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
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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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.
Temecula Puppy Training
No investment you can make in your dog pays you back as much or as often as training them as a puppy. Many dog owners play the waiting game, hoping that the new puppy will simply “grow out” of whatever problems they’re displaying. Nearly every puppy will have a problem or two that needs to be solved and waiting for the pup to mature out of it is the worst possible solution.
By far the most effective way to correct and prevent behavior problems is private puppy training that is customized to fit the needs and personality of the puppy. Group training offered by a “pet superstore”, local Temecula trainer or humane oriented organization is the least effective way to start training your puppy, adolescent or adult dog. Take a little extra time to interview professional trainers in your area and have them come to your home to evaluate your new family member. Pay less attention to what they can do with their own personal demonstration dog and more about the attention, knowledge and detail they display in assessing your dog.
The goal is for this new dog to play a healthy role in your family for the next 12 to 16 or more years. Invest wisely in training for your puppy now and you will be very glad that you did.
Call us to schedule a FREE in home evaluation for your puppy or adult dog. There’s no obligation. Call me, Tim Church (Dog Pro’s owner & trainer), today at 951-501-9244. I look forward to talking with you.
Temecula Dog Trainer Offers Free Dog Training to Families of Deployed Service Men in Iraq
TEMECULA, CA – February 16, 2010 – Dog Pro Inc. a Southern California dog training company today announced the launch of their new program designed to give back to the families of servicemen currently serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. This program will provide a free obedience lesson to spouses of servicemen who have dogs. Southern California is home to a large poulation of military personnel and an especially high number of Marines. With Marine Corps deployments to Afghanistan increasing there will undoubtedly be a significant number of families needing support in a variety of ways and Dog Pro is interested in applying their expertise to this cause.
“As a former marine myself and having a brother currently serving in the United States Marine Corp and a retired naval officer for a dad, I understand firsthand the stress that a deployment can cause on a family. When a spouse is deployed all their day-to-day family responsibilities fall on the shoulders of the spouse at home. That includes caring for and dealing with the family dog who may have some behavior issues that make life even more stressful.” says Tim Church, owner and operator of Dog Pro Inc. “If I can give back a small portion of what these men and women do for our country then I’m happy to give back. I feel honored to be able to do this for them.”
Dog Pro, Inc. is a full service dog training company serving Temecula, Murrieta and all of Southern California. Dog Pro, Inc. offers private training for obedience, problem solving and personal protection. Also, available are courses covering topics such as K-9 Search and Rescue, K-9 Law Enforcement and bird hunting skills.
Tim Church is the owner of Dog Pro, Inc. and he conducts all the dog training courses. Tim has been training dogs professionally for 20 years and has trained more than 3,500 dogs. Tim has also provided training services for state and county law enforcement K-9 teams, as well as the United States Navy’s Working Dog Program.
If you would like to learn more about how Dog Pro can help you with your dog or would like to schedule a free no obligation consultation you can reach Tim at 951-501-9244 or via email at email@example.com.
Dog Pro serves Temecula, Murrieta, Wildomar, Winchester, Southwest Riverside County and San Diego. Dog Pro Specializes in dog obedience training, dog problem solving, dog behavior modification and K9 personal protection for the Temecula, Southwest Riverside County and San Diego. Dog owners looking for a Temecula dog trainer have found that Tim Church at Dog Pro has met and exceeded all expectations.