How To Stop Your Dogs Digging

So what’s the score with my dogs digging? I hear you asking…

Why are they doing it and how do I stop them destroying my beautiful back garden?

Well here’s the way your dog see’s it and its very different from how you think! In fact it will answer a lot of your questions.

Firstly though here’s what your dogs digging is not. Your dogs digging is not their attempt to annoy you, wind you up or simply ruin your new flower garden out of spite.

Dogs simply are not like that…(you’re thinking like a human)

Natural behavior

how-to-stop-your-dog-diggingDogs are fun loving animals however and so many dogs will dig for fun.

Younger dogs and puppies especially simply love exploring, investigating and having a good time in the soil, sand, mud, stones etc…it really doesn’t matter to them.

Sometimes dogs are doing it for specific reasons, such as they are too hot and are looking to dig into the cooler ground. Alternatively they could be cold and looking to build a bit of a den. They could simply have too much energy and are trying to channel it into something in which case more exercise will certainly help.

You need to cover off all these things before you simply start blaming your dog as a naughty dog!

Smelly fertilizers

One of the biggest motivators for dogs digging is if you have sprinkled some sort of fertilizer such as “blood and bone” or anything that has a smelly element to it. This will drive your dog wild so be careful where  you sprinkle your magic garden food. Whilst we are on this topic be very careful with slug pellets which can be deadly for dogs. Some products on the market claim to be safe however if they do not say they are then you can assume that they are deadly and so do not use them!

Now back to the digging…so once you have given your dog plenty of exercise, removed any buried bones, stopped using smelly garden products and given your dog a nice shelter to stay warm you start to ask the question… “What now?”

Well digging like I say is a very normal activity, however excessive digging is not. In other words, most dogs dig and the secret is not to stop it but to work with your dog and manage their digging.

And don’t worry I shall explain how to stop any excessive digging aswell.

Digging pits

If you can focus your dogs digging into one area then you are halfway there. This can be done by creating a clear digging pit, possibly just a few pieces of wood with a couple of nails….You could even start the digging with a spade! If you put a few toys in, bury them and encourage your dog to dig in and maybe even bury a couple of tasty treats…just a couple of times you will be amazed at how quickly your dog starts to pay attention and get involved! Once your dog understand that they are ok to dig in one area but not in the middle of the lawn you are on your way to success.

Holes in the lawn

But what about the holes in the lawn? I here you ask, well…

The best solution for holes that have started is to put a small brick or rock at the bottom of the hole and wedge it in. Then bury it back in a pack the earth in around it. Then if your dog tries to return to dig in that area they will become stuck when they get to the rock. No fun for your dog. Most will give up. If they continue, I would walk over to them, guide them back over to your digging pit and encourage them to dig. If they keep going back to the lawn to dig, place them in timeout somewhere. They will soon learn that they are not allowed to dig in the lawn.

Digging when you are not there

One of the biggest problems that people have is digging when they leave the property however the solution is quite simple. Rather than this being a excessive energy problem or a dog who loves digging problem  it is a pack leader issue.

That’s right, your dog is digging most likely to try to escape the property to find you. That is why so many dogs who dig when the owner is away are digging around the base of the fence or gate. Owners will often say to me “my dog never digs when I am home, only when I am away” That’s right when you are home they relax and are happy, when you leave they try to find you.

They see it as their job to protect you and look after you. Many dogs will simply become stressed when they are left and channel their stress into digging, anywhere. Destructive behavior such as chewing is the same thing, they are simply stressed as they think that their job is to protect and look after you.

Become the pack leader

In a nutshell you need to become the pack leader and then they will relax when you are not around. Not only this but so many other issues will also likely disappear when your dog understands that they are not in charge.

The best site I have come across to understand how to become the pack leader is Doggy Dan’s amazing website. And believe it or not but you can actually check it out here for $1! CLICK HERE

That’s right, Dan gives you a $1 trial of the site for 3 days just so you can first see if you like it!

Becoming the pack leader using Doggy Dan’s method is not harsh or difficult it is a very kind and gentle way of working with your dog. It explains in some very simple steps exactly how to become the pack leader and the site also has fantastic sections on both raising the perfect puppy dog and stopping any unwanted behaviors.

Quite simply it is a fantastic site and one that I fully recommend you take a look at.

