more of a “check in with me” than a “I am calling you to stop what you are doing”.
Use a long line to keep control of your dog if you are unsure. A long line is a piece of line or rope that can be as long as you like that lies on the ground but you keep within reach!
If your dog hates returning to the car then reward your dog back at the car with water and a small feed and things will soon turn around!

The basic formula to any good recall training is:

CALL your dog to you, then
REWARD your dog within 2 seconds and then immediately
RELEASE your dog.

In order to make your dog enjoy the experience you should learn the power of using affection and attention by withholding it and only giving it as a reward. This is one of the most powerful tools available to us and yet we get it all so wrong by giving the dog attention whenever they want and wondering why they don’t come when we call them!

All of the above are demonstrated live on video as well as how to establish yourself as the pack leader on The Online Dog Trainer.

How To Stop Your Puppy Toileting Inside

There are a few secrets to toilet training although much of the emphasis will always rest with you! Here are the facts about puppy toilet training:

Just as when a baby needs to go toilet they go, so it is with puppies – when a puppy needs to go they will go! So to start with you have to get them outside before they toilet inside. That is your job! If you fail, then blame yourself.

The best way to show your puppy where you want them to toilet is to show them the correct place. The best way to do this is to take them out when they need to go and then praise them when they go. You will be amazed how quickly they will learn if you give them an amazing treat for going in the right place. Think of it like this if the treat is a little piece of cheese, your puppy will after only a few toilets in the correct place start looking for the cheese treat saying “Hey where’s the cheese I just toileted on the grass!”

At a very young age 8 weeks or so a puppies bladder is very small and they can only hold on for sometimes 30 minutes or so before they may need to go again. So you must be vigilant.

After a meal, puppies will often need to go within 60 seconds so always take them straight outside. You should also take them outside as soon as they wake up, as their bowls will start to move and also last thing at night.

Associate a word that everyone in the house sticks to such as “go toilets” this way your puppy will start to hear the word and know what it means.

If you puppy does not go then be aware that they may still need to relieve themselves soon and restrict their movement to a smaller area that is easy to clean until they are taken outside and definitely toilet.

You should never rub a puppy’s nose in it to teach it a lesson. A puppy’s nose is 1000 times more sensitive than a humans and this will never teach them not to do it again. They will simply not know what they did wrong and do it out of sight the next time such as behind the couch!

There are lots more tips and tricks that you will assist you but these are the real basics. Take a look at The Online Dog Trainer for more fantastic advice about how to stop any puppy issue by watching videos.

Dog Training Tips From “Doggy Dan”

There are a few real keys to dog training, whether you are trying to train your dog to come when called, sit, stop barking or any other behavior. Understanding their importance is critical to achieving rapid results that are long lasting and help develop the bond between you and your dog.

The first is simple; you must win your dogs mind. If you don’t achieve this first then you will be struggling the all the way. When I talk about winning your dogs mind what I really mean is that your dog looks to you for all the decisions. Before you do anything else watch one of the amazing video sites that show you the 5 Golden rules to establishing yourself as the pack leader. If you aren’t putting these in place then you are setting yourself up to fail. Just at the crucial point where you really want your dog to listen they will go and do their own thing. For sure your dog may play ball occasionally or even most of the time, you may even have a dog that is obedient 99% of the time, however if you want a dog who always listens to you and does as you ask then you need to win your dogs mind.

The second key to success is to motivate your dog. It is really important that you discover what it is that your dog enjoys both in terms of exercise and play but also in terms of a reward. If you can make the experience enjoyable then you will both achieve more and look forward to training.

Some dogs love to fetch, others love agility, and other dogs simply love obedience training, or swimming out into water and retrieve. At least to start with find out what your dogs love is and help them develop this, what I am saying is work with your dog. The other point to recognize is to make training enjoyable reward your dog.

The three main rewards are:

Food- anything from a single dry biscuit to a whole piece of sausage!
Affection- pats, cuddles, lots of high verbal praise
Toys- games, throwing a stick or object, chasing your dog etc
Your dog is always going to work harder if you are fair in your training. Even if you do not want to use food you should make sure that you use affection accordingly when your dog does well

If you want to use food rewards then always follow these simple tips:

Always vary food rewards
Do not give food rewards every time
Never let your dog know what the reward is
If your dog doesn’t come first time then do not give them the reward
The third key to achieving perfection is practice! Learning how to encourage behavior that is closer to what you want than the last is the third key to success. Again this is where rewards come in so handy! Motivate and then show your dog what it is that you want and there is no need for any negative training!

