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.

Preppy Dog Collars For Your Spoilt Pooch

Preppy Dog Collars

How spoilt is your dog? I know in my house, they’re ridiculously spoilt! While I’m working hard to be the pack leader, my lovely wife is filling them up with treats and buying sparkly leads, coats and neckerchiefs. Hey, what can I say? She loves them!

Today I caught her surfing on Amazon, I thought she was doing some Christmas shopping, and I guess in a way she was. But she was looking at all these sparkly, preppy dog collars for the girls! I’m pretty sure that they’re going to have a better Christmas than I am. All I want for Christmas is a new cordless drill to I can do some more work on the kennels, but I don’t think that is going to happen.

Anyway, she’s got me inspired and I did a bit of search and came up with 5 preppy dog collars that any pampered pooch will look great in this Christmas.

#5 The Diva Preppy Dog Collars & Leash Set

The Diva Dog Preppy CollarThis one’s for the boys in a vibrant blue, almost a metallic finish, the Diva Dog collar is a top end offering with high quality materials made in the USA.

The collar is adjustable from 16 to 24in, and the matching leash with metal clip is 48 inches. I like it, superb attention to detail that you don’t see in the Chinese products. Comes in pink and a few other colors too.

#4 The Loki Turquoise Collar & Leash Set

Loki Preppy Dog Collar in TurquoiseI love the look of the Loki Collar. Sweet, solid leather is always my favorite over the synthetics, and this one is all leather. Reinforced with thick stitching and stylized with multi-colored eyelets in a random pattern, this preppy dog collar is just plain cool.

Again, this one comes with a matching leash so you’re always co-ordinated. The Loki also comes in purple, red, blue and yellow if turquoise doesn’t match you dog’s eyes :)

#3 The Candy Stripe Dog Harness

Candy Stripe Dog HarnessBut wait, things just keep getting cooler! If you like retro designs, this candy harness is for you. I think it’s inspire by liquorice candy! Multiple pastel colors in a stripey design, plastered over what looks like a pretty high quality harness.

Hand crafted in the USA, and available in plenty of different sizes, this harness is well worth a look.

#2 Dean and Tyler “WIDE HEAVEN” Dog Collar

dean and tyler wide heaven preppy dog collarNow this is more my style. This is going to look awesome on my girls. I might have to sneak it onto my wife’s Amazon wishlist next time she pops off to the bathroom. Shown here in pink, but also available in white for the boys, the Dean and Tyler WIDE HEAVEN Dog Collar is thick leather. And when I say thick, I mean thick. And is two and three quarter inches wide too.

Rock solid with brass fittings, this is going to make any dog look butch and send the maltese shitzu’s running. I’m not going to tell you the price, I’ll let you go to Amazon and see for yourself!

#1 COACH Mini Signature Leather Collar

Coach Mini Leather Preppy Dog CollarAnd weighing in at number one is one classy piece of canine clothing, it’s the Mini Signature Leather Collar from COACH. This one’s going to melt your credit card, but if you really must have the best of the best for your spoilt poochie, then I don’t think you can go past this stylish little collar.

Featuring an engravable COACH emblem and a timeless design that will match your luggage, this one will certainly get the girls at the nail salon talking (or whatever you girls do during the day!). Have a look, just to drool!

Update: One last collar to make you wonder what the world has come to.

OK, this one is just stupid. It’s called the Tsavari Monarch White Sapphire Collar. It has 48 Carats of Flawless White Sapphires hand cut in ‘Hearts and Arrows’. Handcrafted from Pearlized Mirabella Lambskin, 24 karat or White Gold Plated Hardware.

Tsavari Monarch White Sapphire Dog Collar

Of course it’s handmade in USA and weighs in at a whopping $2,399 !!! I’m sure if I look hard enough, I’ll be able to find some more expensive preppy dog collars, but I think that’s more than enough.

Enjoy your Christmas shopping folks! (I know my wife will)

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.

How Do You Stop Puppies Mouthing?

Have you ever wondered what the easiest way to stop puppies mouthing and biting is?

It may be cute, but lets face facts, this is definitely not something that you want to continue any longer than necessary. Being bitten by a dog is no fun and those sharp teeth can bloody hurt!

Well, I’ve just secured a fantastic new recording from the well known Doggy Dan, one of the worlds leading dog trainers, who explains the three most important steps to stop you puppy mouthing it as quickly as possible. He also includes heaps more fantastic tips… To listen to it right now. Just play the video below

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The best thing with his approach is that there’s no need to get aggressive with your puppy, which can often make matters worse! Have you noticed that the more you shout the more excited they become, and then the more they bite? At the end of the recording you’ll find out where you can find the very best dog and puppy training material on the internet that will save you hundreds and hundreds of dollars.

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.

Famous German Shepherd Names Throughout History

German Shepherd Names For Your New PuppyIf you’re one of the thousands of Americans who will be adding a German Shepherd to their family this year, one thing you’re going to need to consider is a name. They are a strong, unique breed and should have a prominent name. I thought I’d share a few famous German Shepherd names from throughout history as inspiration in your search for the perfect name for your German Shepherd puppy.

Strongheart – One of the first stars of silent cinema, Strongheart, born in 1917, was trained as a police dog. He was brought to America and his blood lines still exist today.

Rin Tin Tin – Found in a bombed out kennel in France by an American soldier in 1918, Rin Tin Tin’s name originated from a puppet that French children would give to the soldiers as good luck.

Chips – A German Shepherd mix, was a veteran of World War II and awarded the Silver Star and Purple Heart for bravery after saving the lives of numerous soldiers.

Champ – Vice President Joe Biden’s German Shepherd. The VP has had several Shepherd, and Champ was named by his grandchildren.

Clipper - Former president John Kennedy’s dog.

Bullet – was a German Shepherd owned by Roy Rogers and was a start on “The Roy Rogers Show” and featured in more than 100 movies

Some other popular male German Shepherd names include:

Axel, Bear, Beau, Brutus, Diesel, Jett, King, Major, Nitro & Rocky

And some common female German Shepherd names are:

Abbey, Cabo, Faith, Gabi, & Rada




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:

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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.

Toilet Training Your New Puppy

picdump-860-23Hi there dog lovers,

Want to discover the simplest way to stop a puppy making a mess inside?

Lets face it, we’ve all got better things to do than clean up after a dog that wont go outside, and the longer it goes on, the harder the habit is to break. Sometimes what you need is a fresh approach and some fantastic tips to get your training back on track as fast as possible.

Well, if you really want to break the habit… maybe it’s time you listened to one of the world’s greatest dog trainers explaining how to set up a successful toilet training program. Doggy Dan has just done a recording for you to gain control over your potty training, which I’m pretty excited to be able to share with you now.

This recording is first class because not only does it go through the basics, but it’s also jammed packed with excellent tips and advice from start to finish.

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With toilet training you can find yourself pulling your hair out one day with all the stress, yet when you make just a few small changes in your training it can be back on track the next. So don’t give up, get started now and ensure you have no more mistakes!