The 2 Most Important Dog Training Tips You Can Start Implementing Today!

Successful Dog Training Starts at Home! Wouldn’t it be wonderful to take your dog places and have people compliment their exceptional behavior? Have you ever been out at a park or picnic and think to yourself how great it would be if you your dog was there to enjoy the day with you? You want so badly to engage with them during those fun times, but the apprehension of not knowing exactly how things will go, may cause you to exclude your pet from valuable, memory-making moments. This is very discouraging and disappointing for people who dreamt about the perfect dog-to-be when they brought home that bundle of joy. Don’t get overwhelmed because you CAN have that dog of your dreams! You can become the envy of your neighborhood and be proud to take your dog anywhere. If you are anything like me, you strive to spend as much time with your furry companions as possible. This is not too much to ask and feeling anxious or wary about the “what ifs” steals the pleasure from the potentially wonderful pet/owner relationship. We all have enough to worry about in life without having to deal with feelings of guilt or frustration with something that is supposed to come with happiness and fulfillment. If this hits close to home, just know that change can happen and with a little patience and confidence, you will find success. So, I know you are wondering what you can do to make this happen, but maybe you are overwhelmed with the information out there and have no idea where to start. That’s OK! If you...
Training Your New Puppy

Training Your New Puppy

Hello! In the next few entries the topic we will cover is something fun! Puppies… How can you not love the topic? They are the cover for many calendars, many people’s conversation piece on social media, and just damn cute. In this week’s blog I will cover the mindset new puppy owners should have, and a great way to eliminate undesired behaviors. A positive, forgiving, and patient mindset is essential in your dog’s development. It will eliminate needless worry, curb undesired behaviors, and be the foundation for a strong bond forged between you and your new pet. Your puppy is like a new blank canvas. Your love and affection is your paintbrush. You just need the right application to make your masterpiece. When I go into homes with new puppy owners, I am normally asked these questions: How can I stop my puppy from nipping? How do I stop the bathroom accidents in the house? How can I start crate training when my puppy hates their crate? Should I start crate training? How can I help my puppy sleep through the night? The new holes in my couch make it look very sheik, but how can I save my furniture? How much, when and where should I feed my puppy? Normally to be followed by these statements: My puppy hates the leash. My puppy is making growling sounds and playing rough, I’m concerned. My puppy will not stop whining and above all help!!!!!!! Don’t worry over the next few weeks I will address each of these concerns. If you are one of the many that have asked yourself these...
Dog Rescue and Adoption

Dog Rescue and Adoption

I apologize for the delay in my second installment. Much like the rest of Rochester NY, I was fighting my old nemesis the flu. This week’s topic is Dog Rescue and adoption. There is no greater contribution you can make to a dog’s welfare than through dog adoption. In many cases you are literally pulling an animal away from death and giving it a chance. The individuals who make it their life’s work to help these animals are underfunded, overwhelmed, and under-appreciated. The next time you meet someone who works at a shelter, volunteers, or are associated with pet rescue; please pat them on the back. They fight the good fight every damn day. They literally walk down hallways everyday hoping that someone will save an animal they see so much potential in. If you have a no kill shelter near you terrific. If not, it’s truly an issue of overpopulation and under funding. I would love a world where every shelter in America had a “no kill” policy, but I’m also a realist. Sure, if you have an organization that is doing well to the extreme that its founders are receiving substantial salaries from funding and donations, I believe you have every right to demand that their policies reflect their prosperity. But for underfunded and overwhelmed institutions just trying to stay afloat it’s unrealistic and irresponsible to put your energy towards compounding to the daily problems they face instead of pouring that passion towards their eventual success of being able to fiscally facilitate a “no kill” status. Kill or no kill the people who choose to surround themselves...

Welcome to the American K9 Training Services Blog

Disclaimer: American K9 Training Services will gladly respond to any and all mature, respectful, and well intentioned comments, questions, and statements about any information publicized within the realm of dogs and dog training. Open discussion is encouraged and I believe will not only educate dog owners, but to also serve as a bridge of understanding with professionals in the dog service related industry. We all have different philosophies and techniques, but at the end of the day our love of animals and the goal of creating a terrific relationship between owner and dog should help us look past our differences. We all have different formal education, experiences, and real world applications. This is a chance to openly discuss these subjects. Short sightedness, disrespect, and rude behavior will not be tolerated or responded to on any level. Please take this opportunity to truly contribute to this subject matter. My objective is to educate the unfamiliar, discuss issues of importance, add my opinions and thoughts on subject matter, and attempt to help people maneuver through the overabundance of information out there on everything that has to do with the subject of dog. I apologize if my comments offend anyone or any entity, but I will NEVER sacrifice speaking about anything in fear of hurting anyone’s feelings. This subject is too important to tip toe...

Deciding If I Should Bring A Dog Into My Life

So you started having a feeling that there is a something missing in your life? Maybe you grew up with a family pet and now you are finally on your own. Maybe your living situation changed and you are finally going to be able to get that puppy you’ve always wanted. Perhaps on a whim you looked at your local shelter and fell in love with a sad set of eyes. Could a lost and scared dog have found his/her way to your front door? Maybe you are an experienced dog owner whose best friend of 10 plus years of door greeting, tail wagging, following you around your house with unconditional faithful love and affection has left a void in your heart when he or she passed. No matter the scenario your thinking about getting a dog! I fall under the later. I lasted three days. Three days of waking up without a bad back from my best friend roscoe snuggling against me all night. Three days of looking down and behind me and seeing nothing. Three days of saying the same things I used to say when we woke up, went for a car ride, his smile when I could make a high pitched happy sound, a walk, time to eat, playing, time for bed, sharing my snack while I read, and finally bed again. I bring up Roscoe, my mutt who was found in the middle of nowhere NC, not because I want to start off on the sadness of loss, but to speak about the joys I found by having my own dog. I had military...