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Whether you have a new puppy or an adult dog, it is never too late to start training. While some people are content to merely share their space with their pets, others want to have a relationship with their dogs. Learning the basics of dog training can be very influential in developing the right kind of relationship.

There are many benefits to be garnered from the task of training your dog: 

  • Improved obedience
  • Impressive tricks
  • Housetraining
  • Calming aggressive or hyperactive dogs
  • Forming a closer bond with your puppy or dog.


Improved Obedience  

Perhaps one of the most rewarding benefits of comprehensive dog training is the lasting obedience it promotes.


There is certainly something to be said for having your dog come when you say, "Come!" and sit when you say, "Sit!" and stay when you say, "Stay!"


Not to mention the joys of coming home and not finding your shoes, newspapers, and/or sofa chewed or mangled beyond recognition!


In this course, we will show you techniques for creating and implementing a training program and charting your progress.


Impressive Tricks  

While tricks are not up everybody's sleeves, having a dog that can do them is not only a good conversation starter, it is also a great way to show off a bit.


There are any number of tricks that you can aim for, from polite pawing and shaking, fetching, and playing with a Frisbee all the way up to the professional tricks and obstacle course maneuvers you see on the television show Animal Planet. All of these depend on how much work you are willing to put into it.  



Who in the world wants a dog that is not housetrained? However, canines do not just come that way. Without someone to take the time and effort to properly house train your new puppy or dog, you will be in deep, well, doo-doo!


There are many different housetraining methods available, from paper training to kennel training, and several others.   


Calming Aggressive and/or Hyperactive Dogs  

No one wants a dog that is so aggressive or territorial that it bites, barks, snarls, or growls whenever you approach. On the other hand, a hyperactive dog that jumps on you, prances around without stopping, licks, or practically bowls you over with its tail is nearly as bad.


Fortunately, a little insight into why dogs behave the way they do will better equip you for modifying those behaviors. In addition, we will try to provide you with a few one-size-fits-all solutions that may bring about the changes you are after.


A Closer Bond


At its core, dog training is not so much about learning to control your dog as it is learning to communicate your wants, needs, and desires in a language that dogs can understand.


Each new trick you teach, every bad habit you break, and every command you master will bring you one step closer to a goal much higher than becoming a "master." With love, respect, patience, and dedication, you can build a powerful, unique, and dynamic relationship with your new dog or puppy that will give the term "man's best friend" a whole new meaning.


Come along with me as we explore the trials and tribulations, as well as the riches and rewards, of real and effective dog training.   ____________________________________________________________________   Four Dog Naming Tips:   1.  Avoid names that sound like commands. For example, the name Joe sounds like "No" when called.   2.  Names often reflect the character of your pet.  Observe your dog for a few days and see if the animal's personality suggests a name.  Is he or she regal? Does the dog always want to be the center of attention?  If so, how about  King or Star?   3.  Short, sweet, and easily recognizable names work best in getting your dog to be responsive.  Use a name that is one or two syllables, ending with a vowel, such as "Sadie" or "Rocky."  Do not choose a name that is too long or difficult to say.  A name such as "Sir Barks A Lot" will only confuse your dog.   4.  After you choose a name for your dog, make sure you use it often, so he or she can learn it quickly.  Do not raise your voice every time you call your dog, and use the name in positive, playful setttings, such as when you feed or pet the animal or play with him or her.
Lee Wastler Trainer
When your teaching your dog to walk on a leash and he or she pulls you like a race car it can be frustrating. So here's what ya do.....

When walking your dog on a leash remember to teach with money...... Like hot dog chunks or chicken. Use the treats to teach your dog to keep their eyes on you. Reward them everytime they look at you. Next keep them guessing when walking. When you see them start to pull stop and switch directions. After a while they will get it. Your dog will know that if they want to walk they must keep their attention on you and they will stay beside you without pulling. For more information give me a call. I'll be glad to help.