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I'm not going to treat you as humans!

I’m not going to treat you as humans!

According to Vladae Roytapel, the famous Russian Dog Wizard, there are at least 10 common mistakes that dog owners make:

1. Humanization – If you treat your dog as a human your dog will treat you as a dog. Your dog is not your child or you’re relative. The wolf is still your dog’s second cousin.

2. Democracy – Dogs and democracy don’t mix. There is no such thing as the bill of rights in the canine world. If you want your dog to become an acceptable member of the family, he must be last in hierarchy of social order.

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The Russian Dog Wizard in action.

3. Allowing your dog to live on welfare – Dogs in the wild hunt for food and other resources. When they live in your home they still acquire a need to work for their food and possessions in order to be happy.  Give your dog physical and mental exercise. Physical exercise can be simply playing a game of fetch. Mental exercise can be practicing proper obedience training for 10-15 minutes per day. These games and exercises will help make your dog-tired. Remember, a tired dog is a good dog.

4. Afraid to say “no” – Don’t be afraid to say no to your dog and to set limits and enforce these limits with consequences. But remember, the human way of discipline will always create the opposite effect on the dog. For more information on the canine way of correcting your dog please go to  http://russiandogwizard.org

5. Speaking English to your dog – The only language your dog understands is dogglish.  Examples of speaking dogglish are praising your dog in a high pitch tone of voice. This means approval. Disciplining your dog in a low town of voice means disapproval.

6. Giving unconditional affection – Do dogs enjoy human affection? Yes, of course they do.  But dogs need not only human affection to become balanced and happy. In fact, many people are shocked to learn that dogs actually desire structure and discipline more than they desire human affection. Touch and affection are human needs and desires that we inflict upon our dogs. But our dogs look to us for signs of leadership and rules, not touch and affection. Please make sure to always balance love and discipline.

7. No demands for respect – Remember that no one will listen to you and give you respect out of gratitude. Do you think your dog is any different? No, dogs who obey an owner out of gratitude belong to the Hollywood movies and are not existent in reality. Start demanding respect. There are three ways to achieve this:

• Never give a command which you cannot reinforce

• If you give a command follow through by all means necessary

• Don’t ever repeat a command.

8. Underserved privileges – If your dog is currently being rehabilitated or is displaying any kind of behavioral problem, you will want to stay away from allowing your dog these privileges:

• Sleeping with you in your bed and sharing the same furniture. This is giving your dog greater social status by physically raising himself above you or on the same level as you.

• Free feeding. Alpha always eats first. Make your dog wait for his food for one minute.

• Enter hallways and such before your dog does – alphas always go first.

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Vladae is fluent in Dogglish.

9. Allow the dog to lead on walks and bark in your house – Pulling on the leash in not just an inconvenience. It’s a sign that your dog believes he is in charge of you. Did you know that allowing your dog to lead on a walk and bark in your house is giving your dog permission to growl and bite whomever he chooses?  It’s true! By doing this, he is putting himself in a position of authority and putting you in a subordinate position. Pulling on the leash can also lead to damage to the neck and impaired vision. It’s okay if your dog barks one or two times when someone knocks on the door. But if the barking continues it can become a big problem. Dogs who constantly bark think they are in charge and they are the decision makers.

10. Not allowing your dog to be a dog – dogs very different from humans. Human psychology has no bearing on them. We love our dogs for a multitude of reasons but they can only love us back for one. When interacting with your dog you must use canine language and actions to establish authority, which will create harmony in your relationship as nature intended.

About the author

Vladae RoytapelVladae Roytapel, Russian Dog Wizard, is a renowned dog training expert; his success has been featured on ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX networks across the country. He hosts a nationally syndicated show on Animal Radio titled “Ask Vladae!” If you are experiencing problem behaviors with your dog or simply want your puppy or adult dog to have better manners, please visit Vladae the Russian dog training Wizard Informational website with Free dog training tips: http://russiandogwizard.info/, or his blog http://beachdogtraining.com

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These tips will help you establish yourself as a pack leader, in a positive way, over your aggressive dog.

Don’t play games such as tug-of-war unless you always win. This game is initiating a physical contest and the Alpha must always win.

Don’t let your dog keep the toy when you are playing; they need to learn to release and drop the toy. Toys be- long to you (the Alpha) not to your dog.

Don’t let your dog show its teeth, touch its teeth on your skin or growl during play. If they do, stop playing and take the toy away.

Don’t play catch or chase games with toys that will be hard to take out of your dogs’ mouth. As the Alpha, you cannot risk the possibility of not being able to take possession of a toy that belongs to you.

