Teaching Children Early

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Aug 082019
 

Rex’s owners contacted me because they were having a few important issues that needed immediate attention. Since they were first time dog owners, they weren’t sure what to do and how to go about doing it.

Unfortunately, after a little conversation with them, we don’t believe Rex came from a reputable breeder after all, which explained a lot about the behaviors he was exhibiting.

Without going into a lot of detail, we managed to finally get housebreaking under control, as well as the family working on socialization constantly, and curing Rex of his nighttime anxiety.

And although Rex is a little on the skittish side (but getting so much better daily), there is one person that this pup can’t wag enough for and that is for this adorable little girl. Because she is the perfect age to start training her dog, I quickly enlisted her on the things she could do to be part of Rex’s training. Her dog…. also her responsibility.

With consistency I’m happy to relay that Rex is doing much better with housebreaking (just a little more tweaking required), which is nothing compared to getting a good night sleep. Rex can now get through the entire night without barking until sunrise. Hooray!!!

As far as Little Miss goes, she can be my assistant any day, no teeth and all!

 Posted by on 08/08/2019

The Gentle Giants

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Aug 042019
 
Bruce, St. Bernard, Plymouth, MA

It’s not very often you get to train a big teddy bear, so I always cherish those moments when they come along.

Bruce’s parent’s contacted me because at 4 months of age and still growing, they needed to know how to handle such a big boy.

Now St. Bernard’s aren’t necessarily known for their obedience skills, but never judge a book by it’s cover, right? Well Bruce did phenomenally well with everything we taught him.

So the next time you see one of these beautiful giants, don’t let their size intimidate you, because not only are they super sweet, but they are also very smart and just might be able to show your dog a thing or two.

 Posted by on 08/04/2019

Bring on the Labs

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Jul 312019
 
Hunter & Lexi, Laborador Retrievers, Middleboro, MA 

Hunter and Lexi’s mom contacted me, because Lexi (black lab) was the newest addition to the family and even though Sue was an experienced dog owner, she felt she needed a little guidance to correct the things she was having difficulty with and maybe to do a little brushing up with Hunter.

We focused on Lexi first and addressed all her puppy misbehaviors. Honestly, aside from Sue wanting to pull her hair out a few times, in my opinion Lexi truly was a good girl. She was a puppy. Welcome to puppyhood.

One of Lexi’s biggest problems is that she wasn’t being mentally exercised. That in exchange gave way to too much pent up energy and no place to put it. It wasn’t enough that she and Hunter had each other to play with for hours on end. She needed more, which is what she found with obedience training.

And even though Hunter hadn’t been formally worked in a long time, it wasn’t long before he picked back up everything he had been taught years before.

I was so happy to spend time with Sue and her beautiful dogs. Even happier that we were able to accomplish the goals we set in such a short time.

The best part was that although these dogs demonstrated how smart and obedient they could be, they still knew how to pour on the “class clown personalities” that only labs can.

Great work!

 Posted by on 07/31/2019

Teaching the New Kid on the Block

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Jul 282019
 

Buddy is a good boy and a happy addition to his new family. Lucky for Buddy his owners are retired, so they get to spend lots of quality time together every day.

Buddy’s owners reached out to me initially because, at their age they wanted to get things right from the beginning and not have to backtrack.

When I started training Buddy he was a typical puppy. He loved watching the birds at the feeders and was doing great in the house as far as chewing and housebreaking, etc. But unfortunately one day his dad tried to take a screw out of his mouth, that Buddy had picked up off the shop floor, and nipped him.

So now not only did we have to teach Buddy to give things up willingly, but I also had to teach his dad that being too much of a softy isn’t always a good thing, especially when dealing with aggression.

I had so much fun training with this couple and Buddy. They are young minded seniors who wanted to take time out their busy schedules and enjoy having a dog again.

I’m happy to say, not only does Buddy walk well on a leash now, but most important, you can take anything out of his mouth without worrying about being bit, which is naturally a huge relief for his owners.

Nice work guys!

 Posted by on 07/28/2019

Little and Big Dogs Have the Same Needs

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Jul 172019
 
Marley, Longhaired Dachshund, Bridgewater, MA

Marley’s owner contacted me because she was having housebreaking issues but also wanted to expose her to some training.

Upon my evaluation, it was obvious Marley was under-socialized, which is something I see a lot of. Unfortunately her owner didn’t seem as concerned. I tried to emphasis the importance of socialization at this young age, as the natural window of socialization had already closed, and the only thing to do now was to get Marley out to meet people and other dogs. However, week after week I was given excuses as to why her owner couldn’t/wouldn’t take her places.

I am happy that Marley learned a lot through obedience, but I truly don’t understand the disconnect of small dogs and their owners’ lack of understanding that they need all the same things larger dogs need. If you don’t socialize with them, you are depriving them of their natural existence.

