Are You Accidentally Being A BAD Leader For Your Dog?


– Now a lot of people out there think that being a leader means that
you need to be really loud and heavy handed and
like a drill sergeant. But today I’m gonna talk to you about how you can be a
great leader for your dog without being any of those things. I’m Kayl McCann, this is Grand Slam, welcome back to McCann Dogs. (gentle music)
(dog yips) At our training facility we help to train over 500 dogs a week. So if this is your first
time on our YouTube channel, make sure you hit that Subscribe button so that we can help you
to have a well-behaved four-legged family member. Today we’re gonna talk about one of the most important topics when it comes to dog training, and that is the idea of leadership. Now, it’s sort of a strange word and it’s something that
gets thrown out a lot. And unfortunately it’s
something that’s misunderstood. A lot of people think that leadership is all about being really in charge or being really controlling or yelling and screaming at the dog and getting them in trouble. But I wanna talk to you
about how you can learn to be your dog’s leader in a much less confrontational way, in a way that builds your relationship, builds your dog’s confidence, and teaches them to like to listen to you. In the 20 years that I’ve been a professional dog trainer, I’ve helped 10s of 1,000s of dog owners to train their family pets. And one of the most common
things people ask is, how do I get my dog to listen to me? And of course there’s
many responses to that. But one of the most important things is that you learn to be a
good leader for your dog, because dogs love to listen to whoever they feel is in charge. And in fact, dogs seek leadership. So it’s really important that you are able to provide that for your dog so that they can sit back and relax and let you do all the work. People are often apprehensive to go through some of the steps that are needed to provide good
leadership over their dogs. When we start to ask people
to implement structure or rules or things like that, sometimes people think that the dogs are going to not like them if they take away some of the luxuries that they’ve already
been giving their dog. But the truth is, it’s actually the humans that are a little bit more
worried about these steps than the dogs are. What we need to remember is
that dogs are not babies, they’re not kids. They have a completely
different way of thinking. So it’s really important
that we treat them like dogs and that eventually, once
they understand the rules of where they fit in and
that you are a good leader, you get to spoil them rotten, just like you’ve wanted
to from the beginning. How do you know whether your dog needs more leadership or not? Well, it’s actually pretty easy. You just need to look at, you know, how are they handling the freedoms and the luxuries that
you’re giving them already? How good of a listener are they? How well do they make
good choices in your house around distractions or your
furniture or your kids? How well do they listen when you take them outside and there’s a lot of distractions? Right there is gonna tell you how much respect and how
well do they listen to you when there’s other things that could tear their attention apart from being a good dog
and making good choices. It’s very common for people
to come to us with dogs that are well under a year of age. And sometimes the luxuries
or the opportunities that those dogs are given allows the dog to make
too many poor choices. So what happens is the dogs
start to learn bad habits because they’re maybe given
too much freedom in the house or too much opportunity to self-reward, which means you become a little bit less important in their life, therefore you’re gonna start to struggle with some leadership issues. So the goal is to come out right from the beginning with your puppy and to establish really
good rules and structure. And then as your puppy
starts to show good behavior, they start to make good choices, we then start to give them more freedom and more luxuries. So basically the more
well-behaved they are, the better listener they are, the more opportunity they get
to kinda do their own thing. What a lot of people don’t realize is that there’s many things that
you’ll do in your dog’s life that your dog will view
as an important resource. And it could be something simple as whether or not they’re allowed up on the furniture, the bed, the couch, what toys they have available
to play with all the time. Do they have the ability to decide whether they can go outside or not, like with use of a doggy door versus asking you to go outside first? There’s all kinds of
scenarios or decisions that can be made all throughout the day that either the dog can
choose to do on their own, without your help, or you can use those resources that your dogs find valuable and you can use them to your advantage, to teach them that you’re a leader and you’re in charge of those things. And that right there is a
great non-confrontational way to say, “If you want this, “you have to come through me first “because I’m the boss. “But guess what, it’s a pretty fun thing “when those things happen.” Now let’s talk specifics. Let’s talk about non-confrontational ways that you can teach your dog
that you’re a good leader and to listen to you without you having to be a big meanie. So first things first
is, say what you mean and mean what you say. So when you ask your dog to do a behavior and they deliberately ignore you, it’s really important
that you follow through. And it could be something as simple as asking your dog to sit. So if you ask your dog
to sit, for example, and they’re too busy sniffing the floor or barking at a distraction, all you need to do is repeat sit in the same kind and neutral
voice you did the first time, and then follow through by helping him to move into position. But often what happens is, people will start to say, “Sit. “Sit, sit!” And they’ll get louder and angry each time that they ask the dog until the dog finally gets
overwhelmed and learns to listen. Well, I don’t know about you, but I don’t wanna have to scream at my dog in order for them to listen to me. I want them to learn that if
I ask them to do something, they need to follow through. So my follow-through needs to
be really calm and collected so the dog’s not getting
worried or stressed. They basically just learn, “If
mom tells me something to do, “I really need to listen.” The other thing that
we really recommend is trying to put your dog in situations all throughout the day where they’re less likely
