Pawsitive Thinking

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Scale Your Listening……………………...…….


S is for Socialization…………………………….


C is for Communication………………………..


A is for Affection...……………………….……..


L is for Leadership……………………….……..


E is for Exercise………………………..………..


Basic Obedience



Training Tips 

          House Training

          Crate Training




          Loose Leash Walking/Heel

Leave It

          Drop It

          Stop Jumping

          Stop Biting or Mouthing


Final Howlings……………..…………………...


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Scale Your Listening:

It all sound like BLAH-BLAH to me, Dozer


Blah, blah, blah.  Are you talking to me?  


I am Dozer, Beverly’s beautiful Sum-ma mix, but I could be your dog.  We canines are social and similar, and I am going to help you learn how to train us (and be trained by us).


First, you are either talking to me or about me because it is all about me. Some of your choices include lure and reward, gentle guiding, capturing, shaping, conditioning, desensitization.   WHAT?  Don’t worry, you do not have to know what all that means; I’ll guide you through the maze.


How should you train us noble wonderful creatures known as canine companions?  Use treats, don’t use treats, feed us raw food only, feed us only dry kibble, crate us, and don’t crate us. Ugh[, conflicting information is propagating faster than squirrels darting across the backyard.


There seems to be confusion about the best way for you humans to train us canines.  There are hundreds of different methods, trainers, books, and instructors, and no single approach has emerged as THE approach.  Some approaches are more glamorized; Hollywood exaggerated, and marketed better than others market  but I’m not sure popularity means accuracy. 


The Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan, Dr. Ian Dunbar, APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers), and at least twenty other top trainers and organizations have different philosophies on how to work with us dogs. (And, really, I’m not that hard!) At the end of 2006, there was an article in the San Francisco Chronicle discussing the “training controversy” between two different...


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S  Is for Socialization


Since there seems to be such confusion about how to train my fellow species, I want to make this very simple.  I would love you to remember the five basics for helping your canine be and stay in BALANCE. I have seen those balance scales in the antique stores.  I think it may help you humans remember how to BALANCE your pet. 



Use a S.C.A.L.E. for Balancing us canines.


S.  Socialization

C. Communication

A. Affection

L. Leadership

E. Exercise


So keep that S.C.A.L.E. in mind as we continue our journey through the maze of dog training.


I loved being a young pup. Everything was so much FUN. I loved exploring everything. When I was with my littermates and Mom, almost nothing scared me. I looked to Mom; if she was not afraid, then why should I be; so I got great direction.  When I was separated from my very first family or pack, it was scary.  I was introduced to my current guardian after a very bad bout with.......


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This is another command you humans really goof up.  You say “come” so many times, and we end up ignoring you at least half the time.  This means we actually do not know what it means: return, go chase a ball, stay where we are, or ignore you.  We really are not sure what that means.  So let us start the process. 


First, some rules.  One hundred percent of the time, we must return to you and sit.  Just coming toward you is not enough because we can easily get distracted and take off again, so a formal recall means come to you and sit.  How do you get us 100 percent the time to come?  Never say the word without a leash attached.  Use another word when the leash is not attached for now.   Next, never use that word and follow it with anything but praise, happy voice, and delight.  If you call me over and put a leash on me to go out of the wonderful dog park, I am not inclined to want to come to you again.  If you yell at me or put me into the bath after I come to you, why should I come to you.  Always make us feel when we come to you that we just won a trip to Disneyland.  If you have to do something I find distasteful, make me sit, shake hands or stay until you separate the “come” command with at least 3 seconds of something else.  That way I don’t associate the recall with anything but joy.


Start in the living room, where there is nothing else to distract us, put a leash on us; and when we are wondering around, not looking at you, pick up the leash and say “come.”  Say it in the wonderful voice that really gets us.  If we do not come, gently pull the leash so we end up in front of you.  Using your hand command, lure us into a sit position.  Now we are sitting in front of you after the “come” command.  Repeat that several times.  Sometimes you can be around a corner with a longer leash and try it there.  SOMETIMES, not every time, you can put us into a stay and walk a short distance away and ........




Final Howlings


Development Stages


I wanted to prepare you humans for some changes your puppies may go through.  We have different stages that will affect your training.  You do not need to know all of them, just the ones that may make the biggest impact on us.  When we are very young, up to about six months old or so, we have a puppy license.  This means we are usually more curious than fearful, we do not know the rules of dog communication, we do not know human culture (bathroom rules), we do not have our full set of regular teeth yet, we are learning bite inhibition, and the entire world is new and exciting.  This is where socialization is very important.    This is the stage in my life when if you are fearful and upset, I learn to be fearful.  If you are happy and easy, I learn to be easy.  This time is when my habit formation is very important—learning to brush my teeth, preparing me for the groomers, clipping my nails, potty training, learning to say please (sit), and learning basic obedience.


After six months old, male hormones start escalate sharply, female hormones begin to rise, and the fear imprinting stage can begin.  This is where more fearful and more aggressive behavior can suddenly appear.  This is why socialization is as critical now as when we were puppies.  This is why introductions to bikes, vacuum cleaners, and the rest of the world are better if it is done earlier.   Exposure should continue and any fearful behavior nipped in the bud, not by avoidance, but by getting us used to whatever is scaring us. .....


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