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Nobody sets out to make mistakes but we are only human and
mistakes go with the territory. I have been observing and living
with dogs for over forty years and I have made many of the
mistakes that I write about in this post, and I want to share with
you what I have learned.

The first time I decided to take it upon myself to get a dog, I
was ten years old, now mind you I had already had two years’
experience working with and being responsible for our two
farm dogs. We had two male German Shepard’s, Nipper
guarded the farm and family, and Sharkey brought the cattle in
from the field as well as provided considerable back up for
Nipper should there be a threat.

When I turned eight years old my Uncle Eldon, told me one
morning at breakfast, that I was old enough to help the family
run the farm where ever I could, so my first job was to tend to
the dogs in the morning.

I learned a lot about dogs and what makes them tick in that
first two years. In my tenth year during the month of February
we lost Sharkey to a pack of coyotes, and thinking back, struck
the whole family like a sledge-hammer. It really felt like we lost
a family member.

It took some time for us to move forward.

In July of that same year I went to the livestock sale with our neighbor
like I always did during the summer when school was out. I didn’t get up
that morning thinking I was going to get a dog today, but we had been
talking about getting a new dog to help us with the cattle.

As it happened I walked into the bay area where farmers would
display the puppies, and kittens they had for sale or give away,
and the first thing I saw, actually the only thing I saw was this
beautiful grey, white and tan puppy. With one ear flopped over
she came straight up to me and lay down at my feet..I was
hooked, I knew right then and there I had to find some way to
take this pup home with me.

I will save the rest of this story for another day, because I do
not want to stray too far off topic, needless to say I did bring
the pup home with me and began my journey of making
mistakes and figuring out how to correct them. I hope by
sharing some of what I have learned with you I can save you
time and help you figure out where you may have been making
some of these mistakes and what you can do about it.

Mistake #1

Having little or no knowledge about the breed of the dog you

For example someone sees a friend who owns a Rottweiler, and he says,
“Man what a beautiful looking dog, I gotta get me one of those!”,
and without becoming informed about the Rottweiler breed, he proceeds
to go out the next day and get a Rottweiler, only to discover the hard
way there’s much more to this power breed than being good-looking.

Sadly the shelters are full of dog that people got for this wrong

You should always do your homework, read as much as you can
about the breed of dog you are thinking about getting, make
sure to ask people questions who own this breed what their
experiences has been. Then when you sure you can meet the
needs of this breed and are ready to provide this breed with a
balanced and stable home, make the decision. You will then be
prepared to better handle situations when they arise, and they

Mistake #2

Spur of the moment decision to buy.

We have all heard about this scenario, a family is taking a nice
Sunday drive down the road and suddenly they see a sign, Puppies
For Sale or Give Away.

The kids start singing, “We want a puppy!”, and one
parent says to the other, ” We told the kids if they were good
and kept their grades up, they could get a puppy, maybe we
should get one?.” Then without further discussion, except
about which one they should get, the pup is in the car, and on its
way home with them.

The problem comes later,

When the new wears off and the kids no longer feel the same because the
puppy poops and bites and jumps, on them. and Mom and Dad just got it for
the kids, and don’t want the extra work, so sadly another dog ends up in the

You should always plan to get a dog or puppy, have a family discussion,
it is not going to be just your dog, it will be the family dog, and each
family member has to be dedicated to taking responsibility for its training
and making sure basic needs are met.

Mistake #3

Interacting with your dog as if they were a person.

This can be very mentally damaging to a dog. While it is a very human thing
to do, it only makes your dog more confused, and can create
unwanted behaviours caused by the dog’s frustration. Bottom
line, your dog is an animal, and should be treated as such, at
least most of the time.

Your dog should be seen as animal first, breed second, and
family pet last.

Out of an entire day, only 1 hour should be spent treating your dog as a
family member or human, the rest of your day should be spent interacting
with your dog as they would be treated in nature, as an animal.

You must provide strong leadership, and create clear and consistent guidelines
to maintain control, and balance with your dog; this will allow your dog to
live in a happy state of mind.

Mistake #4

Inconsistency with daily training routine.

I see it every day,loving dog owners everywhere get caught up in the chaos of
life, and sometimes training their dog isn’t at the top of their
list. Our days are filled with activities that we simply can’t
avoid, and among the hustle & bustle of everyday life, days
can go by before we realize that the dog hasn’t been walked or
played with.

If a dog is left on their own, they will create their own routine
of behaviour, and this is never the best outcome. If a daily
routine of training is not exercised with your dog, it can make
simple things such as walking your dog, or opening your front
door a challenge for you, and your dog.

It is very important to develop a routine of exercise and
training, ideally at the same time each day and have
consistency with command words, and the participation of
everyone who has daily interaction with the dog, working the
same routines. Once you have this routine in place you will see
a huge difference in how your dog behaves and shows you

Mistake #5

Letting your dog be the boss.

Many times dog owners give in to their dog’s pushy attitude, such
as rooting your hand or arm for affection, barking at you when they
want to play or eat.

Allowing your dog to demand your attention by barking,
jumping, nudging, rooting or other unwanted behaviours is a
very common mistake, usually caused by the dog’s owner not
realizing they are giving their dog leadership.

