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.



Memphis Dog Coach Give Tips For A Safe and Sane Christmas for You and Your Dog

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When you have a Christmas Tree loaded with decorations many of which can harm your dog management and positive reinforcement are the first step in maintaining your dogs health. In terms of management the easiest method is to simple keep the dog away from the tree. Next you can use a technique called “tethering” where you use your dog’s leash to attach the dog to either a door or a person or a heavy piece of furniture so that your dog can’t reach the tree at all.

If you have more time and more interest in training, positive reinforcement is the next level. Your  job would be to teach the dog the right thing to do.  Here are some ideas:

  • First teach the dog “Leave It” and teach the dog to turn away from the tree when you ask,
  • Secondly, you can train the dog to lay on a pillow on command and stay there when in the same room as the tree.

I hope that these interventions give you some ideas on how to keep your dog safe around Christmas trees.








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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.



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Ami Moore Says Take Care of Your Dog at Christmas


Ami Moore, The Memphis Dog Coach advises her friends and clients to keep their dogs safe during Christmas by making sure that their dogs do not eat items that could cause your dog to be ill.

Grapes, raisins, currants and sultanas can be toxic to dogs in very small does. This seems to be something to do with the “bloom” to be found on the surface of the fruit but the exact compound has not been discovered yet.  What is known however is that the effects are not dose dependent.

This means that while some dogs are know to have consumed large amounts of grapes to no ill effect for others it has only taken a handful of grapes or raisins to cause fatal acute kidney failure. 

Some dogs exhibit no effects but others can develop kidney failure after a few raisins. The mechanism of action is unknown, but dogs may start with vomiting and diarrharea, and then develop renal failure 24-72 hours later. If you suspect your dog may have consumed even a small quantity of raisins  please call your vet.


The Memphis Dog Coach Says “Stop Taxing Dog Lovers For Having Dogs.”

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Ami Moore, The Memphis Dog Coach, Strongly Urges Dog and Cat Owners to Avoid Licensing Their Pets In The United States

Moore, one of the nation’s top dog training experts believes it is urgent to discuss the topic of dog and cat licensing in America. Many dogs in the US go unlicensed. Ami Moore questions if that can create serious problems for both dogs and dog owners

[ Chicago IL – October 9, 2014 ]  A recent article on the KCRW website in Los Angeles addressed the problem of unlicensed dogs in the LA area. The professed benefits of licensing pet dogs and cats are to provide the means to reunite owners with lost pets, help curb disease and reduce stray pet populations. Ami Moore, a Chicago dog training expert widely known as ‘The Memphis Dog Coach’, believes this issue may be looked at in another way.

“I believe that mandatory licensing of dogs is an unfair tax on dog lovers. I do not believe that the government has the right to make you pay a tax for owning a dog or cat. Another occurrence that I see is that cities will make you pay an increased fee if your dog or cat is intact, yet current research shows that dogs that are left intact, the way Nature intended, live longer, are healthier and have greater resistance against cancer and glandular diseases,” says Ami the Memphis Dog Coach. “I think the government needs to stay out of my pocketbook and out of my dogs panties.”

“I am also against penalties for vets if the don’t release the names of dog owners and their dogs to governments. I believe that what happens between a vet and a dog owner is private and the medical professional cannot and should not be compelled to give lists of client’s names to the government.”

“I am sick of the current ‘Nanny-State’ mindset of our country where every act of personal freedom and pleasure is controlled and taxed. If people want to donate to shelter and rescues, then let them do that instead of paying a tax on their pet. I have not seen any evidence that licensing contributes in better health or welfare of either owned dogs or dogs in pounds or shelters.”

The Memphis Dog Coach, Ami Moore, CMT, CMVT is a leading expert in dog psychology. Her much acclaimed book, ‘The Alphatude Attitude’ was part of the curriculum at the Vancouver Island College Of Natural Wellness.

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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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Dog Training Chicago: Does Your Dog Chew?

Dogs and chewing – sounds like a recipe for disaster, right? Dogs have a knack for finding the worst things to chew on. It could be your favorite shoes or a piece of important paperwork (or, in the case of one of our staff dogs, underwear from the hamper). Whatever it is, once your dog has a taste for chewing on something it can seem like they’re just out to cause trouble, But believe it or not, chewing should be encouraged provided that it’s done in a constructive manner. 

“How could chewing possibly be good?” you might wonder. It’s simple – find a way to relieve this need that doesn’t damage your dog’s mouth or any objects. Chewing is in a dog’s genes. It’s is a natural way that dogs explore their world, whether they are a puppy or a senior. Eliminating chewing entirely probably won’t happen, and if it does it frequently involves depriving your dog of an enjoyable instinctual activity.

Not all dogs chew the same amount and outside factors can influence an individual’s behavior. Sometimes dogs chew out of boredom or anxiety, or because of sore teeth or gums. Your dog’s chewing behaviors can increase when he doesn’t get enough mental stimulation and exercise. Or she can just be seeking your attention…is your dog trying to get a little more of your time?

Inappropriate chewing – that is, your dog chewing things that he shouldn’t be chewing on — is a problem that most dog owners confront at some stage of their dog’s life. And not only are chewing problems annoying to you, they can be dangerous for your pet. Chewing on the wrong items such as electrical wires, poisonous materials, or objects that splinter can have disastrous consequences. 

On the other hand, chewing on the right objects can enhance your dog’s health and well-being. The physical act of chewing helps relieve anxiety and boredom, and helps your dog feel secure and content.

How do you get your dog to chew on appropriate items?

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Testimonial: Hanging Out At The Ritz

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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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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.