Memphis Puppy Training: Chicago Dog Obedience Pulling On Leash

Puppy Training Chicago

Memphis Puppy Training With the Memphis Dog Coach


When you go on a walk with your dog you and your dog are on the same team.  It is the dog’s job to follow you closely; never too far ahead and never too far behind.

 You must teach your dog to turn when you turn, sit when you stop and relax quietly while you talk to your friends or have your coffee.


Are Protection Dogs Right For You?

Ami Moore Protection Dog

Ami Moore Says Why
Choose A Protective Dog?


Protective Dogs are great for families living in Chicago that need extra security says Ami Moore, the Memphis Dog Coach.  Any criminal, even those who say they aren’t afraid of dogs  will think twice about breaking into a house with a “Beware of Dog” sign in the yard and the sounds of barking coming through the front door.

But you don’t need a Rottweiler or Doberman to add security to your home. A Yorkie isn’t very big or scary looking, but it barks and barks and barks and the last thing a burglar wants is something making noise while he’s trying to break in.

There’s a lot to consider if you’re thinking about a protective dog as part of your  Chicago home security plan. Learning what types of protection dogs are out there is the first step in choosing the right one for you. There are three types of protective dogs that The Memphis Dog Coach recommends that her clients consider:

1. The Alert Dog

2. The Guard Dog

3. The Attack Dog.


Hi Ami,


How is everything going?  I have been waiting to contact you until the weather was getting nicer as our next session will be outside.  If you have any openings for the latter part of April on a Saturday that will be perfect.

I had tried to post a picture on your facebook page of Momo & Yuko waiting patiently for their food, but I kept getting an error.  Here’s the pic:


That’s steak and eggs in the bowls, a delectable treat that they are waiting to be allowed to eat.  Feeding time used to be a free for all with the dogs jumping on us and almost knocking us over when we put the bowls down.  Not any more, thanks to you.


Also, I wanted to let you know that we took the dogs over to visit our extended family on Easter (lots of people).  Our dogs are used to my mother’s large dog, but my sister was there with her young, very big dog.  We thought there might be some growling/aggression issues, so we brought a couple bottle bombs with us – just in case.  We kept our dogs on their leashes sitting next to me, and they were very good — one of my sisters even commented that they were very well behaved.  The young aggressive dog growled a few times & I would shake the bottle & growling would cease.  The dog kept her distance.  It was nice to be able to take our dogs somewhere that they didn’t act like fools.


Please let us know when we can get together next.


Three Easy Steps To Stop Aggressive Dog Behavior

chicago dog training for aggressive dogs

Preventing dog aggression by changing aggressive dog behavior




Aggressive dog behavior is a serious problem.  It is important to have several lines of defense in place to construct a dog that is balanced in energy, forgiving towards people and inhibits biting behavior when under stress.

The first aspect of the three easy steps to reduce dog aggression is to inhibit the instinct for biting, The dog must be actively taught to never bite people, no matter what the provocation or the temptation. Dogs must be trained to reduce the pressure of their bite with appropriate play so that they develop a “soft” mouth.

The second line of attack is to use obedience training to increase the dog’s knowledge of human words and to increase the owners ability to direct the dogs actions in a unusual situation.

Thirdly, there is dog psychology wherein the unbalanced temperament of the aggressive dog is rehabilitated so that the shy dog becomes calm, the fearful dog become bold and the hyper dog becomes centered.




Chicago Therapy Dogs

Many of my clients want to do something more with their dogs. Some of those clients choose to train their dogs as therapy dogs to help disadvantage people all over Chicago. Here is a video of my client’s dogs sharing their love at one of Chicago’s best rehabilitation facilities,  Haymarket.

Rehabilitating the Chicago Dog Aggression

“Rehabilitating aggressive dogs is the hardest part of my job,” shares Ami The Memphis Dog Coach. Aggressive dogs can be rewarding as well as very challenging. I find that rescue dogs and shelter dogs are often adopted by people that are not prepared for the difficulty of rehabilitating and aggressive dog. Luckily, I have an almost perfect rehabilitation rate.   Here is a heartwarming story of two aggressive Chicago shelter dogs that are now loving members of their family.