to make poor choices. And this is how we train
and raise our own puppies. You know, in my house, I control scenarios so that most of the
time the dog is sort of being influenced to make good choices. So I spend most of my day reinforcing, praising, playing with my dog rather than saying,
“Leave that, leave that. “Don’t, no,” all that stuff. I wanna try to avoid that. Now of course if I need to help my dog to understand a lesson, if they make a mistake,
I’ll help them with that. But I don’t want that to be my primary way of delivering information. I might utilize things
like my crate more often, a leash or a long line. I don’t have any kids yet, but we have baby gates in our house and we barricade rooms off so the dog can’t go wandering
and doing their own thing. So we try to control the environment so that the dog is less likely to get into mischief
and to learn bad things. There’s actually other easy things that you can do to help show your dog that you’re a good leader. It could be things like, you know, don’t just hand them food for no reason. Make them do something for it. It could be something really fun, too, like doing a trick or asking
them to sit or to lie down. And then you can reward them. It’s fun to give your dog a
treat just because they’re cute, but you’re missing a perfect opportunity to teach your dog that
you’re a good leader and they should listen. I often will have my young dogs wait in their crate when I open the door so that I can easily put
the leash or long line on before they barge out and
I need to release them so that I’m working a
little bit of control into those scenarios. You can also do things like
control their resources. So typically when my dogs are young, I don’t have dog toys scattered
everywhere around my house so that the dog can go
and play on their own. I might have things like chew toys, chew bones, or kong toys that aren’t gonna hurt my dog if I’m not paying attention. But I save the really fun toys for times that we can
play with them together. Maybe it’s through a game of tug of war or a game of fetch. But those things I want my
puppy to associate with me so that it gives it a more
valuable role in the dog’s life. Now let’s talk dogs on the bed and dogs on the furniture. Now, I will be the first one to admit, my dogs absolutely snuggle
on the couch with me and they sleep in my bed. But here’s the thing. I don’t offer those luxuries to my dogs until they have good training
and they listen really well. So in the time being, if you have a dog that tends to be a bit unruly or maybe they’re not
listening that well to you, those are two areas that
you can remove from your dog as an extra luxury. For example, if your
dog is up on the couch, make sure that if you
tell them to get off, that your dog happily gets
off the couch when you ask. Or maybe you come into the living room and they’re lying on the couch, you know, in your spot. Rather than going and find somewhere else to sleep or to lie, have them just move out of the way so that you can sit there. You know, maybe you have
them sleep on a dog bed beside your bed instead of
up on your bed initially. Or we usually start by
having our dog sleep in a crate beside our bed. And then as time goes
on and our relationship and our skills start to get better, then we start to allow them to have those additional
luxuries in the house. But of course that’s
all personal preference. If you wanna go your entire dog’s life without letting them on
the couch or on the bed, that’s totally fine. But we often suggest that you wait until you’ve established some good control before you allow your dog
to do things like that. Our ultimate goal is to be such
a strong leader for our dog that when they make poor choices, we’re able to redirect them with the simple use of our voice. But unfortunately when your dog is young, you first need to teach them
that your voice has merit, that your voice, you know, there’s a reason to listen to you. So this comes back to my
follow-through comment. If your dog is making a poor choice, whether it be getting on the furniture you don’t want them to, sticking their head in the garbage, barking at the people walking
by outside their fence, it’s really important that
when you’re asking your dogs to not do those particular behaviors, that you’re then following through with something that’s gonna
actually get them to stop. It could be utilizing your leash and you’re maneuvering them
away from that particular area, or taking them and
placing them into position if you’ve asked them to sit. Try not to be repetitive with your words. Our ultimate goal’s that
our dogs learn to listen the first time and every time. And if your ultimate
goal is to have your dog to listen to your voice without having to follow through at all, it’s imperative that you have good timing when you’re going to help your dog understand these situations more clearly. For example, if their
head’s in the garbage and you tell them, “Leave it,” try not to take 10 years
to walk across the kitchen and remove their head from the garbage. Move close to them, repeat “Leave it,” and then follow through using the leash. Dogs learn within one second. So it’s really important
that when we’re teaching them that we remember what time and what types of
information they need from us in order for it to be
clear and not confusing. Be careful you’re not allowing your dog to spend extended time in the backyard without you paying
attention to them initially. Be careful that you’re
not allowing your dog to just have free range
of your entire house so that they can get in your laundry and eat your kids’ toys. It’s very important that
you’re trying to spend quality time together as much as possible so that the quantity isn’t
as important any more. Here on the YouTube channel, we often talk about three elements that we find is very important
in your dog training. And that is to be consistent, to be clear, and to be fair. And if you can nail down
those three elements, you’re bound to be a
great leader for your dog. Now we talked about many
exercises today in this video to help you establish
yourself as a leader. Now I’ve made a playlist that has a lot of those exercises in them, and you can check those out right here. If this is your first time
on our YouTube channel, make sure you hit that Subscribe button. We post brand new videos every single week to help you to have a well-behaved four-legged family member. And on that note, I’m Kayl, bye for now. Happy training.

