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!

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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!

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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?  Get MY  EXACT Step By Step Sytem I use with all my clients- grab it now 


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Dog Training Tip For Training Small Dogs

Dog Training  Small Dogs


Training small dogs that are extremely hyper and jumpy can be very frustrating to train.  They move around so much!

One thing  can change all that and make training a breeze. Here’s what you can do. You can train that small dog, that small, jumpy, hyper dog on a raised platform.

Simple Fool Proof Trick for Dog Training Small Dogs

  • Raised platforms come in many different shapes and sizes. Your kitchen counter can work or  the island in your kitchen.
  • It can be your washer/dryer.
  • It can be your coffee table, or your outside patio table.

Anything t that’s raised up to give you the element of control.

By doing that, you take the control away from your dog. On the floor, they’re in control, even on a leash. It makes it a lot easier once you elevate them up on that raised platform to do your training. It’s not forever. It’s just for two or three days, for a few sessions a day until you get them trained up and moving through their sits and downs, and then you transfer the dog  to the floor.

3 Things You Must Have to Train Your Small Dog

  1. You have to have a leash on your dog when you’re training, even up on the counter.
  2. You have to have high value food treats to train your small dog, to keep them focused on their lesson.
  3. Last but almost the most important is some kind of non-skid mat.

I took Leila’s yoga mat, cut it in half, and I’ve got two great non-skid mats right here.

The reason for the mat is, up on a marble countertop or something like that, even a formica countertop, your dog is going to be slipping and sliding if they’re not used to being up on a high surface like that. This mat gives him confident, non-skid footing so that they can focus more on their lesson. Find that old yoga mat, blow the dust off of it, cut it in half, or drape it over your counter and get to training. It will make all the difference in the world.

 Training Your Small Dog on the Ground Is Easy!

You don’t have to stay up on the counter for long on that raised platform, wherever it might be. You just have to get your small dog started on their sits and downs up there, then transfer her to the floor. It’s that simple. Many, many trainers do that, they know this little trick. Try that the next time, if you’ve got a small, hyper, jumpy, kind of out of control dog. Once you get them up on the counter, smooth sailing.

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Dog Play – Make It Fun Not Failure

How to Avoid a Dog Play Disaster with Your Dog


I know you don’t want your dog’s first experience in dog play to be a social flop.

He could get overwhelmed or he could develop bad play habits that might last a lifetime.

Playing with the wrong dogs first could wind up setting the stage for how “not to play” with all dogs.

That could be a disaster waiting to happen.

Whether your puppy or dog is timid and shy or very active and outgoing,

I’ve got some tips to help you and your dog ease into social play.

Don’t Let Socializing with Other Dogs Backfire on Your Dog

Tip #1:

Do an on leash meet and greet at first. Try to keep your leash slack.

Your dog may try to pull away from you to the other dog if he feels leash tension.

Make a couple of pass-bys before getting them together so they can get a sniff or sense of each other.

If your dog is very active and outgoing, It might be a good idea to let your dog drag his leash at first in case you need to get him under control quickly.

Tip #2:

When socializing your new puppy or dog, introduce and socialize him with a friendly, mature adult dog first to help him learn his social graces. Meaning no body-slams or humping.

Mature or older dogs are better teachers and are great at sending a strong message on what’s not acceptable without fighting.

A Well-Intended Social Get-Together Can Take a Nose Dive with Any Dog

Avoid putting your active puppy or dog with another high energy puppy or dog because it may teach him how to turn on play and burn energy but NOT turn off that high energy play when signaled by another dog.

Meaning: Your dog could:

Overwhelm a softer dog OR
His bad manners could create a conflict with another dog possibly resulting in a fight.

Where Do You Find That Perfect Teacher for Your Dog’s First Few Dog Play Dates?

Tip #3:

Try play dates with a friend’s dogs that are older and more mature and known friendly.

Playing with puppies is good also, just make sure temperament and size are well balanced.

If your dog is that “high energy dog” then it might be best to let him spend a little more time with the older more mature first.

A slower approach with friend dogs will help build your confidence and your dog’s confidence in socialized play before venturing out to a public or social place.

Make it fun with a great game of fetch. There’s no better way to have a successful play date than all the dogs competing in a fun game of

You can expand on socializing by changing the venue to a safe outside place and, if need be, put your puppy or dog on a long line.

Remember this: The older mature dog is your “safest first bet.”

If you have a puppy, another big benefit with a friend’s older or mature dog is that you can start on socialization well before your puppy has

reached the age of 4 months, since it takes place in your friend’s yard with a fully vaccinated dog.

Here’s a P.S. for you: Be patient and don’t assume your dog will like every dog he meets or that they will like him.

Now, start filling up your dog’s social calendar!

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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Kill, Control Fleas Safely, Organically

Fleas Are a Blood Sucking Menace to Your Dog

So, how do you naturally kill and control them?

I hate putting toxic chemicals on our dog every month don’t you? But we have to control fleas that are always biting our dogs and sucking our dog’s blood.

Let’s Talk Organic Flea and Tick Control. The Secret is Out

This video will show you how you can take back control of your flea problem and give your dog a flea free environment he can enjoy.

This is all done safely and organically.

You’ll discover, like I did, a safe, natural way to kill and control your fleas. It’s safe because it’s organic.

Here’s an Important Discovery About Controlling Fleas

This fact will stop you in your tracks.

85% of your flea problem is not on your dog, it’s in the grass in your back yard!

That’s the eggs and larva that are always producing more and more adult fleas. It’s never ending!

The other 15% are the adult fleas that are back in the house biting and sucking blood from your dog.

They just keep coming and coming unless you kill the source!

This is not a new discovery. It’s been around a long time.

Now, more and more concerned dog owners are seeking safe, healthy alternatives to flea control.

They just don’t want to put chemicals on their pets any more.

You have read the label on those chemical treatments right? One of the first things it says is: “do not let your children pet your dog after application.

Be sure to wash your hands immediately. Seriously – you want me to put something like that on my dog!

Here’s Our Approach to Natural, Organic Flea Control. It Can Work for You Too!

Doing my research was easier than I thought.

We had heard great things about a holistic vet in Austin TX. Dr. Will Falconer.

I went to his website. On his site I found this website about killing pests, particularly fleas.

This has some great natural, organic products to help me with 100% of my flea control problem.

The cool thing is one of the products I bought was a box of nematodes. That’s right!

I bought my own army of nematodes. 7 million strong all in this one small box.

I activate my army of nematodes by mixing them with water and then cut them loose on my back yard.

Their mission: Find, attack and kill all the eggs and larva. My “Army in a Box” is doing 85% of the work for me. Mission accomplished.

Back in the house, I just have to kill and control the other 15% which are the adult fleas on my dogs.

Once my army kills the source, I’ll just have to have my army do occasional “recon” work to maintain a healthy, flea free yard.

Kill the Source, Cure the Flea Problem

Now you know there’s no more questions about “how-to” control these menacing fleas:

Beneficial Nematodes (your army) to seek and destroy 85% of your flea problem.

Wondercide Flea & Tick Control to kill and control the other 15%.

You will also find a safe and natural indoor product for your floors, carpet, furniture and dog bedding as well.

Now you are set. It’s time to cut loose your own army on the source of your flea problem. Go get them! Then get back to training 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 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.