Dog Training: Train Like A Pro - Jim Burwell’s Petiquette

It always gives me a great sense of satisfaction when, after a series of puppy training sessions, clients feel good about the training we did with their puppy.

Moreover, they are impressed enough with the results they also want to give me a testimonial about the improvements for our website to share with our readers.

You’ve heard the cliché, “Make my day!” I think it was in one of Clint Eastwood’s “Dirty Harry” series. As you might guess, we’ve recently added a testimonial to our website about a dog named Mimosa that is about 4-6 months of age and looks like a lab/Catahoula mix – cute and sweet.

Well her Mom really made my day with another “email success story” follow-up after her testimonial that I had to share with you. Once Mimosa’s Mom found out how to relax and have fun with training – well, I’ll let you be the judge of the following success entitled in an email story to me, “Mimosa, my Genius Dog.:)” Can you imagine going from “Crazy Puppy” to “Mimosa my Genius Dog?” in just a few weeks???

Setting the stage: Mimosa had already been taught to sit, down, stay, come when called AND go to “place” – all inside the house and outside on the back patio.

Practicing around relevant distractions was going to be the key to their success with Mimosa – as with any dog. Practice going to “place” had been done daily and now it was time to try “the real thing” – as in two house cleaners and two carpet installation guys.

The following story excerpt tells it the best in Mom’s own words.

“Then, I tried the same concept inside (Jim’s method of teaching “place”). We had a maid service today with several cleaners making noise and running vacuums, followed by a stair carpet installer who is currently hammering and nailing.

Just a week or two ago, these people would have upset her, causing lots of barking and out of control running and nervous jumping. Mosa is now able to handle these distractions and, for the most part, able to keep focus on her commands, staying on her mat (place) instead of barking at or jumping on these people.

Oh, my gosh! This is a much more relaxing life for Mosa and me!! I won’t say she scored 100 with all the distractions, but she definitely scored an A! And I’m a tough grader:) Thanks for all your help,”  Jane Wagner

Mimosa is much less stressed and anxious with a clear-cut agenda on what is expected of her when these distractions  come along. Just be prepared and work your dog on leash at first. Oh yeah, don’t forget to have a good time training using positive reinforcement methods.

Nothing more than her flat buckle collar and her leash was used to accomplish this and make Mom very happy!

Be as comfortable with the trainer of your dog as you are with the teacher of your children. And remember, “Opportunity Barks!”