I Was Doing It All Wrong And Hurting My Bond With My Pup Until I Learned About This

2012
05.31

If you’re getting a new dog, whether a brand new pup or rescuing an older dog of any breed, then this could be the most important article you ever read.

Do you know why this website exists?

Because I used to be rotten at handling dogs. True.

I knew that dogs needed strong leadership and I used to think that I needed to scold my dogs and discipline them with corrections etc.

We love each other, my dogs and I, and I hated having to do that to them and I could tell their feelings were hurt a little every time.

But its not all my fault. Back then that was the method taught to people. Some refer to it as “classical” dog training whereby you guide your dog to the correct behaviors by using negative reinforcement (mainly verbal).


Years later I learned about positive reinforcement training and I slapped myself for not knowing this. As a matter of fact I had always tried to put a positive slant on my classical training because it felt better, and now I had all the facts about the proper way to train dogs. The way that strengthens the bond between you and builds a much happier and more confident dog.

Positive training methods are never more  important than when your dog is a puppy or new to your home. Just like a child your pup will remember a severe scolding or mistreatment. She will generalize an incident to other situations. A good example is if she is frightened by a stranger when she’s a pup, she may become fearful of all strangers (not good). This is also true of rescued dogs who may have already been mistreated and now you have to gain their trust. Guess what…scolding him won’t do that.

You have to learn to speak your dog’s language. Then its easy. Then your dog can’t wait to get to work pleasing you.

Look, I’ll be honest, free info’s great and everything and you can find out a lot searching online but guess what…

The real keepers of the knowledge don’t give much away for free. They have knowledge that can solve your problems in one fell swoop so they have a right to ask for something in return, just like your doctor or accountant does.

I’m not one of those people, I am a free resource, but guess were I go for help and advancement of my own skills…

Well, for puppy-specific information I go to Jill Rose’s Painless & Positive Puppy Training Manual. If you’re getting a puppy or thinking about it this is the one I’d recommend getting.

This resource contains great info on:

- What to think about before choosing your puppy to ensure you’re on track from the start
- How to make sure your puppy grows up to be a social dog (this one is huge)
- Exactly how to use positive reinforcement training techniques
- How to easily get your pup out of aggressive and territorial behaviors
- Crate training
- House training
- Teaching your puppy to go to the toilet on command (very useful)

And heaps more. Way too much to list here. And that is my point. To piece all this info together as you go is more or less impossible or at the least, extremely time consuming. Your pup will be grown up before you do. You can check out Jill’s eBook here.

Jill also provides an 8-week, no questions asked, guarantee which is great if you want to check out the info without any risk.

Sometimes the best free info I can give people is to just point them to people I learn from who’ve already nailed it. And that’s definitely the case here. So have a look at Jill’s stuff and feel free to let me know what you think in the comments.

I’ve got a new article in the works. Check back soon.

All the best,

Seth

A Simple Trick To Read Your Dog’s Mind – Even If Right Now He’s Got A Poker Face

2012
05.24

Are you a poker player?

If you’re a dog owner you are.

And guess what; your dog is waaaaay better at reading tells than you are my friend. Way better.

Why? Because he can’t talk. So his body language communication skills are what he has to rely on in order to communicate with you and negotiate the world. He knows when you are bluffing!

The Boxer dog breed can be one of the more challenging breeds to handle by inexperienced trainers, simply because they are such a people dog and they speak human better than many other breeds.

But luckily for us that intelligence can be easily used to our advantage in developing a happy and obedient dog.

Today I’m going to tell you about a little “tell” that your boxer dog (or any other breed) has that will give you the advantage in the training game.

See, many people find the mind of their dog a mystery. Sometimes she’s good and obedient, sometimes weird things set her off, she like this person but hates that person and I don’t why etc etc.

Just knowing this one little trick will, not only give you a big “ah ha!” in itself, but it will also give you confidence in the knowledge that you can figure your dog out. Actually, when you know just a few of these little tips and tricks, you’ll find that its like shooting fish in a barrel. Or, more appropriately, like being able to secretly see your opponents cards in a poker game. How do you think you would do if you could see your opponents cards? Do you think you would be fooled by their bluff? I should hope not!

Lets get into it…the secret tell is…

The yawn.

Dogs, like humans, yawn to release tension. We mainly do it as we’re winding down at the end of the day and our bodies prepare for sleep. Dogs do the same but they make constant use of the yawn to release tension (many humans do as well by the way).

What is useful to you here is that your dog will yawn as a sign of submission or when they go from agitated to relaxed.


That is very important to notice. You may be able to remember a time right now when your dog was barking at somebody and you either scolded him or the threat (in his eyes) went away, and then a few seconds later he let out a big yawn. You can actually feel the energy shift in the room when you become attuned to this in the same way you just know when your partner is in a bad mood but not saying anything.