Whatever your digging issue, becoming the pack leader will help your dog relax, when you are home or away and then any training that you put in place will have an effect. When it comes to dog training, if you are not the pack leader you aren’t going to achieve anything fast.

So make sure that you get the order right…

You need to first win your dogs mind and then you can train their body !

Make sense?

And to win their mind and become the pack leader CLICK HERE then all the tips on stopping digging above will take care of the rest.

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How To Become a Pack Leader

In thihow-to-become-a-pack-leaders post I want to explain two very important facts about your dog…

The first is about whether or not you really need to be the pack leader.

And the second is whether the pack leader is aggressive in their behavior. For example, is it necessary to beat your chest, shout and smack your dog in order to become the top dog.

The answer to these two questions could transform the relationship you have with your beloved companion. Almost instantly, and forever.

Question 1. Do I really need to be the pack leader?

Lets look at the facts…

Dog are pack animals. There are leaders and followers. You can’t change that. It is simply how dogs work… and it works very well.

The pack leaders make the decisions and the followers follow. Simple. In the wild dogs are pack animals. They have descended from the wolf, which is a pack animal. And what most people don’t realise is even in your home you form a pack. Sometimes there are other members in the pack, maybe children, more than one dog, even a cat…

The fact remains that dogs will view all these beings as members of the pack, and the pack leader in their eyes must make all the big decisions.

Now in many homes there are dogs who are just too happy to please. They simply do as you ask without any questioning. They are easy to train and the owners are convinced that it is all due to how good they are as owners.

You may even know people like this. They have this amazing, easy, placid dog and you can’t work out how because the owner doesn’t seem to do anything special. In fact you may well be a bit cheesed off that your dog causes you so much grief.

How can it be this way? Well, allow me to let you into a secret. The fact is this… It usually has nothing to do with how good the owners are… Some dogs are simply much easier to train others. That’s it!

Trust me…if you have an easy dog then you can get away with so much – and many people do. They have a dog for years convinced that they are great with dogs and know exactly what they are doing, always dishing out advice about how they do it when in reality they just have a very easy dog!

However if you have a difficult, very smart, driven dog then you have to know fully what you are doing and the messages that you are giving your dog. It is much more difficult to train these dogs if you do not know what you are doing. The secret to training these types of dogs is… to ensure that YOU are the pack leader in the home. Only then will they listen to you.

And the difference between these easy and difficult dogs has nothing to do with breeds. It’s all about character and personality. You’ll never be able to tell until they’re in your home. Kind of sucks, hey!

But it makes sense now as to why you are struggling. It’s why you are constantly bribing your dog, battling with them. It’s like trying to swim upstream… the struggle never ends, they never give in, and you’re exhausted. It’s all because in your dog’s mind you are not the pack leader…YET !

But hold on. Here’s the good news… I can help.

You see if you are struggling…I can promise you that becoming the pack leader is the first thing you need to do. And I have just discovered a fantastic resource which shows you how to become the pack leader in the most amazing gentle way.

But let’s discuss the next point before I tell you where this fantastic solution is…

  1. Is the pack leader aggressive in their behavior?

The thing to realize is that the best pack leaders are calm and consistent. They are firm but fair, there is no screaming, no shouting, no hurting, and no need for smacking. All those things that used to be associated with being the pack leader many years ago are old school approaches.

Old school dog training used to teach that you needed to physically dominate your dog. It involved a lot of force and confrontation with your dog which would often turn ugly.

The best dog training is where people are taught how to actually win their dogs mind in a calm and gentle way, so that their dogs accept them as the pack leader through choice, not fear. This new dog training method is set to revolutionize the way we work with and train our dogs in the home.

By learning how our dogs see the world we can then adjust our behavior to communicate clearly to them in a way they understand. It’s crucial that we give them the right messages, rather than simply applying human psychology to a dog. Lets face it, we would never apply fish or bird psychology to a dog, so why do we always apply human psychology?

We are primates, evolved from the apes, but your dog is a canine evolved from the wolves and there are some subtle but crucial differences!

When you understand your dog’s mind and where they are coming from there is no need for fear or aggression in training… if you are struggling then the chances are that your dog does not see you as the pack leader.

