Greg Smith Canine Consulting

Greg Smith Canine Consulting

We’re trying to get video of dogs behaving badly. Everything from Aggression, to obedience problems, to incessant barking. Anything you could possibly think of!

 

The point of this, is we want to create a video archive of problems and then create the training videos to correct the problem! While we are in the process of taping animals that come in currently, we can only see a limited number of problems! We are looking to speed up the process to be able to deliver a final video training archive that will help you become the best dog trainer!

 

In order to do this, we need YOUR help! If you could email me your video (or a link to it) at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. you could get your dog featured on our videos and win a Video Training compendium worth over $500!

 

Again we thank you for your support and look forward to the video submissions!

gs-cartoonish animals birds 2008013229-120113intThe summer season is a great time to enjoy the outdoors. But precautions must be taken in order to beat the heat. The same goes for your family pet. Just like protecting him or her by way of obedience training, you need to protect them from the heat in the summertime. You already ensure that your dog has healthy food, readily available water, and a good place to rest. But what else can you do? Here are some ideas to keep your dog safe during the heat periods of the season.

 

Water Supply

 

You already provide water at all times, but when your pet is outside; you should ensure that water is available there too. They get thirsty real quick and with all the enjoyment they have outside, their thirst can increase rather quickly. Cold water is best so consider placing some ice cubes in the bowl with the water to help keep it cool for a longer period. In addition, place it somewhere in the shade to help block the sun rays from speeding up the warmth process.

 

The Doghouse

 

If your beloved family dog spends a lot of time outdoors, ensure they have a doghouse to go to. They may already be an outdoor dog and have one, but beating the heat involves providing a place to relax, cool off, and regain some of that energy.

 

In addition, try to place the doghouse in a highly shaded area. Monitor your yard during a given day to find the longest lasting shaded area where your dog will be. Place the doghouse there to help reduce the sun’s heating ability.

 

Also, consider installing a pet air conditioner to help keep that doghouse cool at all times of the day. This is the place they need to relax and regain energy so keeping it cool will surely make a big difference. The summer heat can cause heat stress or even strokes! A mini air conditioner can help prevent such major health issues and keep your pet as well as possible. It will also be a comfortable area for him or her to rest and relax and repair the effects of the heat.

There is a common phrase that describes dogs as man’s best friend. For those who have owned dogs at some point in their lives, the phrase has a lot of truth in it. The pets can be close and loyal companions, with studies showing that they possess social skills that help in building a close relationship with humans. However, there are times when one will communicate with their dog but the pet will not listen. Such situations will lead to confusion among some dog owners. Experts have explained reasons why a dog may not listen and what dog owners can do under such circumstances.

 

My dog doesn’t listen to me

 

Some dog owners will utter this statement, 'My dog doesn't listen to me', from time to time. There are several reasons why a dog will not respond to commands or do as instructed.

 

The treats given to the dog for following instructions may not be worth the effort. In such cases, the dog may give its owner a deaf ear. 

The pet may have fallen sick or could be in pain. When a dog has been obeying commands over a given period of time but fails to do so on one occasion, it could be in pain. Health problems can impact on its ability to obey commands.

Emotions such as fear, anxiety or aggression may prevent a dog from following instructions. However, this should not last long as the pet should revert to a normal emotional state.

If there are many activities going on around the area, they may steal the dog’s attention. Such distractions will prevent a dog from learning.

In case a dog just stares after a command has been issued, one should ensure that the commands are clear and consistent. 

Lastly, an untrained dog may not be in a position to interpret commands and respond to them as expected.

What to do when a dog does not listen

The dog should be trained on following instructions through repeated instructions on the topic. It takes constant practice for any dog to get used to commands.

If one suspects that their dog may be unwell, it is advisable that they seek the attention and advice of a veterinary expert.

It is also important to take into account the breed of the particular dog. At the same time, dog owners should understand that individual dogs have different personalities.

For a dog that does not respond to the actions taken, it should be taken to a professional dog trainer for proper training.

 

It is important to remember that dogs have feelings. Hitting them or being harsh to them will only work to frighten them and not train them as many people may think.

