Sunday, January 23, 2022
#AlphDogTraining #dogtrainingsaltlakecity Head Rubs and Belly Rubs Published by Alpha Dog Training https:/alpha-dog-training-slc.com/ (801) 910-1700 When we touch and pet our dogs, we are sharing two very powerful emotions with them. Either our weakness or our dominance. The first time I heard this from my mentor it put many things into perspective for me. Maybe it will for you too? Could your relationship use a rebalance? When we touch our dogs and tell them good dog, pull on a leash to keep them from acting like a fool out on a walk, ask them to sit so they don't run out an open gate, restrain them from getting to the front door, owners are often feeling a range of emotions from anger, to frustration, fear, weakness, anxious, shame, and many others we may not be aware of in the moment. We are feeling the opposite of what we should be feeling (leadership) and acting (clear). That's the way dogs understand their environment best. In dog psychology when they interact physically in disapproval those interactions have carry over to future choices. That lasting mental change is a very important piece many people miss when assessing if their behavior modification program is working. Is it getting better? Is it the same? Is it getting worse? Those are the only options. It doesn't stay the same. It’s important to know how our physical interactions with our dogs makes them more resistant and avoidant to our behavior modification attempts. If what we do isn't clear, adds frustration and stress why wouldn't a dog decide to take matters into their own paws? Survival is, after all, about preserving and protecting one's self. So, if the environment isn't set up for a dog's success, can't we sympothize why they aren't getting the lessons we are trying to teach? Let's dig in! Head Rubs and Belly Rubs from Alpha Dog Training!
Friday, January 21, 2022
#AlphaDogTraining #dogtrainingsaltlakecity Dog Training – What Works and What Doesn’t Published by Alpha Dog Training https://www.alpha-dog-training-slc.com/ (801) 910-1700 Treats can be great motivators. But if your dog will only obey for a treat, then HE is in charge of his obedience, not you. Some dog training methods are based on what makes the OWNER feel good, rather than on what actually makes sense to the DOG. For example.... In our politically-correct world, "positive only" or "purely positive" dog training has become popular nowadays. With that philosophy, you use food to encourage your dog to do something. If he does the desired behavior, he receives the food. If he doesn't do the behavior, nothing happens.... even if he knows how to do the behavior but is choosing to blow you off. You don't even say "No" to him if he does a behavior that you don't want – like barking too much, jumping on people, lunging at other dogs, and so on. No matter how bad his behavior is, you don't do anything that would make him feel the slightest bit uncomfortable or unhappy – even for a split second, and even if doing so would completely solve a really bad behavior. Imagine if we raised our kids that way. The problem with "positive only" dog training. Well, that's easy. It doesn't work. Oh, it's fine for teaching fun things – like tricks – where it really doesn't matter whether your dog obeys or not. If you tell him to shake hands or roll over and he doesn't do it, who cares? But for teaching your dog to come when called in the presence of temptations or distractions.... for teaching your dog to act politely (rather than aggressively or fearfully) toward strangers or other dogs.... for teaching your dog to stop jumping on people, stop barking, stop chasing the cat.......positive-only dog training doesn't work. Think about it. What happens when you want your dog to stop chasing a cat and come to you – but at that particular moment he's not hungry and would RATHER chase the cat than munch on a biscuit? Owners who rely on positive-only dog training are stuck whenever their dog "isn't in the mood" to do something.... or even more importantly, to STOP doing something. An old trainer once said that if a dog really wants to chase a cat, he will chase it "regardless of biscuits showering upon him like manna from heaven." Positive-only dog training does not teach your dog to respect you. And it is RESPECT that motivates a dog to be well-behaved even at times when he doesn't feel like it . Why Respect Training makes more sense to dogs Respect Training is a balanced philosophy of dog training. "Balanced dog training" means both positive and negative consequences for one's behaviors. Real life for ALL living creatures consists of learning from both positive and negative consequences. • Positive consequences encourage us to repeat a behavior. • Negative consequences discourage us from repeating a behavior. For example, we hold the door open and someone says, "Thank you!" (positive), so we are likely to do it again. We take an extra-long lunch break and the boss docks our pay (negative), so we are less likely to do that again. We learn from both positive and negative consequences and behave accordingly. Your dog learns from both positive and negative consequences. Momma Dog will let Puppy know if he is playing reasonably or if he gets too rough. So do dogs. When a puppy plays with his mother, if his style of play is reasonable, she responds in a positive manner. But if he gets too rough, she is quick to correct with a growl. Does Puppy become depressed and never play with another dog again? Of course not. He is happy to play – only more gently. Dogs learn best from balanced dog training, where their behaviors can result in positive OR negative consequences. • Positive consequences means you reward desirable behaviors with praise, petting, toys, games, and yes, treats. • Negative consequences means you correct undesirable behaviors with a corrective word, tone of voice, body language, hands, collar, or the leash. Negative doesn't mean abuse! You can absolutely correct your dog without being cruel. Don't ever let the "purely positive" folks tell you otherwise. • Be realistic and fair with your dog. Show him positive and negative consequences so he can make an informed choice. By showing your dog both positive and negative consequences, he can make a conscious choice to do what you want – not only when he's in the mood for a reward/treat, but also when he might not care a hoot about the reward/treat but he still controls himself because he doesn't want a correction. All of life works this way – "cause and effect." And here's the best part.... When YOU become the arbiter of your dog's behaviors – the one who gets to say yea or nay about what he's allowed to do – your dog feels respectful toward you. And once your dog respects you, he will listen to you. He will pay attention to you. He will do whatever you ask, and stop any misbehavior upon a single word from you.
Thursday, January 13, 2022
#AlphaDogTraining #dogtrainingsaltlakecity Pet Misbehaving? It Might Be Your Fault Published by Alpha Dog Training https://www.alpha-dog-training-slc.com/ (801) 910-1700 Fear, stress and anxiety are at the root of many problem behaviors in cats and dogs — and in some cases, human behavior is the direct cause of a pet’s actions. Many pet owners fail to understand this, though, and instead blame the dog or cat for the “bad” behavior. Pet owners make three common mistakes that lead to problem behaviors in their dogs and cats. Here’s what they are, and how to fix them. Are You Making These Mistakes? Mistake #1: Ignoring a pet’s body language. The vast majority of pet owners don’t understand what their pets are saying. Your cat or dog may use simple body language to politely request that you give him some space. If you ignore him or misinterpret his signals, he is likely to progress to more pronounced warnings, like a growl or hiss, to get his message across. Failure to heed a pet’s warnings can make it seem like a bite or scratch came out of nowhere. Instead of waiting until your pet lashes out, familiarize yourself with the early signs of anxiety and stress and tailor your own behavior accordingly. Mistake #2: Pushing a pet to face his fears. Repeatedly exposing an animal to a situation that frightens him, without gradual desensitization to allay the stress, is a high-risk strategy and one that can escalate your pet’s panic and fear rather than decrease it. While it is possible that your pet may learn to tolerate whatever it is that scares him (loud noises, bright lights, small children), it is unlikely that he will ever completely lose the associated sense of fear or anxiety. In addition, force- or punishment-based training strategies can escalate anxiety and aggression and deteriorate the bond of trust between person and pet. Reward-based strategies, on the other hand, are more successful at helping a pet learn to manage his stress in scary situations. In some cases, the best resolution is to manage the environment around the pet to remove stressors altogether (when possible). Mistake #3: Forcing a pet to comply with care. Forcing a pet to endure care that scares or upsets him, such as nail trims, grooming or other procedures, can be emotionally and physically dangerous for the pet. An upset cat or dog may struggle during handling or physically fight and bite to get away. A frighted animal can injure himself and anyone caring for him, including veterinary staff, groomers — even his owner. This can compromise a pet’s ability to get necessary veterinary care. A better approach is to teach the pet that calm cooperation earns ample rewards. Such efforts are important both in the home and other places of care, including the veterinarian and the groomer. The mission of Fear Free Certified Professionals is to protect both the physical and emotional health of pets during care. Talk to your veterinarian or groomer about fear-free strategies to help your pet receive the care he needs without the stress.
