Make Your Dog A Genius

How To Make Your Dog A Genius

The Steps to Make Your Dog A Genius

Make Your Dog A Genius

Teach him to identify toys by name. It’s easy, anyone can do it you saw in the video above.

Here’s Steps To Bring Out The Genius In Your Dog

1. Pick out a few doggie toys – for Keeper it’s Foxy(his stuffed fox, tennis ball (specifically an Orange tennis ball,  and his Kong toy.
2. Start with one toy first and have your dog sit in front of you and put the first toy off to one side of his head – but close enough for him to touch it. Praise/treat for the touch.
3. Add a name to the toy
4. Put the toy on the floor and repeat the exercise. Praise/treat for good job.
5. Cue your dog to touch the toy by name – praise/treat
6. Put the first toy away and begin the same training with the second toy
7. Once he can recognize both toys by name, put them on the floor 3-4’ apart
8. Ask him to touch or get one of the toys.

Yes, this is fun – But did you also know that engaging with your dog like this strengthens his relationship with you?  A stronger relationship with your dog means your dog will listen to you better.  That can involve teaching your dog better obedience commands, like sit, go to place, down and so much more,

If you will take the time to push your dog’s intelligence you might be very surprised just how smart your dog really is!

Just like you, if you don’t use your brain power to the fullest extent, as a result,  you miss out on a lot of what life has to offer.

Allow your dog to push his intelligence limits, then sit back and enjoy.

The main thing is have fun training your dog!

Multiple Dog Crazies

Multiple Dog Crazies – 3 Tips

Dealing with multiple dogs can be a daunting task.  When Leila and I got married we combined 7 dogs and 1 cat!  It could have been a disaster but we immediately set about putting rules and boundaries into place so my 4 dogs and her 3 dogs would do well together.  Her cat, well Petie cat just ruled the roost from day 1 !

Everything worked out well because of the rules and structure we put into place.  If you don’t have dog rules, stuff happens and things can get a little crazy.

3 things you can do to stop multiple dog crazies.

I’ve got my sanity list right here.

  • Multiple  Dog Crazy Tip # 1: Teach Sit
    Teach a solid sit to each dog individually. You can not do this as a “group” exercise.
    Require them to earn everything in your house by giving you at least a simple sit.  This has huge benefits and an easy command to teach
    By teaching them to sit individually, you begin to develop a working relationship with each dog individually. That creates listening from Each dog.
  • Multiple Dog Crazy Tip # 2: Patience
    Sometimes the dog gets it, sometimes they don’t.
    When doling out food treats, if you have three dogs, give one a treat, pet the other two, but don’t give them food treats necessarily.
    Teach them that they don’t always get what they want when they want it. That’s important!
    Control doorways. This is another thing that teaches patience.
    They need to be patient going out to the backyard to go potty. If you’ve got three dogs, once again, make them sit and send each one out separately and individually.
    A lot of dog fights start in tight spaces, so control the going out and your coming in. Your exits and your entrances to your home because that’s where a lot of fights start.
  • Multiple Dog Crazy Tip # 3 Deferment
    What do I mean by deferment? That means stay out of my personal space. If dogs don’t respect your personal space, you’re not the leader.
    They’re jumping all over you, getting into your space on your lap. Always invite them up. That’s important.
    Require them to sit. Did I mention that? And only one dog at a time. We don’t want them piling on.

A Multiple Dog Household Requires Extra Attention to Rules for Your Dogs

It’s all about teaching deferment. When you’re walking around the house, use lower body language, waist down, to gently nudge them and make them move out of your personal space.  One thing you can do is bump them with your knee.  Simple things like that.

If you’re in the kitchen cooking, and they’re in front of the fridge and you’ve got to get to it, don’t hop over or go around.
Simply nudge them with your toe and say, excuse me, and make them defer to you and move out of your space, so that you can go directly straight to the fridge,,

Lessons like this can help you organize your household. If you have multiple dogs, it may take some time doing it, but I can guarantee you the payoff will help you keep your sanity

That’s is for your Multiple Dog House Rules Playbook.

Now, what did you learn from this lesson and how can you put it to use in your household with your dogs?

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Kids and Dogs – What’s OK Behavior

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So many opinions on Kids and Dogs.  Do you trust the kids? Do you trust the dog? What’s the answer?

Well, the answer is, you don’t trust the kid or trust the dog. So trust neither one of them.

Kids and Dogs: they both have to be trained and supervised.  And just like dogs, even when you’re not teaching your child, your child is learning something.