100 thoughts on “Are You Accidentally Being A BAD Leader For Your Dog?

  1. Big question. Our first husky pup just turned one. We have been through two 6 week obedience classes and she is doing great with everything else and now understands the leadership. One thing that is really hard on my husband and I is while she is in her crate. We both work and she is in her crate for about 8 hours total. Our second dog who is 8 months figured out after just one month that she is not supposed to use the restroom in her crate. However, not the case for Luna our first pup. We have someone who lets her out after 4 hours and walks her and plays with her for a bit. No problem when she comes to let her out the crate is dry. However, when we come home 4 hours later, she has peed and or pooped in her crate. She does not feed them anything half way through the day and does not give them too much water. We have fed them in their crates, given treats every single time they use the restroom outside in the same spot, and made sure her crate was not too big, rewarding when she has not peed in the crate (which is very rare). We have tried everything and she is a year old still doing this everyday. It has been exhausting to bath her almost everyday. We also will try rewarding with small increments of time (going to grocery store and coming back and rewarding if she does not use the restroom in crate). She does not have uti because she knows she refuses to use the restroom in the house which we are really good about letting them out about every hour or so but crate is fair game. She doesn’t have a medical condition and she does not have anxiety while in the crate. She will sleep in it with no whining or howling and goes in it because she knows our routine. Help! I guess what I’m asking is.. is this a bad leadership thing or what do you think? What should we try next?

  2. My dog is a veryyy good dog but he does not listen as well with distraction people or sounds. He is a pointer like points at everything he wants, food, water, me to open his cage etc. He is distracted by all sounds and smells.

    How do I get him to focus after?