The answer to this problem is no longer giving in to your dog’s
demands, instead, have the dog do something for you. If your
dog roots your arm for attention, simply make them sit down
before you give them any affection, or if your dog is barking
because they want food, toys, or other rewards, simply make
them sit down and wait for them to be silent before you reward

As long as this routine is consistent you will see great results in
your dog’s behavior.

There are many more common mistakes that we all have made,
and we will be covering those in a later guide, in the meantime
review this first five mistakes and work hard to provide strong
and fair leadership for your dog, when you put in the time the
reward is more than worth the effort. You will develop a trusting
relationship with your dog.

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i can make it to the fence faster





You train your dog often. Bloody often.

You feed him the best foods. You take him to the dog park. You rack your brain to come up with new
and exciting things for your dog to do.

But that’s not all you do.

You take good care of his health. You take him to the groomers for the latest doggie hair do’s. You

hug him everyday.

Yet you can’t help feeling something is wrong.

Yesterday you told your dog to get off the couch and he growled at you.

It was so scary, and now you’re worried about your kids.

You want to know what this means. Should you give your dog away. Is there anything you can do
about this?

The short answer is Yup.

You can learn about the signs your dog is giving you. Learning these signs and what they mean can
prevent you from getting bitten by your own dog.

These 5 signs are predictors that your dog don’t like what you are doing and if you don’t pay them
heed, the consequences can be tragic.

1. Growling or snapping.

You need to give your dog space when this happens. What was he doing when he growled. Was he eating,sleeping, or on the couch. You need to learn what causes him to growl or snap and if you don’t know what to do to change this behavior, get professional help.

2. Hackles up.

Your dogs fur is raised up all along his back. This is a sign you should pay attention to and back off.

3. Wagging tail.

You might be surprised by this one. When a dog is happy his tail wags his whole body. A dog that is about to bite will be rigid. His tail is high up and wagging quickly.

4. Yawning,lip licking, won’t look at you.

You should know that this is a sign your dog is not comfortable. He may not bite, but this is a warning. Find out what is he worried about and alleviate his discomfort.

5. Tail tucked under,slinking low to the ground.

You need to give this dog space. Let him come to you. His fearful nature can lead to aggressiveness. He might not bite but if cornered or stressed, he could react with aggression.

Now you can begin to relax. You now know what your dog is trying to tell you. Take action today to help your dog change his behavior. Tell your friends and family about the 5 signs that you are about to get bitten by your own dog, and help them understand how to prevent getting injured.

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The most important thing you can teach your dog is to reliably come when called, this is the foundation of a well-trained dog. I have also learned that teaching your dog to sit will effectively eliminate at least 100 things your dog can’t do, to get in the soup. The following top 5 reasons you should train your dog to sit is only the tip of the iceberg, I’m sure you can come up with many more when you look around your house or go for walks.

Top 5 Things Your Dog Can’t Do When Sitting 

1- Can’t jump up and knock Granny down.

2- Can’t ram his nose in your under business.

3- Can’t chase the alley cat that rampages through your trash.

4- Can’t run out the door when it’s open

5- Can’t run out into traffic at busy intersections

How To Teach Your Dog To Sit

You have the power to move your dog’s body into different positions without ever touching them. This is accomplished by utilizing their highly developed sense of smell to your advantage. It is very easy to train your puppy or dog to sit reliably in a very short amount of time.

Step 1- Use a treat or some of your dog’s kibble, and put it about an inch from your dog’s nose. not to far back as to make them come forward, and if they back up find a corner to back your dog into and use it to help you keep your dog in place.

Note: Your dog may feel trapped in the corner,become fearful and try to get away, do not physically force him to stay, simply block his attempts to come out, stay calm, and do not speak,,in time he should settle down and focus on the smell of the treat. If the fear begins to turn to panic, remove the dog from the corner and go for a walk or play, something that the dog loves to do. The lesson would be that the corner is not going to work, so adapt and overcome, get someone to help you, ect.

Step 2- Move your hand back and forth to make sure he is engaged as his head will follow his nose, which is following your hand.

Makes sense right?

Now move your hand slowly up the bridge of your dogs nose and raise it above his head so that when he tilts his head back and looks up at the treat it is about 1-2 inches above his nose. Not to high or he will be tempted to jump up.

Step 3- Now slowly move the treat back towards his tail, and watch his body react, he will hesitate and maybe jerk, and fidget while he is figuring this out, or maybe he will just plunk his bum on the floor like he’s been doing it all his life. All dogs learn at different rates, so be patient and celebrate the small things.

When his bum hits the floor say, “Good Dog” in a happy tone and give the treat.

Once you know he gets it, you can begin to phase out the food, replacing it with life rewards, like going for a walk, getting fed,playing fetch, sniffing the grass. Every so often it is good to use a high value food reward like sausage, it helps to keep your dogs engaged and attentive, it’s important to not be boring, they will lose interest in you and training. Dog’s don’t do boring very well.

There you have it, the top 5 reasons you should train your dog to sit. From now on every time you call your dog to come, have him sit when he gets there, teach him to lie down and work on having him hold the stay command ( standing, sitting,lying down) for at least 1 minute, and he only moves from that spot when you say “go play”, or what ever command you use to release your dog, accomplish this and you will be well on your way to having a well-trained and obedient companion dog. If you are consistent with daily training, this can be accomplished in about 30 days.

That’s it for now