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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.

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

Dealing With Fearful Dogs

One of the saddest things is the number of people that misunderstand fearful dogs and in trying to make things better for their dogs they actually make it worse. Fearful dogs are nearly always lacking strong pack leaders, and their owners are often the kindest and gentlest people! They want nothing more than to see their dog live the kind of life that all the other dogs are living, happy, fun and free.

What they fail to recognize is that their dog is actually scared because the owner is giving them the message that they are the pack leader. Their dog like many is not able to handle the pressure, nor should they be expected to.

Let me describe a scenario. If you are 4 years old and find yourself in a dark wood with your younger sister and there is a strange noise or a person coming towards you then you may very well be afraid. However if one of your parents were there with you though, then everything would be fine. That is because you would not be in charge! This is how it is for your dog when you make them the pack leader. They are terrified and just want to get home safe and alive.

All the responsibility is on your dog’s shoulders and they are not able to handle it in this human world. There are far too many strange things for them to make decisions about all the time. Eventually they will snap unless you help them.

To help your dog you must first become the pack leader and I suggest that the best way to do this is through watching video rather than reading about it. Here are a few things that you should remember when working with a fearful dog.

  • They can change but will struggle if you try to push it too fast
  • You must become the pack leader – There are some great videos sites now that show you exactly how to become the pack leader, don’t just read about it
  • Ask your friends to ignore your dog when they first meet her
  • People should not approach your dog but wait until she is calm and then call her over.
  • If she doesn’t come over then she is too scared and you must leave her alone.
  • A good video based web site will show you exactly how to put all of this into place through the use of video so you can sit back, watch and learn.

Establishing yourself as the pack leader is the foundation to any success with fearful dogs. Until you recognize this you and put it in place you will never be in a position to help your dog.

One of the best sites around is The Online Dog trainer. It has fantastic videos on establishing yourself as the pack leader and also shows you how to give confidence to fearful dogs.

How To Stop Your Dog From Pulling

Understanding how to stop your dog from pulling is something that every dog owner needs to overcome in order to be able to walk there dog in an enjoyable manor. Many dog behavioral problems also stem from the fact that the dog is dragging you along the street. To put it simply your dog thinks it is in charge of the walk or in dog terms it sees itself as the pack leader!

There are so many gadgets, leads and collars out there but none of them can solve the problem if your dog thinks it is in charge, all these devices will do is attempt to divert your dogs energy elsewhere or cause pain in an attempt to stop your from pulling. If you find yourself having to correct your dog every 30 seconds then there is something fundamentally wrong. The funny thing is this, your dog knows how to walk nicely on the lead it is far more than simply training it, you have to at first convince it you are the pack leader.

Think of it like this. Your dog understands that on the walk, somebody has to be the leader, and your dog is simply taking the lead! It is more of a psychological battle than a physical one, at least it should be. This first stage of the walk is actually ensuring that you are the pack leader inside the house before you look to venture out as no dog will let you simply take control over the walk, (the most dangerous place compared to the den) if you are not in control inside.

Here are some key tips to try before you venture out:

  • After bringing out your dogs lead wait until your dog calms down even if this takes a while and only attach it when your dog is calm. Never rush this stage.
  • You need to first learn how to stop your dog from pulling inside your house or property before going outside – there are some fantastic videos that show all of this.
  • Walk first around the house going around the tables and furniture in your house with your dog following you.
  • If your dog pulls out in front of you then simply change direction, leaving your dog behind you.
  • If your dog drags backwards then gently hold the lead firm for 10 seconds then call your dog to follow. They have no other options and so will follow you if you are patient.
  • Control the doorways – you should always walk through the doorways first when your dog is on the lead
  • Practice walking in and out of the front doorway with you going first – keep doing this until your dog relaxes and gives up waiting for you to make the next move
  • Check your posture – make sure that you are relaxed and calm and that your shoulder is down and arm is straight at the elbow
  • Of course there is a big difference between actually watching how to stop your dog from pulling and reading about it! Whilst I can give you all the advice in written form there is nothing quite like actually being shown it on a video.

One such site is run by professional dog trainer Doggy Dan who uses a gentle but very practical approach to dog training. In the site you will learn exactly what steps to take to establish yourself as the pack leader. The site The Online Dog Trainer is great for owners who want to really understand and treat the cause of their dog’s problems and not just use a band-aid solution.

Issues with Older Dogs Toileting Inside

So your older dog is toileting inside and you don’t understand why? Okay. Let me explain. First of all I should confirm that what we are talking about here is a dog that has already been toilet trained and has achieved this for a considerable period of time say more than 6 months. We also need to be sure that the dog is not so old that it is incontinent or sick. If none of the above are the case and you feel that it is behavioural then I can assure you it most likely is and the problem is simply this.

Your dog is 99.98% the DNA of a wolf. For a minute think of your dog as a wolf, in cute doggy clothing. The way your dog still works and thinks is still like a wolf! Now the chance of you actually being the pack leader is very slim. Believe me….if you want to check out to see if you are the pack leader then there is an amazing video web site where you can see how you fair!

Anyway back to the toileting in the house, in the wild if a wolf puppy was lost and needed to find their way home how would they go about it? There are no GPS systems, no street signs or maps to follow…..the puppies would follow their nose. They would pick up the scent of the den and track it back to safety and the adult dog pack would make sure there was a good strong fresh scent to follow!

Now, for a second let me amuse you. You are not the pack leader, your dog is, and when you leave your dog it is doing exactly what it would do in nature to help you find your way home… and guess what?… you return home. Only thing is when you return you are all stressed and angry (because you were lost maybe?) – Nothing to do with the new carpet being ruined.

In order to help a dog you must first think like a dog. One of the most fascinating and interesting video sites is The Online Dog Trainer where every aspect of dog behavior is put into place and made sense of by professional dog trainer and behaviorist, Doggy Dan.

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.