Don’t let your dog demand attention. The Alpha chooses when and how often their pack members are touched and groomed. So ignore your dog when they are demanding attention or simply give the “down” command.

Don’t feed your dog before you eat. Alpha’s always eat first. So eat first and then feed your dog and don’t give them table scraps while you eat.

Don’t let your dog on the sofa and bed. A higher ranking dog always chooses the best sleeping area and it’s usually higher than all other pack members.

Don’t let your dog go through narrow spaces such as doorways first. Make sure you, the pack leader, have this privilege.

Don’t let your dog have free range of your entire house. Claim a room as yours. This room / territory is yours unless you invite the dog in.

Don’t let your dog block your path. If your dog is lying in the way or blocking your path gently tell them to move.

Don’t let your dog put its paws on you and elevate themselves. A higher ranking member will always try to raise there body above a lower ranking member.

Don’t be inconsistent. Dogs are always looking for signs of weakness to show their strength.

Don’t limit these rules to one location. Make sure whether you are inside, outside or over a friends house, that your dog knows its boundaries.

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Loose Leash – Always walk your dog on a loose leash. Tension on a leash can cause frustration which may be taken out on other dogs or moving objects.

Supervise – Supervise your dog at all times. You must witness a problem in order to correct it and prevent it from reoccurring

A Tired Dog is a Good Dog – Fulfill your dog’s needs both mentally and physically. A 15 – 20 minute run, twice a day will serve your dogs’ physical needs. 30 minutes of obedience training will have a therapeutically profound effect on your dog and will serve your dogs’ mental needs.

Attention – You can’t teach a dog if you do not have his attention. Get his attention first before you give a command.

Jobs – If you don’t give your dog a job to perform at, he will eventually find one himself and you won’t like what he chooses!

Calm and Assertive – Do not yell and scream at your dog when he is behaving badly.

Attachment – Don’t let your dog follow you around like a laser guided missile. This behavior can lead to separation anxiety.

Love and Discipline – Always balance love with discipline and structure. If love was all that was needed, my business would not be thriving!

Tonality – Tone of voice is extremely important. A high pitch tone is a sign of approval and a low tone is a sign of disapproval. Your dog will clearly understand this.

Praise – Praise your dog for doing something right. Praise does not always mean you have to shower your dog with affection. It simply means you need to say “Good boy / girl” in a high pitch tone of voice.

Ignoring Problems – Ignoring problem behavior will not make it go away. Ignoring is condoning and condoning is approval in your dogs’ mind.

Behaving Badly – Dogs behave badly because they know they can and they don’t understand it is wrong.

Vladae Roytapel, known as “The Russian Dog Wizard,” is the owner of SoCal Dog Training – one of the most successful dog training companies in the world. He has worked for various organizations including leader dogs for the blind, the Red Army, and Soviet KGB. Vladae has been seen on CNN, CBS’s Late Show, and countless morning shows on ABC, NBC, & FOX stations across America.

To learn more tips and secrets from the Russian Dog Wizard, please contact him at
http://russiandogwizard.org

Read more: San Diego Pets Magazine – TRAINING TIPS 101 http://sandiegopetsmagazine.com/view/full_story/14941935/article-TRAINING-TIPS-101

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Dear Alternative Canine Training this is my puppies’ criminal record: Aug 7th my dog stole my brand new expensive outfit and destroyed it. On Aug 10TH we had set out marinated pork chops all ready for the barbecue. When my husband came in to get them they were gone. Now he is mad at me. My dog is constantly stealing food, socks, paper, shoes, just about anything that isn’t locked up. The barbeque was the final icing on the cake. What can I do to stop my kleptomaniac?

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For dogs and kids a great way to get our attention is to break the rules and drive you crazy. After all negative attention is better than no attention. Did you know that some dog will bark obsessively as soon as the owner gets on the phone. Dogs and kids feel the vulnerability of their parents and their owners. They enjoy torturing them and never saying thanks for the discipline. As a child I remember whenever, my mom was on the phone; I would get into things or always have a question to ask. In reality her being on the phone meant that she was not paying attention to the most important thing on earth, which of course was me. Besides I had learned that I could also do anything that I wanted as she couldn’t do anything about it.

Your case reminds us of a similar dog we worked with last year. Cassie, a Golden that was so cleaver that as a thief, she knew exactly what to steal in order to get the most entertainment. The family consisted of Mom, two sons and Cassie. If the one Son, Jeffery was home she would only steal Jeffery’s stuff and when the other son, George came home than she would steal only George’s stuff. After all Jeffery could careless if Cassie stole George’s priced possessions. Once the objects were stolen, than the best game of catch me if you can would begin. What more fun can a dog ask for?

