Fitness With Fido – Introduction

The Fitness Problem

We are a nation of overweight and obese humans and dogs. Seventy percent (70%) of Americans and fifty percent (50%) of our dog companions fall into this category. That is seven out of ten people and one of two dogs who tip the scales in this unhealthy, red-zone. Is there an easy, practical solution to this health epidemic? Continue reading

Spring into Walks in the Park

March to Fitness

March Madness is upon us. The Vernal Equinox is just moments away, with a solar eclipse and super-moon to boot. New Year’s Resolutions to improve fitness are a distant memory. Desire to improve personal fitness is key to improving health. Unfortunately, lack of motivation is often the cause of fitness program abandonment.

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Success at practically anything, including improving personal health & fitness, involves 5% talent and 95% motivation (including commitment and determination). Almost everyone has at least 5% talent. Many have overcome lack of super-abilities with an abundance of motivation to achieve success. Unfortunately, maintaining 95% motivation can be a challenge for many. Continue reading

The World According to DOG

For many of us, life with our faithful canine companions is the norm. However, imagine if dogs ruled the world and we were merely their faithful companions. Our world would be crazy different! Here are 10 changes we would need to adopt in a world ruled by dogs.

10 Changes in a World Ruled by Dogs

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How To Train Your Dog – Part 8

From The Dog’s Perspective

The most effective way to train dogs is from The Dog’s Perspective. By understanding how dogs think, human companions can learn what naturally motivate dogs to be canine good citizens. Training dogs using The Dog’s Perspective is superior to both the Wolf Perspective and the Human Perspective in many ways.

The Wolf’s Perspective, promoted by Cesar’s Corner, makes misguided assumptions about wolves, dogs and their social groupings. The Human Perspective, advocated by Positive trainers, focuses on human viewpoints, often at the expense of the dog’s perspective. Case in point, how dogs communicate with each other. Continue reading

Concierge Dog Training

What is Concierge Dog Training?

Precious Time Saver

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Concierge dog training teaches and develops human-dog communication skills when and where needed, achieving personal training goals quickly, effectively and efficiently. Concierge dog training is ideal for busy professionals and families with precious spare time but want their dog trained. Concierge dog training can turn ill-mannered dogs into canine good citizens in a fraction of time required with traditional dog training classes. Concierge dog training is an ideal method to focus on personal training interests, including advanced training and behavioral modifications. Concierge dog training meets personal dog training needs from the comfort of clients’ homes, neighborhoods and communities. In addition, concierge dog training is a viable option when traveling with dog companions. Continue reading

What the Dog’s Nose Knows

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The Dog’s Perspective

When it comes to dog training, there have been two popular, yet distinctly different, training philosophies. From Cesar’s Corner comes training from the Wolf’s Perspective, based on the pack mentality of wolf lore. At the other end of the spectrum is the Positive Position of training, the Human’s Perspective influenced by anthropomorphic ideals. Ironically, dogs are neither wolves nor humans – they are dogs. The most logical and effective training approach is from The Dog’s Perspective. Continue reading

How To Train Your Dog

The Human’s Perspective

Cognitive Ability & Value of Dogs

In his 2011 best-seller Dog Sense, John Bradshaw described four specific facets about dogs that trainers and dog experts vehemently disagree. In summary, these facets are: (1) natural social groupings of dogs, (2) ethical and philosophical issues pertaining to physical corrections, (3) cognitive/thinking ability of dogs, and (4) value of dogs. Before we address the controversial second facet, we will evaluate the other three with respect to the Human’s Perspective of dog training. Continue reading

How To Train Your Dog – Part 6A

How To Train Your Dog

Welcome to Part 6 of How To Train Your Dog. Previously, Cesar’s Corner training philosophy was discussed. Next is the Positive Position, the other popular training philosophy on the other end of the dog training spectrum. After discussing the Positive Position, training from The Dog’s Perspective, our training philosophy of choice, will be explained. Continue reading

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How To Train Your Dog – Part 5

Cesar’s Corner

This training philosophy is named after Cesar Milan, star of National Geographic Society’s Dog Whisperer. Although trainers who practice these so-called “confrontational methods” are not all in agreement with Cesar’s training philosophy, their general approaches have similarities with an assertive style that includes active physical contact while training. Cesar Milan is the most famous of all, with books, DVDs and the all important fame and notoriety. However, if you have ever read or seen his work, he is the first to attest that he is NOT a dog trainer. He prefers to be called a dog rehabilitator. It is ironic that the leader of the pack in some dog training corners admits he is not a dog trainer at all. Continue reading