Dog Health and Behavior: Does Your Dog Feel Bad When You Leave Him ALone?



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Ami The Memphis Dog Coach says that dogs react to energy, not emotions.

Dogs follow the energy of the leader for good results or bad results.  Here is a excerpt from an interview from the Boston Globe:

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It is important to understand that the skill of house training your dog  cannot be effective until your Chicago puppy is at least sixteen weeks old.   The Chicago Dog Trainer, says, “A dog does not have any control over his bowel and bladder muscles until this age.”  

If on the other hand, your dog is an older puppy (more than five months of age) or an adult dog, you have about thirty days to assist your dog in mastering these important foundation dog training skills before these accidents become habits.


Memphis Puppy Training: Chicago Dog Obedience Pulling On Leash

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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.


Chicago Dog Training: Training the Fearful Dog

534443_303238516412225_183608175_nDogs who act fearful, nervous and insecure around people and other dogs, were usually not socialized when they were young.

“Some dogs have a genetic component that causes them to be more reactive than other dogs.” says The Memphis Dog Coach.

Puppies that are removed from their litter before they were 8 weeks old never learned how to “be” around members of their own kind.

Without the guidance and imprinting  of their dam or mother, many times these pups often grow up to be fearful, nervous, adult dogs without proper social skills.

Because this damage occurs during a dog’s formative period which is birth to six months of age, it often takes a long time to resolve, but it can be done.

Be patient and mindful that your dog’s mental and emotional rehabilitation will be a process and  not a quick fix.


Testimonial: Hanging Out At The Ritz

Chicago Dog Training Testimonial:

We are hanging out at the ritz Carlton in half moon bay, CA with Roka and just talked about how there is no way he would sit here this still, without a leash and be this well behaved without his training with youphoto!

Thank you Ami!!

Three Easy Steps To Stop Aggressive Dog Behavior

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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 Dog Aggression: The Shy Dog

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Dogs that are uneasy with human closeness and abrupt (but normal human gestures) feel that they need to defend themselves or/and protect their possessions. This dog acts with fearsome aggression to keep people at a distance.

This need for defensive aggression stems from an underlying lack of confidence, trust and love of people. These quivering, nervous, anxious dogs will bite at the drop of a hat. These dogs have families that walk on eggshells in fear that one normal movement may set the dog off the charts.

These shy dogs tend to have a collection of people, places and things that they dislike such as: loud noises, men wearing glasses, mothers with strollers, toddling tots, tykes on trikes, fat people, black people, brown people, white people, people who smell of cigarettes, people that smell like alcohol and so on.  This is a dog that will bite when you grab its collar, or reach out to pat it’s head. This type of dog can be one of the most dangerous to own since in most cases they look soft and sweet–until they are triggered.







Normal Communication-Biting Dogs


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Chicago Dog Training With Ami The Dog Whisperer


Biting is Normal Dog Communication

Dogs use biting as part of their normal communication system. Dogs bite when they are approached, handled, touched, grabbed, hugged, kissed, restrained, surprised, when startled, when grumpy, when they feel shy or hurt; when protecting food, toys or space, cars houes, yards, crates, offspring, owners, when hyper, when playful and when aroused.

The three main reasons that dogs bite are:

1. The dog lacks confidence and feels that it must bite to protect its life,

2. The dog is over confident and knows that it must bite to maintain order,

3. The dog bites because it likes having a hobby, biting for this dog is fun and this dog uses biting to its own social advantage.  If you have a biting dogs into what section does your dog belong?














AGGRESSIVE DOGS CHICAGO: The Owner Supports Aggression


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Ami Moore The Memphis Dog Coach helps rehab aggressive dogs.


Owner Supported Dog Aggression

There are many dogs that are aggressive because they  have an aggressive personality that is encouraged by the dog owner.  “In these cases, the owner has a need to appear as if he or sometimes she is special in some way,” says The Memphis Dog Coach. “These are people who are very insecure themselves or people who like to bully and intimidate others.  I think that it  can be heartbreaking to find a situation where the dog is used as a weapon to control a spouse or child.”

Most of the dogs that are used in this scenario tend to have hyper and fearful personalities-they are insecure and lack confidence. This is a dog that is perfect for a Chicago dog boot camp behavior modification experience.  The nervous dog, this dog that is always growling, snapping, snarling or even biting is never a confident or high-ranking individual. These dogs are usually unbalanced, Beta-types that are very unsure of their position in the family dynamic.

Generally, this is a dog that is always issuing a long and loud protracted series of threatening growls, snarls or snaps at strangers or family members that it does not like. These dogs use aggressive displays to keep people at a distance so that they can feel better.  Generally, these dogs are also damaged in some manner for many of them  do not have the inclination or skill to socialise or be friendly.

Protracted threat displays are a sign of an unbalanced mind on the dog. This type of dog can be the most dangerous since this type does not bite to teach manners, this is a dog that bites to make people go away-and this is a dog that will keep biting until you move away or are killed.


Aggressive Chicago Dogs: Why Do Dogs Bite

Aggressive Dogs in Chicago Can Be Rehabbed

Why Do Dogs Bite?

Many times a dog’s aggression such as jumping, barking or biting is seen as the result of “instinct” or “bad breeding”.    “Well,” says Ami The Chicago Dog Whisperer, “When people blame their dog’s aggressive behavior on the dog’s instinct or past I know that the owner has given up on the dog emotionally. In my opinion aggressiveness is a personality trait that can be modified by balancing the dog and the humans.”

Aggressiveness does not appear by magic. The development of aggression is a complicated process in which several factors are involved such as: the home, the attitude of the owner and the energy level of the dog. The actions and reactions of other people and other dogs to the dog’s aggressive communication style reinforce a dog’s aggressive nature.  Just as it takes two to tango it takes two to tangle, dogs can’t be aggressive when the are alone. Aggression always needs another player on the stage.

Aggressive dogs are rarely cool, calm collected dogs in terms of their personality. In most cases, dogs that express aggressive behavior tend to fall into the nervous, anxious, fearful and hyper personality category.  These dogs tend to bite in highly specific situations so much so that the owners can click off each and every situation in which their dog would bite.