Jeff Millman lives in Chicago with his wife, two children and three dogs. He has a private dog training business called Chicago Paws as well as Watch and Train. Even though he has been training dogs professionally since 2002, he still loves dogs and loves his job.

Knut the Polar Bear - avoid the same mistakes with your dog

As reported in the New York Times, Knut the Polar Bear in Berlin, Germany is showing signs of anxiety when left alone. To the outcries of animal-protection groups, Knut was hand-raised by his handler, Thomas Dörflein. As the article reports, this was good for business and brought in more than $8 million in extra revenue last year by attracting the public to view the adorable little polar bear.
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Dog trainers make it look so easy!

If you have ever worked with a talented professional dog trainer, there is a good chance he or she probably demonstrated a technique to you and made it look easy. The trainer then explained the intricacies of what you should do to duplicate the techniques, handed the leash over to you, and your dog didn’t do anything that you wanted!

Sound familiar?

What does a skilled professional dog trainer do to make this “magic” occur? Is it magic? Is there something that the dog trainer has that you just will never have? Should you give up right now?

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Schedule dog training time on your calendar

Most of my clients talk about the challenges of their schedules and sometimes apologize to me for not training their dogs as much as they would have liked since our last appointment. I don't think my job is to make my clients feel bad for not training their dog. I am positive that if most people had the choice of going to their jobs or staying home all day and training their dog or running him in the park they would choose the dog activities every time.

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Novice dog trainer? Get better!

Since I am a professional dog trainer, it is my job to help my clients refine their training strategies to help their dog become well trained as fast as possible. 

Along the way I see a lot of ways that can speed up training and also derail the best efforts. My show today is meant to help you speed up your training efforts and become a better trainer.
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Not using hand signals in dog training? – you are missing out.

Hand signals are one of the ways to communicate with a dog. If you are not using them, you are limiting your ability to communicate, limiting the behaviors that you can teach as well as missing out on one of the most enjoyable aspects of working with a dog. 

I equate using only verbal communication with dogs to only speaking to people and never learning how to read or write.

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Question Cesar Millan, the Dog Whisperer's observations stated as facts

On his website, Cesar Millan stated the following:

“I don’t know what dogs dream, but they are definitely doing something really fun. Most of the time, their legs are moving, and they’re barking. In all my years working with dogs – at one point, I had 65 dogs sleeping with me – I’ve never seen a dog panicking in the middle of his sleep. They just don’t have nightmares like we do. You have to envy that!”

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You just punished your dog for behaving

This post is primarily about increasing the quality of the communication through good timing and instruction. I will talk more about motivation strategies in another post.

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Professional dog training terms - feed for position

One of my jobs as a professional dog trainer is to quickly troubleshoot a situation to solve a problem and save my clients training time. I feel incredibly lucky to train dogs for a living because I have had the pleasure of meeting and working with thousands of dogs over the years.

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Dogs can jump out of windows - Start with your puppy to prevent separation anxiety and other problems

There are a few preventative measures you can do with your dog to lessen the likelihood of problems later on. Unfortunately, even if you have the best intentions and do all the exercises properly, there are no guarantees of eliminating the problem later on. Regular maintenance is also a good idea.

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Teach your dog to retrieve and play Frisbee

Retrieve and Frisbee are two great training exercises to work on with your dog. As always, focus on keeping your dog engaged and interested in each session instead of getting stressed out about finishing the final behavior in one session. Have fun with it and ask questions in my Forums if you need more help.

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