The problem with both of our thieves is the simple lack of not meeting their three major needs. As stated in our previous article this is Physical, Mental and social. If either of our Bonnie and Clyde, had been exercised physically, been made to do some simple obedience; than we would want them to join our social pack. However; if you have not accomplished the prior two; than like thieves in our society, whom we lock away for our protection. Our furry Bonnie and Clyde, will probably spend more time in their kennel or backyard, than enjoying the freedom of being loose with us in the house.

By establishing structures and the rules and regulation in which your dog must live with allows them to find out how to get your attention in a positive way. Teenagers might not admit it, but when they are given curfews or told that they can not go to this wild party; deep down they know that Mom and Dad care. They might not be happy, but it gives them a sense of belonging to a family. Another words a pack.

To help rehabilitate our convict we must also teach them what is their toys and what is not. As in getting them to stop chewing things, for stealing we need to get several sets of toys. These toys must be items that your dog enjoys chewing or carry around. Do not give them things that are similar to your own possessions. Dogs will not know the difference between your old shoe and a brand new one. An old sock tied in a knot as a

toy, leads them to think that they can steal them out of your laundry basket. Make your processions very undesirable by spraying them with one of the chew deterrents on the market. Have your puppies toys around if and if they go towards your items instantly clap your hands stepping forward into your dogs space and when the puppy stops immediately show them their toy and than praise. This will help teach them is yes what is no.

Some dogs have the special interest in things that have a strong pungent aroma. In contrast to humans, dog’s like things that have a strong scent. That is why they go out and find the clothes basket with the dirty socks and undergarments, or check out the cats liter box or play and roll in dead fish. So all kinds of pleasant smelly things, are a dogs euphoria. So how to stop your dog from what is very natural. Naturally let the environment correct them. Spray your things with one of the biter products on the market, and set your dog up. Leave the sock on the floor and when your dogs come to confiscate your sock, he sure will have a surprise.

Now for our food thieves who can steal our dinner in the blink of an eye, You need to get your dogs to respect you. Because, a food stealer gets instant gratification stealing and eating your food; all the corrections after the fact are irrelevant. While you are yelling at Rover, he is thinking Marinated pork chops sure taste good and I wonder if you have any more. You will probably need to set up a burglar system. A trap with food laced with bitter apple and a video camera to monitor your thief. As soon as you see your pick pocket goes to steal, you suddenly appear and with some consequences. Whether it is clapping, shaking can, spraying water, ultrasonic or whatever will work, based on your dogs temperament.

This article reflects the research from the best information found in Internet articles and from books, but does not reflect Vladae’s proprietary methods. Please visit our dog training resource center to discover the Dog Wizard’s methods.

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If you do not correct the dog aggression problem now, you are one second from disaster.

Prevent or Stop Dog AggressionWhen you get a puppy, you have a unique opportunity to raise it properly right from the start. But always keep in mind that even the sweetest puppy will try to growl, snap, mouth or somehow dominate the owner. How the owner reacts to these events will be the biggest deciding factor in whether or not the puppy grows to become a safe companion or an aggressive dog liability. Remember that what may be cute today, as a puppy, will not be cute tomorrow, as an adult dog. Fortunately, early signs of aggression in a puppy can be easily cured. Unfortunately, signs of aggression in an older dog are very difficult to treat and there will be no guarantee to any dog’s owner, of any breed, that their mature dog will not bite.

Many dogs today are being euthanized for aggressive dog behavior. In many of these cases, the dog’s aggression was allowed to start as a puppy and escalate through adulthood. Because many owners neglect to identify and correct early signs of aggression, more and more dogs are paying the price in the form of a death sentence for being too great of a risk to society.

In order to prevent a dog from becoming aggressive, the owner must understand why a dog bites, under what circumstances a dog will bite, and what can be done to prevent this type of behavior. Leadership
The absence of leadership is the biggest cause of all behavior problems in dogs, especially aggression. The presence of a strong and confident leader can soothe a dominant dog and raise the confidence of an insecure dog. Every professional dog trainer and animal behaviorist will first recommend establishing a solid leadership role in the dogs’ life before anything else. It can not be said enough, that even a dog with good genetics and proper socialization can turn aggressive or develop behavioral issues if there is a lack of human leadership in the household. Leadership can be established through proper obedience training. I strongly recommend using my award winning, dog training program, “Obedience for Life,” (www.911dogwizard.com) to establish human authority and leadership for your dog.

