Press Room : Training Articles

11/29/2012 Chew on This! -By Nan Telleno, ABC Certified Dog Trainer
Let’s face it, dogs love to chew. But unfortunately, it may become quite an inconvenience for you at times, especially if the chewing is becoming destructive and the object being gnawed is one that you value. But instead of yelling at your dog or be...
8/18/2011 Let’s Talk About Cues -By Fran Berry, ABC Certified Dog Trainer
A while back a pet-parent approached me after class to ask when his puppy would be old enough to understand words. I thought it was so cute that he likened his puppy to that of a toddler who wasn’t talking yet!

However, the notion of dogs un...
8/18/2011 The Importance of the ASPCA’s SAFER Assessment Used by Trainers in Shelters - By Carol Adams, ABC graduate and Board Member for Jasper Animal Rescue Mission
Training in a shelter or animal control facility often presents challenges to the trainer. Before training can begin, it is important to uncover any tendencies for aggression in order to provide for safe handling by shelter staff, determination of a...
8/18/2011 What's this clicker training stuff, anyway? - By Sandra Case ABC Mentor Trainer & Owner of Positively Canine LLC
Clicker training is one of the training tools routinely used at Positively Canine. It's not new, but many people are not familiar with it in dog training. Before it became popular for training pets, it was used to train marine mammals - large, in...
8/18/2011 Fear Aggression -By Angela DeLuca, ABC Certified Dog Trainer and Program Manager
Fear in dogs is not an uncommon thing. This behavior could be caused by a couple of things. You will want to identify the source of the fear first. It could either be a result of specific breed tendencies, possible mistreatment, or a lack of socializ...
8/18/2011 The Novice -By Melissa Green
The opportunity to embark upon a new career as a professional dog trainer would be any canine enthusiast’s dream. As an Administrative Assistant of Animal Behavior College (ABC), I have witnessed all types of animal lovers pursuing or transitioning i...
1/30/2010 Building Your Dog Training Business Through Other Pet-Related Sources
In earlier editions of this newsletter as well as in Off Lead Magazine (2005), I wrote several articles on how dog trainers can build their business through “other” sources. At that time I focused on doggie day care and animal shelters. In this artic...
8/12/2011 Dogs Don’t Speak English - By Glenda Herrin, ABC Mentor Trainer & Owner Of Heeling Hounds
Or German. Or Swahili. Or Portuguese! We human beings are so accustomed to communicating through verbal language that it’s difficult for us to comprehend that dogs don’t understand English! Owners will attempt several versions of the same comman...
8/12/2011 It’s The Leash You Can Do! - By Glenda Herrin, ABC Mentor Trainer & Owner Of Heeling Hounds
The best leash to use when walking your dog is either a nylon or leather 4- or 5- foot leash. This type of leash will help you stay in control of your dog during the walk and enable you to keep him close by your side as well as extend the leash enou...
8/12/2011 Be A Fair Enforcer! - By Glenda Herrin, ABC Mentor Trainer & Owner Of Heeling Hounds
Corrections and discipline can be enforced ONLY at the time of the “infraction”—we cannot correct a dog’s misbehavior after the fact, and we must be specific. Dogs live in the moment and do not understand why they would be yelled at or physically ab...
8/12/2011 How Low Can You Go - By Glenda Herrin, ABC Mentor Trainer & Owner Of Heeling Hounds
I want to challenge you to communicate with your dog in the most calm and quiet way possible. Think about interacting with your dog using a sliding scale of intensity ranging from one to ten — try to keep the scale fluid and have varying degrees of ...
8/12/2011 Follow the Leader - By Glenda Herrin, ABC Mentor Trainer & Owner Of Heeling Hounds
If a dog senses that his human owner is not assuming a leadership role and taking charge of the household, the dog perceives a leadership vacuum and feels the need to step in and fill that role. This holds true especially in multiple-dog households ...
8/12/2011 A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste - By Glenda Herrin, ABC Mentor Trainer & Owner Of Heeling Hounds
While it’s important that we make the big, day-to-day decisions for our dogs, such as when to eat, how much to eat, when and where to walk, when and how to play, and so on, they also need to have the opportunity to think for themselves, make decision...
8/18/2011 Kong Stuffing Pointers - By Jean Donaldson Certified Behaviorist
Why Stuff a Kong?
Dogs are animals that are genetically programmed to hunt for their food. Part of
the reason there is such a prevalence of behavior problems in pet dogs is that they
have so little mental challenge or work to do: their fo...
8/18/2011 You and Your New Dog - Starting Out Right - By Jean Donaldson Certified Behaviorist
Supplies

