Happy the Rottweiler puts the hammer down on a coyote who tries to eat his pal Trixxie. Semper Fi, Happy! http://ow.ly/bsqJB
Incompetent, cowardly police officer shoots and kills dog in the dogs own driveway. http://ow.ly/alTWu
Rory O’Connor, a kayak fisherman from Bellingham, WA, must have thought he was being ‘punk’d’, had entered the ‘twilight zone’ or was hallucinating when a dog swam up to his kayak while he was fishing a mile off shore. Rory, who is obviously a very capable outdoorsman and angler, is also a dog lover. After spotting the frantic dog swimming in open water a mile off shore he managed to call the dog over to his kayak (an exceptionally well appointed kayak) and scooped him out of the water, giving the terrified pup a reprieve from what would later be learned to be a tremendously bad day.
Also, if you’re in California and you’d like to get started in the exciting sport of kayak fishing, visit www.kayak4fish.com or to learn more about the sport, you can peruse a wealth of information on the topic at the following forums; La Jolla Kayak Fishing Adventures Forums and Northwest Kayak Anglers Forums.
The Milford Daily News published an editorial recently concerning communities affixing blame for dog bites to specific breeds rather than to the people who own them. The author starts by saying,
“Banning pit bulls based on high-profile stories about someone being bitten is a fool’s errand and distracts us from where our attention should be: modifying the behavior of the owners.
“This issue arose last week when parts of a 71-year-old Bridgewater woman’s face were bitten off by a pit bull owned by a family member. The dog was destroyed and the pieces of face were retrieved from its stomach for reattachment. Since then, there has been a cry in some circles for a pit bull ban. Critics of such bans rightly point out that any violent behavior in such dogs is largely due to their training. They also point out that pit bull is not a breed. The American Staffordshire terrier commonly called a pit bull is just one of a number of breeds lumped into the pit bull category.”
The article correctly points out that most dog bites/attacks are the result of irresponsible dog owners. However, they did not mention that in many cases, if not most, the dogs behavior results from a lack of training rather than from an owner purposely training a dog to be aggressive. When dog owners fail to provide their pet with structure, socialization and discipline they are dramatically increasing the odds of aggressive behavior developing in their dog. A large adult dog is a carnivorous predator with the same basic instincts, reflexes and drives as their wild ancestors, and are fully capable of injuring and possibly killing an adult human. So, it’s not enough to simply avoid doing the wrong things when raising a dog, owners must proactively be doing the right things to ensure that their dog is both social and obedient.
While the articles author makes a good point regarding placing responsibility for most dog attacks with the dog owner, he or she incorrectly states that pit bulls are not a pure breed of dog. The American Pit Bull Terrier, commonly referred to as the “pit bull”, has been recognized as a pure breed by the United Kennel Club since 1898 and is recognized by the American Kennel Club under the name American Staffordshire Terrier(some would argue that they are separate and distinct breeds, but that’s a discussion for another day). That the pit bull is a pure breed of dog is beyond doubt, however, confusion concerning this topic continues to plague the breed due to the fact that many animal control agencies have categorized dogs with short coats and muscular builds as “pit bull type dogs” which has resulted in inflated bite statistics and a tarnished reputation for the breed.
Tougher vicious dog laws are a much more reasonable answer to dog attacks than breed banning since it will address the problem where it starts, with the owner. Punishing an entire breed(s) for the actions of a very small percentage is isn’t fair or reasonable. Especially considering that fact that the actions of that small number of dogs are the direct result of irresponsible owners.
Responsible dog owners follow a simple plan; TRAIN, SOCIALIZE…….REPEAT. Following this simple plan with your dog, regardless of breed, will allow you to raise a dog friendly, obedient and a pleasure to be around.
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No matter what else you do with a dog in training, you must teach he owner how to effectively lead their dog. And just as importantly you must communicate why it is so vital that they assume the role of Alpha. Not he domineering, overbearing, abusive leader that some trainers describe the alpha as, but rather the confident, consistent and loving leader that every dog needs.
Temecula Dog Trainer
“You’re like Temecula’s dog whisperer!” I’ve heard this comment more times than I can recall from dog owners I work with. The truth is that what I really do at Dog Pro is teach owners how to be the ultimate “dog whisperer” for their own dogs. Sure, I can train their dog and correct it’s behavior problems….but that’s not the real goal! The real goal is making certain that the owners I work with are equipped with the knowledge, skills and confidence they need to be the very best trainer/dog whisperer for their own dog.
All dog training is based upon the relationship between the person and their dog. Since my client, the dog owner, possesses the strongest bond with their particular dog they are able to become the best trainer for their dog when they are properly trained. I can also be certain that with the knowledge, skill and confidence my training provides them that they will be able to continue training the dog for as long as they are a part of thetheir family.
My training also includes children. Unfortunately, in most other dog training programs kids are only involved in so far as telling them what NOT TO DO. Don’t pull the dogs tail, poke their eyes, etc. At Dog Pro I encourage children to participate in the same facets of training as the parents. The confidence kids develop while working with their dog is priceless and parents discover a new level of ‘educated comfort’ concerning their dog and children.
You really can become the very best trainer/’dog whisperer’ for your dog. Don’t assume they’ll grow out of their problem behaviors or that their obedience will improve with age. Schedule a FREE in home evaluation for your dog. I’d love to meet you and your dog, and show you exactly how to make things better. Call me today at 951-501-9244.
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Tim Church – Trainer/Owner – Dog Pro, Inc. – 951-501-9244
Temecula Dog Training Advice
Treating your dog like a human will almost always result in your dog treating you like a DOG!
It’s natural for dog owners to treat their pets like they would want to be treated. Dog owners aren’t alone in this mindset, many dog trainers actually share this unhealthy view of human/dog interaction. What’s worse is that they actually promote this destructive philosophy with their clients. This unnatural outlook concerning dogs motivates some of them to remove anything that might be perceived as “negative” from their training programs. In fact, there are schools of thought concerning dog training methods and canine behavior that espouse using only positive reinforcement when training a dog. “Purely positive” dog training methods certainly sound more humane, and who wants to be negative towards their dog anyway?The thing that the promoters of these positive only methods forget to consider is; what’s the natural training philosophy for dogs? How does a dog think? What motivates the dog? What is the basis for a dogs relationship with us and with other dogs? Domesticated dogs adhere to a well-defined way of thinking socially within their pack/family. This pack social structure is known as Dominance Hierarchy. Within this social structure a well-defined pecking order is established and it is critical that the dog recognize their human family members as positionally superior to themselves within the pack .
The reason leadership within your family/pack is so vital is that if your dog doesn’t see you as a leader it’s going to treat you like a subordinate pack member. That means they do what they want, when the want and how they want. Who are you to question them anyway, if you’re subordinate to them? They’re the ones who did what it took to establish themselves as the leader/alpha.
Effective dog obedience training first determines which techniques are going to be effective with the individual dog. Then the dog trainer works with the owner AND the dog together in order to establish healthy communication and a well-balanced relationship that results in obedience, good behavior and a dog that clearly views their owner as the pack leader.
Temecula dog trainers vary in their training philosophies. There are some dog trainers in Temecula who promote the unnatural idea that only positive reinforcement offers a complete and effective dog training solution. Ask questions and find out if the trainer you’re talking to really understands how dogs think or whether their dog training program is based upon what “feels good” rather than what is best for the dog.
For FREE dog training advice or a FREE evaluation of your dog, call Tim at Dog Pro, 951-501-9244.