Breeding
Unconsciously and / or naively, some people select certain breeds that are famous for their guarding or fighting ability. Some people are also getting dogs from incompetent breeders whose breeding stock have a history of biting. These dogs are born to be aggressive!

Socialization
Certain dog breeds need special management and socialization. These dogs should be owned by someone who is determined to properly manage and socialize at an early age and continue throughout the dogs’ life. Positive and constant socialization with people should start after the first few weeks of life and be continued throughout adulthood. Special attention needs to be paid to the two critical stages of puppy development. The two critical stages are: 4 to 8 weeks – socialization with other dogs / litter mates and 8 to 12 weeks – socialization with humans. Make sure the puppy is desensitized to the following: touching its ears, paws, upper part of the neck, and teeth. Make this a pleasurable experience by combining touch with a special treat that the puppy only gets for being accepting of this exercise. We like to use American cheese or Russian kielbasa! Also, dogs must be socialized with children, especially if the owners do not have any in their family. Children make sharp, sudden movements which will activate the dogs’ natural chasing instinct. These movements may also frighten dogs, especially the insecure, nervous ones. Positive connections between running, chasing and jumping children should be established by giving your dog special treats for calmly accepting the movements and sounds of children. Children will jump, run, scream, hug, grab, and pull. That is what children do best! Please note, that even though positive connections are being established between your dog and your children, NEVER ALLOW YOUR DOG OR PUPPY TO BE LEFT ALONE WITH A CHILD UNSUPERVISED!

Dog Training
Some people unknowingly train there dogs to be aggressive. They do this by allowing or encouraging their dog to bark at strangers. People believe this is acceptable behavior because the dog is supposed to guard and protect the family. All too often, acceptance of this behavior by the owner leads to an attack against the neighbor or the postal carrier. Allowing a dog to bark at even one person is perceived by the dog as approval to protect its territory against all people. Dogs are not supposed to bark at strangers walking by and they are not supposed to protect against neighbors and postal carriers. It is my observation that puppies that have not learned self control through proper obedience training and are allowed to bark at strangers, will often growl and bite as mature adults. Barking escalates to biting because eventually the dog feels that growling and barking are no longer effective in keeping certain people away from its territory. Frustration builds over the course of months or even years until finally the dog believes it is necessary to take extreme measures by biting or attacking anyone it perceives as a threat to its family or property.

Many dog owners participate in rough games, like tug of war, with their dog. Not understanding that the game must be started, won and stopped by the human and not the dog, they allow their dog to play on its terms. This means that the owners have put themselves in a submissive position while putting their dog in a dominant position. If a dog feels dominance and power over their owner, imagine what they feel against other adults and children! From my experience, working in security and police and special Russian forces, I will go on record and say that playing this game improperly is like playing with fire. Every dog, from a four pound Pomeranian to 100 pound Presa Canario, is looking for weakness in order to show its strength. Once they experience strength, they are not likely to show weakness.

Incorrect Punishment
You have to discipline a dog, but any human type of discipline will have the opposite affect on a dog. A dog that is hit, kicked, slapped or hanged for misbehavior is experiencing trauma inflicted by man. The dog will become fearful of its owner or other people on the street. A fearful dog is at high risk for biting or attacking any person who it perceives as someone who may inflict pain and trauma.

Fearfulness and Aggression
A fearful dog can bite because it is scared of a situation that it does not understand. In most cases, the cause is genetically driven. Insecurity will feed fearfulness. People commonly reinforce this behavior, by instance, when their dog starts growling and they try to soothe the dog by sharing affection instead of communicating to the dog that this aggressive dog behavior is unacceptable.

Isolation as the Vicious Cycle
Some pet owners worry about their dogs’ antisocial behavior and lock them in another room or in the backyard. This will only serve to make the mater worse. The solution for antisocial behavior is not isolation, it is socialization. A qualified professional dog trainer can assist with this process and can safely socialize and rehabilitate the dog. Avoidance as a solution to any behavioral problem is just prolonging the inevitable. Unless the undesirable behavior is corrected, it is only a matter of time before the avoidance approach fails, resulting in devastating consequences for both the owner and the dog. For information about A.C.T.’s proprietary methods and techniques for problem behaviors, such as socializing aggressive dogs, please sign up for a personal phone or email consultation with an ACT Canine Coach (www.911dogwizard.com) or refer to our Dog Training Resource Center for products and manuals on dog behavioral problems (www.911dogwizard.com).Â

The biggest mistake people make is allowing their dog to bark when the door bell rings. The door bell creates excitement, excitement creates drive, drive creates frustration and frustration creates aggression. The Russian academic, Pavlov, made dogs’ salivate when someone rang the bell. So many people are conditioning their dog to become excited and frustrated when the door bell rings. Instead, ACT teaches clients to train their dog to react to the door bell as children react to the sound of the ice-cream truck. Now, instead of an intruder alert, the dog is conditioned to associate the door bell with a positive event.