Become the pack leader now…

If you want to discover the most amazing dog training website which explains how to become the pack leader then CLICK HERE  to visit Doggy Dan’s video website. Whats more…this site offers a FREE trial for 3 days to everyone !

With over 250 videos including live consultations in people’s homes, the site explains very clearly how to become the pack leader.

What’s more it’s something that we can Hall do. The simple steps are clearly laid out for you to follow. The whole site is quite fascinating and  has an entire section dedicated to puppy training and another to stopping unwanted behaviors.

I recently visited the site and was amazed at the content and things I learnt. Even with all my years of training I had no idea that I had been making some crucial mistakes. The results speak for themselves – this site is the real deal.

In all my years of training dogs I have not come across a site as comprehensive and clear as Doggy Dan’s and with a 3 day $1 trial you can’t go wrong. It is a very generous offer indeed.

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How To Train a Puppy To Come When Called

It’s so easy to train a puppy to come when called every time. It all sounds so simple in theory…You call your puppy and they come to your feet, then you reward them and that should be it. The Recall!

For so many people though, it all goes pear-shaped and we end up chasing our dogs and puppies all over the park, shouting their name as they run away from us. Sometimes it seems like the only way to get your dog to come running is to get in the car and start the engine or wait until they finally get tired and want to go home.

Yet it’s so easy to train a dog to come when called every time. Anyone can do it. Like anything though, you need to know the secrets to success…

You see the reason that it goes wrong is that there are some very simple and logical steps that have to be followed when training your puppy to come, or it can all turn to custard very quickly.

So here is one of the most important steps.

Do not chase your puppy!

That’s right. The last thing you do is chase your puppy if they do not come.

Sounds simple but so many people do it. It goes something like this. You call your puppy and they run the other way so you move closer to them calling their name.

And that’s the big mistake ! You are now chasing your puppy. Yep it happens that quickly.

One minute you were training your puppy to come to you and the next minute you were chasing them.

So what are your options. Well the first to consider is keeping your puppy on a long line until you are sure that they will come. That’s it… pretty simple, right? If they are not going to come when you call them, then maybe you should not let them off.

And the second option is understanding how to turn, walk away from your puppy and call them so that they then chase you!

This is perfectly demonstrated in the following video during a puppy class at the park.

Getting your puppy to chase you is so easy when you know how… as you can see in the video it really works. No chasing, no screaming and the puppies come running.

Unfortunately very few people are shown these steps at puppy class. However Doggy Dan’s website shows you everything you could want to know about raising the perfect dog. In fact he has a video diary of his 1 year old dog Moses from 8 weeks of age showing you exactly how to train him. And whats more, Dan gives you a $1 trial of the site for 3 days!

Raising a puppy does not need to be difficult when you have the right advice. If you are looking for help to training your puppy or stopping unwanted dog behaviors then my recommendation is this…

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How To Read Your Dog’s Body Language

dogs-body-languageEver wondered what your dog is doing when they are interacting with another dog? Do you sometimes feel like you’re watching something in a foreign language as your dog communicates with another dog?

Sometimes it can be really frustrating not knowing whether to step in and stop your dog or let the activity go on.

You’d be amazed how many people misread their dog’s behavior and yet it’s actually pretty easy – when you know how! Knowing whether your dog is happy playing or feeling distressed can make all the difference to how they socialize with other dogs.

There are actually so many tell-tale signs. All you need to know is what they are and then it’s like watching a movie in English rather than a foreign language.

Of course dogs can read each other without any effort, it comes naturally to them, however for us humans it doesn’t. We have to learn the different body language signals that they use.

Here are some of the key gestures that you can watch out for to understand what your dog is thinking. At the bottom of this article is a link to an amazing video by Doggy Dan in which you can watch all the behaviors I mention below for yourself.

The Head Over: placing their head over the back of another dogs neck.

This is one of the most common ways a dog will attempt to assert their dominance over another dog. It is neither good nor bad. Some dogs however will contest it if they are not happy being dominated. A dog who is not happy with this will clearly let the other dog know!

Returning To Play: a dog returning to play more with another dog.

This is a sign that suggests a dog is happy to play. Often this simple  behavior is overlooked by dog owners. Many times a dog may look like they are not enjoying things as they are being dominated and pushed around but is actually very happy and will run back for more! If they were really unhappy they would very likely stay away.

