Animal Magnetism Dog Training
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Animal Magnetism Dog Training

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-for the love of dogs-...I am a dog trainer and behavioral counselor who has been training dogs for the past eleven years. My career is my passion. I have studied under some of the foremost scientists in the field of animal behavior.

After being exposed to the tragedy of countless numbers of dogs being euthanized due to behavioral problems, I decided to focus my studies on humane dog training. Central to my methodology is very early training and socialization. Family education and rigorous adherence to modern humane dog training is essential to raising a happy, well mannered dog.

I offer puppy socialization classes and private in home behavior consultations and training. Some of the problems I treat are, aggression, phobias, house training, jumping, and nipping. If your dog has issues not listed here, I likely treat them as well.

It is imperative that I stay on the cutting edge of modern humane dog training and behavioral science. I achieve this by continuing my education, attending seminars and engaging in apprenticeships with the top minds in animal behavior.

Currently I share my home with my rescue dog Cody – my cherished companion. We share an unconditional love fostered by humane, positive training. Cody never knew a choke collar.
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Size Matters, training a small dog

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I met Bear six weeks ago. He is an adorable and energetic 14 month old Mini Poodle. Although Bear’s guardians love him very much, they were just about at their wits end. Oh, and yes I did call them “guardians.” I prefer that word to “owners” because I do not believe we can own another sentient being. Sure, we own cars and houses. However, I cannot in good conscience claim ownership of my dog Cody.

Bear needed some help with housetraining. He often left little surprises in the living room, behind the couch, and even under the bed. What did he know? After all, no one ever showed him where the bathroom was. Housetraining takes time and patience. Small dogs can be harder to housetrain than large ones. They have smaller holding capacities and need to go out on a more frequent potty schedule. I sincerely hope you will put your best efforts into teaching your puppy/dog good bathroom habits since he will be sharing your home for the next 12-16 years!

Here is the short form: Housetraining is a spatial issue. Give your dog the opportunity to eliminate in the right space, such as the yard, and prevent him from going in the wrong place. Take him out every hour on the hour and give him the highest value reinforcer reward when he goes outside. Praise is great; however, if you want to make a strong impression on your dog, use food. Food is needed for survival and therefore the best reinforcer you can use. Prevent your dog from eliminating in the “wrong” place by taking him out often and supervising him as if he were a toddler when he is inside.

Please do not punish your puppy for making a “mistake”. To puppies, the whole world is their toilet. It is our job to set them up to be successful by showing them where to eliminate and making sure they have access to that place at the correct time. We can then reinforce that behavior so it will occur more frequently. Plus, when they are eliminating in the places that we want them to, they cannot be doing it elsewhere at the same time!

If you catch the little guy in the act, simply say “oops” in a happy tone and escort him outside, while saying “let’s go potty.” When finishes eliminating give him a treat.

No Hitting – No Shaking – No Rubbing Puppy’s Nose in the Mess! These do not help; they will only serve to make your puppy afraid of you, and possibly even make him aggressive. If he eliminates in the wrong place, simply clean it up with no fanfare whatsoever and watch him more closely the next time. You may however, take a newspaper, roll it up and hit yourself over the head while repeating “Next time I will watch my puppy more closely; next time I will watch my puppy more closely, etc…”

After using the above mentioned techniques, Bear was housetrained in just one week!

We also worked on jumping, pulling, nipping and recall coming when called. I am happy to announce that Bear’s guardians are delighted with the progress he has made. Training is a lifelong process, and I have given them the tools to continue his education. I love my job! Who’s got it better than me?

Note: Please consult a certified positive trainer for help with your training or behavioral needs. Blogs and books simply cannot take the place of professional help. Have fun!

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