Teasing
Do you know how attack dogs or police and guard dogs are trained? They are trained by experiencing agitation. With the dog being held back by the handler or behind a fence, the helper (agitator) is moving quickly past the dog, clapping his hands, screaming and knocking the fence. When the dog becomes agitated, the helper runs away. The dog begins to realize that it can make people go away by displaying this type of behavior. Now the dog is motivated to respond this way whenever it feels that someone must leave the premises. Is this not the same procedure that unsupervised children practice when they are teasing a dog and acting inappropriately by barking or throwing things at them? Of course it is! These children are actually duplicating the same steps used by professionals when training a dog to attack. All that frustration developed behind the fence will turn in one quick burst of energy in the form of an attack. This brings us to another point. Dogs should not be restrained on tie outs or kept near a fence line where children or adults can pass by and have the ability to tease them.

Freedom Frustration and Lack of Exercise
Many dog owners leave their dog outside for long periods of time without supervision. Often, this is the only means of exercise the dog is getting. Unfortunately, this practice is creating frustration in their dog. Many dogs will begin to bark and charge at people or dogs that are passing by as a means to overcome boredom or release excess energy or frustration. Once again, frustration creates aggression! Exercise, both mentally (in the form of obedience training) and physically, will help to lessen aggressive tendencies in dogs. Remember – a tired dog is a good dog!

Dominance
So many dog owners, members of their families, and visitors are bitten by the family dog because the dog feels that its dominant status is being threatened. It is my experience that in most households, where we deal with aggressive dogs, we are dealing with a dominant type of dog and a submissive type of owner. These dogs are fine unless they are challenged in some way. An example of being challenged is an owner or visitor trying to take away an item that the dog has in its possession. Keep in mind that a dominant dog is the Alpha of the household. All things belong to the Alpha and there are consequences for subordinates who challenge the Alpha by attempting to take something away. These consequences will take the form of a growl, bite or an attack. Remember that this behavior is very understandable to the dog. In nature, the only way for a wolf pack to survive and maintain social order is to regard one dog as the Alpha / leader. This dog makes all the decisions and takes ownership of all things. This is the dog that is most qualified for the position of leadership. In the human household, the human is most qualified for this position and therefore must never allow the dog to posses the Alpha role.

There are many signs of dominance and dominance related aggression. Some of these include: growling when moved from a favorable position, refusal to comply with the ‘down’ command, growling when the owner passes the lying dogs’ space, biting when being pet on the top of the head, growling when the owner approaches food, growling when wiping paws or petting or touching the scruff of the neck. It is my observation that many of these dogs are allowed to elevate their social status by sleeping in the owners’ bed and resting on their furniture. Many are also free feeders and have not learned self control through proper obedience training. It is important to realize that a dog needs to obey, on first command, even in the time when they would rather being chasing the squirrel, cat or even your neighbor’s child. These are real life situations with real life consequences if the dog chooses to disobey the owner.

People who own a dog that displays all or some of the above behaviors need to be looking for a qualified dog trainer immediately! This type of dog is a tragedy waiting to happen. People living with this situation are living with a walking, barking time bomb! Please don’t let your dog become a safety hazard to you and your neighborhood. Don’t be one of those people that believe nothing tragic can happen to them. It can and it will if you continue to ignore the problem!

For information on dog bite statistics and advice for dog bite victims, please go to www.dogbitelaw.com. This website is authored by Kenneth Phillips, who is referred to as the leading expert on dog bite law. He has great products on his website that can assist you with dog bites and dog bite law. Follow this link to be directed to the product page. http://www.dogbitelaw.com/store/index.php. This website is a must see for anyone who owns a dog!

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These tips will help you establish yourself as a pack leader, in a positive way, over your dog.

