Trying to Help Your Dog Communicate by Teaching Your Dog ESL

Excerpt From The Evolution of Dog Training by Shannon Riley-Coyner One of the best ways to start helping your dog deal with fearful or stressful situations is to begin communicating by teaching them English as a second language (ESL). ESL was originally used in education as a method to help people from foreign countries to learn English. Because dogs communicate primarily through body language and humans primarily use verbal language, we must essentially teach dogs a new way to listen. When we teach our dogs to understand verbal cues, we can begin to tell them how we want them to act in different situations. This eliminates the need to force them to behave. I have also found that when humans think about teaching their dog ESL, it forces us to spend more time focusing on how the dogs are learning and interpreting our actions. As a result, we automatically become more empathetic and more understanding. How Do We Teach ESL to Dogs to Help With Stress? Learn to Listen to Your Dog’s Body Language The first step to teaching your dog ESL, to start opening lines of communication with your dog, is by reading dog body language; learning basic [...]

By |2021-02-17T21:32:12+00:00February 17th, 2021|Blog of the Month|0 Comments

Focusing on the relationship

2020 was without a doubt the most difficult year that any of us have ever experienced. Now that we are in 2021, we continue to struggle but we can decide how we move forward. This is not only true with other humans but it is true with our dogs as well. We have all been isolated and stressed during the COVID pandemic and it has taken a toll on many of our relationships but if we change our perspective, it does not have to. The pandemic has made me “dig deep” and work on being more patient, empathetic and compassionate, even when I am frustrated and mad, with both other humans and my dogs. During times of stress, focus on your relationship, not obedience or goals. Being locked in with 3 teenagers and 2 dogs can be overwhelming, and it was at the beginning. However, after almost a year, I see so much love and understanding that has grown over the last 10 months. Fewer behavior issues (with the dogs and the teenagers), less arguing and much more patience. What changed? I started to enjoy the little things - the loving looks from my dogs, the jokes [...]

By |2021-01-26T22:44:45+00:00January 19th, 2021|Blog of the Month|0 Comments

Empathy for Our Dogs (Book Excerpt)

It is important that you try to see things through your dog’s perspective and to have compassion and empathy for them. Being in a new home or new environment can be scary and confusing. It is very important to be patient and don’t force them into a fearful situation. I hope that you enjoy this excerpt from the book and find this information helpful – To continue reading, check out “The Evolution of Dog Training” by Shannon Coyner on Amazon! […]

By |2020-12-09T20:21:47+00:00December 9th, 2020|Blog of the Month|0 Comments

The Biggest Mistakes People Make When Teaching Their Dog (Book Excerpt)

I wanted to share an excerpt from my book, The Evolution of Dog Training, to give you some insight into the information you’ll learn.  The following is from Chapter 7, Positive Reinforcement in Action.  I hope you find it helpful… The Biggest Mistakes People Make When Teaching Their Dog 1. What they are teaching is not clear. This mistake can happen in any part of the teaching process; however, the most common place it happens is with the consequence.  If you reinforce a behavior too early or too late, the wrong behavior is reinforced and the desired behavior gets ignored. This mistake can also happen when the cue used closely resembles another cue. Either the words or hand signals are so similar that the dog cannot tell the difference and they will often do one behavior for both cues. This commonly happens when people use a hand signal for “sit” and “down.” If the two cues are too similar, the dog will default to the behavior he prefers. […]

By |2020-11-18T20:33:24+00:00November 18th, 2020|Blog of the Month|0 Comments

Meeting Your Dog Where They Are

Have you every had a day that you were overly tired or your brain was just not functioning as well as it normally does?  Have you had a day that you just couldn’t do what was asked of you?  We all have good days and bad days- and so do our dogs!  When training your dog, it is important that you recognize if they are having an “off” day and change your plan accordingly.This blog entry is available only to Site Members. Click Here To Learn More about a Truly Force Free Site Membership (If you have logged in with a membership and don’t see the blog entry, please refresh the page)

