• Category Archives Dog Training
  • You’ll learn new Commands to Obedience train your dog and learn how to eliminate bad habits like barking, aggression, biting, jumping, or pulling on the leash.

    House-training and Feeding your dog the right way will suddenly become easy and fun. and understanding new insights from modern dog psychology is especially powerful here.

  • Basic Dog Obedience

    Getting a new dog is an exciting time for the entire family, especially if you’re bringing home a puppy. Basic dog obedience classes may be offered in your community but you can train your dog at home by following some general guidelines. Some breeds are quick to learn, including German Shepherds, Border Collies and Shih Tzu’s, but any dog can benefit from acquiring basic dog obedience skills.
    1. Start your obedience training by getting your dog accustomed to wearing a collar.
    Most dogs quickly accept this training aid if you choose a buckle-type collar that does not pinch the dog’s neck or pull their fur. Avoid using choke-chain type collars and adjust your dog’s collar to allow two-finger widths between his neck and the collar.
    2. Hook the 6-foot leash to your dog’s collar.
    A shorter leash does not allow your dog the freedom to obey your commands and a longer leash may be distracting, offering the dog too much freedom. Walk around a bit until your dog realizes that the leash now connects you and him.
    3. Begin training the basic commands.
    “Sit, stay, down, heel and come” are the first five commands dogs most often learn in an American Kennel Club (AKC) basic obedience course. Work on only one or two tasks per day for a minimum of 15 minutes each day. Add new tasks only when your dog masters the previous one.
    4. Train the “sit” command by standing directly in front of your dog, holding his leash above his head with the excess wrapped around your left hand.
    With your right hand, hold a treat above your dog’s nose and tell him to “sit.” Move the treat backward, above your dog’s eye level, causing him to look upward and prompting him to sit down. When he complies, give him the treat and praise him.
    5. Teach your dog to lie down at your feet with the “down” command.
    When your dog can sit upon request, it’s time to train him to lie down. Hold a treat in your closed hand just under his nose and issue the command: “Down.” At the same time, lower your closed hand to the floor just in front of your dog. Some dogs will lie down immediately; others need slight encouragement by pulling downward on their collar. Reward your dog with the treat and praise as soon as he complies.
    6. Position your dog on your left side in a sitting position with his head beside your left leg.
    Wind excess slack in the leash around your left hand. Issue the command, “Heel,” and begin to walk. Take the first step with your left foot; your dog will learn to associate that with heeling. Encourage your dog to walk beside you with gentle tension on the leash.
    7. Instruct your dog to stay in one place after he can consistently sit.
    With your dog sitting in the correct heeling position, hold the end of the leash with your left hand and place your right hand, flat, in front of your dog’s nose while commanding him to “stay.” Step forward with your right foot, turn and stand in front of your dog. Since you didn’t use your left foot, he will learn he is not to heel. After a few seconds, step back beside him, praise him and give him a treat.

    Clicker Training
    Clicker Training

     


  • ADA Service Dog Law, Inquiries, Exclusions and Charges

    Inquiries, Exclusions, Charges, Rules Related to Service Dogs

      People who have service dogs know the value of having that help that the service dog can provide. Many handlers /owners have confrontations with businesses, hospital staff, taxi drivers, and even doctors and the general public.

    Below you will find the ADA Laws on service dogs.

    Don’t Let businesses run you off. Stand your grown, Stand up for your rights. Our money is no different then anyone else. you are not alone in this.

    Inquiries:

    When it is not obvious what tasks an service dog provides.

    The business owner or their employees may ask you.

    The company staff are limited in their inquiries.

     The Staff may ask two questions:

    (1) is the dog a service animal required because of a disability.

    (2) what work or task has the dog been trained to perform.

     Staff may not ask:

    (1) About your disability or require medical documentation.

    (2) Require a special identification card or training documentation for the dog

    (3) Ask that the dog demonstrate its ability to perform the work or task.

    The business owner or their employees Not wanting to work around or be in the same room or area?

    I know of  employees of medical centers (hospitals) and even Doctors offices refuse to treat patience because of their service dogs. The staff and even some Doctors have said the dogs can not be in the building or treatment room. Most say they are afraid of, or have allergies to dogs.

     Allergies and fear of dogs are not valid reasons for denying access or refusing service to people using service animals.