·Dog food
·Water bowl, food bowl or Kongs / food balls (highly recommended by our trainers)
·Treats for training
·Toys (chew bones, chew toys)
·Bed (dog bed, blanket or towels)
·Crate and/or baby gates
Put al...
8/18/2011 Set Your Rates Right - By Veronica Boutelle, MA Ed., CTC, & owner of dogTEC (www.dogtec.org)

Most of us are dog lovers first, trainers second, and business men and women dead last. A number of challenges arise from this reality, including a pervasive sense of guilt about charging money for what we do. This guilt is then alleviated with ...
8/18/2011 The Case for Day Training - By Veronica Boutelle, MA Ed., CTC, & owner of dogTEC (www.dogtec.org)
We trainers often feel frustrated by unfinished cases and low client compliance—endemic issues in our industry—leading us to describe owners as lazy, uncommitted, unskilled, uncaring, cheap. Alternately, we internalize the failure and blame poor resu...
8/18/2011 Dog Walking For a Living - By Veronica Boutelle, MA Ed., CTC, & owner of dogTEC (www.dogtec.org)

As seasons go, summer inspires by far the most career changes. That’s hardly a surprise. Gazing out on one perfect sunny day after another from behind the dreary landscape of our desks, few are the people who can say they’ve never given a though...
8/18/2011 Is a Dog ever too old to Learn a New Trick? - By Debbie Kendrick, ABCDT and VP of ABC
Whenever I am asked this question, it always brings a smile to my face. I am reminded of my old friend, Kado, a German Shepherd/Husky mix. My three young daughters and I adopted Kado in 1987 when he was three years old and he lived with us until he...
8/18/2011 Target - Fear - By Jules Nye, CPDT, ABC Mentor Trainer, & Owner of Sit Stay & Play Inc.
Target training is one of those essential behaviors all dogs should know. By teaching a dog to touch his nose to your hand you have a clear behavior you can use for many things, like a recall. If a dog understands “touch my nose to handler's ha...
8/18/2011 The ABC’s of Barking - By Terri Bright, APDT & ABC Mentor Trainer
It is normal for dogs to bark; however, in the world of humans, it is disruptive, and can be problematic for every reason you can imagine. If your dog’s barking is driving you crazy and you want the behavior to change, you must first discern the cau...
8/18/2011 Doggy Park Etiquette - By Dawn Sylvia-Stasiewicz, APDT, ABC Mentor Trainer, & Owner of Merit Puppy Training
Dog parks are becoming increasingly popular as more and more space is being designated especially for dogs. Now we need protocol in order to ensure safety and healthiness for all those dogs and dog owners who attend the off-leash parks as well as tho...
8/18/2011 Where am I? - By Teresa Gray, ABC Mentor Trainer
Generalized Anxiety versus Hyper-bonding

There are many ways to add a new furry, family member to your existing family. Every addition will come with a unique set of issues, some more difficult then others. This topic is going to focus on re...
8/18/2011 Structuring the Multi-Pet Household - By Dawn Watson, ABC Mentor Trainer & Owner of Brother of the Wolf LLC
You didn’t mean for it to happen. The situation developed without warning: your best buddy, Fido is housetrained, quiet, a pleasure to your family and then BLAM! You find another dog or another dog finds you and your quiet home becomes a noisy, chaot...
8/18/2011 Resource Guarding - By Dawn Watson, ABC Mentor Trainer & Owner of Brother of the Wolf LLC
Q: I think my dog has a problem with resource guarding. What is that and how should I deal with it?

Resource guarding can be defined as anxious, reactive, or threatening behavior when a dog is in possession of any item (i.e., food, toys or e...
8/18/2011 What is the Best Age to Begin Group Classes With My Puppy? - By Johanna Teresi, APDT, ABC Mentor Trainer & Owner of Four Legged Scholars LLC
The answer is 8 weeks of age after their first set of vaccinations. Surprised? Then keep reading.

Puppies are more likely to die (get euthanized) from not being socialized soon enough and developing bad behaviors than from disease from takin...
8/18/2011 Creating and Peaceful and Quiet House Dog - By Johanna Teresi, APDT, ABC Mentor Trainer & Owner of Four Legged Scholars LLC
Do you work at home?

Does your dog constantly bark throughout the day?

Having trouble completing tasks due to your barking dog?

Below are some tips to create a more peaceful and quiet household.


These tips ar...
8/18/2011 Not In There, Please! - By Johanna Teresi, APDT, ABC Mentor Trainer & Owner of Four Legged Scholars LLC
Are there certain locations / rooms that you would prefer your dog to not venture into ... the basement, the living, or the kitchen, etc.?

You can train your dog to stay out of certain rooms and locations.

