Recognizing and Preventing Aggression

I recently read an article where a dog attacked his owner because she placed a sweater on him. The author claimed the attack was unprovoked and came out of nowhere.  I have a problem with this claim.  It is rare that a dog attacks without warning.  Owners simply don’t recognize the warning signs, choose to ignore them or inadvertently reward the dog for bad behavior.

While it is difficult for people to believe, the first signs of dog aggression begin when the dog is a pup.  Puppies who shy away or hide from people are exhibiting behaviors that will likely lead to fear aggression.  Growling and barking at visitors or guarding food and toys are also red flags.

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You Shouldn’t Overlook Dogs with Disabilities

Potential adopters often overlook special-needs dogs because they fear the disability deems the dog untrainable or they feel the dog requires considerably more time and money than a dog without disabilities. Honestly, all dogs require time and money.  Unless an ongoing medical problem caused the disability, special-needs dogs do not require any additional medical care than a dog without disabilities. Special-needs dogs are resilient. While they may require different training methods, they do respond well to training.  Continue reading

Sublime K9 Graduates (warning!! cuteness overload)

Sublime K9 Dog Training’s most recent dog training graduates seen here.  Some of them are puppy graduates (no hat), which means they have finished our puppy preschool program for dogs under the age of 4 months, and the ones with the hats are from our more advanced programs.  To read their stories, click here Sublime K9 Dog Training Facebook page.

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Training the Impulsive Dog

Does downloadyour dog jump on you and your guests? Has she pushed past you on the staircase or on your way out the door? On your stroll around the neighborhood, does Fido pull and lunge at other dogs in an excited manner?

You just might have an impulsive dog.

The impulsive dog seeks immediate gratification. He acts on a whim with little thought of consequences. While some people believe this is a trait of certain breeds, others resign themselves to the fact that they will have to put up with the behavior throughout the dog’s life. We have good news for you. Both opinions are inaccurate. Continue reading

Desensitizing Your Pet to a Muzzle

Earlier today, we came across a social-media post from a dog owner who opted to outfit her reactive dog with a muzzle.  It pleased us to learn that most of the responders supported the dog mom’s decision to use a muzzle.

The sight of a dog wearing a muzzle may be upsetting or cause alarm, however, this practice can prevent your dog from injuring someone, damaging your belonging or causing harm to him.

Last month we provided information on different types of muzzles. This month we want to help you train your dog (or cat) to wear a muzzle.  Your pet will not like the muzzle at first.  Desensitizing your pet to the safety equipment will make the transition easier.

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MUZZLES: Much More than Aggression Tools

What is the first thing that pops into your head when you pass a dog wearing a muzzle?  Most people suspect a dangerous animal.  Contrary to popular belief, muzzles are not limited to aggressive behavior.  Pet owners are introducing muzzles to their dogs and cats for various reasons.  Below are a few scenarios for muzzle use.  Also included is information on different muzzles on the market.

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Prepare Your Pup for a New Baby

Imagine you settle into bed after a long day and drift to sleep. Moments later, a loud shriek awakens you. You bolt from bed and investigate the ghastly sound.  In the corner of the room, something thrashes beneath a blanket. Frozen in place, you decide, fight or flee?

In real life, this scenario would cause your heart to hammer in your chest.  Now, imagine the frightened character is your dog and the unknown creature is your newborn baby.  Can we expect our canine friends to know the difference between a new family member and prey?  The answer is no.

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Teaching the “Place” Command

A complaint we frequently hear from clients is their inability to entertain without their dog ruining the evening.  Whether dogs jump on guests, steal food, stretch out across the couch or beg during dinner, there is no denying our four-legged friends lack dinner-party etiquette. Therefore, we teach our canine clients the “place” command. The “place” command directs the dog to a safe, out-of-the-way place where he can relax without disturbing guests. Continue reading

Marker Training 101

ZiggyTeaching your dog new tricks and commands should be fun for you and your pup.  Training should begin as young as possible and will continue throughout the life of your dog.  When a puppy is young, it is best to use a system of training called marker training. Marker training is a form of clicker training, but without the clicker.  At Sublime K9 Dog Training, we have found that many clients do not follow through with clicker training because of the need for a clicker at all times as well as treats.  To make it easier for success for all, we use a word (yes) instead of a clicker to train our pups. Continue reading

Achieving A Reliable Recall

Will your dog always “come” when called? If not, your dog could be in potential danger. Long Island, known for its awful traffic, is crowded and most people live near a busy street. If your dog was to get out the front door, it is imperative that he comes back in the house when you say “come”. Along with the potential for the command to save your dog’s life, it also comes in handy in many other situations. If you knew you had a reliable recall, you could take your dog hiking or in public and have him off leash. If you have company and want to get your dog out of the way or an uncomfortable situation, this command is key. Accomplishing a perfect recall, takes some practice and some enthusiasm. If you are looking for a reliable recall, practice the following methods and you will be able to achieve great results. Continue reading