Dog owners who do not have much experience with the pets can find it difficult to understand certain dog behaviors. Just like humans, individual dogs have different personalities. As such, one dog cannot be expected to behave in the same way as any other. There are some dogs that are naturally aggressive towards visitors who come to a home. Moreover, dogs that greet visitors by jumping on them or constant barking may make some people uncomfortable. These attributes can discourage many people from visiting the home, making for a disturbing situation for the home owner. There are several measures that a dog owner can take to deal with the situation.

 

No one comes to my home because of my dog

 

In situations like this, apart from the dog causing fear and anxiety among visitors, dog attacks can result in losses following litigation. However, a dog owner can help their dog to cope with strangers.

 

The first step to be taken should be to control the dog using a leash. A dog owner has the responsibility of controlling their pet and making visitors feel comfortable within their home environment.

Rewards and treats are effective ways of teaching dogs acceptable behaviors. Dogs that obey instructions and reduce their aggression towards visitors should be rewarded. In this way, the dog will know that such behavior is what is expected of them.

Aggressive dogs should be introduced to strangers gradually. At first, the dogs can be kept at a distance when a visitor is approaching. Afterwards, the pet can be brought slowly towards the visitor. In case it does not get aggressive, it should be introduced to the visitor using appropriate body language.

If a dog is agitated or appears fearful, the distance between it and the stranger should be maintained. However, the dog owner should remain calm to avoid causing a sense of self-protection in the dog.

If the behavior of the dog is persistent, the dog owner should consult a trainer. The trainer will offer guidance and advice on the right action to be taken.

 

In some instances, dogs will have cause to behave in an aggressive way towards visitors. In case the visitors have a habit of making abrupt body movements or talking loudly, they may incite aggression from the dog. Such visitors should be talked to so as to reduce the aggressive behavior.

 

Experts advise that punishment should not be used as a way to deal with aggression towards visitors. This may have adverse effects on the dog’s behavior. Depending on the dog, it may become fearful or become more aggressive. Therefore, the best way is to teach a dog, through proper training, what is expected of them.

If you just welcomed a new puppy into your home, your main concern might be the house training. How long should it take to house train a dog? Fortunately, the answer is not very long. Dogs have an innate sense to do their business outside of their nest, which will become noticeable after approximately 3 weeks after you first introduced them to your home. Over time, puppies will stop making a mess in your house and will take their business outdoors.

 

The Internet offers a lot of advice when it comes to effective methods of house training dogs, but some of them are very cruel and unnecessary. An example of a cruel method is rubbing their noses into the mess they’ve made. We don’t know about you, but to us it seems very damaging for the puppy in the long run. Why should we do something that could possibly hurt our sweet pet when he will gradually learn on his own what to do and what not to do? Another misconception is that the puppy will be aware of his wrong-doings and act “guilty”. This is not the case, however, as dogs don’t have the same notions about the world as us. He will do what feels natural to him and won’t understand he’s done something wrong.

 

So, if you should not punish them, what should you do? How long should it take to house train a dog without cruel methods of punishment? As already explained, within a couple of weeks, your dog will be ready to go outside to do what he needs to do! However, until that period comes, you can do some things to ease the situation for both of you. You can setup a small play area with easily cleaned surfaces, place some polythene to imitate a “toilet area” and take your puppy outside every hour or so to help him relieve outside.

It is but natural to experience a sense of guilt when you go to work and leave your dog in a kennel. Even if it is not indicative in your dog’s behavior, the question arises many a time in your heart, “Am I kenneling my pet too often”?

 

An adult dog is absolutely fine with 8 hours of kenneling whereas pups and youngsters need to get out every 3-5 hours for potty breaks. Crating has its own set of advantages and disadvantages as well. Conditioning your dog to crating works favorably even if you don’t crate him on a routinely basis. Crating is mostly for protecting the dog and the household furnishings through the potty training and teething stages of puppy hood and adolescence. It is his personal den where he is safe and can rest calmly. It is his personal space to snooze and take refuge during stressful circumstances when he needs comfort and a hideaway.

 

Overusing the kennel is a torture, so use it when you are out for work or running errands, not more than 8 hours at a stretch and most importantly, use it thoughtfully. Kennel your dog until he is properly potty trained and he learns not to chew on furniture, after that, his personal den should be a place which he accesses voluntarily. What you can do on your part is make this experience a pleasant one for your dear doggie.

