Tucked away near a small town just outside Asheville, NC is a correctional facility for women. The facility offers all types of vocational classes to encourage the growth and development of their inmates. A new dog training program is starting at the facility. You may have heard of this program – New Leash on Life. These programs have been successful throughout the country. The program involves prison inmates learning to train rescue dogs. At the Asheville facility, two lucky dogs are starting the program tomorrow. Continue reading
Are Dogs Limiting or Liberating?
Do you believe life with dogs is limiting or liberating? Does your dog give you more freedom to do what you want to do? Or, does your dog get in the way of your freedom? Granted, if you are a big world traveler and away from home for long periods of time, a dog may not fit your lifestyle. Other than being a world traveler, does your dog limit your freedom or liberate you to be more confident to achieve your goals, no matter how simple or complex? Continue reading
Is Your Dog Leash Reactive?
Not certain what that means? If your dog pulls, lunges, barks and/or snarls at dogs or people while on leash, your dog is leash reactive. This is one of the most common complaints about dog companions, and potentially one of the most dangerous. Leash reactivity is becoming a serious problem because someone typically gets hurt. And these are not isolated incidences, but repeated problems. Often times, each incident involves multiple people and/or dogs in one fell swoop. Reported human and dog injuries include sprained, torn and broken arms, legs, wrists, ankles, fingers, tendons, ligaments along with the all too frequent and yet completely avoidable dog bites.
We are on INSTAGRAM. If you use Instagram, please follow us @TrainingLuckyDogs. Along with posting cute pictures and videos of dogs, we are creating a video training series called “Dog Training In A Nutshell“.
At this time, the maximum video length allowed on Instagram is 1-minute. There isn’t a whole lot one can do in 1 minute…..or is there? Our Dog Training in a Nutshell series provides quality dog training content in 1-minute episodes. We just got started this week. Below is the first two videos of the series. Continue reading
Have you ever needed help or advice of a professional trainer? Have you ever noticed that skilled trainers can take an ill-mannered, unruly dog and turn them into a dog with exemplary behavior within a few sessions using positive techniques? It seems to be nothing short of a miracle and a dream come true. However, when you are on your own with your pup, it seems like progress is out of reach. And then there are the complications when other dogs or humans become distractions. This disconnect arises because improvement is only possible if YOU – the human companion – possesses the necessary training skills and positive approach to learning. This is where practice makes perfect. And the best place to practice training skills with distractions is with group sessions. Continue reading
Hello! My name is Mozart. Actually, Mozart is not my real name, but my alias. You might ask why a dog would need an alias. I must admit that I have been a naughty boy and want to keep my identity on the down-low. I want to protect the innocent, especially my mom & dad, who I love with all my big doggy heart.
I am a major fan of my bro, Beethoven. I hear comments about his movies all the time. Strangers even call me Beethoven. The main reason is pretty darn obvious. But alas, I am no Beethoven. He was a hero in the films, just like Lassie. No, I am a trouble-maker. I am more like his naughty yet complex brother. I chose my alias to be similar to Beethoven, but the naughty version. From what I hear about the genius human called Mozart, he had boundless energy and did not always follow the rules. Yet he turned out to be brilliant. That sounds just like me! Or … what I really want to be. Continue reading
Will you be getting a puppy for Christmas? Did you get a puppy last Christmas? Do your puppies need training but you have no clue how to train a dog? Do you need help right now? Or yesterday?
You are probably a busy person who does not have time to read all the books and websites on dog training to figure out how to go about this very important part of your dog’s life – training. Would you appreciate if someone or something would explain or summarize your options for getting basic dog training? Do you want want training to be fun so that it is a daily pleasure, not a dreaded chore? Do you want to make an educated decision about how to train your own doggies? Continue reading
Imagine you and your dogs are the talk of your neighborhood – for all the right reasons. Imagine your dogs walk on leash without pulling – ever! Even when they see a cat, squirrel or another dog! Imagine that you can walk up to strangers or neighbors and your dog does not jump, bark or lunge on the leash. Imagine that your dog listens to you the first time and every time! Now imagine that you can take your dog off leash and you have the confidence that your dog will not bolt or runaway. Imagine that your dog is the poster pup for the well-mannered dog. Continue reading
Volume 1 ~ A Philosophy Primer
Introducing the first volume of the Kindle eBook* series, The Dog’s Perspective: How to Train a Dog by Thinking like a Dog. The objective of this book series is to explain how to train dogs by thinking like a dog. The Dog’s Perspective is a simple and straight forward approach to dog training that enables anyone to find solutions to many of their dog-related issues. The objective of this first volume, A Philosophy Primer, is to explain the philosophical foundation of the Dog’s Perspective.
This volume describes, compares and contrasts three different training philosophies and their ultimate effect on dog training success. Current training methods are easily categorized into two basic philosophies: Wolf’s Perspective and the Human’s Perspective. This book presents a third training philosophy, the Dog’s Perspective, which is an evolutionary approach that shares both similarities and differences with the other training philosophies.
There are numerous reasons this book needed to be written. First, so much misinformation about dog training is running rampant, especially where it comes to unsubstantiated claims of scientific evidence supporting an opinion or viewpoint. Second, some training methods are too complex and/or ineffective. These problems frustrate most humans to the point of quitting – just giving up on training their dogs.
The individuals harmed the most from this are innocent dogs. Some untrained dogs are just left home alone or confined to their yards. Others are less fortunate and find themselves surrendered to a shelter or worse. The goal of this book is to help stop the abandonment trend by explaining just how easy and straightforward dog training is from the Dog’s Perspective. Trained dogs are lucky dogs and their humans are very happy companions.
The Dog’s Perspective is a training philosophy that takes an evolutionary approach to training based on the biology of dogs. One cannot think like a dog if they do not understand dog biology – how their bodies and minds operate. A basic understanding of the biology of dogs is fundamental to training success, and the foundation of the Dog’s Perspective training approach. In our upcoming book series, the basics of dog biology are introduced. One basic skill is teaching dogs “look” to get their attention. “Look” is a fundamental skill that is the basis of all other training skills. Ironically, many people ask why “look” is so important. When dogs look at their human, they are engaged and ready to listen. Dogs like following directions and look to humans for guidance. Dogs listen to what their humans say, both through their verbal language and body language. Continue reading