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Confidence Building for Scared Dogs

Scared dogs need help with confidence.  Building the confidence in your scared dog can be as easy as playing a game.

When your dog learns that doing one thing gets him something  he wants – that’s confidence building and the lightbuld goes off and he thinks YES I DID IT.

The great part about this exercise for your  dog is that he can do them when he’s home alone OR with your participation

Watch the video below and see how easy it can be to build confidence in your  dog.

Also if your DON”T have my 3 tips for walking your  dog, you can get those HERE

Tug with Your Dog – Good or Bad?

Playing Tug With Your Dog. Good or bad for your dog?

A lot of people have read that it’s not a good game to play  tug with your dog. But it can be a great energy burning exercise for your dog.  But there are a few rules to understand about the game.


First, let’s talk about the type of toy for Tug of War

When  teaching your dog to play tug, I prefer that you use a cylindrical toy, kind of like this.  Or if your dog likes stuffies, here’s a well used stuffy.

The reason that I use a cylindrical toy, is I can grip both ends.  When I grip both ends, I control 2/3 of the toy, Keeper’s 1/3 is in the middle, in between my hands.

So, type of toy is critical. Never share 50% of the toy with the dog, initially, because then he has more control. 2/3, 1/3, that’s your rule on toys.

The next thing is how you play the game of Tug.

You have to have rules and the rules are this:

1. Always sit to earn the right to play. It’s real simple.
2. The second most important rule, is no being mouthy
3. Being mouthy equals game over.

He can’t go for your hand and put his teeth on your hand. Dogs are very precise about their bite grip.  They can drill right down on their 1/3 without hitting your hand, if they want to.  They’ll test you a little bit by trying to nip or bite your finger sometimes, so if that happens, game over.

Don’t lose your patience. Just say, “Oops, game over.” Put the toy away, play again later.

Tug  Let’s You Also Teach “Drop It”

The tug game is a great way to teach your dog to drop it.  How many times during the day has your dog picked up something of yours, taken it and not wanting it to give it back? If only he knew the command, “Drop it.”

So here’s a good way to teach your dog to drop it, playing tug.

Now you’ll notice a couple of things.
1. I’ll make Keeper sit and then I’ll say, “Take it,” that’s his command word to play the game
2. Then when I’m ready to drop it, you’ll see me pull the tug toy tight, side to side. I never want to pull it towards me when I want to end the game, I’ll pull it side to side.

Keeper may want to continue the game by trying to back up and pull on it himself.

But if you always practice on a leash, at least initially, what you can do is you can step on the leash to prevent him from backing up.

I’ve played the Tug Game With Keeper A Lot!

So that means you’ll notice a lot of this is sped up.  He tends to drop it when I say, “Drop it.”  I usually don’t have to step on the leash, but for purposes of demonstration for you, he’s on a leash here plus he’s outside.

So I’m just going to drop the leash like this. “Come here Keeper.”

Look here, “Drop. Good. Sit.” Always make him sit to play the game.

So I pulled it tight like that and kill the toy action basically.

If I need to or if you need to, step on the leash with your foot to prevent him from backing up.
Then you say, “Drop,” pull the toy tight and wait him out.

Don’t repeat the word, “Drop it,”

Just be patient. “Take it. Good boy. Drop.”

• This is a good way to burn energy
• It creates calm in your dog,
• It works really great on your relationship because he looks forward to the toy.

Remember: Always make him sit before you play the game. Teach him drop it, just like I showed you, and then when the games over, you put this toy away so that it only comes out when you play the game with your dog.

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Barking for Attention – The Fix

Barking for Attention – The Fix

Tired of your dog barking for attention?

What if I said you could fix your dog’s attention barking by doing almost nothing at all?

If that’s the case, then watch the following clip on Barking for Attention that was taken from our Friday night’s DogBehavior.TV show that streamed live from our website.

Our viewers learned the secret you’re about to see as well, plus they learned a great tip on how to stop their dog’s barking at the doorbell.

So, enjoy this short video clip, learn and apply the technique at home with your dog.

I also want to invite you to visit our  DOGBEHAVIOR.TV and learn more about our show that is live every other Friday on our website. Join us, have fun, ask questions and learn how to have a better mannered dog!

Enjoy this short video and learn the secret to fixing barking for attention now!



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Stop Your Dog’s Counter Surfing

Failed Attempts Fixing Your Dog’s Counter Surfing 

Either your dog has run off with your dinner or lunch or even worse he’s grabbed something that could hurt him.