One of the best sites that shows you all of this and more is The Online Dog Trainer, put together by top Dog Trainer, Doggy Dan.

Become The Pack Leader

Of all the questions that people ask “how to become the pack leader” is the big one! This is by far the most important question how to convince your dog that you are the person in charge. Think of the pack leader as the decision maker – where you should go on the walk, how to behave in different situations and how to respond to all the strange things that are out there.

When you understand how dogs packs work you soon realize the importance, that pack leader makes all the decisions. If you leave it up to your dog then there a big chance that your dog is going to get something’s very wrong and make a mistake!

In order to understand how to become the pack leader you must first recognize that the following means nothing to a dog….

What car you drive, the size of your house, the money you earn or the fact that you speak languages! Your dog would happily swap all of that for a nice snack!

Asking your dog to sit before her dinner falls a long way short of what you need to be achieving to become the pack leader and walking through doorways is only necessary when your dog is on the lead.

Lastly – dominating your dog is certainly not the way to become the pack leader in fact this can back fire badly on you later on if you teach your dog that physical strength is what it is all about. Whilst you may force your dog into submission it will not be convincing your dogs mind that you are worthy of the position and that you should become the pack leader only that you are a bit of a bully.

So how do you become the pack leader? All dogs worldwide, regardless of breed use the same ways to check to establish the pack leader. The best way to learn about how to put it into practice is to watch it being done on video as I have done through one of the video based web sites. The important areas to take control in are the following:

  • The pack leader will be in total calm control when your dog barks and alerts you to danger. This includes anything that your dog may perceive as dangerous and barks at in and around the property
  • On the walk your dog should not pull you at a single stage, even the beginning! Learning to walk your dog properly can only really be learnt through video as I have found out!
  • If you are the pack leader then your dog should be able to relax and switch off completely inside the house. If your dog is always switched on most of the time and can’t relax then that is your dog on pack leader duty!
  • Getting your dog to switch off is directly connected to how you meet and greet your dog after your return home. You need to watch it on video it is so subtle but it is the difference between being the pack leader or the follower.
  • Lastly, feeding your dog correctly will establish who is the pack leader and there is much more to it than asking your dog to sit! Also if you have a dog that is “not food motivated” then you may be in for a surprise!

If you want to understand more about this topic or see the videos that explain everything then simply take a look at The Online Dog Trainer

Looking for Trained Dogs For Sale?

Why Would You Want To Buy A Trained Dog?

Should you find trained dogs for sale, or train your dog yourself?So you’ve made the decision to buy a dog. It’s always a fun and exciting time when you make the commitment to add a fury friend to your family. But there is so much to think about. What breed should we get? What do I need to do to prepare our home for the dog? Where will the dog sleep? Do I need to install a doggy door? What sort of food should we have on hand for the new arrival?

And how am I going to train the dog so it is a well behaved member of the family?

Well, for the final question, you have two options:

1) Get a puppy and train it yourself, or

2) Get an older dog that has already been trained.

Personally, I have always trained my own dogs, rather than hunting for trained dogs for sale, as I have reared them from pups. This means that I have bonded with them from a younger age, and they know that I’m the leader of the pack. They behave exactly the way that I want.

But training yourself isn’t for everyone. I’ve seen many people who love their dogs but weren’t committed to a training program, and now their dogs run riot. The problem could have been avoided if they adopted an older dog that was already well trained, rather than getting a puppy and letting it rule the house.

Buying a dog that is already trained has the benefits that they will already be trained not to dig up you garden, toilet inside the house, and walk on a leash without pulling. So dog ownership will be a pleasant experience from day one.

The downside though is that you miss that bonding time during the puppy phase, and that the dog will test you from time to time to see what it can get away with.

Where Can I Find Trained Dogs For Sale?

There are a number of ways that you can buy a dog that has already been trained, including:

  • Adopting a trained dog from an animal shelter. This is my favorite option as you’re giving man’s best friend a second chance. Most shelters will conduct a behavioural analysis on each dog that comes in to make sure it will be suitable to be re-homed. You can find your local animal shelters in the phone book, or just google your city name + keywords like “animal shelter” or “SPCA”. Make sure to specify that you’re looking for a trained dog. The staff and volunteers will know the dogs well and will be able to help in rehoming the most suitable dog for your situation.
  • Buying through classified ads. There will often be trained dogs for sale in your local newspaper, or online on sites like Craigslist. Usually, the owner’s personal situation will have changed such as relocating due to work, an elderly person going into a nursing home, or financial difficulties, meaning that they need to find the perfect home for their loved family member.
  • Consider a dog rescue service. This may not be the best option, but still one to consider. These dogs will often be rescued from unsavoury conditions so may not be the best around humans and will need constant care. You may get lucky, but in general, a rescued dog will require a serious level of commitment.
  • Adopt a service dog. Not all seeing eye dogs make the cut. They have to be extremely well behaved to be one of the few selected for the task of serving blind people. The ones that don’t get the job are still usually very well trained by normal standards. Other options could include customs dogs, police dogs and racing dogs.
  • Finally, you can buy a dog from a trainer. This is going to be the most expensive way to find trained dogs for sale as you’re paying for the time a trainer has invested in the dog. But you know the job has been done properly. Try googling “Trained Dogs For Sale “and your city or state name to see what you can find.

How Much Do Trained Dogs For Sale Cost?

Depending on where you get dog and what breed the dog is, the cost could be anything from free to thousands of dollars.

Someone who needs to rehome their loved one may not charge you anything, and will probably give you all the toys, bedding, kennel, etc. too, so long as they know their dog is going to a fantastic home.

Adopting from a shelter or rescue center will usually cost a few hundred dollars, which may include the cost of neutering, and a donation to the shelter.

Buying from a trainer could set you back $5,000-$10,000 or even more.

Padded Dog Harness? Here’s Six of Our Faves!

We love this Leather Padded Dog Harness

Nothing is more important than a comfortable, fun and stress free walk for both you and your fury best friend. An a top quality padded dog harness can make a world of difference to how your dog behave’s on the leash.

With so many harnesses on the market though, it can be difficult to know which ones are worth looking at. Lucky, we get to interact with lots of dog owners and find out what sort of padded harnesses they’re using, and what they do and don’t like about them.

What to look for in a padded dog harness.

We look for the following qualities in any harness for a dog:

  • Design. It’s got to be well designed to ensure a good fit.
  • Quality. You harness is no good if it breaks first time your dog pulls on it! It needs to be made of a nice thick webbing or leather, great stitching and sturdy buckles
  • Plenty of Padding! It’s all about comfort for your loved one, so make sure there is a nice, thick layer of soft padding to make their walk a pleasant experience

So with that said, lets have a look at out Six Favorite Padded Dog Harnesses.

#6 Padded Dog Harness: Puppia Soft Dog Harness

Soft Padded Dog Harness from Puppia

This soft, padded dog harness from Puppia makes the list as a great ‘bang for you buck’ harness. Retailing from  just $12.29 on Amazon, this harness ticks all the boxes in terms of manufacturing quality and comfort. It comes in a great range of 12 different colors and sized from XS to 2XL, there’s one to suit every dog.

It’s padded all the way around the neck, and has an adjustable chest strap with a top quality quick-release buckle. We like it! For full details and colors, check the sale page on Amazon.

#5 Padded Dog Harness: Kurgo Tru-Fit Smart Dog Harness

Kurgo Tru-Fit Smart Dog Harness

Kurgo are renowned for quality dog products, and the Tru-Fit harness is no exception. This padded harness is idea for both walking and as a safely harness for travel in the car. The sturdy design features a nicely padded chest area, with a fully adjustable neck and chest strap to ensure a great fit all round.

There are sturdy, quick release buckles for easy fitting, and comes with a short 10″ lead idea for use in the car. Definitely worth a look, and plenty of stock is available on Amazon.

#4 Padded Dog Harness: OxGord Pet Control Harness

OxGord Pet Control HarnessThe OxGord makes the list due to its amazing value for money. Virtually identical to the Puppia harness, we suspect it probably comes out of the same factory, with a very similar fixed-size neck design, and solid 100% polyester construction, but retailing from just $5.95 for the Small up to $7.95 for the Extra Large.

Loads of padding and a great, sturdy quick release buckle round off this basic but effective padded dog harness. The only problem is due to the low price, it can be hard to find! Amazon is your best bet, so have a look and see if you can get lucky!

#3 Padded Dog Harness: Pet Vehicle Safety Harness

Pet Vehicle Safety HarnessThis one is a ‘no name brand’ padded harness off of Amazon, but we know a few people using this and swear by it.  There’s almost 1000 reviews for it on Amazon too, so people like it!

And it looks like they have good reason. It has super thick padding with breathable mesh, heavy duty stitching and lots of room for adjustment on both the chest and neck straps. Don’t be surprised if you see this same harness for triple the price with a name brand on it! Sized from Small to Extra Large, and comes in black, black or black :) Well worth a look.