  3. My 10 week old Doberman pup just wants to put his paws on the furniture. He gets told to get down. if I am in the kitchen looking at him. He gets down. If I am by the couch and tell him he does not. But when I ask again and push him off. He thinks its a game…so i walk away and tell him to get down. Sometimes it works sometimes it doesn't. LOVE YOUR CHANNEL !!!!!

  4. Like you say , never shout or scream . It makes a dog confused . When my dog is distracted , he won't come to me . But i'm working on it with a long leash . Thanks for sharing youre information and experience .

  5. Best advice I’ve ever gotten for my hyperactive pup came from you. Put a small 4-5 ft. lead on dogs collar. Not only does it give me control, it keeps him busy trying to get at it. A busy dog is a good tired dog. I don’t want to break her spirit, I just want her to listen to me and stop racing into walls. Thank you very much for giving my 8 month old pup back to me.

  6. Thanks again for your great videos! I have a question though; I am taking my brothers 2 dogs and they have zero structure. They free feed, sleep on the bed and only one dog knows sit. They are small dogs and are fairly well good dogs, some fear in the smaller dog but they both aren’t terrible given that they have free range. I definitely want structure for them for our home. How do you suggest I do this? Get them used to a kennel then train one at a time? Tie one to a leash to the table while I train the other? I just know I can’t do them at the same time. Any help or a video would be greatly appreciated!

  7. That's some great advice right there about leadership, a concept that many dog owners misunderstand and think they have to be a drill sergeant for their dogs, which is really sad.

    I have raised my first dog through clicker training and she is wonderfully obedient and very attentive. I never have to yell at her.
    Though there is one problem I don't seem to be getting under control, which is her randomly grabbing things that are not good for her, like yogurt cups that dry on the counter or random trash she finds outside on walks. (You wouldn't believe the things people throw into the grass!)
    I taught her "leave it" and "drop it" from the beginning and she reliably listens even without treats! Like I can leave food on the table or coffee next to her and she doesn't touch it if I say "leave it". But when she is free running she just grabs everything she can off the ground and chews or eats it and IDK how to stop this. She even did this back when we were still walking on leash when she found potato chips, fries, or other fast food scraps lying around in the park in darkness where I couldn't see it soon enough to keep her from going there. She just swallowed it down as fast as she could so I wouldn't take it from her mouth. Yes that is considered an aversive thing but I saw no other way because I was too afraid of her getting seriously poisoned, with all the rat poison scattered everywhere you can never be careful enough!
    But it made her avoid me when ever she found something in the grass. Thing is when she found something outside she completely ignores any attempts to make her "drop" or "leave it". She just looks at me and runs away with the thing. A big F you to my face. I would prefer she would just sniff but not pick up anything at all, for her safety.
    What training do you recommend me to do with my dog to stop picking up things off the ground or from the counter? (while I am more concerned about her picking up things OUTSIDE)

  8. How do you be the leader around my dog when he's around my other dogs? My puppy freaks out when he sees her and walking them both is always a nightmare cause all he wants to do is play/attack her.

  9. Can I park a trailer outside my house and make it a house for them? That way they don't have to stay at home cuz my mom is allergic. Ofc i will make sure it's warm in the winter and cool in the summer, I took time off work for one year to make time for the pup, she will merely sleep there in her crate, most of the time she will be out and about with me. And if she's not in there sleeping ill be there with her playing training etc. Let me know if there is any problems with this thank you!

  10. Disagree that you should repeat commands at all. Should say "Sit" and then make other sounds and lure them into the behaviour. Repeating teaches that we don't have to do things the first time

  11. I have a 9 week old shepsky and I’ve been worried about her ignoring me and developing potentially aggressive behavior. I’ve also been so stressed about possibly provoking her and being too harsh with certain lessons. This video is exactly what I needed to boost my attitude. It just showed up in my recommendations. Thank you!