You’re frustrated that you can’t stop it

Equally as frustrating is all the “why don’t you try this” suggestions from friends, relatives and other dog owners.

Things like: squirt guns or rock slides of tin cans or pots and pans that are loud enough to wake the dead.

All requiring you be there to apply the required punishment of the squirt gun,or be prepared to do constant clean up.

Counter Surfing: Dog 40 – You 0

Who has the time to orchestrate tricky and time consuming, well-timed behavior modification exercises?

Let’s talk about one easy system that works for you AND lets your dog figure it out all by himself.

Avoid the frustrations and hassles with set ups that don’t work and instead do this.

I know this works because we’ve used it with our 50+ lb. lab puppy Keeper and he’s got one heck of a reach!

How to End Stealing from the Counter Forever!

Determine how far your dog can reach on the counter.

As a constant reminder at first, identify that distance with a piece of “low tack” painter’s tape.

Make a pact with everyone that lives in the house that everything on the counters has to be out of reach behind that line.

You must be consistent with this every day.

The final step is to replace all the things you don’t want your dog to get with things that it’s okay to play with and are highly motivational, as I show you in the video.

Place those items in the family room away from the kitchen.

Before you know it, your dog will be as well-versed in “what works” and what doesn’t work just like our little Keeper.

Together We Can Raise A Happy and Obedient Dog

You got your dog for a reason. You wanted to share your life with a happy and loving dog. But now, your dog has big problems and life is not happy.

I can help you get that happy, well behaved dog back no matter where you live. We’ll do private lesson in your home OR we can do private video lessons where geography is no longer a roadblock.

Dog Problems in an Impatient Society

Can Your Busy Lifestyle Accommodate a Dog and Dog Problems?

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I got a call the other day from a magazine reporter.

She wanted information on how people could fit a dog into their life and still continue to jam-pack their nights and weekends.

Engage in all their with social activities or go out with their friends, go on extended vacations, and more.

I sat there for 20-30 seconds (which seemed like an eternity) and she finally had to ask if I was still there.

I just said, “Honestly, I don’t think I’m your trainer on this one. Dogs are not a convenience – dogs are a commitment for life just like kids. Except kids move out. Dogs are with you for a lifetime. It could set you up for a lifetime of dog issues.”

Think about it. Put yourself in your dog’s shoes. What kind of life would that be?

Her question did get me to thinking about that kind of mindset.

We are an impatient society almost to a point of expecting everything before we even think we want it.

Maybe we want a dog to enjoy, to fill some void like companionship or love and affection but what’s the point if you’re not there?

Well, I know you’re thinking, “What IS the answer?

Can You Fit a Dog Into Your Already Busy Lifestyle and Avoid the Pitfalls of Dog Behavior Problems?”

The answer is: It depends.

Ask yourself this question: Can you satisfy all of your dog’s needs?

Meaning, to a point that keeps his frustration, stress and anxiety to a minimum?

Your dog has needs too.

He needs to be physically challenged and mentally challenged every day.

He needs to have a sense of purpose. What to do and when to do it, all directed by you.

Take My Acid Test to See If a Dog is a Good Fit for You and Your Lifestyle.

Can you do all of this?

  • Require a sit for everything: food, access to your lap and affections.
  • Love on your dog in moderation as too much free love causes him to miss you when you’re gone. Structure and expectations keep down stress.
  • Do regular daily obedience training.
  • Three, 2 minute daily training sessions keeps you in contact with your dog and gives him a consistent sense of working for you.
  • Keep him entertained.
  • Challenge him mentally.
  • Google search doggie food dispensing toys and puzzles to occupy some his time when you are home AND while you are away.
  • Exercise your dog daily.
  • He needs at least 2 good 30-45 minute walks a day. If your social life is commanding much of your time after work, then find the time to personally walk your dog in the morning. There is no substitute for one-on-one time with your dog. A dog walker can give your dog the much needed extra walk in the evenings and take care of feeding.
  • Take your dog on outings that you know he will enjoy. Be willing to alternate your social weekends to be with your dog. Take him to exciting destinations like the beach, the park, etc. The expectation of occasional trips with you is invaluable – especially if you come through.

If you can do all of this you will find your answer. Yes or no? Will it work for you?

