Dog Training Blog

Some Good Advice And Reminders….

By Eric Smith on Dec 01, 2018 in Great Read
Some Good Advice And Reminders….

This bit of writing comes again from our friends at the Good Dog Training and Rehabilitation program…it’s really good stuff and important to remember as we go down the road of making changes for our dogs through our own attitudes and behaviors.  Read and enjoy!

The Good Dog Tip: How to mess up a dog!

So much of what we see with problem dogs and their behavior, is that people have unintentionally reinforced and encouraged the wrong stuff. And of course, none of us want to intentionally mess up our dogs (even though many of us – including your’s truly have). So here’s a little list of reminders that we’ll call the “don’t do”.

  •  Trying to love a badly behaved dog better.
  • Coddling, nurturing, babying an insecure, nervous dog.
  • Allowing a dog to have constant access to you and your personal space. (Following you everywhere, jumping in your lap uninvited, always needing to be near.)
  • Constantly petting a dog.
  • Using your dog to fill emotional gaps in your life.
  • Not enforcing rules because they feel bad.
    Being inconsistent.
  • Accidentally rewarding whining/barking/growling by petting/talking to/letting in or out of a door/crate.
  • Letting stressed dogs (pulling, anxious, worked up) meet on-leash.
  • Letting dogs pull to trees or bushes on walks.
  • Touching, talking to, “enjoying” a dog who jumps on you.
  • Giving treats or petting a growling/barking/anxious/stressed dog to calm and soothe them.
  • Sharing only your soft, sweet, loving, affectionate side.
  • Using tools that allow dogs to ignore you and the tool.
  • Using tools that allow/encourage the dog to behave worse.
  • Seeing freedom, love, and affection as more vital to your dog’s well-being than structure, rules, guidance.
  • Thinking exercise and activity create calm, relaxed dogs on their own.
  • Wanting to be your dog’s best friend before having become his leader.
  • Thinking dogs just want to please you.
  • Not sharing valuable consequences for bad behavior.
  • Being afraid that consequences and discipline will ruin your relationship.
  • Letting love blind you to your dog’s actual needs.
  • Letting your needs blind you to your dog’s actual needs.

Of course there’s oodles more, but this is a good start!

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Important Announcements


By K-Nine Solutions on Mar 27, 2020 in in Important Announcement

Dear K-Nine Clients,

We have closed the training facility to private lessons temporarily due to the COVID-19 outbreak. However, we are still open and doing business online and off-site. The changes surrounding this public health situation have come at us all very rapidly and we are doing our best to adapt and overcome the challenges we are all facing. We wish to thank you in advance for your patience with us as we work to re-schedule and switch our business model to one that practices Social Distancing and takes advantage of self-quarantine. So, for the time being, all in-person transfer sessions and 1 on 1 appointments are going to be held via Zoom.

We are going to be offering some new services that should accommodate many of your other needs. See below for details. As always, you are free to call, Instant Message, Text or email us with any questions, for help you may need with your dog. Please keep an eye on your email for updates and details on how to access our services.

We thank you in advance for your understanding and consideration and look forward to being able to continue to serve you.

With much gratitude ~ Eric