Off Leash Dogs Have More Fun 1.2

It's a recurring theme here on my blog but it's really true. Off Leash dogs have more fun. Owners have more fun with their dogs when they can really have them be a complete part of their lives. If you're not constantly stressing about if your dog will run off or misbehave you can relax and enjoy the time spent with your dog. We have several dog training programs that can help you achieve off leash reliability.  Call us for a free evaluation today!

Walking a Reactive Dog

Dog Training in Tucson AZ

If you have a reactive dog we can help you! We help clients all the time have a normal walk with their dog without all the barking, lunging and making an overall fuss at every distraction they encounter. Enjoy your walks again and give us a call at 520-427-8712

Here is some great information on walking a reactive dog, written by Monique from the Naughty Dogge Blog.


Tips on How To Look Normal With Your Reactive Dog

For most dogs, if we look normal and relaxed, they will become normal and relaxed...

1) Going past another dog, make sure your muscles relax. One muscle tensing can be enough to trigger an explosion. Loosen your hand, forearm, and shoulder, and walk through with purposeful determination. And breathe.

2) Imagine in your head exactly how you want your dog to look as you pass by the oncoming dog. As you visualize it in advance, also have plan B ready just incase your dog has another plan in mind.

3) Walk your line and claim your path - and no more deaking into ditches and the trees. Your body language should look like a normal person casually walking their normal dog.

4) Loose Leash Walking seems to be a lost art. Your hand should be open on your leash, and just a thumb closing in will get a difference in your dog. Think horse-riding and reigns; through your leash you offer suggestions that your schooled dog will take.

5) As we master our challenges and feel great about ourselves, we still get stuck when we approach a dog that scares us. Normally these are the dogs that will slaughter our dogs if ours choose to cause trouble, so our fears were well founded. When approaching these dogs, recite your mental checklist of your handlings skills. 1) Walk your Path and don't avoid, 2) Open your Hand, 3) Swing your Arm and 4) Slow down.

6) Your dogs will get safety in a group (Pack Walk). This is a great step, but you still need to go walking on your own. Go walking alone right away so that you remember your jobs.

7) After every walk (at least to start) calculate the percentage that you did your mental game right, percentage that you did your technical game right, and then list every technique and moment that you did right. This will help you to remember it, and make it more firm in your memory.

8) With many dogs, as they start to learn what we want, we must go softer, not harder. Your cues must be way less, your movements slower and softer, or you will actually trigger responses from your dog.

9) Never go past a dog while your own is misbehaving. You need good behaviour before your challenge has left, so go slow enough so that you can get that. Keep your forward momentum, but go at a snails pace if needed. You need to master each and every pass by. Going slow calms you down, and it calms your dog down. So when struggling, slow down. As soon as you are past them you can pick up your speed again.

10) Stopping is graduation step. It is the hardest of them all and some dogs might never get to this point. Always watch carefully when you are stopped, and help your dogs.

11) Go Hunting for Victims. It is much funner than trying to hide in the bushes.

12) Don't be as reactive as your dog. People will be rude to you, often with the best of intentions. Smile sweetly, and in your mind thank them for donating this training moment.

13) The ruder the person who judges you, the bigger you must smile. Imagine in your head what dog they will end up with next. Karma is a bitch.

14) As you graduate, if your dog is off-leash as you pass by, teach your dog a verbal cue to get him moving forward. You need for them to have forward momentum without the leash forcing it - you can always manufacture this by throwing food forward. However, be aware of the presence of other dogs when doing this, and don't do this if your own wants to guard food.

Monique Anstee
Victoria, BC

Always Train, Rarely Test

There is such good information in the Blog Post I shared awhile back from Baltimore Dog Works that I wanted to share a segment of it again. The only thing I would change is Rarely test, rather than Never test. 


Tests are fine for kids in school. Not for dogs. Whenever you are with your dog, get it in your mind that you are not testing them to see if they are going to do the right thing or the wrong thing. You are, instead, going to give advice and guidance... as much as necessary, but as little as possible... always. This is an important thing to get in your head. I've said this in front of group classes before and literally seen an immediate change, a softening in handling, a release of tension, and an overall more understanding attitude from clients. The actual actions (leash pressure, corrections, praise, everything) don't actually change. But the attitude and the vibe the person is giving off makes a major difference to the dog.

Remembering Our 9-11 Dog Heroes

"Meet Britain. The last Known livingroom search and rescue dog Who Worked at Ground Zero As members of Texas Task Force 1, Brittany and her mom / handler Denise Corliss HAD intense first year deployment They joined Nearly 100 --other search and rescue dogs to find and save people trapped in the rubble of the World Trade Center after-9/11."

