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Exercise Relieves Many Behavioral Issues | Atlanta Dog Trainer

I would say at a minimum, half of the dogs that visit Off Leash K9 Training, Atlanta are showing behavioral issues due to lack of exercise (physical and/or mental). This is not necessarily the owners fault. Most of us can not possible walk or run far enough to wear out our high energy pups. But I find the issue to be the owners are not physically able to walk their pup or are just too embarrassed due to their pups leash manners. Be it the constant pulling, lunging at people or other dogs, or just the unpredictability of what they will do when distracted.

Pups that don’t get the mental or physical exercise they need can display a wide range of behavioral issues.

  • Excessive barking and/or excitement
  • Escaping enclosures
  • Destructive chewing
  • Picking on or annoy other pets/family members

Medium and high energy dogs need a job. If you don’t provide one, they will make it their job to bark at everything that moves, chew on your prized possessions, escape the crate or kennel you’ve asked them to stay in, and so on. They will find their own outlets for their energy.

Off leash obedience opens up an entire world for you and your dog to experience the joys and benefits of proper amounts of exercise. Every grass field becomes a playground for you and your dog – no more waiting for a trip to the local fenced dog park. Hiking trails at local parks become an enjoyable walk for you and an energy-burning trek for your dog when they’re allowed to run ahead and romp versus pull at the leash. Walks become more enjoyable without risk of being pulled down or dislocating an arm at the sight of a distraction.

We can give you the confidence to throw the ball and take your pup to the park with a confident recall no matter the distraction.

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Dog Park Alternatives for Socialization | Atlanta Obedience Training

I cringe every-time my clients start a sentence with “So we were at the the dog park”!

At best they say how annoyed they were that no one was paying attention to their own dog and some dog kept mounting theirs…

But more often than not such and such happened resulting in a dog fight. Now their pup is extremely fearful or aggressive with other dogs.

Note: The most incorrect statement I hear is “I got (2-57) dogs so they could play together and be socialized”. My constant response to this is “If the only people you ever saw and interacted with were your spouse and kids would you be “socialized”?

I am only speaking for Off Leash K9 Training, Atlanta but we do NOT recommend dog parks as a way to socialize your dog.

  • Pack Mentality with strange dogs is not what you want.
    • In large groups of “uncontrolled” dogs, they will try to establish pack order.
    • The rush when entering the park is overwhelming to many pups.
    • Just being in the crossfire when other dogs get in a fight.
    • Your pup may think the pack is a threat to you and become protective.
    • A lot of owners pay no attention to their pup, therefore have zero control.
  • Human emotion: There will always be one owner that you’ll find chasing their uncontrollable dog from one end of the park to the other, screaming at it to behave. Others see a pitbull, doberman, rottweiler, german shepherd, or are just fearful of large pups. This can bring a lot of unneeded anxiety to the equation. Adding the human emotion element can create a ticking time bomb from even a relatively stable pack.

SO what is the solution and alternatives to dog parks?

The solution is simply, smaller groups of controlled dogs with more supervision.

Alternatives:

  • Play-dates – Dogs can have play-dates just as kids do. Less dogs with more supervision.
  • Doggie Daycare – This one comes with a caveat, the daycare needs to have a sufficient amount of “competent” handlers to divide up and supervise dogs.
  • Pet Friendly Stores – Proper socialization is not just with other dogs but with people and strange locations. Lots of home improvement store such as Lowes, Home Depot, and Tractor Supply allow dogs (call to ensure your local location does). These are not about running into other dogs but experiencing different environments and people.

If your dog has been in a dog fight and is showing signs of fear or aggression please seek help as soon as possible. The longer you allow this change in personality to go on the longer it will take to correct. Proper obedience training will built confidence while showing your pup you will protect them in any situation.

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Notes on our E-Collar | Off Leash K9 Training, Atlanta

I believe the hardest thing for my new clients to remember after the first lesson in Smyrna or Peachtree City is all the functions on the remote. While I would rather you remember as much as you can about the actual dog training instead of the minor details such as how to turn the remote on, they are still important.

So I put together a quick reference about what button does what, how to turn off and on, and a few more little things.

Please note we typically use either a 400 series or a 1200 series (posted separately below), the one you have is noted on the back of the remote to the right of the plug as pictured here:

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As I will note in the video, please “only” use as directed by your “trainer”, every dog is different!

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Is your dog training worth the price?

