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"My wife was interested in Yorkie terriers. She e-mailed a lady (Sharda Baker) about Yorkie's. Sharda sends her info on Yorkie's and other dog topics. One of her e-mails mentioned your sitstayfetch web site and your e-mail book. I recently ordered it from you and the other booklets. I was very pleased with it. I have done extensive training of our extremely bright female Jack Russell.
When it comes to (fetch) she is tops. She will "fetch" till she drops. I have set up a complete agility course in our yard, I have used the Trick and Treat device from Sharper Image for teaching her tricks. She does Frisbee and has also had several outings doing Lure Racing (almost to perfection).
I have several "dog" neighbors that are not having as much luck with their pets. They have dominate issues. One of them has over aggressiveness issues and food and toy guarding problems. I told them about your web site and book. Their dog (while I was talking over the fence) tried to attack, through the fence, our dog. ...I highly recommend that the buy your book, and sign up for your weekly tips.
We leave tomorrow for a three week vacation to Leech Lake Mn (picture above). We will bike, canoe, hike, play frisbee and fetch (Sparky loves camping, all we have to say is were going camping, and she grabs a fetch toy and runs to the door). We will be gone for 3 wonderful weeks. I have all your materials already in the trailer for reading and using while gone. After receiving my down loads, I e-mailed all our friends (several of whom are trainers) about your books.
I will be working with the book and Sparky while we are gone. I have been busy since getting your book, getting ready for our vacation. I have been assimilating the information, but have not had the time to apply it. I will give you another report upon returning.
Thanks for taking the time to write such wonder training materials, and providing your e-mail tips. If more people would just take the time to purchase your materials, we would put the local Animal Control officers out of business, and the shelters would end up with far fewer animal "rejects"."
-- Kirk Brill (USA) (thanks on behalf of Sparky also)
Dear Daniel Stevens:
Please tell me I’m not going crazy. One of my co-workers was telling me that if I want to train my dog that I need to understand his mind. Is that possible - I mean I know my dog is smart and inquisitive but if I want him to behave better, come when I call, and start listening so do I need to understand to explore the psychological depths of his mind?
I really love my dog. He’s my buddy, a medium-size dog I obtained from the local shelter. He’s great but sometimes I wonder if we’re on the same page. He will come sometimes and he does mind most of the time but I want to trust him to behave appropriately all the time. It’s not that he’s a bad dog, just not a well-trained one. Can you provide me with any information dog psychology to making training more effective?
A loving dog owner
Well, your co-worker was actually right. For training dogs, one of the key elements to being successful is to learn about dog psychology. You already know that dogs have very interesting minds, which change depending on age. Behaviors of dogs will vary dramatically as well from one breed to another. By understanding your dog, you will be able to build a trusting bond, which leads to better training.
Okay, look at a two-year-old child. He or she is inquisitive and just starting to learn about exploration and independence. The same is true for a puppy or dog. At certain ages, psychological aspects change, at which each stage, your dog will learn new things. Typically, working with a young dog offers a little bit of an advantage in the training department but an older dog taught with patience can also be effectively trained.
Consider a mother dog with puppies. At first, all the puppies do is sleep, eat, and poop. In fact, puppies up to around two to three weeks of age will spend about 35 percent of the life doing nothing but nursing, which is then followed up with a lot of sleep. At this stage of life, the puppy is in survival mode while the body develops. The puppies are taking in things around them such as people handling and noise but their make focus remains on mom and her milk.
Now, once the puppies reach the three-week mark, they’ll begin to show much more interest in their surroundings. Although the puppies are still using smell and feel more than sight, they start to move about while interacting with each other. Typically, puppies at this age have a real interest in independence, as long as they do not venture too far away from mom and food. While little puppies are adorable, their psychology develops noticeably between four and ten weeks of age.
It is especially important at this phase of life for the puppies to be socialized with humans and preferably other dogs and/or household pets. The type and amount of socialization provided to the puppy will have a direct and dramatic impact on how well he trains when a little older. The goal here is to make the puppies feel secure, comfortable, and loved. The result will be a strong trust with the master, making training fun and successful.
You then see another psychological change once the puppies reach the ten-week mark. With bright eyes, sharp hearing, teeth, and powerful motor skills, their interest and ability to explore has multiplied. During this time, you can begin to work with the puppy on learning the ranking of master, potty training, and even basic commands such as "sit," "lie down," and "stay." Although the puppy may not grasp onto everything immediately, be consistent. Spend time with him in training every day and you will soon notice him responding favorably inside and outside the home.
Daniel Stevens and the Secrets to Dog Training Team
I've been a professional dog trainer for well over 20 years, and in that time I've helped thousands of dog owners just like you to get the friendly, well behaved, slipper fetching, best pal they always wanted.
But it didn't start out that way. I've always loved dogs, some things never change. But when I first started my professional dog training career I relied on the so-called 'best practices' when it came to dog behavior training. It was only when I heard people tell me over and over again that they just weren't seeing results that I started to question the old accepted wisdom. So I started a journey, a quest to search out the best, most effective, techniques, tips, and tricks that really work.
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