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Kids and Dogs – What’s OK Behavior

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


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?  Want the EXACT step by step?  Here it is:  https://www.petiquettedog.com/ground-rules-great-dogs/

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Good Down Command Prevents Bad Dog Behavior


A good  down command is a great stationary or control command to prevent unwanted behaviors or to redirect to just in case you forgot to put your dog in the down to begin with. Here’s a very easy way to teach your dog to do a down in about four to five easy steps, and your dog will be an expert in no time at all.

In this video I use food treats because most dogs, like Keeper, will work for food. It makes it just that much easier to teach your dog a well accomplished down.

Step # 1 – Lure Your Dog Down to the Ground

Now with food treat in hand, lure your dog all the way to the ground, right between his front feet. When his elbows hit the ground, you praise him and then toss the treat so he gets up and you can repeat this. Do it over and over until he’s doing it quickly.

Step #2 – You Do Less – He Does More

Again –  food treat in hand it’s time to go to the next step. Now you want to do less and expect your dog to do more, so take your food treat hand right in front of his nose and lure him only halfway down, expecting him to go the rest of the way on his own, just like Keeper. Now when his elbows hit the ground, you praise him and then toss the treat so that he gets up.

Step # 3 – Dog Does The Down With No Luring

Your next step is to just put your food treat hand right in front of his nose as you say the word down and expect that he drops all the way without any luring from you. Once he’s down, elbows on the ground, praise him and drop the food treat. Repeat this as many times as necessary to get him to do it quickly. Then you’re ready for the next step.

Step # 4 – Tease Your Dog Into Doing A Down – Say The Word

If your dog is ready for the next step, here’s what you do. This is called the tease. You just let him briefly smell the treat, take your hand quickly away and say the word down, and see if he’ll drop all the way to the ground. If he does elbows on the ground, praise him then drop the treat so he gets up. You can rinse and repeat until he’s doing that quickly.

Step # 5 – Add The Hand Signal to the Tease for the Down Command

Next pair the hand signal with the tease. Once your dog is in a sit, tease him with your food treat hand and then give him a down hand signal and say the word down. Once he’s down you praise him, then treat him. Rinse and repeat until he’s doing this quickly.

Step # 6 – The Completed Down Command With No Tease

Here’s the cool part. Now you eliminate the tease and just put him on a hand signal. Put him in a sit, give him a hand signal to down. Once he drops you praise him and drop the treat. Repeat that until he does it quickly, and you’ve reached your goal. Your next step is to simply work on longer downs and release him once you’re ready to let him up.

Always remember to build time first in a down before you add distance from your dog. Then you add distractions after that. The formula is time, distance, and distractions. That’s how you easily teach your dog the down.

There you have it, folks, a very easy way to teach your dog the down command. Wean him off of food treats and put this to use for you and your dog. I’m Jim Burwell. Keeper and I can still be found at petiquettedog.com.

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My Dog Jumps on Houseguests

Dog Jumps On House Guests


Your 4 Step Plan for a Dog That Jumps

Here’s how to work on a dog that  jumps on house guests.

Step 1

It all starts when the doorbell rings and your dog is on leash.

When you go to the door, have your jumping  dog on a leash and just crack the door two inches to greet your visitor.

Let them know what you’re going to do, “I’m going to sit my dog. When I give you the signal come on in.”

Step 2

Next, take your dog out of the way and grab the collar to stabilize the dog, put your foot on the leash, and then invite your visitor in, “Come on in.”

Once they’re in, you shut the door and your visitor heads to your family room to be seated.

Step 3

Then you bring your jumping dog in, on leash, careful not to let them jump on the visitor.

Once again, foot on the leash, settle your dog, anchor with your other leg anchoring the foot on the leash. Just say, “Settle,” one time and your dog will settle down.

Step 4

Now he doesn’t know what you’re doing right now, because you’ve not done this to him before, so he’s a little confused. But you only say, “Settle,” once, then wait for him to figure it out, and he will.

He’ll get tired of being standing there with this snug leash on his collar. Then he’ll eventually settle down, and there he goes.

The Finale!

And that’s how you stop your dog’s jumping on visitors, using the settle command.