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Does Giving My Dog Human Food Cause Begging?

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Saturday, September 23, 2017, In : Dog Training Tips 



"I don't give my dog human food because I don't want him to learn to beg".
I hear this quite a bit. Dogs do not learn to beg just because you give them human food.

Begging, as most people describe it to me is - sitting near the table waiting for food while they are eating. That behaviour is easily changed with management or training. Have your dog in a crate, tethered away from the table or in an ex-pen during meals. Teach your dog to go lie on a mat away from the table. 

Our food smells great...


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Mini Training Tip

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Thursday, September 14, 2017, In : Dog Training Tips 
When in the early stages of teaching a new cue (command) give your dog a chance to respond. It takes time to process the request and put it into action. They are learning a new language and often go through their repertoire before offering what they think is correct.
If he is correct, great! If not, assume he doesn't yet understand vs assume he's ignoring you.
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Getting Ready for School

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Tuesday, August 16, 2016, In : Dog Training Tips 




The time is fast approaching. There are ads for school supplies and fall clothes are appearing in store windows.
Summer time is relaxed and schedules often go out the window. 

If your daily routine is going to change once school begins, you need to think of how it will affect your new puppy or dog. Will meals and walks be offered outside of what he is used to?

The time to get your puppy or dog used to a new schedule is now. Take a few moments to figure out how the daily schedule will change and ...

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My Dog Barks at the Neighbour!

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Monday, June 27, 2016, In : Dog Training Tips 

My neighbour has 2 small dogs. Every time she lets them out into her backyard they run to the fence and start barking at my dog who starts barking back. Is there something I can do to get my dog to stop barking back? It's really annoying for everyone.

Martha and Dudley

Great question Martha and such a common problem. Dogs bark for many reasons: fear, alert, boredom, excitement and guarding to name a few. Some dogs bark simply because if feels good to bark. In your case, it sounds like...


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Your Dog is Not Listening to Commands?

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Sunday, December 27, 2015, In : Dog Training Tips 

It's not unusual to unintentionally teach your dog not respond to certain commands. I see this most often with "come" but it can occur with any verbal cue.
Another reason may be due to the dog having formed a negative association with the command. This is what happened with one of my dogs.
My Beardie developed a negative response to the command "paw" which I used when I wanted to wipe his dirty paws. He is touch sensitive to begin with and I think what happened once is his fur got caught on som...


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Feeling Grumpy? Want to Train Your Dog?

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Thursday, December 10, 2015, In : Dog Training Tips 
Think twice.

We have good days, we have bad days. When you find yourself in a bad mood - please don't train your dog. It's likely you will be less tolerant and more likely to get frustrated with your dog.

Keep a supply of stuffed frozen Kongs or a special Bully stick handy for times when you need to give your dog something to do while you have some alone time.

Interacting with your dog should never be a chore or done in anger. Step back from training and resume when you are in a better frame ...


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Can I Hug Your Dog?

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Wednesday, November 18, 2015, In : Dog Training Tips 


   Relationships. We all have them. There are differences though. I 
don't have any problem at all with any of my family members walking up and hugging me.
 do have a problem with strangers or acquaintances doing the exact same thing. Why? I don't have the same relationship with them as I do with family members.

Think of this when a complete stranger or acquaintance wants to hug your dog or do something equally intrusive. 

Your dog forms relationships too.


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Is It Dominance? Is It Stubbornness?

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Thursday, September 24, 2015, In : Dog Training Tips 

 When you make the decision to change an unwanted behaviour your dog is likely going to exhibit the unwanted one more persistently for a period of time.

He does this not because he is fighting for leadership in your home but because the behaviour was successful in getting something he wanted. The behaviour worked.

Pulling to get to the tree; jumping to say hi; barking to make the scary thing go away.

You are changing the rules of the game when you decide to remove reinforcement for the unwant...


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Keep Your Pet Safe During the Holidays

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Saturday, November 29, 2014, In : Dog Training Tips 



No matter what holiday your family celebrates, remember that 'parties + people + food' can be a dangerous combination for your pets.

It’s always a good idea to either have a responsible adult be in charge of watching your dog during family gatherings, have him in another room/crate/ex-pen or boarded overnight.
Keep your home safe by following a few simple rules and being aware of potential hazards:

  • Before your guests arrive, take your dog for a long walk and play a round of fetch...

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Dog Training Tip: Keep it Interesting

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Saturday, June 1, 2013, In : Dog Training Tips 


Are you falling into a training trap? Always asking your dog for the same things over and over?

Think of all the behaviours your dog knows -for example: sit, down, wait, stay, roll over, touch, bow, etc. They can even be combinations of behaviours - such as: sit/stay while you walk around your dog. Mark them down on small index cards and put them in a bowl or some other type of container.
Before you go out for a walk or put the food dish down, grab a card out of the bowl and ask for that behavi...
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Leash Walking Mini Tip

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, In : Dog Training Tips 

In order to prevent the harsh jerking on your dog's collar when walking, make sure your leash arm is 'anchored', either by looping your thumb in your pants, keeping your hand in your pocket or ensuring your hand/arm remains fixed against your belly via an invisible hook :) If you want to make it very easy......use a hands free leash and never put your hands on it.