Tuesday, January 11, 2022
Wednesday, January 5, 2022
#AlphaDogTraining #dogtrainingsaltlakecity Smart Training Tips Published by Alpha Dog Training of Utah https://www.alpha-dog-training-slc.com/ (801) 910-1700 When our lovable furry friends are being naughty and mischievous our instant reaction is to shout “No!” or “Bad Dog!” but this rarely works. So below are 10 great training secrets
Tuesday, January 4, 2022
#AlphaDogTraining #dogtrainingsaltlakecity Why It’s Important to Train Your Dog Published by Alpha Dog Training https://www.alpha-dog-training-slc.com/ (801) 910-1700 Owning a dog can bring lots of joy to your life. But obedience training for dogs is a vital part of socializing them. Without the right training, your dog will struggle to integrate with your friends and family, as well as other dogs. In some cases, this can be stressful or embarrassing. And in serious cases, it could have devastating consequences. As a good dog owner, it’s your responsibility to ensure your dog is properly trained. Ideally, you should begin training your dog when it’s still a puppy. During this time in your dog’s life, your dog will be a lot more receptive to training and will have a greater capacity for learning. It Teaches Your Dog Life Skills When you properly train your dog, you’re giving it the skills it needs to live peacefully among humans and other animals. You might think that domestic dogs have easy lives compared to how they’d live in the wild. But living in a human household puts pressure on your dog that it needs to learn to deal with. Failure to properly train your dog could result in destructive behaviors. For example, they could become anxious and chew up your furniture when you’re not around. Or they could also behave aggressively towards people or other pets. Alleviate Stress If you don’t properly train your dog, you’re doing it a lot of harm in the long-run. Well-trained dogs can integrate well with humans and are generally calm and relaxed. On the other hand, if your dog hasn’t been properly trained, it could be aggressive and scared. If your dog displays anxious behaviors, you can help them by making them feel more secure. If they’re fearful of visitors, you could set up a baby gate that can separate them from the visitors. You could also simply put them in another room. On the flip side, if your dog is over-excitable and jumps up at visitors, you should train them to greet people properly without being so boisterous. It’s important that these kinds of things are addressed early on, as they could cause the dog or other people to be harmed. It Helps Avoid Conflict It’s important that your dog gets experience socializing with other people and other animals. If your dog is uncomfortable with others, it could lead to conflict and perhaps even injury to your dog or someone else’s pet. It simply isn’t practical to keep your dog away from other animals permanently. Inevitably, your dog will be approached by another at some point in time. In order to avoid anxiety or aggression around other animals, your dog should interact with others regularly. Taking your dog to obedience training for puppies when they’re still young is a great way to do this. This doesn’t necessarily mean your dog needs to be enthusiastic about playing with other pets. Some dogs would rather not play with others. Your dog just needs to be comfortable around other animals, without showing any signs of aggression or anxiety. If your dog doesn’t get this kind of exposure, there’s a chance that they’ll react aggressively when they run into another animal. It Can Help You Understand Your Dog Better Obedience training is about much more than just educating your dog. It can also help you to gain an understanding of your dog’s needs. When it comes to training dogs, there’s a lot of misinformation out there. Many people inadvertently make their dogs anxious without even realizing it. Your Dog Will Behave When Left Alone One of the most difficult parts of owning a dog can be leaving them on their own. It’s inevitable that you’ll have to leave your dog home alone at some point. When that time comes, you need to be able to trust that they’ll behave properly. Dogs that haven’t been properly trained might bark and howl for hours on end or they might chew up anything they can get their paws on. Not only can this sort of behavior be very costly, but it can also result in noise complaints being filed against you. When a dog engages in these kinds of behaviors, it means they’re not in a good state of mind. When you train your dog well from an early age, it reinforces good patterns of behavior and reduces separation anxiety. In the majority of cases, a dog that misbehaves when it’s left on its own can be taught to act correctly with the right kind of obedience training. It’ll Help Make Your Dog Safer A dog that doesn’t listen to commands is in danger. The world is full of hazards that dogs might not necessarily understand. For example, a dog doesn’t have an understanding of what a road is. If your dog doesn’t listen to commands, they could run into the road and get hit by a car. When a dog is well-trained, they’re safe from the majority of danger, as they can be directed to avoid it. It’s good practice to teach your dog to sit and wait before crossing the road. When this behavior is ingrained into your dog, they’ll even do it if they get separated from you.