  • Don’t play games such as tug-of-war unless you always win. This game is initiating a physical contest and the Alpha must always win.
  • Don’t let your dog keep the toy when you are playing; they need to learn to release and drop the toy. Toys belong to you (the Alpha) not to your dog.
  • Don’t let your dog show its teeth, touch its teeth on your skin or growl during play. If they do, stop playing and take the toy away.
  • Don’t play catch or chase games with toys that will be hard to take out of your dogs’ mouth. As the Alpha, you cannot risk the possibility of not being able to take possession of a toy that belongs to you.
  • Don’t let your dog demand attention. The Alpha chooses when and how often their pack members are touched and groomed. So ignore your dog when they are demanding attention or simply give the “down” command.
  • Don’t feed your dog before you eat. Alpha’s always eat first. So eat first and then feed your dog and don’t give them table scraps while you eat.
  • Don’t let your dog on the sofa and bed. A higher ranking dog always chooses the best sleeping area and it’s usually higher than all other pack members.
  • Don’t let your dog go through narrow spaces such as doorways first. Make sure you, the pack leader, have this privilege.
  • Don’t let your dog have free range of your entire house. Claim a room as yours. This room / territory is yours unless you invite the dog in.
  • Don’t let your dog block your path. If your dog is lying in the way or blocking your path gently tell them to move.
  • Don’t let your dog put its paws on you and elevate themselves. A higher ranking member will always try to raise there body above a lower ranking member.
  • Don’t be inconsistent. Dogs are always looking for signs of weakness to show their strength.
    Don’t limit these rules to one location. Make sure whether you are inside, outside or over a friends house, that your dog knows its boundaries.
  • Don’t let family members sabotage your hard work. Every member of the family needs to follow these rules so that your dog knows it is the lowest member in the pack.

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QUESTION:
My Siberian Husky has a problem, he loves to dig. He seems to only enjoy digging in dirt and rarely digs in the grass area.

ANSWER:
Digging can become a very expensive hobby for you and your dog. If only you could get him to dig were you wanted. You could hire him out to a landscaping company to dig holes for planting bushes and trees. After all your excavating, landscaping, Siberian Husky just needs a job.

Dogs dig for several reasons, some are hardwired in their breed traits. We routinely see owners of Terriers, whose backyards look like after an excavation. Some of them dig because; they have nothing else to do, they are bored. Some digging starts when the warm weather is here, since; the earth is cooler a couple of inches down. To cool down they dig a nice cool spot. Some dogs dig for recreation, because it is fun and is a sense of accomplishment. I always think of children at the beach building sand castles. It is a lot of fun and also a sense of accomplishment, because; it stays there after they have left. When a puppy learns that something is fun, they will continue to do this as an adult dog. This is why it is so important to supervise your puppy or new dog, when they are left outside to their own demise. The other most important thing is to make sure that you exercise your dog. Give them physical exercise and mental exercise by doing obedience in the area that they dig. A tired dog is a good dog. If you get your dog to run as fast as he can for 15 – 20 minutes twice a day and you have stimulated his mind through obedience; than he will be to busy and too tired to dig up your yard.

Dogs do not learn in the way we learn. They are more like teenagers; you can no longer tell them anything, they know it all. Teenagers can only learn by the consequence of their behavior. Dogs only learn by the consequence of their behavior, whether it is positive or negative. Positive will increase a behavior and negative will decrease the behavior. This is why if you let the environment correct the dog, they learn very quickly.

One of the oldest procedures and simplest for prohibiting digging is do a little poop patrol in your yard and instead of disposing of the feces, deposit this in the hole. Nothing ruins a persons walk in the park more than stepping in a pile of someone else’s dog poop, nor for a dog when digging and finding their paws have a most peculiar odor. Sometimes you just can’t fight City Hall, for those dogs like the Terrier breeds that were genetically born to dig; we will just build a sand box and teach them to only dig in the sand box. This way you are letting these dogs exude their natural tendencies. For the rest, let’s teach them not to dig. Whatever you do, do not correct your dog after the hole is dug. If you catch them in the act yell loudly ” Aaaaht, what do you think your doing”. You can also loudly clap your hands. Than show them their ball or toy in the yard.

For more insistent digger, you can spread cayenne pepper on the dirt. You can make two layers, the original layer of dirt, than pepper, dirt, pepper and than finally a light layer of dirt. Another is to pour citronella oil in the hole and surrounding area. This procedure will also keep the mosquitoes away and make your yard smell fresh and lemony. Digging is just the symptoms, the root cause is that you are not meeting your dogs physical and mental needs. Give him a job, besides landscaping.

 

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Question:
How can I stop my 1 year old Labrador, Buffy from jumping on my guest? My friends and family won’t come over, anymore. Last Friday night Buffy jumped on my girlfriend and knocked her over, causing her to hit her head on a table. I have tried to ignore the dog by turning my back when she jumps, but it doesn’t seem to work. I dearly love my dog, however; I am also a very social person. Help, before I have no friends or social life left.