By |2021-01-26T22:42:50+00:00October 14th, 2020|Blog of the Month|0 Comments

Simple Steps to Get Through Puppyhood and Dog Adoption – Part 3

Part 3 Welcome back to our Blog Series about Puppyhood and Dog Adoption!  In Part 3, we’ll go over what happens when you welcome your new family member into your home.  I’ve divided this information into short, easily understandable sections and have shared them over the past few months.  I hope you’ll find this information helpful and, please feel free to check out our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/trulyforcefree/) for more information and to ask questions.  I hope to see you there! Home at Last!This blog entry is available only to Site Members. Click Here To Learn More about a Truly Force Free Site Membership (If you have logged in with a membership and don’t see the blog entry, please refresh the page)

By |2021-01-29T01:56:00+00:00September 16th, 2020|Blog of the Month|0 Comments

Simple Steps to Get Through Puppyhood and Dog Adoption – Part 2

PART 2 Welcome back to our Blog Series about Puppyhood and Dog Adoption!  In Part 2, we’ll go over preparing for to welcome your new family member home.  I’ve divided this information into short, easily understandable sections and will continue to share them over the next two months.  I hope you’ll find this information helpful and, please feel free to check out our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/trulyforcefree/) for more information and to ask questions.  I hope to see you there! Preparing Puppy’s welcome home:This blog entry is available only to Site Members. Click Here To Learn More about a Truly Force Free Site Membership (If you have logged in with a membership and don’t see the blog entry, please refresh the page)

By |2021-01-29T01:59:37+00:00August 19th, 2020|Blog of the Month|0 Comments

Simple Steps to Get Through Puppyhood and Dog Adoption – Part 1

Before you get the puppy I’m excited to share our first Blog Series!  In light of so many people adopting or considering getting a new four-legged addition to the family, I wanted to share some thoughts for before, during and after you’ve made your decision.  I’ve divided this information into short, easily understandable sections and will share them over the next three months.  I hope you’ll find this information helpful and, please feel free to check out our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/trulyforcefree/) for more information and to ask questions.  I hope to see you there! PART 1 Choosing your pet:This blog entry is available only to Site Members. Click Here To Learn More about a Truly Force Free Site Membership (If you have logged in with a membership and don’t see the blog entry, please refresh the page)

By |2020-10-25T00:41:11+00:00July 23rd, 2020|Blog of the Month|0 Comments

What COVID 19 Has Taught Me About Positive Reinforcement and Motivation

Like every small business owner/ entrepreneur in the world, I have been hugely impacted by COVID 19. And since dog training is not considered “essential” my brick and mortar business is at a standstill as I try to grow and promote my website, Truly Force Free Animal Training. In the beginning of the pandemic, I was in survival mode and was frantically trying to find ways to create an income. As the weeks have gone by, I still work everyday to create new content or do something to promote my book, “The Evolution of Dog Training” and Truly Force Free Animal Training because that is the only type of business I am allowed at this time. However, I am beginning to notice that it’s harder to be motivated to work on my business. I am also noticing that people around me are losing their motivation to do basics things- like take a shower or brush their teeth. This realization got me thinking about how all animals- including our dogs and us, need motivation to move from task to task.This blog entry is available only to Site Members. Click Here To Learn More about a Truly Force Free Site Membership (If [...]

By |2020-11-04T20:16:59+00:00May 21st, 2020|Blog of the Month|0 Comments

Preventing Lyme Disease in Our Pets

As COVID-19 consumes all of our thoughts as humans, we need to remember that our pets are still at risk of other devastating diseases that could be right under our noses. April is traditionally “Prevention of Lyme Disease in dogs” month but it is being overshadowed by COVID- 19 this year. Although this is not on anyone’s current news feeds, I still believe it is important that we are aware of the risk that ticks can cause to our pets. You may be sheltered in place but if your pet still goes outside, he/she is at risk. In addition, once our shelter in place is lifted, you will be hiking and walking again and the ticks will be waiting to bite!This blog entry is available only to Site Members. Click Here To Learn More about a Truly Force Free Site Membership (If you have logged in with a membership and don’t see the blog entry, please refresh the page)

By |2020-11-04T20:17:40+00:00April 14th, 2020|Blog of the Month|0 Comments

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