The first step is manage...
8/18/2011 Your Dog’s Prey Drive—Fact & Fantasy - By Dawn Watson, ABC Mentor Trainer & Owner of Brother of the Wolf LLC
What is a prey drive? A prey drive is defined by Wikipedia as the instinctive behavior of a carnivore to pursue and capture prey. “But,” you ask, “What does that have to do with Fluffy?” Answer: a lot! Whether Fluffy is a Maltese, a Puggle, or a Sibe...
8/18/2011 Barking: How and When to Make it Stop - By Dawn Watson, ABC Mentor Trainer & Owner of Brother of the Wolf LLC
Some folks think that barking dogs are a nuisance. Others ignore the noise to the dismay of their neighbors. But however you feel about Mans’ Best Friend’s verbal greetings there are a few simple ways to make those howling noises stop on cue! First a...
8/18/2011 Choosing a Dog to Fit Your Lifestyle - By Dawn Watson, ABC Mentor Trainer & Owner of Brother of the Wolf LLC
So you go to your local shelter and fall in love with a dog. The shelter staff tells you the dog is a 2 year old Poodle-Rottweiler mix. You fill out the application and go home to your 2-bedroom apartment that you share with your wife and baby daught...
12/3/2008 The Business of Private Lessons – By Steven Appelbaum, President and CEO of ABC
After graduating from ABC, most trainers start their careers by teaching group classes. While group class training can be rewarding for both trainer and student, private lesson training offers the student (and you) even greater flexibility. It also a...
12/3/2008 Building Business Through Your Existing Client Base – By Steven Appelbaum, President and CEO of ABC
After several years, many trainers reach a point where they have literally worked with hundreds of clients. This is a group of people who have shown themselves to be actively involved in the lives of their pets. Surprisingly some trainers do little o...
12/3/2008 Marketing Do’s and Don’ts – By Steven Appelbaum, President and CEO of ABC
As small business owners, trainers will come across, consider or be approached with numerous marketing ideas. Some are worth considering, some should be considered with caution and others quite frankly should be avoided. This article will focus on a...
12/3/2008 Motion Picture Dogs: The Truth about “The Biz” – By Steven Appelbaum, President and CEO of ABC
Many trainers, myself included, were drawn to the training business with a half-formed notion of breaking into the motion picture/TV part of it. By this I mean training the next big animal actor, becoming a world renowned animal wrangler, or at the v...
12/3/2008 Behind the Bite: Dog Aggression Basics – By Debbie Kendrick, ABCDT and VP of ABC
As an ABC Certified Dog Trainer, you will undoubtedly encounter aggressive dogs at some time in your career. Learning why the dog is reacting aggressively will go a long way in helping you treat the behavior. In this article I will talk about three ...
12/3/2008 Poison Awareness – By Debbie Kendrick, ABCDT and VP of ABC
Introduction

As a fellow dog enthusiast I am sure you are aware that one of the most direct routes to winning a dog’s heart is through his stomach. I believe most of you will also agree that dogs use their mouths to investigate the wo...
12/3/2008 We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Leashes: An Article about Off-Leash Training – By Debbie Kendrick, ABCDT and VP of ABC
As an ABC Certified Dog Trainer, you may be offering private lessons as well as group classes. As you know, on-leash obedience can be obtained through group classes; however, many dog owners are desperate to get help with off-leash training. This a...
12/3/2008 Separation Anxiety: An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure – By Debbie Kendrick, ABCDT and VP of ABC
Separation anxiety can be a very serious problem. Many dogs have injured themselves jumping out of windows, digging out of yards, or chewing through walls and doors trying to find their owner. This is unfortunate because separation anxiety is often p...
12/3/2008 There is a Better Way! An Article Discussing the Cons of Electronic Training Collars – By Debbie Kendrick, ABCDT and VP of ABC
As professional dog trainers, we have many training tools at our disposal. Food treats, toys, pinch collars, head collars, leash pops, choke chains and clickers are just a few. However, almost no other training tool ignites a more zealous debate than...
12/3/2008 Can’t We All Just Get Along? An Article on Introducing Dogs and Cats - By Debbie Kendrick, ABCDT and VP of ABC
Having a dog and cat that do not get along can be very dangerous. Some cats can get fed up with the harassment and decide to leave home, or worse, they can be chased, mauled and even killed. Some dogs, large and small alike, can be seriously injured ...
12/3/2008 Can’t We All Just Get Along? An Article on Introducing Dogs and Cats - By Debbie Kendrick, ABCDT and VP of ABC
Having a dog and cat that do not get along can be very dangerous. Some cats can get fed up with the harassment and decide to leave home, or worse, they can be chased, mauled and even killed. Some dogs, large and small alike, can be seriously injured ...
12/3/2008 Don’t Want No Stinkin’ Car Ride: A Treatment Plan for Car Sickness - By Debbie Kendrick, ABCDT and VP of ABC
The initial symptoms of car sickness are easy to recognize. They generally begin with extreme panting and/or an excessive amount of salivation which is often followed by gagging and vomiting. The question you as a professional dog trainer should a...
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