#2 Padded Dog Harness: HDP Big Dog Soft No Pull Harness

HDP Big Dog Soft No Pull HarnessWith these last two, the price is going to jump a bit, but you absolutely get what you pay for and both of these are exceptional. It was hard to pick which one to put as #1. After much debating, The HDP Big Dog Soft No Pull Harness came in at #2. It features super thick adjustable webbing around the chest and neck (although we would like to have seen a bit of padding here too). The back area has loads of padding and a solid grab handle, ideal for big dogs if you need to control them quickly.

Huge, solid buckles, easy adjustment, and a big reflective strip for safer walking at night. Highly recommended, so seriously consider putting this one on your shopping list

#1 Padded Dog Harness: Ruffwear Front Range Harness

Ruffwear Front Range HarnessWhich brings us to the #1 Padded Dog Harness on our list, the exceptional Ruffwear Front Range Harness. We love this harness, and with very good reason. It’s rock solid! It’s super padded. It’s amazing quality. And it’s super stylish too.

Lots of colors, light weight, sized from XXS through to XXL, lots of reflective bits, sturdy buckles, breathable mesh, the list goes on… It’s just too cool, so definitely check it out.

How To Become The Pack Leader

How To Become The Pack LeaderOf all the questions that people ask us about being a dog owner, “how to become the pack leader” is the most prominent! This is easily the most important question, as many dog owners need to know how to convince your dog that you are in charge. The pack leader as the decision maker – where you should go for the walk, how to behave in certain situations and how to respond to all the weird and wonderful things that are out in the big wide world.

Once you know how dogs packs work you soon understand this importance, that pack leader makes all the decisions. If you leave the decision making up to your dog, then there a good chance that your dog is going to get things very wrong and make a mistake!

In order to understand how to be the pack leader, you must first recognize that the following means nothing to your dog….

What sort of car you drive, the size of your house, how much money you make or even if you’re a celebrity! Your dog would happily trade all of that for a nice piece of bacon!

Making your dog sit before his dinner falls way short of what you really need to be doing to be the pack leader.

And dominating your dog is not the way to become the pack leader either. In fact this can back fire on you later on if you teach your dog that physical strength means dominance.

So what do you have to do to become the pack leader? All dogs, regardless of breed, use the same exact ways to establish the pack leader. The best way to learn is to watch and experienced dog trainer on video, as Doggy Dan has done through one of the videos on “The Online Dog Trainer” website. The critical areas to take command include:

  • The pack leader must be in total, calm control when your dog barks and alerts you to danger. This could include anything that your dog considers dangerous and barks at in and around the property. It might seem like nothing to you but your dog considers it important enough to warn you about.
  • When walking your dog, it should not pull you at any stage, even the beginning! Learning to walk your dog properly can only really be learnt through video or with personal instruction too!
  • If you are the pack leader, then your dog should be able to relax when inside the home. If your dog is always switched on and can’t relax then it’s on pack leader duty!
  • Getting your dog to switch off is directly connected to how you greet your dog when you arrive home.
  • Lastly, your eating ritual will establish who is the pack leader.

A great video resource which I highly recommend for you to help you understand more about this topic is The Online Dog Trainer with Doggy Dan.

Does Your Dog Pull On The Leash?

Dogs pulling on their lead is one of the most common dog behavioral issues. It’s also frustrating & dangerous – especially when your dog just never gives up! It’s exhausting, and it’s embarrassing.

So I’m super excited to be able to offer you this recording by leading dog behaviorist, Doggy Dan from “The Online Dog Trainer”, on putting an end to it today. Whether your dog constantly walks in front of you, is just totally over-excited, or even yanks your arm out its socket, it’s never any fun. And it’s even worse when you see everyone else’s dog walking calmly by their side. So here’s a recording from one of the world’s leading behavioral experts, talking about exactly what to do to put an end to all that embarrassing pulling on their leash.

I know you’ll love the simple approach as it’s pleasant and gentle, and works with your dog’s nature rather than trying to physically overpower them (which seldom works)! To listen to this fantastic approach, just play the video below:

Visit Doggy Dan’s Video Training Site

When you understand why your dog has been pulling all this time, you’ll want to share what you know with everyone! I did, so that’s why I’m recommending this now. At the end of the audio you’ll also find out where you can find the best dog training program on the netthat will save you hundreds and hundreds of dollars.