10 Rules for Training Your Dog

'Dogs are natural gamblers. If they "win" one of these exchanges once, they'll continue to place bets. Make the result inevitable until you are sure your dog isn't calculating the odds.'


Excellent information in this post from Baltimore Dog Works. I'm sure many of you who have trained with me have heard me say the same things in one form or another.

Obedience Training Makes Pet Portraits Easy

Ever struggled getting a good picture of your pet? Most photographers say that photographing pets is much like photographing children, they pretty much do their own thing and a good picture is dependent on how they're feeling that day. Teaching your dog to perform a stay, and having them be able to give eye contact on cue can make posing and photographing your dog quite easy. All of our programs can get your dog performing these behaviors, for help getting your cat to cooperate...well ..good luck with that ;-)

My Buddy Milo-Tucson Dog Training

No Dog Training tips, advice, or pointers in this blog post. Just wanted to share some cool pics of my buddy, Milo, the Jack Russell Terrier. He loves to play fetch and will do so endlessly. 

Dog Training in Tucson, AZ
Milo is good about bringing his toys back to continue the game. 
Tucson Dog Trainer of all breeds and sizes.

I hope you all don't mind me having this Blog play dual roles as my Dog Photography Blog.

Attention and Dog Training

It's important to be able to get and keep your dog's attention. If you can get eye contact on cue around distraction you will have an easier time enforcing reliable obedience and polite walking. If they're paying attention to you they can't be reacting to the distractions around them. Call us today to get your dog to stop being more interested in everything else and instead paying attention to you.

Zaidee, the German Shepherd Dog, displaying excellent attention on cue. She is in for a 3 week boarding and training boot camp here in Tucson, AZ.

Zaidee, the German Shepherd Dog, displaying excellent attention on cue. She is in for a 3 week boarding and training boot camp here in Tucson, AZ.

Happy Easter

I hope all of you are enjoying your Easter. I got to do two of my favorite things today, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and training dogs. Here are some pics of my outing this morning with our newest Board and Train, Zaidee. She's a lovely dog and should breeze through her Doggy Boot Camp.

Zaidee is already doing some speedy recalls!

Zaidee is already doing some speedy recalls!


What Is Love?

We love our dogs and we're pretty sure our dogs return that sentiment. Well current research is mapping the canine brain's response to the smell of people they know and it appears that a dog's love of their owner may have scientific merit as well. 

Read more about it at the link below:

But Remember, just because your dog loves you does not mean they'll listen to you. Having a well behaved dog takes more than earning their affection.

Contact us today and we'll help you have a dog that loves you AND listens to you.

What Is Wrong With Free Feeding?

Food can be a powerful and motivating force when training a dog. The thoughtful use of food, as a reward not a bribe, can be used to quickly and precisely communicate to our dogs, what behaviors we find desirable.

Of the clients I work with, those whose dogs have the most problematic behaviors tend to be free-fed. Free-fed, meaning they have access to unlimited or nearly unlimited food all day. In addition, these owners, who dearly love their dogs, give nightly treats and other tidbits for usually nothing other than being a darn cute dog. The motivation behind this is understandable. For the busy and hardworking owner, free-feeding is a convenient way to provide for their dog's nutritional needs. The last thing a dog owner wants is their dog to go hungry and free-feeding is a certain way to make sure that doesn't happen. But free-feeding has a cost, and I mean more than just the rising price of kibble. 

The cost of free-feeding is that your dog has neither consequence or motivation to work with you. Often a dog who is free-fed has very little motivation to do what is asked of him. Everything he gets in life is always provided through no action on his part. He is likely to easily be distracted and pay little attention to his owner, despite their increasingly frustrated attempts to get them to acknowledge the owners pleas. If you are free feeding your dog you're missing out on a great opportunity to communicate to your dog that your relationship is a partnership where you work together to satisfy his needs. 

Being the clear provider of your dog's food at a definite period of time gives you a daily event where manners, obedience, and partnership can be rehearsed and richly rewarded. Something as simple as a down stay while you prepare their meal and followed by a "wait" until released after you place the bowl on the floor, can go far in communicating to your dog that his desirable behavior produces good results and that working with you rather than against you is the quickest way to satisfaction. If you feed your dog twice a day then you are setting up, at a minimum, 730 mini training sessions a year! Imagine what could be accomplished with 730 lessons.

To learn how to get your dogs attention and effectively move away from free-feeding and put those 730 yearly lessons to use Contact Us Today! Manners and More Tucson Dog Training 207-619-0497