Is Your Dog Stubborn or Just Trying to Tell You Something?

Is Your Dog Stubborn or Just Trying to Tell You Something?

There are a few variations in the definition of stubborn but this is the most concise “difficult to move, remove, or cure.”   When a client tells me their dog is “stubborn”, it always leads me into asking MANY more questions. I will ask about the situations, I will ask about past experiences, I will ask them how they respond to the “stubborn” behavior and I will ask about their dog’s body language. When I ask these questions, I want as much detail as possible. Because dogs do not use verbal language (the language that most humans understand), I really … Continue reading

How to Educate Your Children on Canine Behavior

How to Educate Your Children on Canine Behavior

As the owner and head trainer of Michael’s Pack, a dog training company devoted to canine behavior issues, located in Long Island, N.Y., I am constantly called upon to address issues between children and their interactions with dogs, be it the family dog or a dog they meet on the street.   Children and dog interaction are usually quite different from adult/dog interaction. Parents need to educate their children on canine behavior to help ensure their child experiences a positive rather than a negative and/or dangerous experience when meeting dogs. The first thing is to understand that all dogs are different. … Continue reading

Do You Know What Your Dog is Telling You?

Dog and Body Language: How to Know…

If you live with a dog, you have probably noticed that they express themselves using body language. However, do you know what all the different body postures mean?  Most people can recognize the happy, relaxed and friendly dog with his relaxed facial features and loose body or the playful dog that bows to invite someone to play with him. Unfortunately, a majority of people do not understand when their dog is anxious or fearful.  Sadly, these fearful dogs often get mislabeled as “aggressive”, “stubborn” or “dominate” and the resulting training these mislabeled dogs receive can often do more harm than … Continue reading

What’s the Difference Between “Socializing a Puppy” and “Puppy Socialization”?

Socialization and Communicating With Dogs and Humans

When you get a puppy, you want to do the right thing. You talk to other puppy owners, friends, relatives, and to dog professionals such as veterinarians and dog trainers. You may read books and also articles on the Internet. Everybody’s talking about “socializing your puppy” and “puppy socialization,” but everybody has a different idea on what those terms mean. “Socialization” is not the same as “socializing,” but people use them interchangeably. There are different meanings even if you look these terms up in reference books. Let’s get the correct definition from Dr. Ed Bailey, Professor Emeritus in Animal at … Continue reading

How to Use Your Body Language to Train Your Dog

Body Language To Communicate With Your Dog Best Friend

Your dog – man and woman’s best friend. Keeper of all of your deepest darkest secrets. You can talk to your dog for hours. Tell him everything you are unable to tell your friends, and you can trust 100% that he isn’t going to run off an gossip to the dog down the road. Mostly because, well, he can’t talk, but also because he doesn’t understand half of what your saying. Dogs are smart, there is no denying that. But their ability to learn around 165 words from the human language does not mean they can understand everything we say … Continue reading