Kids and Dogs Learn by Watching

So, a good example of this watching and learning is this: If a dog owner gets angry at his child, or starts punishing the child frequently enough in front of the family dog, the dog is going to get really edgy when that child comes around.

By the same token, if that same dog owner punishes the dog frequently enough in front of the child, then the child could take on the role of punisher of the dog. Then that child will get into trouble when the dog tries to defend himself.

Kids an Dogs: What’s the compromise? What’s the fix?

 

The best way to get started and avoid any issues between your child and your family dog , is to supervise both when they’re together.

If you have an age appropriate child that you can supervise, then teach that child to do obedience training with the dog: simple sits and downs. They become a team: Dogs and Kids

Your dog will develop a higher degree of respect for your child, and that’s a huge bonus.

Then the other thing to do is to teach your child and your dog to respect each other’s personal space.

So, I gotta ask you, what did you learn from this video, and how can you put this to use in your home with your dog and your child?

What’s your way to get good behavior from dogs and kids?

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Don’t Spank the Puppy

 

Don’t Spank The Puppy

I was taken aback last week with a question. And that question was, when do I spank the puppy? My obvious answer was, you don’t.

It’s Not Appropriate to Spank The Puppy

To spank your puppy is inappropriate.  Here’s a couple of good reasons why.

Let’s say you come home from work and you find a mess on the floor and you go grab your dog, rub his nose in it and spank the puppy on the nose with a newspaper.

Not good.

Why?  He could have done it five seconds, five minutes, five hours ago. So he’s not going to associate the punishment with the crime in the moment. What he will make is a direct association with is greetings are no longer fun when dad gets home because bad things happen.

Don’t Spank the Puppy Over Biting and Nipping

Here’s another example. Puppy biting, for example. Your puppy jumps up, he bites you and mouths you on the hand, and you spank the puppy on the nose.

You could create hand shyness that could eventually lead to aggression and, even worse than that, it’s going to break that bond and trust that he’s been trying to build with you.

Do This Instead of Spanking the Puppy

So what’s the answer? Well, the answer is simple. It’s just simply, think of what you would prefer your puppy do rather than the inappropriate behavior and just train him to do that. Okay?

In the case of house soiling, house train your puppy. If you don’t know how to do that, call me. Or call a trainer that can help you set up a good house training program for your puppy. All right?

In the case of puppy biting, you need to ask yourself this question, have you satisfied all of his needs?

Has he had plenty of physical exercise?

Has he had mental stimulation with doggie puzzles and brain teasers, and obedience training? For sure, don’t leave that out.

And he may need food, he may need water, and he may need a potty break. So always run through the list to make sure that you’re satisfying all of his needs.

So now, remember folks, positive training takes time, but it will build a fair and balanced relationship with your dog or your puppy. And it will be built on two things. Trust. Your puppy will learn that he can trust you and that no harm will come to him. That’s a much better relationship. And an understanding that all good things come from you, but they must be earned.

Now you know why you should not spank the puppy!

The Come Command and the Dog Park

The Come Command – And The Dog Park

 

 

The Come Command and The Dog Park

Almost all dog owners really like to take their dog to the dog park.  It’s fun for the dog, gives him much needed exercise and we dog owners love watching our dogs have fun.

What you may not think about though, is being sure your dog will respond to your commands, such as Here or Off while in that amazingly fun, high distraction venue of the dog park.  BUT – it’s important that you get to the place will your dog will respond, for safety sake and simply to reinforce listenting to you.

This is the email I got from a client complaining about and concerned because his dog won’t  come very well and not at all when in the dog park.

My dog will not do the come command especially when we’re in the dog park

 

He said his dog is too distracted with his playmates to listen to dad. So I sent through the steps I outline in the video to help him teach his dog to come to him even when he’s playing in the dog park

Perfecting the Come Command In the Dog Park

BIG TIP: Make sure your dog is super reliable FIRST with coming to you around your house, front yard, backyard, and in the neighborhood.

Then you take him to the dog park. But in the right sequence

The Come Command Sequence and Dog Parks

Now, here’s the key. Don’t go in the dog park but practice outside the dog park, on a long line.

Make sure that you have food treats with you so that you can reward the behavior when he comes to you, and practice outside the fence, okay?

Use the dogs in the dog park, his playmates, as the distraction, and do recalls using the come command outside the dog park on the long line until you reach your goal.

You’ll stand a much better chance of getting your dog to respond to your come command and leave the park with you when you’re ready to go.