  12. Love the videos. Kind of disagree with tug of war though. Never liked it. Don't think it helps the dog at all. Fetch, yes.

  13. We lost our Border Collie Mix, Westleigh in Dec. 2018. He looked like the photo on your wall. Can't keep my eyes off of it. Thanks. Will listen now,.

  14. People worrying that their dog won't like them anymore because they are assertive with them are just like the people who have the same worry about their kids – those people shouldn't have dogs or kids.

  15. I'm wondering how I can get my dog to see my fiance as a leader. He listens to me when I give a command, if there's a lot of distraction I might have to say it one more time but he will sit for me, for example. But whenever she tells him leave it or sit or any command he doesn't listen to her, and often I'll have to give him the command for him to do it.

    Edit – he's a Morkie puppy, coming up on 16 weeks if anyone's wondering/if that helps anyone

  16. Thanks for more great tips to help us enjoy our dogs and them us. Sensible,clear and concise information to help produce a happy and calm home for 2 and 4 legged members. Always enjoy your channel and learn a lot.???

  17. I can't stop my puppy from bitting me?I tried everything..someone told it's just for like 4 to 6 months?Oh my God..my puppy is a German shep lab mix he is 7 weeks and I work with him everyday he knows how to sit , down, jump when I command him .he also obeys when I say " zimba come" but I do not have luck in the bitting..

  18. Great info. What strategies do you use to check learning in your human customers? Training dogs is the easy bit?

  19. We just got a 4 month old Bordeaux/pit mix puppy and he is an absolute nightmare. He is so out of control and refuses to listen to anything. Our German Shepherd is afraid of him because he jumps and bites him trying to aggressively play with him and he wants nothing to do with it. He has so many behaviors that needs to be corrected. I'm on the verge of rehoming him because of it.

  20. I also notice that my dog won't sit and ignores me when I'm frustrated and try to command. When I'm calm and happy, they do it asap! Now, in working on commands when they are together and other people are around.

  21. No dogs in my bed any more. I let my dog be dogs and that means they are dirty. Couch is ok as long as they know to get off when I ask.

  22. Hi I'm looking for advice, I've just recently got a 2 and a half year old staffie jack he's had a bit of a hard time but I'm finding I'm three steps forward 4 steps back he has some basic training like sit stay and paw, when I try training him in the house or garden he's quite responsive but as soon as I take him out for a walk he's destracted and won't always listen to me he will pull me on the leash I have managed to get him sit and wait at the side of the road but there are times when he's walking nicely he will suddenly lunge forward and I nearly get dragged into the road, or he will pull me along till he gets where he wants to be, I do keep him on a short leash. I would be very grateful for any help or advice I've had him 9 weeks and I don't know where I'm going wrong with him and it ends up me getting frustrated and he gets bored, I don't train him for long periods of time 2 to 5 minutes at a time I just don't know how to break the bad habits he's already gotten before he came to me please help

  23. Question. My dog listens well when we’re inside, but once we go outside she definitely loses trust in me as a leader and is distracted/on guard. Any tips for transitioning from inside to out?

  24. Hey ! My golden retriever puppy just keeps on biting and jumping . He doesn't listen to anyone and just pees and poops everywhere

  25. What do you think to dog trainers that discourage from using food as a reward and why do they discourage people from doing this – is it just a matter of preference or are there good reasons for and against?

  26. Hi i have a rescued dog 1 or 2 years old he is scared of going outside if i try to take her for walk she never goes always pulls back also she is very aggressive towards collar i cannot put on or take off her collar easily she always snaps. I will appreciate your help . Thanks

  27. Sooooooooooo, what does one do if the dog doesn't listen when you use the same tone to "sit", put them into position, and they keep getting up? How do you get them to listen, without becoming irritated, but more importantly, get them to listen the first time?

