Dog training tips that really work

Dog Training Tips That Actually Work

Dogs are not born trained to sit, stay, or roll over. If they are not properly trained while they’re still young, it can be difficult to turn bad behaviors into desirable ones by yourself. Sherry Boyer is an experienced dog trainer of over ten years and owner of Dog Behavior Rehab. Below, Sherry reveals some of her training secrets—tips that will change the way you think about dog training.


Put Down the Clickers & Treats

If these are your primary training tools and you’re not seeing improvements in your dog’s behavior, then it might be time to try relationship-based training. Relationship-based training may include the use of food as reward for some dogs, but it is not centered around it. This method of dog training relies on the premise of building a strong relationship based on respect and tailored to each dog’s specific needs. This relationship depends on the mutual respect between human and animal.


Pick Up the Leashdog-on-leash Dog Training Tips That Actually Work

The majority of behavior problems we see in our dogs is rooted in what we perceive as disobedience; not coming when called, pulling the leash, and running off. These behaviors are not an act of disobedience, but an act of disconnect. When a dog is allowed to freely explore a new environment off-leash, his awareness of his owner, handler, or trainer flies completely out of the window. As experienced dog trainer Chad Mackin puts it, “if the dog doesn’t hear the command, or know it was given, he cannot obey and he cannot disobey. He can only do what comes naturally to him. The dog who isn’t aware of us, is not capable of being obedient.” Maintaining a strong connection to your dog at all times will vastly improve his obedience.

Find the Right Trainer

Training a dog using the relationship-based model is, in itself, a full time job. Dogs with behavior issues need undivided attention and hours of work each day. Understandably, you might not have enough time in your day to effectively work with your dog. A professional dog trainer can be of great assistance in evaluating your dog’s specific training needs and creating a plan that is sure to provide the best results.


Every dog is different and every dog requires a training strategy unique to their needs. You can find an infinite number of ways to train a dog. The one common factor is that every dog benefits from having a strong bond with their owner. A professional dog trainer can help to facilitate these changes, so don’t wait. To find out if you and your dog would be good candidates for relationship-based training fill out our Free Training Evaluation Form or call (408) 831-6433 today.

Should I get another dog?

Should I Get Another Dog – Will It Help?

What Will Happen If You Get Another Dog

Is your current dog misbehaving? Are you are thinking you should get another dog to help with your current dog’s behavior? All I can say is, “DON’T DO IT”.  We get calls every week from people who got another dog to “fix” the one they already had.

Getting another dog generally does not work and then there are two dogs with behavior problems instead of one.

The new dog will learn from the old dog, so it’s double the trouble. We always recommend that the first dog be trained until its behavior problems are resolved, before ever considering getting another dog. Once the problems have been taken care of, then you can consider adding a new pack member.

If you already have two dogs because you thought another one would help, and are experiencing behavior issues that have not resolved, we can help. We are experienced in helping you with training both of them, and can give you sound advice so that you can keep your pups, yourself, and your family happy!

Exercise with your dog

Tips to Exercise With Your Dog

Every summer, and of course on January 1st, we see people getting back out to exercise. This is usually because the weather is beautiful, or to make sure those New Year’s resolutions are met.  And then, before you know it, hobbling and sore muscles abound.

Often the family dog is included in the sudden need to exercise. Please remember that your dog can be as sore as you following a sudden change in exercise. So, if you are going to start getting in shape, start slowly.

Please don’t hop on your bike and take your dog for a 5 mile run. Start with long walks and condition for longer activities. Summer sunburns can also be a problem for white or light colored dogs. Waterproof sunscreen can be applied to the ears and top of the nose. Now get out there and “Get er Done!”

Should I muzzle my dog?

Should I Use A Muzzle On My Dog?

Many of us have asked this very question. Should I use a muzzle on my dog? After having many dogs in for rehab that could be a danger to people and animals out in the world, I thought a bit of muzzle talk is important. I believe that muzzles keep the dog safe and that it’s my job to ensure that they are protected from whatever their antisocial behavior might be. When a dog is wearing a muzzle, most people tend to give it a safe distance.

Without the muzzle you may run the risk of encountering the, “but, every dog loves me” nightmare person who won’t listen when you tell them that your dog isn’t very friendly. If your dog is aggressive to dogs or other animals, your muzzle can literally be a lifesaver if you encounter a loose dog or unexpected animal. A basket muzzle is preferred over a tight fitting cloth muzzle for outdoor walks and activities. With a basket muzzle your dog can pant and drink water easily. Cloth muzzles are better if the dog is being physically handled and might bite in protest.

Of course, as always, it is our goal to help you train your dog so this is no longer necessary, however we wish you safe walking in the meantime!