Together We Can Raise A Happy and Obedient Dog

You got your dog for a reason. You wanted to share your life with a happy and loving dog. But now, your dog has big problems and life is not happy.
I can help you get that happy, well behaved dog back no matter where you live. We’ll do private lesson in your home OR we can do private video lessons where geography is no longer a roadblock

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Help Your Fear Aggressive Dog

Do You Cringe at How Your Fear Aggressive Dog Reacts?

Are you afraid of walking your fearful dog because he becomes violently aggressive at the sight of other dogs?
Then it’s time to teach your dog how to react in a more acceptable way, with a training approach you may not have ever heard of!
It’s called B.A.T. training (behavior adjustment training.)

Let me tell you Joyce’s story:
Joyce quit walking her fear aggressive dog because encountering other dogs were so intense.
Her dog was over the top with aggression.

What a dilemma! Her dog needed exercise, she loves to walk but not this way.

So How Did We Make This Work
That’s where B.A.T. comes in handy.

Why Your Fearful Dog Uses Aggression When He Is Fearful

If you have a fear aggressive dog, he’s using the only tool (his aggression) he “thinks he has” to create distance or make the threat go away.

Your job is to teach him to use different, more appropriate tools to accomplish the same goal: Create distance and feel safer-more relaxed.

First, you need a few things:

  • A 6’ leash, Gentle Leader or Easy Walk Harness (no retractable leashes here!) and some really high value food treats.
  • An understanding of where your dog’s threshold distance (the distance at which he becomes reactive) i
  • An understanding of the process (what you’re teaching and how to do it)
  • A decoy or trigger dog (that’s any dog to which he reacts) – a very good friend and their dog comes in very handy here.

Here’s How to Help Your Reactive Dog

  • Take your dog to a location where you can meet up with your decoy dog.
  • Once you’ve stationed the decoy dog, walk your dog closer to the decoy dog until your dog notices him. Praise/treat and guide your dog away.
  • He is not reacting at this point because you are outside his trigger point.
  • Repeat this exercise many times.
  • Keeping your dog at a safe distance but as close as you can to the decoy dog, look for his body language signs (head turns away from decoy dog or complete about face turns).
  • The instant you notice this, say “Yes!” in a very happy tone, and reward by guiding him dog away from the decoy dog.
  • As he becomes aware that head-turns creates the distance he wants, build more confidence with repetition.
  • As confidence builds, gradually get closer and closer to the decoy dog.
  • With practice, you’ll notice your dog will let you know he’s getting uncomfortable by giving you a head turn or he’ll simply retreat on his own.

Some Things to Remember When Helping Your Dog Overcome his Fear Aggression

Your goal is to get your dog to be comfortable being in a closer proximity to other dogs without reacting but simply moving away on their own.
This process may look and sound easy but have patience. This takes time.
That means it may several months or longer, depending on your dog.

Together We Can Raise A Happy and Obedient Dog

You got your dog for a reason. You wanted to share your life with a happy and loving dog.
But now, your dog has big problems and life is not happy.
I can help you get that happy, well behaved dog back no matter where you live.
We’ll do private lesson in your home OR we can do private video lessons where geography is no longer a roadblock.

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Dog Pees with Excitement – 3 Tips

If Your Dog Pees When You Greet, Relief in  3 Tips

Beth said, “Bert, our dog pees with excitement when we first come home! We’ve tried everything and nothing seems to help.

Do you have a “Piddle Pooch” too?

If You always get a wet greeting, you’ve got to get past your anger to fix it

I’ll tell you as I told Beth, “Your dog is not doing it on purpose. It’s just an emotional response to excitement, apprehension or fear.

If you understand that, you’ll breeze through these 3 quick tips without getting angry or upset with your dog.

So here goes:

TIP #1
Recognize what’s going on when he pees as he gets excited. For example:

  • Anyone faces the dog?
  • Anyone leans over the dog?
  • Anyone reaches to pick him up?
  • Anyone scolds or raises their voice?
  • When anyone gets excited?
  • Do you have excited departures and homecomings?

TIP #2
Simply avoid doing these things that cause him to urinate.

Now You Know Why He Urinates When Excited, Let’s Get Down to Business

TIP #3

Fix it like this:

  • Remove all signs of threats at those identifiable times.
  • Avoid making direct eye contact during this process:
  • When arriving home, ignore your dog for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, greet like this:
  • If your dog submissively urinates when you approach, then don’t approach.
  • Instead, squat down and turn sideways (no eye contact) and let the dog approach you
  • Do not hold your hand palm down nor put it over your dog’s head.
  • Let him approach you then only scratch under the chin “if” he approaches.
  • If he wets, do not pet for about 3-4 days.