One of the top 3 concerns potential clients ask when they call Off Leash K9 Training, Atlanta is if our training is worth the price?

My answer more often than not is “How many ways would a well-behaved dog make your life easier?”

If that is not enough open a new tab and Google “Off Leash K9 Training Reviews” or “Off Leash K9 Training Youtube”, I am even impressed with these.

Here are a few things that will put the investment in perspective, for not only having your dog trained but having them trained with us:

-All of our lessons are private, one-on-one with you and your dog so we can address your specific concerns. Lots of trainers prices look lower but you will be in a class of 5-10. Your pup will be overly distracted and your trainer will be busy with others to address your issues.

-Dogs are living longer than ever, a investment in obedience has to be thought of as spread out over their lifetime. As you can see in the below chart from the ASPCA, the “annual costs” of having a dog are as high as our training. Now think about 12-16 years of these expenses and how training is one time for LIFE.

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-Comparing prices for dog training is not easy considering most trainers don’t list their prices. Why don’t they you may ask? Well first most dog trainers want to know what breed you have and their issue before giving you a price. I will leave it to the readers to determine why that is….

-We GUARANTEE our training! If you do not see a huge improvement in your pup by the end of your first lesson I will refund your money right there! Another thing no other K9 trainer offers.

We believe that training your companion is an investment, of time and money, that will pay dividends for you and your dog for the rest of their life. All of our lessons are private, one-on-one with you and your dog so we can address your specific concerns. We train your dog, but we also train you to be a better handler which helps strengthen your bond built on trust and communication.

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Ways to Minimize Dominance Issues | Dog Aggression

Dog Aggression

These are ways to help you minimize dominance issue that may arise over your pups life. I find that the leading cause of aggression cases I deal with arise from owners not dealing with dominance issue in their dog. Unchecked dominance issues lead to dog aggression as they age.

Note: I want to point out that several of the following behaviors my dogs do or are allowed to do on a daily basis (except for one, which I will discuss below, that I personally believe leads to aggression in a large amount of dogs) so by no means am I stating they should not be allowed or done. But your pup needs to understand its place or issues will arise as they age.

1. Furniture/Bed- Who does not love to cuddle with their pup in bed or on the couch? My personal dogs have free range to the couches and the bed (as long as I am not in it) but they also know their place in the family unit. The reason for this has a lot to do with being eye-level and sharing the “best spots” in the house, where only the Alphas of a pack should get the best spot. Again, this is something that needs to be considered if you have a overly dominate pup or dominance issues arise.

2. Spayed/Neuter- This one is simple biology and applies to both sexes. Will it always fix the issue? No, but it tends to help in a lot of cases.

3. Socialization- I get a lot of confused clients on this topic. First, A lot of people believe that dogs only need socialization with other dogs. If your dog will only be around other dogs and never need to meet new people then this would be true. Second, having two or more pups also does not socialize your pup. Imagine the only other person you ever saw was your spouce, would you be well socialized or crazy? This is best done at an early age where you can still control the pup easily. But a lot of us adopt and don’t always get to do this when they are young, in this case you will need control first so please see number 6.

4. Free Feeding- This is the one I mentioned at the beginning that I truly believe almost always leads to food and toy guarding later in life. Your dog needs to understand you are providing the food, by always leaving it out or even not picking it up and letting them “graze” they believe it is just there and not that you are providing it. Food should be put down, giving them 5-10 minutes to eat, if they do not it should be picked up and given back 12 hours later.

5. Sitting on You- Depending on the size of your dog this one may be a no brainier but just as you see the dominate dogs trying to sit on or pin down the other dogs during play they perceive you allowing them to sit on you as submission. This can go back to the furniture in where you allow them to be mostly or partially on you in the bed or on the couch. I see this more in smaller breeds and the reason smaller pups tend to start the fights they can not win.

6. Obedience Training- I think we all knew I would get to this one:-) Basic Obedience Training as I am sure my clients around Atlanta would tell you gives your pup not only the understanding that YOU are in control but the relief of not being in charge. If they believe you will take care of the issue and provide for them there is no reason to be aggressive toward other dogs/people or challenge your dominance. Things such as not listening, pulling on a leash, toy guard or not releasing when told are basic commands that you need in order to have the control required to enforce a lot of the other suggestions.

Our dogs may not love every dog or person he or she ever meets but we should never settle for behavior we know is not appropriate. Most of us strive our entire life to be “better” and we should do the same for your pup.

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