Answer:
Dear socially frustrated dog lover. We can help you become a social butterfly once again and improve Buffy’s life as well. After all this once again shows that negative attention is still better than no attention. Let us look at how this all began. As an 8 week old puppy, everyone came over to see Buffy. She put her little paws on them and guess what? They picked her up; after all she was so cute. What did Buffy learn, whenever people come over suddenly she gets a lot of attention and if she jumps up, they pick her up. Now suddenly when she becomes 5 months old and a lot bigger, now when she jumps, some people still pet her while others start pushing her off, and give you a dirty look. By the time she is 7 months old nobody is happy including Buffy. Jumping always brought her the pleasure of being petted. Now everyone is yelling, pushing her, grabbing her collar or keeping her locked up when guest arrive. This only makes her bark causing even more yelling and frustration for you and Buffy. Our poor Buffy never learned how to meet people or how to contain her excitement and is now paying the consequences.

Prevention is always better than the cure. What is cute when your dog weighs 8 pounds isn’t cute when they are 60 pounds. Another words. NEVER LET YOUR DOG RAISE ITS BODY ON YOU. The worst offenders are people with little dogs. Actually do you know that the worst behavior problems that people have and we deal with stem from small dogs. Why? Because; they spoil them, that is why. The puppy is so small cute and helpless, so we pick up this puppy for everything. You would think that small dogs were never born with their own 4 legs. This puppy will never get to big to pick up and when they gently jump on us you barely feel them. So why care if they jump, everything they do is so cute. Except this morning you are wearing nylons and they jump, they came in with muddy paws, your friends come over all dressed up, or your child’s 7 year olds friends come over and the dog jumps on their bare legs. You can not have your cake and eat it too, as dogs do not understand the difference between when it is rainy (muddy paws) and when it is not

What about our attention seeking dogs. These dogs that unless you are giving them your undivided attention they will purposely act up to get your attention. They tried sitting pretty in front of you and they were ignored. Now they bring their toy and we ignore them, however; suddenly they jump on you and you give them attention. Though negative, it is attention. We all want attention whether it is at work, school or home. We like to be told when we are doing a good job. The bottom line in order for your dog to learn manners they need to know when they are wrong and when they are right. By making your dog work for a living and rewarding good behavior, than your dog won’t think they have to jump on you just for you to acknowledge their existence.

You might be asking what type of job should I give my dog. If only they could do dished. Oh well it was just a thought. However; all we need to do is make our dog do a little obedience. Once in awhile call your dog to you and make them sit. Now you can give them hugs and kisses. Make your dog sit stay before you feed them, sit stay before you just throw their toy etc. This way your dog is getting positive attention for doing positive activities.

Yes, dogs do like to get to our face level, but let’s look at pack mentality and. Hierarchy. When two dogs meet, the more submissive dog will lower their body to show homage to the more dominate dog. When puppies play often the more dominate puppy will put their paws on a more submissive puppies back. Raising of the body has a lot to do with dominance. Very dominant dogs will actually jump and wrap their paws around the owner. They are letting the owner know who they think is boss.

Your next question I know is this is great, but my dog is still jumping. First we need to recondition our dog to understand that jumping isn’t acceptable behavior. Have you ever seen dogs jump on a rose bush? NO. Why because, Mother Nature knows how to protect their beauty with thorns. You see Mother Nature knows 3 major components, timing, consistency, and motivational. Every time the dog jumps on the rose bushes timing is very consistent and very motivational. When the dog jumps on a rose bush, who is the trainer, the bush; when your dog jumps on you who is the trainer? You. For very sensitive dogs just turning your back and ignoring them works. However; your high wire sporting dogs or a hyper terrier, could care less if you ignore them. They will just now jump on your back. One of our clients, had an instructor, from another school try to stop their Labrador from jumping by turning her back. After 25 times, the dog was still jumping. Just not as high. The instructor said “See it works the dog she is slowing down”. Actually the dog was just getting tired. I will never advocate kneeing a dog in the chest, or stepping on the back paws or any other potential dangerous corrections.

We do need to find which behavioral interruptible approach will work with your dog. Always start with the gentlest and simplest first. If this doesn’t work we may need to escalate. For sensitive dogs that don’t like water we could squirt them with water, others clapping your hands and stepping forward works. We can also use a shaking can every time they jump For our really hard headed dogs we might need to give them a leash correction every time they jump. Remember trying to solve one problem is often like putting a band aid on a gaping wound. If you implement the whole Alternative Canine Training system, than you have a far better chance of establishing long term satisfaction. In the mean time try our suggestions and good luck with your girlfriend.