Meanwhile Build Confidence Through Obedience Training

Teach him a simple trick so that he can show you he’s glad to see you by performing a command or trick instead of urinating!

You might be surprised. Begin to do regular obedience training with your dog.

Remain calm during the process.

Your dog probably won’t pee while he’s focused on obedience training!

Now you can start enjoying your greetings like your friends greet their dogs.

Together We Can Raise A Happy and Obedient Dog

You got your dog for a reason. You wanted to share your life with a happy and loving dog. But now, your dog has big problems and life is not happy.

I can help you get that happy, well behaved dog back no matter where you live. We do private lessons in your home OR we can do private video lessons where geography is no longer a roadblock.

Tips For Your Thunder Phobic Dog

Is Curing Your Thunder Phobic Dog a Total Lost Cause?

Or is a cure at least within the realm of possibility?

And if so, what do you do to cure or even calm your thunder phobic dog?

Really bad storms recently ravaged through the Texas Hill Country and other parts of Texas leaving many very concerned dog owners to wonder just that.

If your dog’s anxiety level “over the top”, and you’re confused and worried.  Here’s what I would recommend for your dog.

Change the Emotional Response of Dog to the Thunder

What this simply means is that instead of your dog getting emotionally distraught with the sound of thunder, you connect something “high value with the thunder.

Something that your dog likes, NO, LOVES (treats, food or even games)

Listen, this is important: Whatever you choose as a reward should be reserved for thunder storms only.

As soon as you hear the thunder in the distance, that’s your cue to get busy.

Here’s how to do it:

As soon as you hear thunder, or any other sign your thunder phobic dog reacts to, you will say: , “Yes! Thunder treats!” or “Let’s play thunder ball!”
The order is important.

  • Thunder first,
  • then praise,
  • then treat your dog with that high value treat or game.

The goal here is to get your dog to connect or predict something really good when he first hears or senses the storm.

Don’t forget: Consistency, repetition and being happy and up-beat is key.

Some additional steps to Help Take His Storm Anxiety Down A Notch

Use Sound Therapy.  There are music CD’s designed to create calm in thunder phobic dogs.

An excellent resource for this is Through A Dog’s Ear

Look you can’t always be home when thunder starts right?

Get in practice before storms with pre-recorded thunder sounds.

Practice with the volume low at first and increase it as your dog’s tolerance increases.

This works very well with dogs that have mild or medium thunder phobia.

Create a “safe place” A safe place can be a crate, covered with a blanket with the door open can provide a shelter-like den for your dog.

A big fluffy bed in a walk-in closet can also provide a safe haven for your dog.

As long as your dog is comfortable with the safe place, remember the sequence: thunder sound, go to safe place, praise and treat with high

value food treat.

While in his safe place also practice simple obedience training on sits and downs.

If your dog know a “Watch Me!” or “Look!” command then work on that as well.

It’s a wrap: Try putting a thunder shirt or anxiety wrap on your dog during these stressful times as you work with your dog. It’s worth a try.

Holistic remedies: People have been taking Bach Remedies for years to help with depression, fear, anxiety, stress, lack of confidence and

many more things and it’s now available for dogs. Check out the miracle of  holistic flower essences for animals.

The Bottom Line on Dogs Afraid of Thunder

There is no guarantee that your dog can be cured. There are however, many things you can do to help him weather the storm. You want your

dog to feel confident and secure during these stressful storms.

Together We Can Raise A Happy and Obedient Dog

You got your dog for a reason. You wanted to share your life with a happy and loving dog. But now, your dog has big problems and life is not happy.

I can help you get that happy, well behaved dog back no matter where you live. We’ll do private lesson in your home OR we can do private video lessons where geography is no longer a roadblock.




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On-Leash Dog Aggression-Fix It

Your Stress Can Trigger On-Leash Dog Aggression

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You may not even be aware that your fear and stress could be your dog’s first clue that something is wrong.
Your emotional state can actually cause on-leash dog aggression in your dog.

Judy was oblivious to it.
With a dog that has had limited opportunities to socialize, she just knew her dog’s reaction to other dogs was scary.

Walking in the neighborhood, her Shepherd/Lab mix, Buddy, would become aggressive on leash.
Especially when they encountered any medium to large size dog. This caused him to bark violently and pull on an already taut leash.
It looked and sounded horrible!

