1. Sample

    Posted on July 21st, 2015 by admin


  2. Now this is dog training!!!! Check out Skidboot and David. What a team!!!!! Guaranteed to make you feel good

    Posted on December 10th, 2011 by admin

  3. Puppy Training and Puppy Socialization

    Posted on August 24th, 2011 by admin

    When getting a new puppy it is crucial to begin socializing and exposing your pup to its future surroundings as soon as possible. Between eight to twelve weeks of age, your pup will form the majority of its opinions concerning the outside world and its inhabitants. These first impressions are indeed often life long impressions.  Needless to say, there is a very small window of opportunity an owner has to make a very big positive or negative impact on their pup’s future quality of life.  This is an undeniable fact that is well documented both from studies performed by behavioral scientists and seen time and time again from breeders and behaviorists like myself who have raised several litters of puppies form birth and seen them later in their adult life after various different upbringings. I have personally seen the most confident sociable pups leave a litter at eight weeks, grow into timid fear aggressive adults as a result of lack of socialization and environmental exposure during this brief four week window.

    So what about this whole vaccination issue, and how you aren’t supposed to bring your pup to public places before it has received three rounds of the dhlp immunization. Unfortunately, the third round of shots is not administered until after 12 weeks of age. So we have a dilemma. On one hand we do not want to expose our pups to any harmful germs or viruses that would cause illness, on the other we do not want to miss out on the aforementioned critical learning period.  For this I will say that there is no 100% safe answer.  I personally have never seen any pup with two rounds of shots develop or contract any serious illness as a result of being taken around in public. The benefits of getting your dog properly socialized and exposed to the outside world, gradually between eight to twelve weeks FAR outweighs any risks assumed by taking your dog out in public before all three shots are administered.

    So how exactly do you ” properly socialize” your pup? I would recommend consulting a professional regarding this as it is not always cut and dry, The approach will differ somewhat depending on the temperament of your pup. Planned visits by your friends and family, of varying age, size and gender are a must for any pup. Invaluable! With respect to environmental exposure,anything you think your pup will eventually need to live with that emits a distinct sound, should be gradually exposed. Make sure not to overwhelm your pup. You want to evoke a cautious curiosity. A slight nervous uncertainty is the initial response you are looking for. The pup should begin investigation within a minute or so. Dr. Leo Marvin said it best to his favorite patient Bob Wiley. “Baby Steps”! Stick primarily to quieter, suburban settings at first when bringing your dog out in public. Gradually work your way up to the sounds, sights, and smells of the big city. With a great mix of parks, high rise buildings, and an abundance of active people and their dogs, Philadelphia is a great area to prepare your pup to thrive in any environment.

    I hope you found this information helpful! Following these guidelines, your dog will likely stay healthy and begin developing into a social, confident, and well adjusted adult dog……One more thing. Stay away from dog parks for now!! More on this to come.

  4. HUGE and COMMON training mistake!

    Posted on August 22nd, 2011 by admin

    A great way to help your dog learn faster and respond more consistently in the appropriate manner is by practicing what I call the “hot and cold” game. It is interesting how in one sense people are very inclined to talk to their dogs in full sentences(not advised:>)) when not training, but then, when actually trying to teach their dog a new behavior, they become almost silent, waiting for the full completion of the intended behavior, before offering any praise or feedback. This is a sure way of becoming quite frustrated with your dog’s wrongfully diagnosed  lack of intelligence or stubbornness. In reality, if you are not using bridging commands in a dynamic fashion, you owe your dog a “It’s not you, its ME!”.

    Be sure to have a couple words that you can you use to direct your dog through the learning process. I often  use the word ‘YES!”  or “Good boy/girl” to provide encouragement. These words, often referred to in behavioral science terms as bridging commands, help a dog through the unclear or stressful moments of uncertainty and indecision. On the other side it is quite useful to have a bridging command like ‘Nope” to indicate to the dog that continuing along its current path will not offer the reward. The timing of when you say these commands is also crucial in order to be effective. This comes with practice and the guidance of a skilled and experienced professional.

    Lastly, you need to become dynamic in both your body language and intonation.  In other words, when you want to convey to your dog,”You’re getting warmer!!!”, or ” COLDER”, really mean it. Act like you are trying to win an Oscar and your dog will likely begin to respond quicker and more consistently than ever before.  Good luck!!

  5. What’s the best training “method”??

    Posted on July 13th, 2011 by admin

    The best dog training method- It’s not a black and white issue.

    I never thought I’d be saying this, but…. Thank God for Cesar Milan!

    Although I know there are some that will accuse me of being simply jealous of another’s notoriety and success, I can say quite truthfully say that in the world of dog trainers, Cesar Milan is certainly talented but not the miracle worker he is commonly thought to be. In fact, Cesar himself would not argue this point. So why do the dogs on Cesar’s television show behave so differently for him than they do for their owners, and why do so many  dog owners watching from home relate to the frustrations of Mr. Milan’s clients.  The answer has much to do with perception.

    We as a culture have been conditioned since birth, via talking animals in cartoons, books, and even movies like Outward Bound, to attribute far too many human characteristics and cognitive abilities to dogs. I would like to balance this thought with my belief that dogs share many similarities in emotion, feeling and experience as we as humans do.  This is precisely why they make such great companions. However, you will be doing your dog a huge disservice if you truly PERCIEVE he or she to be just “my baby”.   Cesar Milan’s core message of acknowledging the true nature of a dog as an animal, and not a child wearing a fur coat, has been an absolute godsend to the dog community.

    The idea that purely positive reinforcement being the only humane and effective way to train is nothing short of ignorant. The best way to choose a trainer is to ask   to see dogs that he or she has trained. Talk to the people who went through the training with their dog.  Ask if the trainer has any video depicting before and after results. Do the dogs the trainer has trained look confident, and spirited when responding to commands or do they look confused and fearful. “Experts” can talk training theory all day long and sound quite convincing and logical. What ultimately matters is what happens when these ideas are applied and tested. I can speak confidently on this subject because I am speaking from personal experience, not something I read to be true. I can say with certainty that dogs can learn everything that is necessary to live harmoniously alongside people through both positive and negative reinforcement methods with very little stress and much enjoyment along the way. As in most everything else in life, the answer lies somewhere in the middle and never to one extreme or the other.

    -Ryan Herbst