 

A large sized crate enough for him to stand and turn around, lined with absorbent dog liners and placing his favorite toys are some of the steps that can make him really comfortable and secure. The amount of quality time that you spend with him matters significantly. Your dog needs mental as well as physical exercise, as long as you are giving plenty of attention, care and kind treatment to your dog, kenneling for a few hours would not pose a problem. It helps manage dog behavior in a constructive way when used appropriately. So, next time when you feel guilty about leaving your little pet kenneled, do remember that you are working towards raising a well behaved and well-adjusted pet.

You love your dog and consider him or her part of the family, but the hair tends to get out of control. Your beloved pet loses hair every day and especially loses hair when shedding. It can be difficult to keep up with every day and there is no dog training service out there can stop your pet from shedding. However, there are some things that can help you with the issue, while also making it easier to clean up.

 

Hair Removing Brushes

 

Your local pet store or retail outlet should have pet hair brushes to help remove hair from various surfaces. These items are not simply a brush, but a tool that swipes up hair on many surfaces. They are usually made out of rubber or rubber-like material and have many spherical bristles on them of the same material. These bristles flex easily and grip surfaces to remove the hair. They utilize static cling to grab the hair and remove it from the surface. You can usually clean these with water when finished if needed.

 

Vacuum Cleaner Attachments

 

With the many different vacuums out on the market, there are many different attachments for many different purposes. One purpose is to remove pet hair. Every pet hair attachment is different from one to the next. But they all have the same purpose in mind. The best hair removers include a surface just like the hair removing brushes. They catch the hair and then draw it into the vacuum. They may also have a rotating brush that helps lift the hair into the vacuum. Some lower grade hair attachments may just have one of those characteristics. No matter what attachment you have, its performance will also be based off the vacuum itself.

 

Sticky Brushes or Pads

 

Another great hair remover on the market is in brush form or in pad form and has a sticky surface. These work great, but are usually not reusable.

Your family is important and with that, you obtain or take pictures to cherish or to display on your interior walls. Your dog also has become an important part of your family and with that in mind; you’d like to have a few good pictures to add to your wall photography. How do you go about getting that great pic to post on your wall? It can often be a challenge, especially with movement, looking away, changing positions, or even just not staying in place to get a good shot. Here are a few suggestions that will help you obtain that spectacular family dog pic you desire.

 

First, it is best to try to take pictures at ground level. It not only grabs good, close-up shots, but also presents communication with your beloved pet. Your pet may very well behave better if you are at his or her level and present something to focus on.

 

Second, getting great pictures and getting your dog to cooperate involves choosing a place that your furry friend loves to relax. This can be anywhere, especially since they often enjoy certain areas. The outside play area may be a good spot or perhaps the living room by the TV stand. It just depends on your particular situation. No matter, if your dog is comfortable in their place of relaxation, you will have a much better chance of getting that good picture.

 

Third, treats play a significant role in cooperation. You may use pet fences, electric collars, leashes, or even dog obedience trainers to get your pet’s behavioral issues under control, but treats provide a means to listen and follow through. In other words, they provide a reward for cooperation. With that in mind, it can certainly help to get that great picture you desire.

 

Lastly, make sure you take a ton of pictures. This allows you to sort through them later and slowly eliminate them t=until you find the right one. The more pictures you take, the more the chances of getting that great pic. Many simply try to snap a good picture when they think they have a good chance of catching it, but your chances are much better when you get those unexpected shots and they look wonderful.

 

In working with these ideas and suggestions, you will have a much better chance at obtaining that perfect snapshot and have a great framed picture to place on your table, desk, or even the wall for everyone to enjoy.

Your dog is part of the family. He or she feels no different when it comes to that. Unfortunately, they cannot tell you how they feel or let you know what they want. But there are situations in which you can identify what they desire or train them to show you in some way. This is all part of dog obedience training. Nevertheless, one thing that many people do not realize is the positives you get from walking your dog.