Lifting One Paw In The Air: the dog stands still on three legs.

This is a fairly submissive gesture that says I am submissive and nonthreatening. The other dog may react in a number of ways but it is generally a good sign.

Hackles Up: the hair on the dogs back goes up.

Very often people think that this automatically means that the dog is being aggressive or going to be aggressive, however it can also just be excitement. It does mean that the dog is very alert but this can be because they just love playing with other dogs. Keep an eye on your dog and don’t panic.

360 Degree Spins: The dog completes a complete spin

The dog spinning will almost certainly be very happy and will be trying to encourage some play activity. When a dog turns their back on another dog it shows that they are relaxed and not scared.

There are so many little things to look out for – some more obvious than others. One of the best places to learn how to read dogs is Doggy Dans website The Online Dog Trainer. Dan even offers a 3 Day $1 trial of the site that YOU can take advantage of, so I suggest the next thing you do today is take a look inside the site!

This video website is an excellent source of learning not only about how to interpret your dogs behavior but also how to stop unwanted behavior and train dogs and puppies.

Here is just one fantastic example of his work, demonstrating the above dog behaviors and many more:

Doggy Dan’s site is truly amazing with over 250 videos inside. So if you really want to have a dog that you can be proud of look no further, simply take the 3 day $1 trial inside Doggy Dan’s site

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Turn Your Puppy Into The Perfect Dog

puppy trainingThere’s a lot of talk about how to raise the perfect dog. It’s what we all want but the question is… do they exist?

I suppose the answer is a bit like… is there a perfect person? Of course, the answer to that is… Nope!

However there are some pretty great people out there, and there are some really amazing dogs too. So what’s the trick?

This is my best advice.

Before you get hung up about going to puppy school and learning how to do high-fives, roly-polies and the commando crawl, ask yourself this…

Is this what my dream dog does? Is my dream dog basically a performing monkey whom I wheel out when visitors come around so they can say “Wow that’s cool, how clever is he…How did you train him to do that…” and so on and so forth.

The kicker is that in many of these cases the next thing that the dog owner has to do is warn the visitors “Now…don’t go near his food bowl when he’s eating, and careful when you pat him not to go near his head, and keep the children away from his toys..!”

It’s crazy isn’t it?

We spend so much time and effort focusing on how to do commands such as sit and stay but never even think about some of the really important stuff. And when we do it’s often too late.

Want to know why this is so?

Because most dog trainers are stuck doing what everyone else is doing…

And that’s training the sit, the down and the stay! That’s right. Its like sheep, everyone following each other and nobody asking WHY?

Think about it… has a dog ever been put to sleep (yes, I am talking about euthanized) because they didn’t do a proper sit? Or because their down command was a bit slow? Or because they had a poor stay? Of course not… nobody really cares about that stuff.

Yet that’s what we all learn at puppy school! WHY?!

But… Aggression? Oh Boy.

More dogs are put to sleep for aggression, barking, growling, and challenging than any other reason. Aggressive to children, owners, strangers – its all bad news.

There is nothing more dangerous than an out of control dog, pulling you along on the leash, ignoring you when you let them off. Never mind the danger to themselves around cars and other dogs.

Yet so few dog trainers show you how to prevent all of this, because very few actually understand it themselves!

Most people’s real idea of a perfect dog, in no particular order, will include all of the following 5 important behaviors:

  1. Calm around all other animals including dogs
  2. Friendly to all people including children
  3. Relaxed and obedient around the home
  4. Amazing at coming when called at the park
  5. A real angel when walking on the leash in public

Hhmmm… I can hear you thinking….You’ve got a point!

Let me guess your next question…

So how do we achieve it?

Well the great news is that it’s not complicated. At least it’s not complicated or tricky anymore… all thanks to Doggy Dan’s The Online Dog Trainer video website <<GET ACCESS>>

Dan even offers a 3 Day $1 trial of the site that YOU can take advantage of, so I suggest that the next thing you do today is take a look inside the site!

Inside his website is the most amazing collection of videos showing you exactly how to achieve this kind of ‘perfect’ dog. In fact Doggy Dan shows you through the video diary of 8 week old puppy Moses, guiding  you through every stage of achieving all the things I’ve just mentioned.