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Good Dog Doorbell Manners

Good Dog Doorbell Manners

The fix for good dog doorbell manners

 

Have one good alternative behavior for good dog doorbell manners  instead of running to the door and barking and scratching on it.You get to pick that behavior.

Now, whether it’s go to your bed, a good sit-stay, or stay back from the door.

Whatever it is, you get to pick it. And if you have multiple dogs, you have to train each dog individually before you can expect that they’ll perform in concert, together.

My Client’s Solution for Good Doorbell Manners with Three Big Dogs

Yep, count them, three big dogs.

His solution was sending them to the crate, when the doorbell rang.

That got them out of the way and he could greet his guests in peace and quiet. Let’s see how he’s doing.

Dogs come here, come here.

So, when the doorbell rings we want to … We’re teaching these guys to crate up, or go to their bed. Here we go.

Go to your bed. Go to your bed. Good boys. Good boys. And girls.

Good boys and girls, and girls.

Way to go, excellent work.

Good Doorbell Manners are Easy

All you need is the command that you’ve picked that you want your dog to do.

You need the motivation to want to do it, in the first place.

And you need the commitment to work your dog on a daily basis, until they learn the command.

Hey, did I mention there are side benefits to this too? It strengthens your leadership role.

The repetitive training that you’ll be doing, creates mental fatigue, and relieves stress.

It improves your bond with your dog. And don’t forget, it’s just plain fun.

I’m Jim Burwell, and Keeper and I … Where’s the dog?

All I ask is that he just be on time. Well, there he is.

Keeper and I can still be found at petiquettedog.com. You guys take care until the next video. Bye now.

 

 

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How to Teach A Great Stay

 

How to Teach a Great Stay with Your Dog

 

Teaching A Great Stay – It’s  an important command

You know, once your dog knows how to sit, there are three steps to teach your dog to stay in a sit. So, Keeper and I are going to show you those three steps. We’re going to use sit as the example. Take a look.

The Goal of Teaching Your Dog To Stay

Now, you always want to have a goal to work towards when you’re teaching your dog to stay in a stationary command like a sit. That’s really important. Don’t make it too long to begin with. Work in small increments, like 10, 15, 20 seconds, like that, and then build from there.

Teaching A Great Stay – Step One -Time

The very first step is to build time next to your dog. We’ll use five seconds or 10 seconds as our example.

Teaching a Great Stay – Step Two – Distance

Gradually add distance from your dog. Once your dog has a solid sit, and you’ve reached your goal, be it five or 10 seconds or even 20 seconds, then gradually begin to require that same time at a greater distance.

Teaching a Great Stay – Step Three – Distractions

Once you’ve achieved your distance, then the last thing, step number three, is to add distractions.

Those can be anything that are relevant to your environment. If you’re in the home, it’s got to be kids and stuff like that if you have kids.

If you don’t, it could be tennis balls, squeaky toys, anything that you can use to begin to distract your dog. Remember, when you’re working with distractions, always start with a lower distraction first and then build to a higher distraction later, once you’ve proofed your dog on the lower distractions.

Easy Puppy Training

Stop Puppy Biting 1 Easy Tip

Stop Puppy Biting with One Easy Tip

 

There are a lot of reasons for puppy biting.

They’re teething, they play with you like they would play with their litter mates, and that includes that biting.  Oh yeah, they use their mouth because they don’t have an opposing thumb to grab your arm and say, “Let’s go play.”  Puppy biting is a form of communication and engagement for your puppy.

One thing I do know is that your puppy  will keep on doing what comes naturally which is puppy biting and nipping– until you teach him otherwise. It just takes patience, consistency, and a whole lot of repetition.  Especially if you have kids that you want to include as you supervise them working with your new puppy.

Calm energy helps with kids and parents, too.

Let’s take a look.

Step One to Stop Puppy Biting and Nipping

The very first thing you want to do is to tether your puppy to a piece of furniture. It keeps him in the classroom and makes it very easy for you and the kids to step back safely out of reach.

Approach, ask for a sit, and then pet. If he jumps or bites, back away and repeat. You’ll notice that on the third attempt, she gets a really good sit, and then little Cooper starts licking instead of biting. However, it is short lived. Again.

Sit, good boy. Ow.

Step Two to Stop Puppy Biting and Nipping

Now approach again. When your puppy starts licking more than biting, you’re making progress.

Sit, good boy.

Your goal is to teach your puppy that, when he approaches humans, he should sit and not bite. Very good.

