Category - Ty the Dog Guy on the Daily

21
Apr

Good Dog: How To Set Specific Expectations

In today’s post, I’d like to talk about our expectations for our dogs. We train a lot of service dogs, but this advice applies to any dog. Many people say that they want their dog to watch over them or their kids. When I ask them what this specifically means, they say that they want …

20
Apr

How To Think About Dog Aggression

In this short post, I’d like to talk specifically to people who treat their dogs as if they’re kids. Now, I love both my dogs and my kids. Sometimes even I feel that I love my dogs as much as my kids. But even if you do, there has to be a distinction drawn between …

19
Apr

How To Understand Dog Communication

Today I’d like to share my story about a bad haircut and how it relates to your dog training. (It does, I promise!) https://youtu.be/1ZFlQWKFOjk Right now I’m in Savannah, Georgia for my bother’s wedding. I never bring a razor with me when I travel, so I really needed to shave and my hair was getting …

18
Apr

How To Understand Dominance

In this post, I’d like to share a few of my thoughts about dominance. There is a preconception out there among dog trainers that dominance doesn’t exist, founded on the idea that dogs aren’t actually pack animals (which may or may not be true). This idea has gained a lot of traction during the last …

17
Apr

Why Not To Compare Dogs

It’s gorgeous here in Utah—75 degrees, clear sky, no wind—and easily the nicest day we’ve had all year. Up in the Northeast, though, they have a huge storm coming in. Some places are getting upwards of three feet of snow. This winter, we had several big storms. While we were being pummeled by those, I …

14
Apr

How to Train Your Dog For Work

It’s Saturday evening. I’m dirty, sore, tired—and fulfilled! That’s unusual. If you know me at all, you know that I despise manual labor. I always joke that I’m the hardest working lazy man you’ll ever meet. I don’t mind getting a leash in my hand and working with dogs, but other manual tasks like mowing …

13
Apr

How To Deal With An Aggressive Dog

I opened up my email today and saw a question from a person looking for advice. “My dog is six months old and he’s starting to get aggressive. Do you think he’ll grow out of it?” My very frank response was “No, he’ll probably grow into it.” My experience suggests that he’ll start to do …

12
Apr

How To Calm Your Dog

In this post, I’d like to devote a little time to the idea of calmness in our dogs. I know some people might want hyper, crazy dogs for hunting or other activities. But in general, most owners want a dog who is calm and controlled. One thing I’m fond of telling people is that calmness …

11
Apr

Dog Training Language and Commands

I’d like to begin this post with an inconvenient truth: there are some people out there who get a little too hung up on dog training commands. To illustrate this, let me share a story with you that always makes me chuckle. A few years ago I had a client with a Doberman. We were …

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