Doggy Dan has filmed his puppy growing up for an entire year and presented a series of lessons each week that need to learned at that particular stage of the puppy’s life. So you get to watch and train your puppy at exactly the right time, making sure problems don’t manifest later on.

And once your dog is fully grown the site caters for every type of dog problem that you may face later on. In-depth sections on health, food, behaviour and training are covered as well.

Doggy Dan’s site is truly amazing with over 250 videos inside. Showing you exactly how to achieve those 5 important behaviors I mentioned  earlier… and much, much more!

Remember : You can do what you’ve always done and get the same result or do something different and get the results you’ve always dreamed of.

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Stop Your Puppy Jumping Up

jumping puppyLearning how to stop a puppy from jumping up is something you need to get onto straight away.

Puppies jumping up are a very natural thing that they do when they are little – to get attention – and in the wild to get fed by licking the Mother’s face to encourage food to be regurgitated. Showing your puppy that it does not get attention when it jumps is something that you should encourage from a very early age. Often it can seem like fun when a puppy is very small but when your dog grows to 35kg and can jump 5 foot high it is not so funny.

If you do not stop the jumping when your puppy is little then when your puppy turns into a larger dog it soon turns into a more dominant display of demanding your attention!

If your puppy is jumping up, simply turn and walk away. Ignore your puppy, no eye contact, no speaking and no touching.

Continue to ignore and then after your puppy has calmed down, wait for 5 minutes and then call your puppy to you.

If your puppy does not stop then isolate your puppy by either leaving the room or by putting the puppy in another room.

Puppy jumping up on visitors:

If your puppy is jumping on your visitors then ask them to do the same as described above. It may also help if you hold the puppy by its collar or on a lead until they relax – then release. If your puppy decides to mouth you then you should immediately isolate them in another room or a crate.

Puppy jumping up at you when you are getting ready for the walk:

Put the leash down and wait for 10 minutes or until your puppy is calm, then try again. This is important and although you are keen to go for a walk you should not rush it!

Important concepts:

It is really important not to speak – to stay calm and not say a word when your puppy jumps up. Remember your puppy is an attention-seeking machine!

Your puppy’s jumping up and space invading is not its way of saying I love you!!

Space is very important to a dog and if she can invade yours whenever she wants then she will lose respect for you.

How would you feel if a human constantly invaded your space! It is more similar than you think!!

Start as you mean to go on. When your puppy is calm then you can call her and pick her up for a cuddle

When you are ignoring your puppy keep your arms folded and walk past the puppy confidently and assertively.

The two most common mistakes:

Inconsistency – sometimes puppy jumping up is given attention!

People make eye contact…This invites your puppy over, so do not make eye contact, focus on something else.

Another trick that will help is to train your puppy to sit for everything! If you can get your puppy to practise lots of “sits” then her default behaviour will simply be to sit when you call her, and not jump!

For more information on puppy training then check The Online Dog Trainer it is a great source of fascinating information that covers off everything you need to know about raising a happy puppy using videos. CLICK HERE

How to train a dominant dog

dominant dogHave you ever been in the situation where you are out for a walk with your dog, happily going down the street when your heart misses a beat and then sinks because you see another dog coming?

It means only one thing. Your lovely but very dominant dog is going to try to leave their mark on yet another dog. And you’ve no idea how badly this could go!

Even though the other dog is on a leash you know you’re in trouble if they come too close, and so you start looking for an exit strategy…

But before you know it your dog is pulling like crazy and the hair on their back is starting to rise.

You’ve tried everything to stop this behavior. Like tugging on the leash, a different collar, distraction with food but nothing has made the slightest bit of difference. Now it’s just a case of keeping them separated at all costs.

You’ve started to give up all hope.

So where did it all go so horribly wrong?

The thing that so many dog owners and trainers don’t seem to understand is that if you’ve been giving your dog the wrong messages at home then it’s too late to turn it around when you see another dog on the street.

The simple fact is this…

Dogs are simple animals. And I mean that in a very loving way. But they’re simply not interested in bigger TVs, faster cars or their next holiday.

Rather, dogs are about survival. First and foremost. Which includes protect the property and the pack, especially when they are outside.

Now. Think about it. Dogs are pack animals. They understand there are leaders and followers.

And the leaders decide what is dangerous and take the initiative protecting the pack.

