Your Dog is NOT a Lost Cause!
Why Your Dog Doesn’t Listen to You and What You Can Do About It
Dear Dog Lover,
Dog training and behavior may sound high brow and complicated but really it just means getting your dog to do what you want. In other words, getting your dog to mind her manners and listen to you when necessary.
One recent scare reminded me of just how important it is that your dog listens to you.
Over Labor Day weekend, I was heading to the Jersey Shore for the day with my boyfriend and new dog Sammy.
We stopped at a farmer’s market for sandwiches to eat on the beach and when I opened the car door, Sammy jumped out! Now, this was a tiny parking lot right on a busy road and I've had him barely a month. I had no idea what he'd do.
“Sammy” I shouted in panic.
My voice scared him and he did stop (thank goodness!) but he looked stunned and I didn't know what he'd do next.
“Sammy, Sammy come here.” I lowered my hysterical voice a few notches and tried to make it sound calm. I was willing him to come closer and he did, straight past me into the farmer's market where someone reached down and caught him.
Once I got him back in the car and started breathing normally again I tightened his collar and tried to soothe both of us.
If you’re wondering why he wasn’t crated, it’s because crates panic him in the car. I'd used his collar and leash to tie him to the door handle but he'd slipped his collar.
Sammy’s a rescue and still settling in after only 5 weeks.
So, a bit of anxiety on his end is to be expected. And he’s doing great with cues/commands like “sit”, “down” and “come”. But if you’ve had your dog a bit longer, you might expect more in terms of reliable listening and paying attention to you.
Do You Ever Feel Your Dog Ignores You?
If you have a dog who seems to have his own hidden agenda, then you know the frustration you feel when he’d rather follow that plan than play along with doing what you want.
Whether you want him to:
stop jumping on people
stop barking at everyone who walks by
come when you call –every time
walk tamely on the leash rather than pulling you down the street
It can be a struggle to get your dog on board with you.
What Excuses Do You Make For Your Dog’s Behavior?
Do you sigh and think—that’s “just the way he is”? Maybe you blame the barking on the breed. Or he’s old, it’s too late to teach him anything new.
If you think there’s no way to change your dog’s behavior I have good news for you from an expert dog trainer.
It’s All A BIG Miscommunication
Actually, this is good news.
Think about it, if your dog is doing his own thing because he doesn't understand what you want, but you could help him understand what you want easily if you only knew how—wouldn't that change your life? I mean I don't want to sound overly dramatic but how long have you been living with your dog
dragging you down the street on walks? Do you worry about being knocked down or trying to control her if she decides to chase the neighbor’s cat?
How much nicer would it be to walk if your dog walked nicely on the leash instead of yanking you down the road?
Or how long have you been living with the stress of your dog annoying the neighbors with his barking? 3 years? More? And no matter how often (or how loudly) you ask him to stop, it only seems to increase?
Can you imagine your dog being quiet for a change? Wouldn't that be nice?
Or what about the dog who sometimes comes when you call—but not always leaving you feeling exasperated when he's too busy chasing a squirrel rather than paying attention to you. Maybe you've had some near misses on the street with that attitude.
Stressful isn't it?
If it all boiled down to miscommunication, do you think you could fix it?
Dog trainer Kirsten Frisch says “Yes,” If you understand your dog’s thinking and your role in your dog’s behavior.
See, whether you realize it or not, you’re training your dog every day.
Getting “Good Stuff”
Your actions and tone of voice constantly give your dog “cues”. From these cues, your dog is attempting to figure out what you want and how that can help him get “good stuff”.
From affection to food rewards to long walks--- getting “good stuff” is your dog’s goal. (Different dogs respond differently to different rewards—for example, food doesn’t motivate them all. But all dogs are motivated by something.)
It’s your job to figure out that something and how to link it to the behavior you want.
Here’s the Good News
You don’t have to do it by yourself.
Not at all.
See, certified dog trainer, Kirsten Frisch has developed a mini course that will walk you through the whole idea of “cues” or “commands” to show you how you and your dog are completely misunderstanding one another.
I’ll bet you’ll have an “aha” moment like I did.
And once you understand what’s going from your dog’s perspective, it’ll be so much easier for you to communicate in a way that gets your dog to do more of what you want.
Just think what life would be like if you could trust your dog not to:
jump on people
potty in the house “once in a while”
walk nicely on the leash
come when called “every time”
If your dog started behaving like you want him too, would this transform your relationship with your dog?
Would you feel more relaxed and enjoy your dog more? Would this create more happiness and less stress for your entire household—pets included? I think it would.
So, what do you think?
If Kirsten can give you the keys to change your dog's behavior does it make sense to spend an hour with the expert dog training and behavior advice she shares in this mini course on October 13 at 8 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST)?
Kirsten knows about a thing or two about animals.
She started riding horses when she was just 6 years old. She’s been a vet tech, shelter adoption counselor, dog daycare consultant, and a husky specialist over the past two decades.
When she lived in Alaska she learned how to train dog sled teams. Can you imagine how demanding that is?
Now, Kirsten is a Nationally Certified Professional Dog Trainer who runs a successful dog training and behavior business called The Gentle Canine.
This is advice and input you'd get if you hired her one on one to consult with you but the cost is far less.
Here’s what you’ll get:
1—1 hour and 15 min teleconference. It's recorded for you so you can listen anytime.
2—Listen to the Q & A. Dog lovers just like you get their dog behavior questions answered from Kirsten.
3—Powerpoint slides so you can follow along with her explanations. Plus, she'll include videos so you can see exactly what she means.
The cost is $24.95, far less than Kirsten's one on one fee of $150 for a 90 minute private consultation. I know, it is a good deal!
Sign up here
Yes! I want my dog to come when called, sit when asked and not jump on people!
Plus, you’ll get an ebook she wrote called 101 Things Your Dog Wants You to Know (a $12.95 value!) This ebook is full of tips like how to choose a vet
the dangers of long term steroid use
best ways to socialize your dog.
And, it has a great picture of her husky Kyra on the front ;)
And, Yes, Older Dogs Can Learn New Tricks!
Dog training is not reserved for puppies and wild, out of control dogs.
Listen to Kirsten’s example of how she trained an 8 year old mushing dog. (Mushing is a term used for dog sled teams and other dog sports)
“I once trained an 8 year old retired mushing dog named Amazzi. He was never obedience trained and the owner wanted him to learn to sit on cue.
Mushing dogs are not often taught to sit, it's not a useful cue in mushing, but Amazzi was now a house dog.
I taught Amazzi to sit on cue, but never had the chance to show the owner due to extenuating circumstances. The owner called me a few days later and said "I can't believe it, Amazzi sits whenever I ask!" This was proof to me that when the cue is taught correctly we make it easy for the dog to understand what we want in different situations.”
Kirsten will walk you through how to communicate with your dog so he understands your cues under any circumstances
Yes! I want my dog to come when called, sit when asked and not jump on people!
It's less than a medium size bag of premium kibble!
Just to recap: You get a 1 hour a 15 minute “mini course” with video, powerpoint and Question & Answer with Kirsten.
You'll watch it on your computer and follow along.
Plus, you'll get her ebook 101 Things Your Dog Wants You to Know (a $12.95 value!)
It's recorded so you can watch and listen as often as you like.
Yours in Treats and Well Mannered Dogs,
Jennifer & Kirsten
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