Hi, sit. He’ll keep testing you as he continues to learn. This is where your patience and your repetition comes in handy.
Get in lots of practice on leash with your puppy tethered, and make sure that everybody is consistent every single day in requiring your puppy to sit to greet before you pet him.

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Easy Puppy Training for Great Manners

 

Easy Puppy Training for Great Manners

 


I wanted to share some  easy puppy  training for great  manners  so  you too can train your puppy around the family and especially the kids. All you really need is a food motivated and a hungry puppy and his food in Ziploc bag or treat pouch.

Sitting and laying down or even going to his place reinforces a basic concept. If you do something for me first, I’ll do something for you and that’s feeding your dog.

Now, the kids can have their own Ziploc bag as well and they can reinforce commands that you ask your dog to do.

Easy  Puppy Training For Great Manners in the Evening

Evening time is an excitable time for your puppy because everybody’s home from school and work and all he wants to do is run around and play with everybody.
Often times, that means getting into trouble.  Let’s replace trouble with great dog training

What a better time to do training for  easy puppy training for great manners that you prefer,  and also involve the kids in rewarding those acceptable good manners in the home and he’s also earning his meal by doing much, much more than just a simple sit.

If you don’t have time to finish his food in training and good manners, all you have to do is put the remaining food in his food bowl, make him do a quick sit and give him the rest of his food.

Take The Same Easy Puppy Training For Great Manners  Outside

You can reinforce the same concept outside the home that is give me something first and you get something from me.

In this case with Keeper, it’s to sit, let’s go, and then get to go to day camp. He loves day camp so he’s more than willing to do his part.

There you have it, folks.

Getting good manners in your puppy is really that easy. All you have to do is remember to do it on a regular daily basis.

The more you involve the kids and all you have to do is sit on the couch and treat the dog and occasionally give him a command under parental supervision, that’s even better. You guys take care. Try it out.

Easily Get a Well Trained Dog

EASILY GET A WELL TRAINED DOG – DO THIS ONE THING CONSISTENTLY

Now, eventually, you can get a well-trained dog meaning you have a well-mannered dog!  You keep his stress and yours to an absolute minimum if you can only remember to do one single thing. That is to require your dog to sit for every single thing that he might want in life. Just like kids, you teach your dog to say, “Please” for things that he might want. What could that possibly include? Let’s take a look at your dog’s want list. It’s short and it’s easy.

What’s On The Want List

That Gets You A Well Trained Dog?

For starters, you can categorize things your dog may want into four groups: Food, space, toys, love and affection. Feed your dog twice a day. Make him sit for his food each time.

Second thing, space. That includes beds, couches and chairs. Make your dog sit before you invite him up on the future. That’s important. We’re not taking anything away. Just want him to sit. You start to balance things. He wants this, you want to sit. Space also can include doors to go in and out to the back yard to go potty. Sit to go outside and sit to come back in through that same door. Begin to work that with your dog so that there is an expectation that he has to give before he receives. Really, really important. That will change your life.

Alright, toys. Make him sit for his toys. Pick them up every night before you go to bed. The next day, when you start your day, you make your dog sit for his toys. If he want’s a squeaky squirrel, got to sit. There it is. We don’t care if he plays with it right away or anytime during the day, but you dole out four or five toys, he’s got to sit for each one. That becomes habit and routine with you and your dog. There’s got to be some give before he receives. Consistency, repetition on a daily basis makes it all work for you eventually. Alright?

Last thing is love and affection. Make sure that you, if you’ve given away free love and affection to your dog then he’s got to sit to earn it now. We’re not taking that away either. We’re just trying to balance things in your dog’s life. If he wants affection from you, wants to get snuggles on the couch or petting when he comes up and nudges you like that, just make him sit first. Sometimes it’s better with a real pushy dog to send to him away and then call him back on your terms, make him sit and then pet him. That can work equally as well or even better, but earning love and affection is a big thing.

I will say this, every single thing that I have mentioned is not rocket science stuff. In fact, it’s the exact opposite. It’s beyond simple. Your biggest challenge is remembering to get in the groove in asking for a sit every single day in every way.  Once you have your well trained dog, watch the stress go down and the compliments go up!

Now, you will see amazing changes in your dog after you incorporate this. Sit for everything for at least four to six weeks in your dog. If you continue this training beyond that, suddenly one of these days, one of your neighbors or friends is going to say, “Wow, what a change in your dog. What a well-mannered dog you’ve got.” That’s where you want to be, right?  Get MY  EXACT Step By Step Sytem I use with all my clients- grab it now