  28. So I had recently had an issue. When taking my dog out to potty I don't have him on a leash because he is good about listening to commands however today he ran after someone who was running across the street which is a huge safety issue. Luckily there weren't any cars however he didnt listen to my commands and is starting to ignore me. How do I discipline that behavior without involving the crate, stern voice, etc. What are other ways to tell him that that is not acceptable. We also go to dog classes, he is 6 months. Thank you.

  29. Yes, yes, yes! I’m happy because your training tips are making me a successful puppy mom. Since I’ve spent so much time being trained by you, I could watch this video and realize your thoughts on training long term have become my thoughts (because I’ve been well taught by your videos). I love that my 18 week old puppy is looking to me almost always for information and is able to relax when she sees that I’m in charge. We just took a three day weekend with her and she didn’t make any mistakes on the long trip or the hotel stay. Thank you, Ken and Kayl for all you’re doing to teach inexperienced puppy moms like me! My puppy, Kayl, thanks you too! ?

  30. Fun fact: if you have dogs, every dog you have is better trained than the one that came before them. If you have kids, every child you have lacks the training than the one that came before them.

  31. Excellent video. I did realize that I will repeat the sit command in quick succession, so I need to stop that. I have a chorkie and I understand that they can be more stubborn than other dogs.

  32. Great tips I needed this my dogs have taken me over unfortunately ive spoiled them
    I can swear that they think they are my leader/ owner

  33. How can we as a family incorporate leadership? Can there be only one of our members show our dog that there is one leader, will it confuse the dog that there is more than one leader?

  34. We have two dogs (Chihuahua x French Bulldog, and a Chihuahua x Boston Terrier). They are extremely well behaved; they don't have a single bad thought. However, whenever someone is at the door, whether the dogs know them or not, they bark like mad and it is quite embarrassing and annoying.. We take them out on plenty of walks, play fetch and tug with them and have them socialise daily. Is it apart of the breed, the actual dogs or is it something that can be fixed and if so how?

  35. Hi mate
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  36. Is your method "positive only" training? I don't hear much about correcting…not punishment, which I'm against, but correction?

  37. I have an amazing four month old treeing walker coonhound. His food drive is unreal. Learns almost instantly what I want. But without the treats or in a park he’s a completely oblivious to anything I say. Understand it’s a puppy and this will change, but he doesn’t even react to treats when there are distractions. And that’s when I pull out the big gun, barbecued steak. He looks at me like he just saw God. Lol

  38. Any tips on getting a dog to be less distracted around other dogs? My dog is in training to be a service dog and gets distracted around dogs.

  39. Occasionally I will command my dog to sit/come/ etc, and sometimes he is super obedient and he performs the task, but other times he’ll just look at me and not do it. Please help.

  40. Great video! What do you recommend for me who works 8 hours a day and leaves my puppy in the kennel all day long? I feel bad for leaving her in the kennel all day long that when i get home i want her be out. However I can only work with her for so long until I have to do house chores. Should i put her back in the kennel the hours I cant work with her? Ive realized she isnt listening to me as much as she used to.

  41. I let my dogs on the couch but I keep them confined to a section. I keep that section covered in a dog blanket. Whenever he goes to the uncovered section I am mediately say down. If he doesn’t respond I go to him and show him off the couch. Then I’ll tell him to go up onto the blanket area. After enough repetitions which could be hundreds they learn that their spot is the blanket..

  42. Finally a trainer on YouTube that actually knows what they're doing! Yes, I'm in the right place. Thanks to the random YouTuber that pointed me out to this channel, sorry I don't remember your name but thank you!

  43. I toke my dog to the vet she wont go this lady told me dont worry i got her so i was walking a way she fellowed me in can you let me know why she followed me. Then walking in with me???

  44. I have a dog who is 8 months old and I’ve trained her as far as follow my orders (sit, stay, touch, lay down and so on) but she only does this if she knows i have a treat. I just found out about alpha training and i’m not sure if it too late to show her i am the alpha. Is it?

  45. I don't have a dog. I have never owned a dog. But I'd like to get the family a dog in the new year. I am learning about training now and I find your videos excellent: very instructive, not hyper, well-spoken. Thanks a lot!