    When a person who is allergic to dog dander and a person who uses a service animal must spend time in the same room or facility, for example, in a school classroom or at a homeless shelter, the staff should be accommodated by assigning them, if possible, to different locations within the room or different rooms in the facility or even assign employes who are not afraid or have allergies.

    Establishments that sell or prepare food must allow service animals in public areas even if state or local health codes prohibit animals on the premises.

     

    Exclusions:

    A person with a disability cannot be asked to remove his service animal from the premises unless:

    (1) The dog is out of control and the handler does not take effective action to control the animal.

    (2) The dog is not housebroken. ( service dog handler/owner is responsible for clean up and all damages )

    (3) When there is a legitimate reason to ask that a service animal be removed, example: (when having X-rays) The staff must offer the person with the disability the opportunity to obtain goods or services without the animal’s presence.

     

     Charges:

     People with disabilities who use service animals cannot be isolated from other patrons, treated less favorably than other patrons, or charged fees that are not charged to other patrons without animals.

    In addition, if a business requires a deposit or fee to be paid by patrons with pets, it must waive the charge for service animals.

    If a business such as a hotel normally charges guests for damage that they cause, a customer with a disability may also be charged for damage caused by himself or his service animal.

    Staff are not required to provide care or food for a service animal.


  • Service Dog Training and ADA Compliant Mobility-Stability Service Dog

    Gage, a male Doberman Pinscher from Locust Grove, Virginia, shows off his new skills as an SDAP Balance Dog. In making the transition from an unruly house pet to a 28 C.F.R., Subpart A § 35.104 and ADA compliant Service Dog, Gage underwent Basic On Leash Obedience Training, Extended Off-Leash Obedience Training, Agility Training comparable to that of a Police K-9, specialized Balance Dog Training and also learned to summon medical assistance using the SDAP, LLC MA-100 Medical Alert and Automation System. When Gage steps on the box, two way communication is established with medical and security personnel and simultaneously the SDAP system turns on lights throughout the home, takes control the security system, and operates appliances like garage doors all of which are linked via a standard extension cord to the home’s existing electrical wiring using carrier wave and radio frequency signals. Gage will also recall to the side of his fallen owner and then assist in recovery from a fall.  Gage does work and performs tasks for an individual with disabilities.

    An update on this story, I received an Email from the trainer of Gage.

    Here is what the email contained ;

    I would ask that you remove the story of Gage, who was trained at Aberdeen Acres. The young lady who actually trained the dog  (and is pictured) is my daughter. The man who owns Aberdeen Acres, Russ Ebersole, is a convicted felon. He served time in a federal prison for defrauding the US GOVERNMENT by “training” bomb dogs who were unable to find bombs. There is still a federal line on his “business”. In addition,  he was CONVICTED last year on numerous counts of animal abuse.  He is not allowed contact with animals as a condition of his recent release from serving over a year in jail again.  All information can be found at www.aberdeencruelty.com. Please remove references to this facility lest anyone try to contact them for training.

    CW

    Well at least; we know that the young lady can train service dogs, maybe she needs to take over the company.


  • Dog Behavior Training DVDS

     

    Whether you are a seasoned pet care professional or pet owner looking for tips, tricks, or techniques or dog behavior training, our newly offered Training DVDs & E-Book Series has something for everyone
    Whether you are a seasoned pet care professional or pet owner looking for tips, tricks, or techniques or dog behavior training, our newly offered Training DVDs & E-Book Series has something for everyone

     

     Whether you are a seasoned pet care professional or pet owner looking for tips, tricks, or techniques or dog behavior training, our newly offered Training DVDs & E-Book Series has something for everyone. You’ll find expert advice on training, behavior modification, safety, nutrition, house training puppies and much more, all designed to enhance your lifetime experience with your most loyal four-legged friends. Whether you are training a Labrador retriever, dachshund, German shepherd, beagle, boxer, Chihuahua, golden retriever or poodle – these DVDs will teach you the skills you need

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    Dr. Ian Dunbar’s SIRIUS® Puppy Training
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    Dr. Ian Dunbar’s Dog Training for Children

    Children have natural advantages as trainers. Dogs like being with them, because they are playful and fun…

    Training Dogs with Dunbar

    Probably the most creative, cutting-edge dog training video on the market. In his entertaining and common-sense style, Dr. Dunbar covers a wide variety of topics, including people training games…

     

    The Dog Whisper
    Paul Owens – Professional Dog Trainer, in
    The Dog Whisperer training DVD, trainer Paul Owens offers a compassionate, nonviolent approach to dog training…