How To Control The Uncontrolable Dog

How To Control The Uncontrolable Dog
The summer of '95 is one I will never forget. It was my first year in business. Having no money, I took a job as an animal control officer. My partner was 97 pounds soaking wet and since I was a “professional” dog trainer, I always handled the control pole when faced with a snarling, none too happy dog which had to be caught and put in the van. Let me put it this way. Ever heard of bungee jumping, extreme roller coasters, running with the bulls, swimming with great white sharks? Child’s play. Nothing compared to the adrenaline jolt… Read the rest

Dog Training Fairhaven MA

Dog Training Fairhaven MA
Dog Training In Fairhaven MassI do a lot of dog training in Fairhaven MA. There is a very good reason for all the dog training I do in Fairhaven Massachusetts. Capeway Veterinary Hospital sends me a lot of clients for which I am extremely grateful. I’m grateful because it helps my business but also because I love doing dog training in Fairhaven Mass. One client I helped recently was a big German Shepherd with a leash walking problem. This was one strong dog. When he pulled on leash you had to hang on or you were going for a ride.… Read the rest

I Was Attacked Yesterday

I Was Attacked Yesterday
Aggression is a constant companion when you work with dogs like I do. Every week I get a new client with aggression problems. Doing this as long as I have, I’ve developed cat like reflexes and for the most part, avoid getting bit. And then yesterday I got attacked. It was a beautiful day and I had a few hours in between clients so being the good dad, I packed up the kids and brought them to the beach. We got to the beach and I waded into the water with little Scarlett. In three feet of water I stepped… Read the rest

Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?

Do You Really Want To Hurt Me?
On Saturday I was teaching a class on reactive dogs. One of the dogs in the class was a very excitable two year old dog. This dog would lose it when he sees another dog walking down the street. He does not get aggressive, he just becomes uncontrollable. He gets so crazy that he literally stands on his back paws barking and pulling toward the other dog. The owner has tried everything. She has worked on attention, tried treats, toys and everything else she has been told to do. Which is why she was in the class. After watching the… Read the rest

Is Your Dog Reactive? This Will Help You

Is Your Dog Reactive? This Will Help You
Reactive Dog Seminar at Potter League for Animals.Did a talk last night at a shelter. The Potter League for Animals is a great place, run by some great people and they invited me to speak for their Pet University. Of course I broke the record for attendees. About 80 people showed up for the talk. I’d love to say I was the reason for so many people showing up but that would be incorrect. The reason so many people showed up was not me, it was….. …….the topic. You see, I spoke about reactive dogs, dogs that lunge, bark, growl… Read the rest

Help For The Reactive Dog

Help For The Reactive Dog
Next week I will be holding a seminar for the Potter League for Animals in Middletown, RI. It is a great shelter run by some great people. The seminar I’ll be doing is on reactive dogs, dogs that blow a gasket when another dog or person comes around. This has become a huge problem and I believe there are two reasons for this. The first reason is that choke and prong collars are too popular in group dog training classes. If this type of collar is used in training it should always be used in a very non-distracting environment -… Read the rest

My Dog Won’t Listen to Me

My Dog Won’t Listen to Me
“Do you think she has hearing problems?” asked my mother-in-law. She was asking about Scarlett. She thought that maybe she had a hearing problem because she didn’t always respond to her name. My wife laughed and said: “She hears just fine. She is choosing to ignore you.” Funny how kids can be a lot like dogs. I see it all the time when I am helping someone train their dog. The dog will be on leash and they say the dog’s name…..nothing. No response, no attention, no engagement. Which is why you need to make sure you are always working… Read the rest

Using A Negative To Get A Positive Result

Using A Negative To Get A Positive Result
Here’s an email that rolled in yesterday. It’s from longtime subscriber and friend Michael Y. Here is his question: "Where do you stand on the gentle leader?  Older couple has Irish Setter and is hard to control.  Obedience class told him to go with gentle leads which works but the dog HATES it.   What say ye ?" Good question. I use gentle leaders a lot. I like them more than the harnesses and in the early stages of training, it is not a good idea to use any strong adversives. So a gentle leader works out great. But gentle leaders… Read the rest

Does Your Dog Do The Opposite Of What You Ask?

Does Your Dog Do The Opposite Of What You Ask?
So my little daughter Scarlett is very interesting to watch. As she approaches her second birthday, she has decided to do the opposite of everything that I ask her not to. “Please don’t take those batteries.” She grabs them and makes a dash for the other room. “Please don’t climb on the table during dinner.” She gets on the table and starts dancing. “Please put down that cup of coffee.” She turns the cup upside down and heads for the door. I don’t get upset and actually think its very interesting to observe. Funny thing is how she laughs as… Read the rest

Is Your Dog Leading Your Down The Primrose Path?

Is Your Dog Leading Your Down The Primrose Path?
Did you ever see the movie Ferris Bueller’s Day Off? If you grew up in the 80’s, it was required viewing. It’s a great movie about kids skipping school and making a complete fool out of the principal. At one point the principal is talking to Ferris Bueller’s mother and states: “That's probably because he wasn't sick. He was skipping school. Wake up and smell the coffee, Mrs. Bueller. It's a fool's paradise. He is just leading you down the primrose path.” Did you ever wonder what a primrose path was? I did and here is what trusty old Wikipedia… Read the rest