 

Dogs love the outdoors, mainly because it is their nature. Even inside dogs know what to do, except they have very limited experience with it. It is important to walk your dogs and most obedience trainers will tell you that.

 

Walking your dogs will provide them good exercise, increased stamina, increased self-esteem, increased happiness, and increased health. Aside from that, it satisfies their desires to explore the great outdoors, leaving them content and often more relaxed. Your dog will most likely be calmer in the home, listen easier, and focus better. In fact, it can relieve anxiousness and the need to bark at everything outside. It doesn’t work miracles, but you will surely see an improvement in many different areas.

 

To put it another way; if you were in school and you had an adventurous, exciting, and fabulous weekend; you would most likely be calmer, more attentive, and more focused in school. You may not want to go back, but the results of a fun weekend bring you to those actions. Getting out of the grind of the work world and going to a rock or country concert can result in a feeling of peace within you and can provide a sense of calmness. After all, you got your excitement and possible craziness out. For this example, your work world is like your dog’s home world. The rock concert was your escape and your dog’s outside excursion is his or her escape.

 

Lastly, walking your dog helps provide you exercise too, while also providing bonding time and association with your family pet. The closer they are to you, the better they may listen, understand, and behave.

Dog Training Essentials: Do You Need Training? 

A dog can be a wonderful pet to own and has a special place within your family. In fact, they are family. You love them so much, especially because they love you and are very loyal companions. Nevertheless, owning a dog can often be a challenge, especially with training, communicating, and controlling. Often times, they can somewhat control your life. Dogs can tear up the house, make messes indoors, bark at everything, jump on family or friends, steal your food, attack people or pets, and many other problematic situations. The majority of the time, it often leads to something specific or simple that resides as being the root of the cause. Figuring out what that is can often be a challenge in itself. In other cases, several things can be the roots of the cause. You just never know what to do. Maybe you’ve tried personal trainers, big store training programs, and even reading books. Sometimes that will work. Other times, it only fixes some of the problems. There must be a better way to take control, right?

Getting the Right Dog Training

Now that you have decided that you need dog training, where do you go? First, look for a company focusing on canines that has several members of the team. One person who may only be available for limited periods can be a setback, especially if they are multitasking with several clients. This can break the focus on your dog issues and problems, as well as reduce the level of dedication to success with your pet training needs. Second, be sure the level of experience is high, such as working with various breeds, genders, ages, and their level of training skill.

Take the time to research dog training facilities—the internet is probably the best source for finding the right trainer. For instance, Greg Smith Canine Consulting offers extensive dog training servicesdog training services and has over 25 years of experience with federal and other governmental agencies, police departments, personal owners, etc.

Dog Won’t Listen? Try Obedience Training

Your dog can be the best companion in the world, but it can often be frustrating when he or she does not listen to your commands. Often, you may repeat the command several times with the hopes of it getting through to your dog. Other times, you may get frustrated, shrug it off, and move on. Sure, it is possible to learn to deal with your beloved pet not listening, but consider the positives of not giving up!

Situations to Consider Dog Obedience Training

Dog obedience training can just about apply to anyone with a beloved dog in the family. Almost always, there is something that could use a fine tuning. But for those with serious pet obedience troubles, it can be all the more important. Does your dog jump at people? Does your dog hover over you when you eat and refuse to get back or lay down? Does your dog chase cars? Does your dog not stay within the property boundaries? Does your dog refuse to be gentle? The possibilities of needing professional dog obedience training are endless. When you take your dog for a walk, it would certainly be less stressful if he or she listened to your commands.

Obtaining Canine Obedience Training

You may have tried yourself to get your beloved pet to listen, but how well did that work out? Other than that scenario, you may have tried personal trainers, reading books, researching on the internet, etc. Did any of those conquer the problems associated with the disobedience…or maybe some of it? Finding the right tools and help can be difficult, especially with trainers confusing you and/or shouting out to get your attention. When looking for pet obedience trainers, consider their backgrounds, experience, and methods. For example, Greg Smith Canine Consulting provides service nationwide and has over 25 years of experience. Aside from that, dogs are family to them and they work with you on a personal basis. They actually want to help! Not just make money. As an example of what to look for, check out their dog obedience training services and feel free to browse their website.

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