Chicago Dog Trainer: What Puppy Dogs Made Of???

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Dogs are not people. “That one statement,” says Ami  Moore the Memphis Dog Coach, “Is where I make a client a friend or lose a client.”

People want to love dogs as if they are people, but dogs are a separate species. You have to love them as a dog if you want them to have the best life possible. Where you try to love them as people you are demeaning dogs.




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Bring both puppies to training classes, but make sure that they are each in a separate class. Practice the homework separately until each puppy knows her lessons well. Then bring both puppies together to practice.

It is important to teach them to pay attention to you even when they are in each others presence. The pups will earn their names faster if you use each name  when you interact with each puppy.

You should always say your puppies name in a happy voice combined with touch and lastly a treat. The sequence is this: Name + Touch + Treat.  You want to use the puppies names when training, when praising, when giving meals or teaching a new trick.




The real trouble with trying to keep up with two puppies is that since they have each other, they do not need you. Training is a nightmare-since they are bonded to each other but not you. If you try to separate them , they bark and howl for  hours. Even if you cover yourself in roast beef the puppies ignore you. So what can you do to get things back on track and have the puppy dog of your dreams?


The underlying problem is that the puppies have bonded to each other and not to you. You left them alone together while you were away, working for 6 to 10 hours  and then never separated them when you got home (because you felt guilty). So now their primary bond is with each other and not you or other members of your family.

Here are some basic tips for helping your puppies bond with humans and not with each other:

1. The pups should sleep apart, each in their own kennel.

2. Then, they should sleep in separate rooms but still in their crate.

3. Take them to separate puppy classes.

4. Name each puppy a very distinct name from the other, names that rhyme create confusion in the dogs mind.


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.


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 Five Dogs Gone Good Chicago Style!

A Great Client with Great Dogs–All Five of Them. We Changed The Dogs For The Better in about 15 minutes-no dog aggression, no barking and no dominance. Joey has a great big beautiful life.
Ami The Memphis Dog Coach

Anne, Gary and the Seven Dog Nightmare, Tinley Park IL

Growling GoldenWe have a large pack of dogs ( 3 Golden Retrievers, 2 German Shepherd-mixes, 1 Newfie-mix and a Malnois) that we have reared in a very natural way.  We allowed the dogs to create their own social hierarchy and we allowed them to create their own rules, regulations and routines. They ate when they wanted, ran out of the yard when they wanted and and pretty much did what they wanted. And it worked for me and Gary. Until we purchased a Golden Retriever named Wilson. Wilson took over. Even as a young puppy he bullied all of the other dogs. If the other dogs did not submit-he would    start a fight. We were tired of the vet bills, the stress and the fear that one of our dogs would be killed. We called Ami.

The behavior that really concerned us was the fighting among our pack over food, toys and balls. The second concern was the territorial aggression the entire pack would exhibit whenever anyone walks past our house-it was frightening.  Our entire pack of dogs would rush any visitors to our house instantly overwhelming them and even knocking them down.  In addition, when we try to walk the dogs, they would  pull us all over and charge at other people and dogs. Wilson the golden would pester guests for hours by putting a ball in their lap and barking at them to throw it.

P1010008In our first session which took about two hours we learned how to manage our pack better by becoming aware of their moods and trigger events.  Now we look at our dogs as individuals and with Ami’s guidance we found out that Wilson did not reign alone, he had a helper– Belle the Malinois.  Belle was always the perfect dog in our minds, she never really engaged in all of the big, objectionable behavior that the rest of the pack overdose on. But, by watching her with new eyes we saw that she supported Wilson’s harsh rule.  If Wilson wanted to start a fight, Belle was right behind him as his support. Together they were a great team.  She and Wilson were a tyrannic duo ruling the other five dogs with an iron paw. Ami Moore told us that we would have to regain our Alphatude from this doggy Bill and Hilary Clinton; and Ami said, “It is going to be tough.”