  46. It's honestly a miracle dogs are able to live with most families. Training also creates "operant" dogs who are mindful of their behaviour and confident because they know how to behave. In my house hold access to high value anything is a privilege, not a right.

  47. My puppy was trained to come and now he ignores me and takes off in the yard. If we pursue he thinks it’s fun and runs the whole yard. I’m completely lost here

  48. Dominating a dog is equally important, I find many people's "well trained " dogs have no public boundaries set in because they never properly learned domination and submission , its important to find a balance between fun loving leader, and strict no BS leader. I find my dog likes to test my dominance on occasion by ignoring me, specifically sniffing the ground and slowly leaving my side, his eyes will stay on me the whole time. He is then reassured at my leadership, when I roll him on his back and let him know, I'm paying attention to what he's doing. Without proper domination tools, your dog will not be able to put boundaries around other dogs or defend itself properly when confronted by a intimidating or invasive dog. It also helps the dog understand who is above him on the domination scale, in my dogs case it's all people.

  49. HELP????
    My 4 month old puppy likes to play with my other dog by biting. She’s not biting down on my resident dog but I don’t like that she’s playing like that. I’m worried she will take that behavior with her to dog parks, which gets me worried. How do I stop her from doing this??

  50. Guilty as charged LOL..i treat both my dogs who are both males like humans meaning talking bby talk to them,letting them lay on the couch, yeah you get my drift?????. They listen for the most part but my energy is everything when it comes to telling them to sit..stay..or seeing other dogs and getting aggressive and protective. When i say commands more calm, they relax more then

  51. We let our dog on the couch, but only on one area. We have a blanket on that area, and she knows that's the only place she is to go.

  52. I have an 18 month old border collie and she does have moments of ignoring me especially if she sees another dog or a car (not sure why she has to spin in circles and bark at cars driving past) I try using treats to redirect her or even prevent it before it happens but she isnt even interested in the treats when she is outside, inside the house she takes treats but when she is outside she doesnt care for food at all.

  53. Hi, love from Argentina. I have a boarder collie, we do agility (and want to do that to the best of my/our capabilities) and next year i;m getting one of "fetch's granting pleasure"" granddaughter. yours along along Susan Garretts videos, are making me a better pet owner, better agility trainer and better person every day. Thank you for your hard work, and keep up with it. you guys make a difference.

  54. So I have a 4th month old blue heeler.

    I'm not really reacting well when my dog poops or pees in the house.

    I've seen the videos you guys have but I don't feel I'm getting the question I have answered.

    How should I react. A co worker that has four dogs tells me she would smack them (humanely) on the butt. But I've noticed that actually makes me angry lol idk how to explain it. I just don't like how I am when I smack her in the butt.

    She never goes in the crate. She's been improving inside of the house but sometimes she still hides sand does it.

    My other problem is that she comes with me to my day job and my boss has a cheweenie puppy who does whatever she wants pretty much. They love each other but when my dog is around her she poops and pees inside. I don't have much control over her either. I'm implementing leads and structure by keeping her by my desk and only letting her play when I say but I hate just keeping her in the crate while at work.

    Anyway I just want to learn how to react to her when she does this things and not get so angry.

  55. There’s definitely something to the keeping dogs off the couch/bed for respect. We hired a trainer (and sadly he wasn’t very good and we’re still struggling) and his first thing was to keep them off the couch & bed for 3 weeks. We did that and def notice them listening more and our little one is a little calmer. It’s been about a month now and I think we’ll keep them off the couch for awhile.

  56. Many parents would do well learning the BASIC premise of this instruction, applying to their children!!! Example would be "Say what you mean, mean what you say.
    Former Dog trainer in Show and Obedience…

  57. My dog makes me laugh, I tell him to sit so I an take his lead off, he just stands there, not looking at me. So I say nothing and give him a stare.. He turns round and sees I've stopped what I'm doing and sits down.

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