THE CHICAGO DOG TRAINER: DOUBLE TROUBLE OR TWO DOGS AT ONCE #2

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Chicago Dog Training, Dog Training in Chicago

TRAINING CLASSES

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 CHICAGO DOG TRAINER: DOUBLE TROUBLE OR TWO DOGS AT ONCE #1

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CHICAGO PUPPY DOG HOUSE TRAINING, POTTY TRAINING PUPPIES

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?

BONDING

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.

 

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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Ami Moore Says Why
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BAD DOG OR GOOD DOG WITH BAD HABIT

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Ami Moore The Chicago Dog Trainer, Dog Behavior Expert

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Well, it might make you feel better to know that in most cases, I am not  dealing with “bad dogs”…just bad habits,” shares Ami The Chicago Dog Trainer.   Barking, jumping, whining, stealing food, chewing, and other  natural dog behaviors are typically ways that dogs gain our attention.

 

There’s nothing necessarily wrong with these behaviors as they are natural and normal for dogs.  As long as the behavior stays within reasonable limits and the owner can turn it “off” the behavior is not a danger.

 

When the natural behavior becomes annoying and unreasonable, when the owner can’t turn the bad dog behavior off, problems begin. Random barking can be one of the worst. That’s when it’s time to resort to dog training and dog psychology to discourage the bad behavior in your good dog.

 

Out of frustration many owners turn to harsh methods because they wait until their patience has run out to begin training their dog.

 

Unfortunately, these methods aren’t always effective and can sometimes even cause more harm. It is very important to approach training humanely and work together as a team without using pain or fear.

 

Chicago Canine Flu: The Dog Flu Strikes

Flu Season For Chicago Dogs

Chicago Dog Training in The Flu Season

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Similarly, our pet dogs in Chicago are exposed to a variety of infectious organisms, including the Influenza virus, from both people and other pets.   You may ask yourself can my dog catch my human flu?   No, your dog can’t get human flu but he/she can get canine flu. It is relatively uncommon for dogs to contract viral or other infectious organisms from humans.

“Dogs can be infected with Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) or Canine Parainfluenza Virus (CPV), for which vaccinations are available,”  states Ami Moore Chicago’s Dog Behaviorist.

Places where dogs are contained in close quarters (kennels, dog day care, dog parks, dog beaches, boarding facilities, hospitals, etc.) are capable of becoming “hot zones” for the spread of dog flu.

Juvenile, geriatric, and dogs having compromised immune systems are more prone to contracting the Canine Flu. Chicago dogs suffering from cancer or immune mediated (i.e. autoimmune) diseases will not be able to fight off infection as well as a dog with a healthy immune system.

Ami The Chicago Dog Whisperer states, “If your cat or dog shows clinical signs of a respiratory tract illness  such as  a cough, sneeze, nasal discharge, immediately schedule an examination with your vet.  If your dog shows signs of dog flu-like symptoms the faster that you get your dog to the vet the better.”