How do you introduce the concept of walking on leash to a 5 month old rescue puppy who has never walked on a leash and is living in a multi-dog home who do walk on leash?

Teaching Loose Leash Walking You will want to start training in a low distraction environment such as your home or backyard. First, Introduce your dog to a harness. Flat collars, choke chains and pinch collars can all cause long term damage to your dogs neck so we recommend using the 2 Hounds Design Freedom No Pull Harness. View Truly Force Free Animal Trainings #trainerquicktip Overcoming Harness Fear here:   Once your dog is familiar and comfortable with the harness you can start practicing “Loose Leash Walking” at home.  You will need a “high value treat” such as cream cheese or peanut butter packet (you may find these at your local box store) or another treat your dog loves. For more information on how to train your dog to walk nicely on leash check out Truly Force Free Animal Training’s Good Manners Course here:

By |2022-06-10T11:13:07-07:00June 10th, 2022|0 Comments

When my dog sees a cat they will chase them and won’t listen to “stop, leave it, or come”. How can I get my dog to listen to me, and, come when called during this heightened state?

“When a person is drowning, it is not a good time to teach him to swim”. - Haim Ginott This can be due to your dog’s Prey Drive! So, what is prey drive? According to the dictionary, Prey drive is the instinctive inclination of a carnivore to find, pursue and capture prey. The term is chiefly used to describe and analyze habits in dog training. So, what does this mean exactly? Your dog’s brain is preprogrammed to chase cats. This is a genetic behavior that was useful before dogs were household pets, and, also how they were able to catch their food in order to survive. So, this behavior is not because they are being “bad” but is just a natural reflex.   Why isn’t my dog listening to me? This is because your dog is over threshold! This is when your dog crosses from one emotional state to another. If you spend time with a dog who is concerned about other dogs, you have probably witnessed the moment when he or she moves from seemingly okay into out-of-control behavior. What can I do to help with this behavior? There are a few things we can do to help with [...]

By |2022-04-19T10:48:40-07:00April 19th, 2022|0 Comments

I have been using your good manners course and it’s working wonders for my boy! One thing I can’t quite figure out is how to get him to stop barking at people through the window.

Barking out of your window could be a sign of anxiety/ fear. Your dog may be in “fight mode”. Good Manners is a great course to help give you ways to communicate with your dog but it will not deal with specific behavioral issues such as anxiety, fear or aggression. You can also try redirecting your dog with a high value treat. Is it getting more intense? Try this; Close the blinds Put frosted tint on the window Block the window Keep your dog in the back room You can also try to move where the mail or your packages are delivered to a location where it won’t affect your dog. Play calming music throughout the day in the background. If it continues, we recommend taking the Reactive Dog Rehabiliation program or watch the Understanding & Helping Your Reactive Dog Webinar!

By |2022-01-14T13:20:28-08:00January 14th, 2022|0 Comments

I want to help my excitable/ anxious dog learn to settle, but high-value treats (and even attention) are exciting so we end up in a heightened state. Even if I try to capture a moment of chill, once I give the treat she is amped up. How can I help teach her to relax or reward relaxed behavior?

Try the following; Teach a "calm" behavior - remember "slow is fast, fast is slow". Make sure your own energy is calm. Prepare the environment for CALM such as a quiet home. Put a lower value treat in your pocket (leave the training treat pouch out of this training session). Instead of a clicker you can use a verbal cue such as "yes" or "good" in a calm tone. If you prefer to use a clicker, try a clicker that is quiet or put the clicker in your pocket to muffle the sound. Once your home is quiet and you are calm, sit on the floor with your dog on leash and wait. Be sure not to give your dog attention (especially for unwanted behaviors such as high energy). If your dog does a calm behavior such as sitting or laying down give them a treat and calmly say "yes" or "good". Try to avoid eye contact (you can add this into your plan later). After about 3 to 8 minutes of training end on a calm note. Practice this each day for a short period of time. Remember, consistency is key!    

By |2021-11-11T22:16:13-08:00November 11th, 2021|0 Comments

Filling the emotional bank account (what is it and how to use it)

How do you fill your pets EBA? Giving treats, cuddling, walks etc. The Gottman Institute states the following; The Emotional Bank Account Essentially, when you turn toward your partner’s bids for connection, you are making a deposit in your Emotional Bank Account. And when you turn away from your partner, you make a withdrawal. Just like a real bank account, a zero balance is trouble, and a negative balance is the real danger zone. An Emotional Bank Account grows when partners make more deposits than withdrawals. In a six-year follow-up study of newlywed couples, couples who remained married turned toward their partner’s bids for emotional connection 86% of the time in the lab, while those who divorced averaged 33%. The difference between happy and unhappy couples is how they manage their Emotional Bank Account. When the Emotional Bank Account is in the red, partners tend to question each other’s intentions and feel disconnected, or even lonely. But when the Emotional Bank Account is in the green, partners tend to give each other the benefit of the doubt during conflict. They keep their relationship in the positive perspective. So how do you measure the balance of your Emotional Bank Account?

By |2021-11-11T22:06:02-08:00November 11th, 2021|0 Comments

Things to look for when finding the right breeder

Meet the puppies parents (both mom and dad) If the puppy is out of state, have the breeder fly with them to you or fly with the puppy yourself (don't let them travel underneath the plane in cargo) The breeder should have started exposing puppies to a variety of novel objects, people and dogs Get the parents health history Check out Puppy Culture

By |2021-10-27T17:58:13-07:00October 27th, 2021|0 Comments

Why is my puppy biting?

Did you know that puppies need between 18 to 20 hours of sleep each day? Your puppy may be biting because they are just tired!  Think about what type of environment you like to take a nap in... set up a place that calm and quiet for your puppy to nap. DON'T use your hands and feet as toys. Specific breeds such as heelers, australian shepards, siberian huskys may need more stimulation

By |2021-10-27T17:56:12-07:00October 27th, 2021|0 Comments

What if my dog is fearful of Clickers?

There are a variety of clickers to choose from! If your dog is sound sensitive you can check out a clicker that's more "quiet". If this is still too loud, you can try clicking while the clicker is in your pocket to muffle the noise ALWAYS pair the click with a high value treat or something rewards to the dog (such as a toy) Another option: Use a verbal cue such as "good" or "yes" (instead of the click) with a high value treat Is your pet afriad of loud sounds such as fireworks, thunder etc? This weeks #trainerquicktip is in preparation to “desensitize your dog to loud sounds”. Submit your short video to! View the #trainerquicktip Desensitization to Loud Sounds here:

By |2021-10-27T17:53:48-07:00October 27th, 2021|0 Comments



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