 

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Teach Your Dog the “Come” Command – 10 Simple Steps to Success With Your Puppy
Follow these simple steps and your puppy will always come to you when
called. This is one of the first steps to a perfect and obedient dog!

  1.  When you say “come,” as soon as the puppy looks at you, tell them they
    are good. This will make them want to come to you even faster.
  2. Bend down or squat, open your arms and have a friendly face when you
    call. You want to display a very inviting picture to the puppy.
  3. When you say “come” it should be said assertively but never in an angry
    way. Then switch to a high-pitch happy voice to encourage the puppy to
    come.
  4. Never punish your dog when he finally gets to you, NO MATER WHAT
    HE HAS DONE. If you punish the dog, he will think that you are punishing
    him for coming.
  5. When the puppy comes to you, gently restrain him by the collar and give
    him a treat. Release the puppy instantly and say “okay” or “free”.
  6. Never chase your puppy. Instead have him chase you.
  7. Never say “come” if you know that the puppy is too distracted. Get your
    puppies attention first by clapping your hands or saying “hey” and then
    call him to you.
  8. If you say “come” and the puppy ignores you, run in the opposite direction
    from your puppy and as you say “hey puppy,” clap your hands to get the
    puppy to chase you.
  9. Call your puppy to do fun things, not for things that they aren’t going to
    like.
  10. When you start teaching the “come” command, don’t worry about having
    the puppy sit perfectly in front of you.

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Welcome to Beach Dog Training – Your Direct Connection to Vladae the World Famous Russian Dog Wizard – Dog Training Expert in Newport Beach, Huntington Beach and Laguna Beach

Walking – Don’t let your dog walk ahead of you. If he is ahead of you on a walk, he will walk all over you in all other areas of your relationship! Loose Leash – Always walk your dog on a loose leash. Tension on a leash can cause frustration which may be taken out on other dogs or moving objects.

Supervise – Supervise your dog at all times. You must witness a problem in order to correct it and prevent it from reoccurring.

A Tired Dog is a Good Dog – Fulfill your dog’s needs both mentally and physically. A 15 – 20 minute run, twice a day will serve your dogs’ physical needs. 30 minutes of obedience training will have a therapeutically profound effect on your dog and will serve your dogs’ mental needs.

Attention – You can’t teach a dog if you do not have his attention. Get his attention first before you give a command.

Reinforcement – Never give a command that you can’t reinforce.

Mom Says ONCE! – Give a command once, then correct if the dog does not obey. If you repeat a command more than once, you will teach your dog that the command has no meaning.

Jobs – If you don’t give your dog a job to perform at, he will eventually find one himself and you won’t like what he chooses!

Calm and Assertive – Do not yell and scream at your dog when he is behaving badly.

Down Stay – Do a 30 minute down stay, twice a day. This will reinforce your role as the Alpha leader.

Arriving Guests – Before your guests arrive, crate your dog or put him in “place.” No one enjoys being greeted by an out of control dog!

Eating and Entering Passageways – Eat and enter all passageways before your dog does. Alpha’s always eat first and enter all areas first.

Attachment – Don’t let your dog follow you around like a laser guided missile. This behavior can lead to separation anxiety.

Love and Discipline – Always balance love with discipline and structure. If love was all that was needed, my business would not be thriving!

Tonality – Tone of voice is extremely important. A high pitch tone is a sign of approval and a low tone is a sign of disapproval. Your dog will clearly understand this.

Praise – Praise your dog for doing something right. Praise does not always mean you have to shower your dog with affection. It simply means you need to say “Good boy / girl” in a high pitch tone of voice.

Elevating Status – Don’t allow your dog on the furniture or on your bed. If you allow your dog to be on the same level as you, you are elevating his status and lowering yours. This is clearly not the way to establish yourself as the Alpha Leader.

Ignoring Problems – Ignoring problem behavior will not make it go away. Ignoring is condoning and condoning is approval in your dogs’ mind.

Corrections – Correcting your dog must have meaning. If your correction is not strong enough it won’t have meaning for your dog. If it doesn’t have meaning, there is no motivation for your dog to stop the bad behavior.

Behaving Badly – Dogs behave badly because they know they can and they don’t understand it is wrong.

Vladae Roytapel, known as “The Dog Wizard,” is the owner of Alternative Canine Training which is one of the most successful in-home dog training companies in the world. Vladae is now offering affordable in-home dog training in southern California.

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