Thursday, November 30, 2006

Hey, Dog - That is mine!

Sugar does not seem to be made of sugar and spice and everything nice, as she swiftly steals your mitten and gets you into a keep away game for the return of it.

Do not play a game with her. Claim the thing back. Keep eye contact on her, and place yourself between Sugar and the mitten. Your shoulders and head must be up. Step in front of the mitten, with your feet about halfway between a military "Attention" and "At ease."

"Now that's mine, Sugar!"

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Dog Parks - Let's be fair

Is it fair that tiny Rusty charges big Rocky, and everyone is picking up and cuddling little Rusty?

No, Rocky is not bad because he met the charge. The one who should be corrected is Rusty.

Fights break out in dog parks for many reasons.

1. The dogs are not exercised before they come to the park, so they have pent up anxiety and frustration. That is not a good thing to bring into a group of dogs.

2. Owners are watching each other, not their dogs.

3. Dogs are not corrected for bad behavior.

4. After a fight, the trauma is not removed.

For more information, see my new articles on "Havoc in the dog park" and "Ruckus in the dog park."

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Dog Behavior Tantrums

Get real. Do dogs really do have temper fits?

Find out what your dog's whining, screaming, flinging himself in many directions, showing teeth, planting his butt on the ground and refusing to budge, lying down and refusing to get up so you must drag him, growling, trying to lunge, etc., really mean. Boy, what a brat, huh?

What to do? I have just published an article on this subject, and it's available on

Friday, November 24, 2006

Dog Dominance or is it Dog Aggression?

For those of you with the above question in mind, I have just written an article on that subject and expose some of the many different forms these can take.

Check it out!

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hi Everybody,

For all of you out there who love your dogs, I have written an article on respecting your dog versus catering to him, revealing the difference.

Happy Thanksgiving

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Stay There

Why does Foxy only stay for about three seconds?

It is either because she has only been asked to stay that long, or because she has gotten away with cheating during training.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Child and Dog Problem

If your child is having trouble controlling your dog and becoming his leader, here is something that works for both child and the young at heart.

Let's say your child likes Batman. In the moment the puppy is misbehaving, the puppy is "Joker," Batman's nemesis, and he is pestering Batman.

Would Batman put up with that? I don't think so. When puppy goes into Joker mode, tell the child to go into Batman mode.

So find your child's superhero and tell him to take control!

Batman forever!

Monday, November 20, 2006

Slime Balls


That was the reaction from my friend as my new dog, Gatsby, expresssed his liking of her. He attentively worked the tennis ball in his mouth before pridefully delivering his gift. We were both trying to restrain laughter as I removed the SOAKED ball from her lap.

"I am the Slime Ball Queen," she exclaimed.

Of course, I corrected the behavior, but what a way to show approval!

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Dog in the Toilet

The family walked in, and there was the sweet little Jack Russell Terrier nested in the toliet up to her chest and loving it.

Okay, I refused to resist sharing that anecdote. But dogs do more than cool off. My friend's people-loving Golden Retriever walked through the open door of a neighbor's condominium, which had the same floor plan as her own, and headed straight for the toilet and had a drink before greeting the people.

So, what's up? Here is why dogs drink from the toliet, even when their water bowl is full:

It is the freshest water in the house!

Eat it and Wear it!

How is my pup going to know what he did that was bad if I did not catch him in the act? How can I make him stop the bad dog behavior? My friend related this true story.

She was exasperated with her Golden Retervier pup's eating fourteen king sized pillows, the dining room table and chairs, and pulling down and gnawing on her beautiful drapes. Her regular discipline of putting his nose on it and saying "no" as she swatted his rear (firmly, but not hurting him) did not work. What to do?

The family had enough.

Her father in law tied the pup to one of the chairs and left him there for a couple of hours, saying to the pup emphatically:
"If you want to eat it, then you can wear it!"

The pup never chewed again!

Lesson: Discipline alone is not enough. The dog has to:
(1) be shown for what act he is being punished, and (2)surrender.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

What is the worst for Butch?

The worst thing you and your family, as a pack, can do for your pooch is not stay in agreement with how he is handled. Inconsistency is awful and can lead to all sorts of unwanted behavior. Aggression, fear, avoidance, and other things do stem from this at times.

Please do the best for Butch - not the worst.

Hot Dog!

No, I don't mean the kind you eat. What I do mean is this. I am going to show you how to cool a "hot dog" down.

The fastest way is by pouring some water on the chest, not the head. Dogs in the wild almost always only wade up to their chest.

So, no more hot dogs!

Friday, November 10, 2006

Come On Over!

I tried to explain to a good friend of mine that when a dog is over-excited, you have to get him under control immediately -- or else, even the dogs who are not otherwise the excitable type, and who KNOW BETTER, will imitate the unwanted behavior.

My friend didn't really believe me until she came over one time, and I asked her if I could demonstrate. I allowed a Beagle (for whom I was dog-sitting) to start jumping on her. My well-trained Border Collie immediately followed suit.

Excitement spreads like wildfire among dogs.

Mind you, it does not mean that the trained dog has forgotten to obey. It only means that he is susceptible to excitement, just like any other animal.

Saturday, November 04, 2006

Best dogs for children

Hi everyone,

Dogs and children ... I have been asked a lot lately about which characteristics need to be seen in a dog when selecting one for a child. For those of you who are wondering about this, I have written an article on this subject with the answers. Just click "Rena's Articles" in the right sidebar to find this article and more.

Have a good weekend!
Rena Murray

Friday, November 03, 2006

Crate Training a Puppy – It Is My Den!

"Oh, you are so mean putting that puppy in a cage!" your naive neighbor exclaims.

"No. Watch," you say calmly, as your puppy eagerly trots through the open door of his warmly covered kennel, and lies down on its soft bedding to chew his favorite toy. Your neighbor is dumbfounded. What happened?

This is your pup's safe place, his den, a room of his own. This is good dog instinctive behavior which you, his pack leader, have reinforced. This place of refuge helps lessen any feelings of separation anxiety when you leave. Instead of yelping and complaining, the pup just drifts off to sleep. He knows the routine and fully accepts it. He is secure and unafraid.

I explain why crate training is a very good idea, how to crate train a puppy, and how to equip the dog crate in my newly published article, "Crate Training a Puppy - It Is My Den!" which can be found on my website, . I would not raise a puppy without one!

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Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Coaching Works - Help with a Service Dog

Some people have asked me how I can help them as a Coach if they are not here physically in my part of Florida. Perhaps this testimonial excerpt about how I solved a problem with a service dog in Chicago will help to show everyone that YES, it does work!

Here is part of what the client wrote:

"…thank you for the wonderful solution you gave me concerning the problem I was having with my Leader Dog (guide dog), Copper. Since I got Copper from Leader Dog school about a year and a half ago, he has, when playing, exhibited some behavior that was downright crude and rude. I corrected him for this as my trainer had instructed, but the problem still persisted. It really became embarrassing when a small child, about his size, came to visit and he, in play, began to mount her. Ugg!

...I was very careful to listen to your directions, which were very thorough, and all was well … The problem has occurred 2 or 3 times since then but has been resolved quickly without fuss or muss by following your treatment prescription. …

You are a fine dog trainer because you take of each person and each dog individually. You know that every dog and every owner has a different personality, and you accommodate your training to suit dog and master. I would recommend you to anybody I know who needs a patient, kind, caring, and no-nonsense trainer." (P. Tassie)

So if You have a problem that has not been solved - even if you already consulted another professional - contact me for a Consultation. I promise you, I am a VERY effective coach!

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