Chicago Dog Training: The Aggressive Dog

“Rehabilitating aggressive dogs is very difficult but it can be done. It can be done in your home as long as you can create an environment that reduces your dog’s stress”, says The Memphis Dog Coach. Here are three important points to creating the boot camp experience in your home.

• Your dog needs to live on your terms in your home.

From this point on, your dog needs to live in your home on your human terms, not his dog terms. Don’t think of this as taking anything away, instead think of this as adding good manners to  your dog.

• Create a “chicago dog boot camp” environment for your dog in your home.

When people go into alcohol or drug rehabilitation settings  for inappropriate behavior, they temporarily lose certain privileges. This is not done to punish them or to cause them pain, but to create a more simple, structured existence so they can devote time and energy to healing. This strategy works for aggressive dogs as well.

• Redefine  “affection” for and with your dog

Dogs don’t hug and kiss each other. Dog affection is created via movement and games. So while your dog is in boot camp, when you  have the urge to hug or kiss your dog–go on a walk!

Chicago Dog Boot Camp Rehab

Is Your Dog Psychic?

Ami, The Memphis Dog Coach, says, “I think that when dogs are closely connected with you that they can closely anticipate your needs.”   This is born out in a study based in England. “The BBC report cuts to a piece about Rupert Sheldrake and his research with a dog named ‘Jaytee’. Several experiments were done with Jaytee in the early 1990′s. The dogs owner, Pam, would go out, and then at a random time, would travel home and the dog would seemingly know when Pam was on her way home and would wait at the window or door for her. This, it is claimed, suggests that the dog is somehow linked to its owner.”

As a professional Chicago dog trainer, I can share many stories of dogs that have exhibited paranormal abilities. Ami adds, “I think that this is a field that deserves more research.”

Does Your Dog Love You More Than Another Dog?

“Based upon the research that I have seen”, states Ami The Chicago Dog Whisperer, “even when dogs are sheltered for a long period of time they can create new and more balanced bonds in a new home if the human is calm, dominant and structured.”  I advise my Chicago dog training clients to create a very structured environment for the first 30 days of a shelter or rescue dogs residence in their home so that they can easily comfort the dog if she experiences stress.

“If we are to draw any comparison between dogs and wolves based on this research, it would be to note that dogs, like wolves, do have territories, at least in the sense that they feel most comfortable when they are in familiar places. We know that in the wild, wolves can move to new places without any rise in their stress levels, as long as they are in the company of members of their pack. The same is true of dogs, however it appears that the most significant pack member is likely to be a human (usually the dog’s owner) and not another individual of its own species. For most dogs their owner has been a constant feature in their lives since they were puppies. It appears that we not only bred dogs to accept dogs and humans as relevant social partners, but to view humans as being more significant socially than other canines.I”


The Alphatude Attitude

Your Dog Wants You To Lead Reviewed By Kathryn Marcinak HHP, BA, C-PT
Faculty Member of Global College of Natural Medicine

Ami Moore, an expert of the dog’s role in our modern lives, is a Canine Behaviorist, Credentialed Teacher and Adult Education Specialist, a Court Appointed Expert Witness for Dog Aggression, a Nationally Certified Occupational Therapist, a WANT Institute Certified Personal Relationship Coach, a Native American Medicine Women and Energetic Healer in addition to being the author of Alphatude Attitude.

In her book, Moore asks the reader to take a deeper look at themselves and the emotions or attitude that they are bringing to the table in relation to their “problem” dog. She helps you improve your relationship with describing five elements, alphatude, amiability, activity, affection, and the dog. Not only are all of these concepts addressed in detail, but also the most important concepts in each chapter is summarized concisely to stress their importance.

Another great feature of this book is the appendix full of wonderful information ranging from All About Modern Dog Training to Modern Dog Professionals.

Anyone planning on adding a new dog or puppy to their household must read section six titled Finding The Fifth Element Your New Dog. This section not only can help you decide what type of dog might fit best with your lifestyle, but also how to decipher the difference between a good dog breeder and a poor one. In addition, if you are looking to adopt a dog from a rescue or shelter, Moore also guides you through that process.

While this book might be geared to people having problems with their dogs, I believe that anyone with a dog would benefit from reading this book to enrich their relationship with his or her dog.