Right now she was walking at night to avoid any possible confrontations.
She desperately wanted to fix her “Buddy” so she could enjoy her walks with him again.

What Do You Do to Ignite Your Dog’s On-Leash Dog Aggression?

Listen. Your physical response to your emotional feelings (fear, anxiety and stress) can be a trigger to your dog.
As much as (or more) as seeing another dog on a walk.

What are your physical responses?

  • Your white knuckle grip on the already tight leash for one.
  • Sometimes it can be grabbing his collar for better momentary control.

Just knowing about your dog’s on-leash dog aggression is anxiety-producing. Your physical responses begin communicating to your dog the second you step out of the house for a walk.

You’ve already set him up to react at the first opportunity.

Remember, he doesn’t even have to see or hear other dogs. He senses where they are by reading their energy.

Control Your Emotional Responses – Control Your On-Leash Dog Aggression

I know, you’re thinking exactly what Judy was thinking as we worked with Buddy: “What if I find it impossible to totally relax on a walk?
I’m just flat scared!” She was afraid she couldn’t control her sudden intake of breath or pulling back on the tight leash.

If you cannot change your behavior, think about changing “what your behavior means to your dog.”

Change your behavior’s cue for fear to a cue for calm.

Changing Buddy from Being Reactive on Leash to Being Calm on Leash

I told Judy it may take some time it. But it is possible.
She needs to teach Buddy that when he feels her tighten the leash, that’s his cue or signal to stop, turn around and make eye contact with her.

Steps to a Calm Dog on Leash Instead of an Aggressive Dog on Leash
First Judy had to identify and match the physical cues to her stress cues.

For her it was yanking back on the leash.
That’s what happened when she felt a sudden increase in her anxiety.

She knew where dogs were behind fences on her walking route.

Judy would tense up on approach and yank back in anticipation as she attempted to ease Buddy by the dog. This was Buddy’s cue to become aggressive on leash.

Here’s how we changed Buddy’s Leash Aggression

  • We taught Buddy that leash-tightening was his cue to calmly look at Judy rather than prepare to become aggressive on leash.
  • With Buddy in hand, a 6’ leash and some high value food treats, Judy was ready to learn how to fix the problem.
  • We let Buddy go to the end of the leash and when he was almost there, Judy stepped back, felt the leash go tight and then praised Buddy,
  • “Yes!” Buddy turned around and saw her extended hand. She then treated him when he came back to her for the treat.
  • Her next step was to increase the pressure of pulling the leash tight. Praise, “Yes!” and treat just like she’d been doing before.
  • Soon Buddy began to feel the tightening of the leash pull, expect the praise “Yes!” and automatically turn in Judy’s direction for the treat!
  • The next step was to give Buddy a “Sit!” command followed by praise, “Yes!” and a treat.
  • We also got Buddy to respond to Judy’s hand grabbing his collar. With the same amount of pressure pulling on the collar as with the leash,
  • Buddy soon began responding to her hand grab

If your dog is aggressive on leash towards dogs, practice around people first. Get to your goal of quick responses to a tightening leash.

Once your dog is responding :

  • Seek out dogs on walks and practice at a successful distance first before attempting to get too close to dogs.
  • Work at your dog’s own comfortable pace and distance. Don’t push him to fast to soon.

This /Dog Training Exercise has Other Benefits as Well

Besides teaching your dog to turn to you with slight pressure on leash or his collar, it will:

  • Become easier to control your dog on leash when visitors arrive.
  • If your dog gets out the front door and a helpful neighbor grabs his collar he will be more likely to give to the pressure.
  • Any other place where your dog is handled using his leash or collar: vets office or groomer. He will give to the pressure easier.

Dog training is a process.
Some dogs take much more time than others.
Be patient with your dog and don’t move too fast through any training process.
Work at your dog’s own pace, not yours.

Together We Can Raise A Happy and Obedient Dog

You got your dog for a reason. You wanted to share your life with a happy and loving dog. But now, your dog has big problems and life is not happy.

I can help you get that happy, well behaved dog back no matter where you live. We’ll do private lesson in your home OR we can do private video lessons where geography is no longer a roadblock.

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Dog Invades Their Space

 90# Dog Invades Their Space, A Huge Problem!

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John and Mary were concerned that their 18 month old male German Shepherd dog invades their space all the time.
He also pushed his way into their children’s space and also visitors. It was no laughing matter.

Blaze, the German Shepherd was a whopping 90 pound problem!