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In our first visit we took back our backyard and our fence. Now our dogs sit and watch people walk by our home and they will respect our wishes not to bark with just one command. We can have all of the dog toys out in the backyard and the dogs don’t fight over them. Bear, the Newfoundland-X would be bullied by Wilson and Belle-but not anymore. Ami showed us how to create an Alpha-Bubble Space that includes anything that we want to control. We place our mark on the toys and the balls and the fences are our dogs leave them alone when we tell them.

Dinner time for the dogs was a nightmare! 😈 We had one thousand pounds of dogs running all over our house, jumping on us and our furniture due to their excitement about feeding time. Now, they all sit in their places, we place the food bowls in front of them and they eat one by one—nice and quiet.

We have an electric fence and all of the dogs would challenge it and run out and roam the neighborhood. Ami showed us how to retrain the dogs to the fence so that they respect the boundaries and now never cross. We took Wilson for one of his first walks around the neighborhood-and he is three years old! We were scared because Wilson would always lunge at any dog that would cross his path-not anymore! 😆 Our goal is to walk all seven dogs around our neighborhood at one time and Ami says that it is an achievable goal!

Ami has improved our quality of life tremendously. We are much less stressed, less anxious and less fearful. We enjoy our dogs and enjoy having them hang with us in our yard without excessive barking, lunging and aggression at the neighbors or between themselves. We are enjoying experiencing our Alphatude Attitude thanks to Ami the Chicago Dog Coach.

Moe and Kevin And The Grappling GSD’s In Highland Park

Grapplin GSD'sWe called Ami Moore, the Chicago Dog Whisperer to help  us with our German Shepherd dogs: Sassy, Czar and King.  She had trained my sister’s dog aggressive Greater Swiss Mountain Dog who can now run free in a dog park and not attack other dogs-Amazing!!

Our dogs were running our home and our lives. We could not have guests over because our dog pack would jump up on them and literally tear the clothes off of their backs! Friends and family with children refuse to visit us anymore because they are concerned about keeping their children safe.  We could not walk our pack of German Shepherds in public because they would lunge and bark at men, woman and children-which scared our neighbors.

In our first lesson with Ami, The Memphis Dog Coach, she simply sat and observed our dogs. We thought that Czar was the leader but it was really Sassy!! Our youngest puppy was independent and more bonded with the other dogs than to me and my spouse. This concerned us greatly, we know that if a dog looks to another dog for leadership instead of people, that the dog is untrustworthy.  Ami  charmed our dogs immediately.  Just with a touch and a word or two ( Tap and Tell) she had the entire band of Polish German Shepherds laying at her feet like gentle lambs.

Ami spent a great deal of time talking about the tri-une brain of the dog and demonstrated what our dogs looked like when they used each part of their brain. She taught us about drives of the dog and in which part of the brain they reside. We practiced deducing if our dog was in prey drive, pack drive or defense drive.  We learned that we wanted our dogs in pack drive when they were with us in the house. We found that our dogs were in defense drive when they greeted guests at our house and when they challenged dogs and people on our walks.    All in all, Ami spent about two hours with us and our pack of hounds. In that two hours, all aggression at the dog was eliminated. Anyone can come or go from our house and our dogs are as quiet as church mice, until we give them the secret word..which is how it should be according to Ami! 😆 In addition, all of our dogs will stay in a designated area when we have guests and they will not move until we give them permission. We don’t need leashes or collars for this, we just use “Tap and Tell”.

We can now walk all of our dogs at once in our community and our dogs ignore dogs and people and stay right by our side. Our neighbors just love us now!! In a nutshell, we had had these problems for over four years and in just two hours every single problem was corrected. Ami Moore rocks!! She is very personable, very entertaining, very, very honest, knowledgeable about people and dogs (she is an occupational therapist and coach so she is great with modifying human behavior) and most surprising she has offered her services for us as long as we  have the  dogs.

We can control all of our dogs at once without leashes, cookies or screaming-Ami works wonders!! 😛 You will have the experience of a lifetime when she comes to your home!!