So what do you think happens when your dog thinks that they are the pack leader and they walk down the street and see another strange dog coming?

That’s right. They walk up to them chest-up, head-up, tail-up and try to get them to back down.

And that’s when it all goes pear-shaped.

But what started the reaction was giving your dog the message that they were in charge in the first place! That they’re in fact the Pack Leader in your home.

This is where Doggy Dan’s dog training method is so cool. He totally understands how to show dogs that you’re the pack leader and the site explains how YOU can do all of that in a very simple way. Dan even offers YOU a 3 Day $1 trial of the site that you can take advantage. <<GET ACCESS>>

But what’s really impressive is that he does it in such a kind and gentle way.

And its very simple, he uses 5 Golden Rules.

When you can see Doggy Dan’s pack around other dogs they do not overplay their role because they all know that he is the pack leader and so can take it easy.

Now of course all dogs are different and some dogs are naturally more dominant than others, and there are some who like to be more submissive. It doesn’t really matter what kind your dog is.

The secret is this:

YOU need to be the Pack Leader. Once you establish this you will find all the other training tricks will start to work. A gentle pull on the leash, the distraction using a food treat and the gentle word of warning.

The fact is that the training approaches that you’re currently using are probably really good ones but without a solid foundation they simply don’t work.

Because in summary your dog is not taking any notice of you once the other dog shows up. Your dog has bigger things to worry about, like protecting followers in their pack (you).

So, to turn it around… again, YOU need to become the pack leader.

Below, I have attached me some great training tricks that  will help you achieve that calmer dog as the other dogs approach, so here are a couple. But remember, the pack leader foundation HAS to be in place first.

  • Food distractions: This approach can really work with some food hounds! The key is this: use it as a distraction. Do not reward your dog after they have lunged towards the oncoming dog. Use amazing food, such as chicken or cheese. Not their usual biscuits!
  • Take it slowly: Do not expect miracles overnight. Unless you’ve just put the pack leader rules in place! Often pushing things too fast will result in it going wrong, but going slowly builds confidence.
  • Master the walk: Make sure that you’ve gotten control of your dog’s walking before you meet the oncoming dog. If you need to consider a device other than a flat collar to achieve this then do so.
  • Stay focused on what you want: It’s easy to get sucked into following your dog’s behavior but remember that you need to continue to show your dog exactly how you want them to behave.
  • Be ready to step in: Stay focused on the best result but be ready to step in and quickly guide your dog away or gently tug or correct them. Once you’ve done this remember to relax immediately afterwards.

One of the things that I love about this whole method is that it works with your dog’s natural instincts.

For example it’s natural that one dog will be above another. You can’t take that out of dogs. But by positioning yourself as the top dog in the pack, they will not be nearly as likely to become overly protective, tense, dominant or take things too far.

If you want to watch a great video of two dogs playing at being dominant and submissive then check this video out

If you’re thinking that it’s time to take control back from your dog, and become the kind and gentle pack leader that they are looking for then

If you’re looking for more tips about dog training, CLICK HERE and get free access to Dog Online Training.

Remember that trying to deal with the problem when you see the other dog approaching is always going to be too late. It’s about sorting out the real cause of the issue that will turn things around.

Your dog is just waiting for you to give them the right messages

How To Stop Your Dog From Barking

how to stop dog from barkingFew things in life can drive you crazy as a constantly barking dog. Whether they have that deep shuddering “Woof, woof, woof” or that ear piercing “Yap, Yap, Yap” it can do your head in very quickly.

The great news is that barking is not something that dogs need to do in order to be happy. In fact, generally speaking barking is a sign of stress, frustration, anxiety or over excitement and none of these emotions are particularly good for your dog.

Or you!

Remember a content, relaxed dog does not bark!

So lets take a look at one specific type of barking and get you started on putting a stop to it…

Dogs who bark when you are not at home is a very common issue. Usually people have no idea that they have a problem until the neighbour or even worse the dog control officer pays you a visit. Understanding why your dog is barking is the key to stopping it so you can actually address the cause of your dogs problem and not just treat the symptoms.

Now bear with me on this one because… you MUST remember you have to see it all through your dogs eyes!

So think of it like this…

Your dog is a pack animal and understands that there are leaders and followers.

And one of the pack leader’s jobs is to protect the pack.

