The introduction of a new dog to a home with existing dogs can be a bit tricky and should be taken very seriously. When introducing a new dog to your current pack there are a few things to take into consideration.. 1. Are you your current dog(s) pack leader? - A dog without a strong stable pack leader will feel the need to go out of their way to protect the pack and may lash out on the new addition. Also a dog that is not sure in their leader will under go a huge amount of stress which is not good for your dog health.
2. Do you use a crate?- A crate is the safest way to introduce a dog into a household with a current dog or dogs, this way your newest member will feel safe and secure in their crate while your dogs can see and smell them without any threat of a fight.
3. Does your current dog(s) display dog aggression?- This maybe one of the most crucial parts to take into consideration and is best to be dealt with before you add a new dog into your house. The best way to deal with this is to contact your local dog trainer for some advice and training classes, remember not all dogs have to like each other but ALL dogs must display manners when around other dogs.
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GoGo is our latest board & Train, he's been with us for about a week now and is a total fun-loving energetic dog. Learning how to harness his energy without shutting him down is the main key since he is a working Gun Dog. Here is GoGo's first attempt at loose leash walking, enjoy.
Its really important to maintain the sense of fun when working obedience with your dogs, here is a quick video of a short fun training session i did with my my dogs at our local park after a little workout. Head Trainer - Mike Jones
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Summer is on its way and you know what that means, Allergy season is in full swing! Here are some give aways that your dog may have allergies. Please note that it does not have to be allergy season for your dog to show signs in fact a lot of dogs could have allergic reactions to foods, surfaces (grass, dirt, etc.) and bugs (fly bites, fleas, etc.).
If your dog shows signs of allergies do them a favor and take them to the vet.
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Focus is a great command to teach your dog. It shows them to keep their full attention on you no matter the situation. This is the very first step we teach our clients when focus training. Stay tuned for more videos on focus training as well as many other dog training tips. Learn this and more, join the pack!
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Rope: At least 10.5 feet of 3/8" diamond braid rope -- about 4.5' for the monkey fist knot and 3 feet (X2) for the braid on each end. It's better to start with a much longer piece of rope, tie/position the monkey fist knot, and then trim off the long side. Also, forming the monkey first takes more rope (~6'), which is then tightened down to 4.5'.
Scissors or a sharp knife to cut the rope (Be carefull!)
Lighter to melt the rope ends, to prevent fraying.
A monkey fist knot is basically three (or more) turns of rope, three more turns around the first three, and a final set of three more turns locking them all together.
Start about 10 feet from the end of the rope -- this'll give you about 6' for forming the knot + 3' for the end braid + 1' for tightening...
The initial knot has to be pretty loose, otherwise you'll never be able to feed the last three loops through the knot.
To tighten the knot, start with the rope at one end of the knot. Almost as if you were trying to untie the knot, push/pull the rope into the knot, creating a loop. Following the path of the rope, push/pull the loop through the entire knot, pulling the loops tighter as you go.
Cut/trim the rope as needed to end up with a monkey-fist knot in the middle of two 3' ends of rope.
I like to remove some of the rope core before fusing the ends of the rope. Pull the braided covering back from the end, exposing the core. Cut off an inch or so of the core. Pull the braided covering back over the end of the core. Use the lighter to fuse the covering together.
Make a braid knot on the other end of the rope, and you're done!
Here's a quick video on how we get our dogs to not pull on leash and always be aware of how they're Heeling. Please keep in mind that our dogs are trained service dogs that have and are still in our training process (your dogs unless trained by us will most likely not catch on as quick so have patience). Want your dog to walk next to you with ease? give us a call today to set up your FREE evaluation 408.915.6173 .