I was happy to meet Marley and hope her obedience training continues through practice. However, my biggest hope is that her owner will take my advice and realize that socializing her now is a lot easier than later.

 Posted by on 07/17/2019

Starting Over with a Puppy

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Jul 082019
 
Theodore, Lhasa Apso
Middleboro, MA 

Puppies will be puppies no matter your current age, which is what my clients remembered quickly after having their dog a short time and that they needed a little help this time around.

Theordore was just doing ordinary puppy things like having accidents in the house and a few other minor issues.

Given that this couple is older they wanted to have a trainer, because they felt, like with everything things change, including how to train your dog and they wanted someone that could show them. Things like you don’t put newspaper down anymore. Who ever thought that was a good idea?

Once these owners realized that they could manage a lot of Theordore’s misbehaviors through training, the more in control they felt, which made for a more relaxed home.

Nice job. Just keep remembering you love him!

 Posted by on 07/08/2019

No Two Alike

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Jul 082019
 
Emma, Akita, Pembroke, MA

I started training Emma, because I was also training her sister Gabby at the time. How could I refuse two Akitas?

Emma, unlike Gabby, is a little more high strung than her sister. Two different dogs, two different personalities. One owner with not many complaints and the other a little more frustrated.

Sometimes it is hard not to compare dogs. You also have to remember that large breed puppies are still babies, regardless of their growing size. Some dogs need a little more patience and a different approach. And sometimes you need to be the disciplinarian their mother was, because mother dogs don’t fool around.

Once Emma’s mom realized she couldn’t be the marshmallow all the time, the better their relationship became. Respect is earned, not given.

I had the best time getting to know these friends and their gorgeous dogs. Starting out right from the beginning with training was their top priority. I am happy to say they succeeded. They did the work and their dogs delivered.

Nice work you guys.

 Posted by on 07/08/2019

Never Assume

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May 062019
 

Gabby, Akita, Bridgewater, MA

Gabby’s dad contacted me, because he wanted to do things right from the start. He wanted to learn how to properly train Gabby to avoid any “problems” that a new puppy can bring.

Gabby’s dad owns an automotive shop in Pembroke, so lucky Gabby gets to go to work with her dad every day. Because of that, he needs her to act properly in the shop with employees, as well as customers who might want to say hello to her.

I have to admit that Gabby was the easiest puppy I have EVER trained. The assumption that Akita’s are head strong, isn’t exactly true in her case. Before we put labels on dogs simply because of their breed, maybe we can give dogs the benefit of the doubt. As a trainer, I always look at a dog’s personality first and then factor in the breed standard, because no two dogs are alike regardless of breed. Once you understand the dog’s capability then you can proceed accordingly.

One label I can place on Gabby is that she was a perfect student. Not only is she as chill as chill can get, but she is a smart “I get it” kind of dog. If you are ever fortunate enough to have a (pre-programmed) dog like her once in your lifetime, consider yourself blessed, because it doesn’t get any better than that.

Nice job you guys. I’ll miss you my “little bear”. Don’t worry Gabby those beautiful ears will stand, promise!

 Posted by on 05/06/2019

Some Cooperation, Please

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Apr 102019
 

Blu, French Bulldog, Scituate, MA 

Blu’s mom contacted me for the usual puppy problems, housebreaking, jumping, mouthing and chewing.

She was justifiably frustrated, because she felt she was the only one in the home trying to correct all of these issues and more, especially when she has a husband and grown children capable of lending a hand.

So we got busy addressing all these concerns and seeing progress. And as a result of learning how to be more assertive with Blu, she found herself being equally assertive with her family when it came to sharing the commitment of training.

I’m so proud of Blu and her eagerness to learn and this family coming together for the sake of Blu’s education and Mom’s sanity. It takes everyone being on the same page to see positive results and this family is a great example that cooperation pays off. Blu is living proof.

I’m going to miss those ears Ms. Blu.






 Posted by on 04/10/2019

A Little Guidance Goes a Long Way

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Mar 272019
 

Kane, Doberman Pincher, Bridgewater, MA

Kane’s mom initially contacted me, because he was getting overly rambunctious with her youngest son and it was making her nervous. During our initial conversation she stated that she wanted to know how to control him before he was bigger and older.

Kane wasn’t any different than most young dogs that take advantage of their humans, especially when they know their owner doesn’t have any authority over them because they lack leadership skills.

Because dogs are pack animals, they need someone in their lives that is always in control and can guide them. That has to be their owner. It their owner isn’t capable than they will choose themselves, because in their world someone has to be, period.

Showing Kane acceptable behavior over unacceptable behavior wasn’t as difficult as his owner thought. Once she had the right tools in understanding how Kane perceived things the easier it was for her to control different situations, especially those involving the kids.

Kane may look intimidating, but I can assure you, not only is he a teddy bear, but he is now a well behaved teddy bear. Handsome too!

Great job!

 Posted by on 03/27/2019