So when on Monday morning everybody leaves the house to go to work and leaves the dog at home alone they become stressed… and so  would you if you lost your pack!

That’s the reason why they’re stressed and barking. They are calling out to you to come back. They just are trying to do their job.

Think about it… If you are a parent with a young 3 year old child, one of your main jobs is to keep that child safe, so you keep an eye on them.

All the time. All over the house you know where they are. They are safe. You are relaxed.

If they suddenly walk out of the house and shut the front door behind  them locking you in what would you do?

Chase after them? Of course…

But. What if the door was locked and you couldn’t open in. And all the other doors and windows are locked. Then what would you do…

Phone for help? Your dog doesn’t have that option!

Shout for help? Well that is exactly what your dog is doing…

You certainly wouldn’t sit down, relax and have a cup of tea, knowing your young child was wandering around the streets alone.

Are you starting to see why your dog is stressed and barking when you leave now?

And all those other annoying behaviors such as chewing, destruction and trying to dig under the fence, or jump over the fence that only happen when you’re not around… Yep, that’s right. They are all symptoms of a stressed dog that’s desperately concerned about you not being home and safe. Remember your dog can’t speak English to tell you any of this!

So what’s the solution? Well it’s almost certainly not by giving them a bone to chew on whilst you are away. Imagine saying to the parent who is totally stressed that their young child is out on the streets…

“Don’t worry, here’s a box of chocolates”! You may love chocolates but it is not going to work in this situation.

Toys jammed full of food and other distractions do not treat the cause of the problem either. They are only treating the symptoms and so may work, if you’re lucky, for half an hour or so – max – but not long term. Most of you will know that this doesn’t work because you’ll have already tried it!

The solution is actually very simple.

You need to become the pack leader in your dog’s eyes.

Once you do this correctly your dog will not see it as their job to protect you.

You will be able to come and go as you please and they will be totally relaxed.

This is the real solution to having a calm relaxed dog. No tricks here, just an honest understanding.

Now. Becoming the pack leader is not complicated. Anyone can do it, however it’s not really something that I can explain in 2 minutes here. If you take a look at HERE  you’ll find explanation how to establish yourself as the pack leader and stop dogs from barking when you leave them.

Here though are additional tips that you can use in conjunction with becoming the pack leader that will help stop your dogs barking.

  • Exercise: Exercise your dog before you leave them – a tired dog is more likely to relax
  • Find the right space: Try leaving your dog in different areas – some dogs will relax more outside, others inside and some prefer smaller areas such as a washroom
  • Fed and watered: Always leave water down and make sure that your dog is warm and fed before you leave
  • Pick up the bones: Leave toys around for your dog but not bones
  • Music and TV: Consider leaving music on for your dog or the TV – these distractions can help
  • Herbal remedies: There are some herbal products for dogs which can help relax them – but again they do not really treat the cause of the issue, they simply help relax them, and are also quite costly
  • Dog walkers: A break in the middle of the day can certainly help break up your dogs day
  • Leave calmly: Leave your dog calmly – whilst it’s fun to get excited when you leave your dog it’s better if you leave calmly. Say goodbye 5 minutes before leaving to help them stay relaxed as you go
  • Comfort jackets: There are also jackets and shirts available that are designed to comfort them – however they are very expensive and have limited success in my experience. I even know of one dog that actually ate it!

Unfortunately the popular idea that getting another dog is going to stop the problem is something I would stay well away from. Remember the source of your dogs issue is not boredom. After all, many dogs who bark all day when the owners leave are the same dogs who lie around the house doing nothing most of the weekend when they are at home!

So with all that said hopefully now you have a far better understanding of your dog’s problem!

I would suggest if you are really serious about stopping the barking immediately then take a look at HERE  and become the pack leader. That will be the end of your issue.

There is actually an entire section dedicated to stopping this sort of barking under the dog problem section “Separation Anxiety”.

It’s not hard but you have to understand your dog’s problem through their eyes rather than human eyes! They do not want more bones, or biscuits shoved into a ball – what they want is a strong pack leader.

How to Potty Train a Puppy

Teaching your new puppy to potty at the right time and place is one of the most important first steps you can take for a long, happy life together. There are a few secrets to toilet training although much of the emphasis will always rest with you! Here are the facts about puppy potty training:

Just as when a baby needs to go toilet they go, so it is with puppies – when a puppy needs to go they will go! So to start with you have to get them outside before they toilet inside. That is your job! If you fail, then blame yourself.

