Http:// is dedicated to dog care, dog safety, and the proper training of your puppy or adult dog. With over 40 years of owning, raising and training my own dogs, one of the most important lessons I've learned seems obvious intellectually, but often doesn't translate very well into action, and that is that dogs are not people. They don’t see the world the same way we see it and they don’t communicate or interact the way humans do.

So remembering not to humanize them and learning how to communicate in a way that he or she understands is critical to developing a great and mutually beneficial relationship with your dog.

Dogs are dogs and they do doggy stuff so don't expect them to act like anything but a dog. That's a good thing. Let them be dogs, of course within the guidlines of acceptable behavior. That is what you need to teach them.

They are by nature social animals and want to be part of a group, pack, family; whatever you prefer to call it. The point is they want to be with you. They don’t want to be isolated and alone. They are not built like that and it's a surefire way to create a neurotic unbalanced animal.

What Dogs Need

Besides food, water and shelter, our canine friends also need structure, socialization, exercise, play, rest, mental stimulation, love and the sense of belonging to a family. In that respect they are very much like humans.

They also face a lot of dangers that we don’t always think of or may not even know about. From the food they eat to the toys they play with to the areas they have access to, so being aware of potential dangers can prevent anything from injury to tragedy.

Dogs are also very adept at reading body language and sensing our current state of mind and can easily tell when you are calm, tense, nervous, fearful, or angry and they react accordingly. You can’t fool them. So whether you’re training or correcting, remaining calm, consistent and fair will produce the best results. If you aren’t calm, they won’t be calm. If you aren't consistent, they won't get it. If you are unfair, you'll damage their trust.

They are also very reward motivated. A reward can be a food treat, play or affection and it’s important to only reward behavior that you want repeated. Patience, consistency, repetition and timing are important factors for training success.

Make A Commitment To Your Dog

I’ve always considered my dogs as a blessing and a lifetime commitment. Of course they can be a challenge at times but the reward of having a well behaved, loyal and trustworthy friend who gives you unconditional love is incredible.

My goal is to offer information, tips, techniques and safe products that I hope will help you avoid mistakes and succeed in doing the very best for your new best friend.

"Once you have had a wonderful dog, a life without one, is a life diminished."
Dean Koontz, A Big Little Life: A Memoir of a Joyful Dog


If you are considering becoming a new dog owner or have just become one, please consider getting a copy of my ebook, "Your First Dog." It provides all the information you need to make your relationship with your first dog a successful one.

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