Here at VKA-Spokane, we offer obedience training, behavior rehabilitation for aggressive and fearful dogs, and Personal Protection Dog training. Most people understand obedience and behavior training, but there is a cloud of confusion surrounding protection training. Oftentimes in people’s minds, the terms “protection dogs” and “attack dogs” are synonymous – when in reality they couldn’t be more different! Personal Protection Dog training is a huge passion of mine so I’m writing this article in hopes of debunking a few myths out there! What is a Personal Protection Dog? A Personal Protection Dog......
Most people put a lot of thought into naming their new dog or puppy. Your dog’s name speaks volumes about your own personality, insight and sense of humor. It’s a great way to reveal just a tidbit of information about yourself to passersby. Some dog names are friendly, tough, funny, cute, geeky and more! When clients ask me how to name their dog, I tell them to pick a one- or two-syllable name that doesn’t rhyme with any basic obedience commands (like sit, down, stay, come, no) and doesn’t rhyme with another......
There are three things to keep in mind when you’re working with your dog: timing, consistency and motivation. Understanding these three basic principles will help you better understand and train your dog. 1. Timing Timing is important because dogs learn through association. Scientists say that if you react to something a dog does within .5 to 2.3 seconds – so about a second – dogs are best able to learn. For example, on one hand let’s say you tell your dog to “Sit” and he sits so you promptly say “Good boy.”......
Over the past 15 years, I’ve trained hundreds of dogs in various settings. I love all breeds, but German Shepherds hold a special place in my heart. Let me tell you why… For years, I lived alone. I traveled alone. I stayed in hotels alone. I had several close calls with strangers, mostly while traveling, and to be perfectly honest, I didn’t always feel safe. I didn’t carry a gun, because I didn’t know my rights, and I was afraid that if I had a gun and there was an intruder, I......
Puppies are a lot of work, but housebreaking doesn’t have to be hard. Here’s what I recommend to get your puppy potty trained in no time: -Supervise your puppy at all times in the house. This allows you to instantly reward behaviors you like and correct behaviors you don’t like. I recommend keeping your puppy loosely tethered to you to ensure he can’t wander off and get in trouble. -Buy a crate about 2x the size of your puppy and keep him in the crate when you can’t supervise him. The best......
No Fido! Off! Oh my gosh, I’m so sorry that my dog jumped on you. He just really loves people…” Is your dog a jumper? Does he bark and whine when you pass people on walks? Is he unruly when guests come over? The solution for breaking this embarrassing habit is really quite simple. All it takes is training, patience and practice practice practice. Try these easy exercises: First, stop letting everybody pet your dog. Dogs that whimper and whine when they see people are excited with the expectation of eventually getting......
Months ago when I lived in Wisconsin, I started feverishly researching German Shepherd breeders. I wanted a puppy that would be a sound and stable worker with high drives, good orthopedics, good health and correct conformation. To get all of that bundled up in one puppy, I knew I would have to be extremely cautious while sifting through breeders. There are countless good breeders out there: I wanted the best of the best. I scrolled through hundreds of blog posts, websites and pedigrees until I finally found a breeder that stood out......
Why Puppies Chew Chewing on objects is perfectly normal behavior. Puppies, like infants and toddlers, explore the world by putting objects in their mouth. Their deciduous teeth erupt between three and eight weeks of age and around four to six months of age these teeth are gradually replaced with permanent teeth. Like babies, puppies teethe for about six months. It’s a painful process, because their gums are highly irritable; chewing helps relieve their discomfort. Why Adult Dogs Chew Adult dogs may engage in destructive chewing for a number of different reasons such......
Dogs are my whole life. I grew up with a Collie mix named Lady. Despite her previous history of abuse, she was by far the best companion a young girl could have. She taught me everything I needed to know about the unconditional love and loyalty that dogs give so freely. When she died, a piece of me died with her, but my passion for dogs lives on. For several years when I was in the military, I volunteered with local rescue organizations to rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome unwanted shelter dogs. I......