My default position is hand on my belly. I spend a lot of time with clients teaching them how to keep their hands from interfering ...
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Dog Training Opportunities

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, SitStayLearn on Tuesday, November 27, 2012, In : Dog Training Tips 

I tend to take advantage of opportunities to train. Some of the best for me are just before meals, right after the dog's nap and upon returning home after being out for a period of time. I find the dogs are really willing to work at those times. You don't need to do a lot of work at these times just small bits and bites of training. I find these times are great for working on "come" as the dog is excited to see me after an absence or just before their meal time. 

Another way to take advantage ...

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Holiday Puppies -Think Twice Please

Posted by SitStayLearn on Monday, November 19, 2012, In : Dog Training Tips 

 
With the holiday season around the corner and gift giving on people's minds - please keep the following advice at hand. As sweet as it may seem to want your children or spouse or parent to open up a box and find an adorable little puppy under the tree - this is probably the worst time to introduce one to the family. If you have decided it's time to bring a puppy into your home - do proper research about the breed(s) you are interested in. Avoid puppy advertisements on Kijiji and other sketch...

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Halloween - Beware!

Posted by SitStayLearn on Monday, October 22, 2012, In : Dog Training Tips 

It can be a very scary time for pups as people with strange silhouettes and masks keep arriving at the door. It can be very noisy with overexcited children yelling Trick or Treat!
There is a good chance that you will have lots of barking that night. Be prepared. 
Consider having the pup in another room with someone rewarding quiet behaviour as another person deals with the door. Or, if you want to have the pup at the door, please have him on leash so he doesn't dash out! Make sure your dog has ...

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Have Fun With Dog Training!

Posted by SitStayLearn on Friday, October 19, 2012, In : Dog Training Tips 

I just had a fun training session!  I began in the backyard where there are less distractions, to get the dogs in the game. Then I took it on the road and practiced on our walk. I made a point of giving all cues in a whisper - we did sit, down, stay, touch, get it, bring, drop, heel, go sniff, leave it. My dogs responded just as they do when I use my regular voice!

If you always train your dog using the same tone of voice, you may find in an emergency, where you tend to use a louder voice, yo...
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Is Your Dog Bored? Try The Muffin Tin Game.

Posted by Janis Mikelberg on Friday, October 19, 2012, In : Dog Training Tips 
It's just something different and fun to do with your dog :)

Do you find your dog staring at you on rainy days, waiting for something to happen? Here is a very simple, inexpensive way to keep your dog entertained for a short while.

1.    Get a muffin tin
2.    Put treats in the compartments
3.    Cover with tennis balls
4.    It's that easy!

Your dog will need to figure out how to get the treats out. Once the dog has the hang of the game, you can make it a bit more challenging by putting treats on...
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Teach Your Dog Wait at the Door

Posted by Janis Mikelberg on Wednesday, October 17, 2012, In : Dog Training Tips 

One of the most important behaviours you can teach your dog is to "wait" at the door until released. The purpose is simply for good manners and for safety.

I do not step through the door before my dogs to show them I am "dominant". That is a common myth. I go through before simply because I want to make sure there are no squirrels or other distractions that may catch my dog's attention. 

There are times my front door is open and I don't release them to step outside. I may be watering fl...


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Leash Walking Tips

Posted by Janis Mikelberg on Wednesday, October 17, 2012, In : Dog Training Tips 

Teaching your dog to walk politely on leash can be a very challenging process. When you look around you likely see most dogs pulling their people at a the end of a tight leash.There are a number of reasons that happens.  There are lots of great smells out there, they have 4 legs, we have 2 so they walk faster than we do, they are excited to be outside.

In addition, dogs have "Opposition Reflex" which means they pull against pressure. They pull to get to a great smell: you pull backwards,...


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Training Your Dog to Come When Called

Posted by Janis Mikelberg on Wednesday, October 17, 2012, In : Dog Training Tips 

Training "come" can be lots of fun when you know how to do it.


Teaching your dog to come when called is not as easy as we'd like it to be. If you think of life through your dogs eyes, there are so many more interesting things to be doing then coming back to you. When working with your dog to teach "come" make sure that every time your dog does come to you, good things happen. Avoid yelling at him for returning too slowly or carrying your favorite shoe in his mouth. If you punish your dog...


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Is It Rewarding To Your Dog?

Posted by Janis Mikelberg on Wednesday, October 17, 2012, In : Dog Training Tips 

When training your dog it's important to make a list of all the things your dog finds rewarding. Whether it's food, toys, belly rubs, access to outdoors, tug, chase, etc. Rank them from "loves the best" to "not a favourite" in each of the categories. Once you have this list, it's easier to figure out what will be rewarding to your dog in a particular situation. If you want to use food for training outdoors, kibble is not going to work as a reward for many dogs. It's not high value enoug...

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How to Find The Time To Train Your Dog

Posted by SitStayLearn on Saturday, September 15, 2012, In : Dog Training Tips 

Can’t find the time to train? Life too hectic? Too much to do?
We all have good intentions. Sometimes life just gets in the way. We put off what we know we should do. 
When it comes to dog training, we all want a well behaved dog but it can be difficult to find the time to teach the dog what we want. They won’t figure it out by themselves, as much as we’d like to think so.

One thing we all do – is go to the bathroom……….
What???? What has that got to do with dog training???? Are you ...

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