So how can you use this? Well I don’t have the space here to go into specific training information but you can use this as kind of a “meta-tool” that you can apply to all your training. So when you are training the “stay” command for example, and your dog’s attention is wandering and she keeps moving or looking around, you may notice, as you are refocusing her, that she yawns. You can then see the exact point at which she gave in to you and submitted to your will. What you are seeing here is visual confirmation that your dog sees you as the boss. Very important.

What you will find is that this will happen, not when you yell at or scold your dog, but when you are quietly and benevolently resolute in your energy and command. In this way the dog is actually training you how to train her. And noticing the yawn will allow you to “key-in” on the correct behaviors as they happen, and you will drastically reduce both of your learning curves.

If you want to test this out and see it in action try this (your dog should have some basic obedience down for this to work):
Make your dog sit or lay down in a very specific spot and don’t allow him to move. Do this with voice commands only. Then ignore him. At some point, depending on your dog’s patience, he will want to move or to get your attention. When this happens tell him “nope” (firmly but not aggressively) and send him back to that very precise spot again. You may have to do this several times but eventually he will get the idea that he has to sit in this boring spot and do nothing until you say otherwise. At that point he will submit and let out a big yawn as he does so. What happens if he doesn’t submit is outside the scope of this post but stay tuned for some training info coming up soon.

Hope this helps you guys. Stay tuned for more Boxer dog facts coming real soon.

All the best,

Seth

Top 10 Facts You Need To Know About Boxer Dogs

2012
05.14

Click Here for more secrets on choosing, raising and training a Boxer Dog in this instant download by Bryan Kinnear.

1. Boxers are athletic!
The Boxer breed is a medium-high energy dog. They need daily exercise to stay healthy and emotionally balanced. Fido will not be content with a weekend walk in the park. Try swimming your Boxer for a workout that won’t exhaust you as well. A great game to play is to throw the dog’s favorite toy or a ball into the ocean and let him pound out through the waves and swim it back in. This will burn far more of his energy than a simple walk on the lead. It is also low impact on his joints (great when he’s a young dog) and you can just stand there! Even if your throwing arm gets tired you can use a “Chucker”, which is a long plastic handle with a ball cup on the end that allows you to throw further and without fatigue.

2. Boxers are intelligent.
Hand in hand with this energy comes intelligence. Your Boxer probably won’t want to pay chess with you but she will enjoy puzzles and problem solving games. A game our dog enjoys is the “hide the can game” We use a small can with some smelly stuff inside (ground up meat or bone, or peanut butter, for some reason they love that!) and we make the dog stay in the other room while we hide the can (in the sofa is a good place) and then the dog tracks it down.
Tip: make sure it smells like something she really wants!

3. Boxers are protective.
This breed makes a great guard dog. They are very protective of their pack (you and your family) and their pack territory. It feels good when your Boxer wants to protect you and you can shift into the pack mentality yourself if you aren’t careful. However, the dog looks to you for cues on how to behave and that brings us to Boxer Dog Fact 4…

4. Boxers need strong leadership.
This is true of any dog really but Boxers respond particularly well to a calm and confident leader who “don’t take no messin’!” Because of their energy and intelligence they can become a little naughty if bored and left to their own devices. You have to take the lead with your dog and set the rules. No exceptions. Dogs understand black and white and respond to feedback on their behavior. Be tough and your Boxer will love you all the more. This is the most important one to get right so check out Bryan Kinnear’s product here for more information.

5. Boxers love kids!
Again, this is true of many dogs because they connect with kids on a different level. When I was a kid we had a German Shepherd and a Rottweiler and they were like my brothers. They both outweighed me and they were very gentle with me. Sometimes we played rough too and we had a ball.
This also needs to be monitored though for that very reason. If there are young children around your Boxer will probably see them as lower in pack status and maybe even lower than him. Refer to Boxer Dog Fact 4 above for clues on how to avoid problems on this one.

6. Boxers are low maintenance…well, grooming-wise…
With a short, smooth coat Boxers are a low maintenance breed. Just giver her a regular brush down and tooth-cleaning chew and she’s good to go. Oh and clip her nails once in a while.
She won’t leave much hair lying around on the furniture but you might want to put that Ming dynasty vase away when she gets  excited.

7. Boxers can be headstrong.
One should start obedience training early with any dog and make it a playful and enjoyable activity for the dog. Again, because of their intelligence and energy Boxers and be difficult if they sense any weakness on the part of their pack leader. See number 4 for solution to this.

8. Boxers can have bad tickers.
Boxers can suffer from cardiac disease. This should be checked regularly,  and when choosing your pup. The condition can be managed in most cases and your Boxer can live a full and happy life. Breeders are currently working to breed out this problem.

9. Boxers can jump!
Let me tell you, a waist-height fence will be no impedance to your Boxer. Read the “Bionic Dog” post below for an example of the vertical prowess of the Boxer breed! Good high fences on your property, or some other control will help keep your curious dog at home where he belongs.

10. Boxers are happy.
This breed is consistently voted in the top 10 most popular breeds. They are sleek and athletic, but are also going to be a goofy and hilarious puppy all their life. Boxers are great fun to have around and are loyal and devoted companions.