John said, “My dog still invades our space even after we shipped him off to 6 weeks of board and train. Blaze knows how to push my buttons!”

Isn’t Respecting Personal Space Taught in Dog Training?

Blaze learned to listen to the trainer and respect his personal space. That did not mean it transferred to John and Mary’s home environment with the kids.

John and Mary picked Blaze up from boarding school. The trainer was proud as he demonstrated how Blaze would heel by his side and do a great sit/stay.

The trainer could even drop the leash, walk around Blaze, bounce a tennis ball and roll it by Blaze. Blaze never broke his sit/stay command.

Upon arriving home, John and Mary were thinking, “How do we apply the training at our home?”

No “How To’s” Were Given On How to Keep Their Dog Out of Their Face

In Blaze’s mind, life returned to normal once he got back home.

All his initial jumping got hugs, because they missed Blaze.

But, all their greetings and hugs just fueled Blaze’s thinking that jumping to greet is okay.

Then it hit them: Their dog’s lack of respect for their personal space had returned. Truth is, it had never left.

There were no instructions of how to manage Blaze’s bad manners on a day-to-day basis in the home.

Mary was concerned because once John left for work, she was the one responsible for managing Blaze’s bad dog behavior all day.

Mary’s list of concerns with Blaze:

  • Her dog invades her space and jumps on her
  • Her dog invades the space of her kids eating in their in high chairs
  • Knocking them over when they are on the floor
  • Counter surfing in the kitchen

Step One: Lesson on Intruding on Personal Space

We made a temporary 4’ square on the floor with painter’s tape.

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This was a visual space boundary for Blaze that defined Mary’s personal space boundary for Blaze.

Next we did training exercises with Blaze by having Mary stand in the square with very high value food treats.

As Blaze began to encroach into her defined personal space box, Mary lunged forward before he could cross the line.

I told Mary not to say anything, just use lower body language.

After 10 minutes of trying all around the square, Blaze finally gave up.

I asked Mary to put the treats on the floor between her feet to increase the temptation for Blaze.

Finally, after many futile attempts all around the square, Blaze gave up again.

Step Two: Stay Out of My Space Everywhere

We took the exercise out of the square and repeated it many, many times in different rooms.

What made this work out of the square?

Here’s the key.

Mary’s work in the square gave Blaze, a visual approximation 0f Mary’s personal space boundary.

For Blaze and Mary, this was easier to transfer and remember anywhere in the house. It worked well with repetitive practice.

For the next 15 minutes Mary practiced with Blaze all around the house.

She continued this every day for a couple of weeks testing Blaze.

If Blaze got sloppy with his boundary work, Mary just briefly went back to her square for “reminder practice.”

Other Space Boundaries to Enforce

We even put blue painter’s tape around the high chair her toddler uses when he eats. Now Blaze stays a safe distance away from the high chair.

Mary thought that was such a great idea, she decided to tape off the kitchen to prevent counter surfing.

Surprise! The foundation work with the tape used for her and her toddler’s high chair made quick success with the kitchen boundaries!
After two weeks of daily work, not only has all the tape gone but so has Mary’s stress.

Important, Critial Personal Space Tip to Remember

Teaching your dog not to invade your space or anyone else’s for that matter is great.

But, you must give your dog something else to do INSTEAD, that works for both you and your dog.

In Mary’s case a down stay worked for her. We taught Blaze a down and stay on leash. He is happy at a safe distance while Mary works in the kitchen.

Mary keeps the leash on Blaze during his supervised time in the house. Mary can then quickly circumvent any issues and redirects to a down/stay.

Blaze now greets friends on leash at the door and remains in a down by John’s feet until he gets used to the visitors. Once the initial excitement is over, Blaze is allowed to roam and relax, which he does quiet well.

Mary’s Take-Away from This Personal Space Lesson was Simple.

  • All Blaze needed to know was what to do and when to do it.
  • Mary learned about consistency. Giving Blaze a daily training routine on personal space requirements meant much less stress.
  • Blaze was also happy to turn over his leadership role to her.
  • When Mary found out dogs learn by instinct, trial and error OR training, she was glad she finally chose the latter for her and Blaze.

What will your choice be?

Together We Can Raise A Happy and Obedient Dog

You got your dog for a reason. You wanted to share your life with a happy and loving dog. But now, your dog has big problems and life is not happy.

I can help you get that happy, well behaved dog back no matter where you live. We’ll do private lesson in your home OR we can do private video lessons where geography is no longer a roadblock.