Say the cue once.
Say. The. Cue. Once.
There are many strategies to work on teaching your dog to come to you faster when called. One of my favorites is to work on a distance “stay”, and then ask the dog to “come”.
What happens very consistently is that dogs will pay attention as the trainer is walking backwards in anticipation of being released. Also, often dogs want to follow but are told they have to stay instead. “You want to come after me? Sorry you have to stay!” Think of it as reverse psychology.
This is a very difficult topic. You have two or more dogs, and they are getting into fights. When is it time to find a new home for one of them?
I recommend re-homing if the quality of life for all involved (people and dogs) is drastically affected, even after trying well-executed training exercises. It is often best to hire an in-home trainer to assess the situation to see if it can be worked through.
Another potential client contacted me a while back to “fix” her dog that she dropped off at a “boot camp” for two weeks.
I have heard this scenario many times over the years. Her dog was aggressive and a trainer told her that “she needed to show it who is boss” and she believed him. She dropped her dog off in the care of this “dog trainer” that assured her that her problems would be solved when she picked her dog up.
When clients report that their dog is going potty numerous times per day and they are having house training problems, I always recommend that they look at the quality of the food.
Inexpensive foods that contain corn, soy, grains and animal byproducts are usually not utilized as well by a dog’s body and therefore are eaten during breakfast and dinner and are excreted during potty breaks in large, often extra smelly quantities.
I frequently get questions about dog play, whether it is between two siblings in the same home or about a dog that frequents the dog park and plays with other dogs. The questions might pertain to my client’s dog and if their play style is too rough or worries about the behavior of other dogs at the park.
This topic comes up quite frequently with my private clients. Dogs of all ages and sizes can be finicky eaters. While I normally don’t like to contribute to “breedism” I have found in my experience that small breeds can be more finicky than large breeds.
Recently one of my client’s dogs passed away, leaving an 11-month-old puppy lonely and distraught. He stopped eating, he was “mopy” and he wasn’t himself. Since 8 weeks old, Charlie was used to having another dog in the house and now his world was upside down.
Occasionally a client will mention that their dog pays attention to one family member more than another. The comments usually pertain to the fact that their dog gives one person more affection, follows the person around the house or listens better to training cues.