If you own a Boxer or are thinking of getting one, Bryan Kinnear’s ‘Boxer Dog Secrets’ is a great resource.
Click Here for more detail on the above points and good information on owning and raising a Boxer.

All the best!

Your Dog Doesn’t Come with a User Manual. Does He?

2012
05.11

To find out all you need to know about choosing, raising and training a Boxer dog, click here and check out Gina Read’s comprehensive course on Boxer dogs.

Hey there,

If you’re at this page then chances are excellent that you are either looking to get a Boxer or you already have one and you’ve figured out that there is a bunch of stuff you need to know that you don’t!

I’ve been there myself and I did exactly what you are doing now. I went searching for answers. Unfortunately for me there wasn’t a lot of good information available when I went looking, so I had to learn the hard way in a lot of cases.

Learning the hard way is something you never want to do with your dog. Getting puppy selection, training, feeding, socializing etc wrong with your dog can see you wind up with a problem dog or an unhealthy relationship between the two of you.
This can lead to all sorts of unpleasant results.

As I said, I had to learn some lessons the hard way because I couldn’t find a comprehensive plan to follow when finding, choosing and raising a dog. That is in fact the main reason for this website, I saw too many people around me who had to learn the hard way and paid the price in their relationship with their dogs.

Getting it right however is sooooo easy when you can have your questions answered the first time around. And the rewards are amazing. When you have that bond with your dog that is unbreakable and he or she is happy, fulfilled and obedient, life is good.

So I found a product that contains the information that I wish I’d had all along, hoping that you might avoid some of the mistakes that I made.

Whether you are information gathering right now, or trying to get a specific question answered, you will very likely find exactly what you are looking for here.

I’m not saying that Gina’s course is the last word on Boxer dog training, but there is no risk to you in trying it out. And it could be the best decision you ever made in the relationship between you and your dog.

Remember, choosing and training any dog is often simple but not easy. That is the trap many people fall into. Believe me, its much better to get it right the first time around.

Click here for more information about Gina’s course.

All the best!

p.s. More boxer dog articles to come…

 

Boxer Dog Facts – The Bionic Dog!

2012
05.09

When I was a kid I lived around the corner from a family with two dogs, one of which was a Boxer.

Some friends and I used to tease this dog over his back fence because it was hilarious to see his head repeatedly pop up over the 6-feet high wall like he was on a pogo stick on the other side.

We used to play with this dog about once a week and have a great laugh doing it until one day when, as we were walking back out of the driveway that gave us access to the back fence of the dog’s property, we heard a thud behind us.

It was a very subtle sound, just enough to cause me to turn and look over my shoulder. I didn’t believe what I saw for a second, but I was looking at the dog standing on our side of the fence no more than 10-feet away and just staring at me.

I know you’re not supposed to do this but I felt an incredible urge to run, and so I did! We all did, and the Boxer chased!

We made it to our friends yard on the other side of the street before I looked back and there was the Boxer standing at the curb looking at us and wagging his stubby tail.

That’s the first thing you should know about the Boxer dog; they can jump!
They are very athletic and make great sport dogs or exercise partners.

So our little game changed after that to “Try to get him to jump the fence again and chase us”, which was of course terrifying and hilarious and so much fun to a bunch of little kids with too much time on their hands. We kind of felt like this dog was one of us.

So when, as an adult, I was looking to get a dog of my own the Boxer sprang to mind. Below are some Boxer dog facts that I discovered when doing my own research. I hope this info helps you as well.

Temperament
This is far and away the most important consideration when getting a dog. Do you have kids? Are you a strong pack leader? The answers to these questions will determine if this breed suits you.

The Boxer is a highly intelligent and high energy dog that needs a calm and strong leader and plenty of exercise. They are working dogs and so are very trainable.
They’re great with kids and other household pets when they are well trained.
The Boxer was bred partly to hunt and pin prey for hunters so they have a strong prey drive and may find scampering rabbits of guinea pigs too tempting not to chase. They are a happy, playful and curios breed.

The Boxer is a great guard dog because they very protective of the home and family but not overly aggressive. This breed is very good for competition obedience as well as military and police work.

Appearance
Boxers stand from 20-25 inches tall and weigh between 50-70 pounds.
They are lean and muscular with a short coat ranging in color from fawn to black and even white. The coat is smooth and close fitting requiring low maintenance and is often mottled or spotted.
They have a slightly pugged nose and an under-bite.

Origin
The Boxer breed is from Germany and is a result of crossbreeding of the Mastiff and Bulldog families.
They are working dogs bred for hunting, farm work, and protection.

Exercise
Okay this one is important. I already touched on it under Temperament but it deserves its own section.
These dogs need plenty of exercise. This is pretty common to working dog breeds like the Boxer. They are bred to chase and haul and pin down pigs so sitting in your house on the rug all day won’t be enough for them.
But if you walk him every day or swim her everyday you’ll have a perfect dog who loves and obeys you, and Boxers do that very well.

More Boxer dog facts to follow dog lovers!

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2012
05.07

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