The best way to show your puppy where you want them to toilet is to show them the correct place. The best way to do this is to take them out when they need to go and then praise them when they go. You will be amazed how quickly they will learn if you give them an amazing treat for going in the right place. Think of it like this if the treat is a little piece of cheese, your puppy will after only a few toilets in the correct place start looking for the cheese treat saying “Hey where’s the cheese I just toileted on the grass!”

At a very young age 8 weeks or so a puppies bladder is very small and they can only hold on for sometimes 30 minutes or so before they may need to go again. So you must be vigilant.

After a meal, pupuppy tolilet trainingppies will often need to go within 60 seconds so always take them straight outside. You should also take them outside as soon as they wake up, as their bowls will start to move and also last thing at night.

Associate a word that everyone in the house sticks to such as “go toilets” this way your puppy will start to hear the word and know what it means.

If you puppy does not go then be aware that they may still need to relieve themselves soon and restrict their movement to a smaller area that is easy to clean until they are taken outside and definitely toilet.

You should never rub a puppy’s nose in it to teach it a lesson. A puppy’s nose is 1000 times more sensitive than a humans and this will never teach them not to do it again. They will simply not know what they did wrong and do it out of sight the next time such as behind the couch!

There are lots more tips and tricks that you will assist you but these are the real basics. Take a look at The Online Dog Trainer for more fantastic advice about how to stop any puppy issue by watching videos. CLICK HERE

How To Stop Your Dog From Pulling On The Leash

dog pullingUnderstanding how to stop your dog from pulling is something that every dog owner needs to overcome in order to be able to walk there dog in an enjoyable manor. Many dog behavioral problems also stem from the fact that the dog is dragging you along the street. To put it simply your dog thinks it is in charge of the walk or in dog terms it sees itself as the pack leader!

There are so many gadgets, leads and collars out there but none of them can solve the problem if your dog thinks it is in charge, all these devices will do is attempt to divert your dogs energy elsewhere or cause pain in an attempt to stop your from pulling.  If you find yourself having to correct your dog every 30 seconds then there is something fundamentally wrong. The funny thing is this, your dog knows how to walk nicely on the lead it is far more than simply training it, you have to at first convince it you are the pack leader.

Think of it like this. Your dog understands that on the walk, somebody has to be the leader, and your dog is simply taking the lead! It is more of a psychological battle than a physical one, at least it should be. This first stage of the walk is actually ensuring that you are the pack leader inside the house before you look to venture out as no dog will let you simply take control over the walk, (the most dangerous place compared to the den) if you are not in control inside.

Here are some key tips to try before you venture out:

After bringing out your dogs lead wait until your dog calms down even if this takes a while and only attach it when your dog is calm. Never rush this stage.

You need to first learn how to stop your dog from pulling inside your house or property before going outside – there are some fantastic videos that show all of this.

Walk first around the house going around the tables and furniture in your house with your dog following you.

If your dog pulls out in front of you then simply change direction, leaving your dog behind you.

If your dog drags backwards then gently hold the lead firm for 10 seconds then call your dog to follow. They have no other options and so will follow you if you are patient.

Control the doorways – you should always walk through the doorways first when your dog is on the lead

Practice walking in and out of the front doorway with you going first – keep doing this until your dog relaxes and gives up waiting for you to make the next move

Check your posture – make sure that you are relaxed and calm and that your shoulder is down and arm is straight at the elbow.

Make sense? And the great thing is its not complicated! As with most things worth mastering it can take a little time, but not always. Sometimes it can be a 5 minute turnaround as expert Dog Trainer, Doggy Dan, demonstrates in his video:

Of course there is a big difference between actually watching how to stop your dog from pulling and reading about it! Whilst I can give you all the advice in written form there is nothing quite like actually being shown it on a video.

One such site is run by professional dog trainer Doggy Dan who uses a gentle but very practical approach to dog training. In the site you will learn exactly what steps to take to establish yourself as the pack leader. The site The Online Dog Trainer is great for owners who want to really understand and treat the cause of their dog’s problems and not just use a band-aid solution. CLICK HERE