by Samantha Quackenbush, Good Dog! Lead Trainer
People often ask me what my favorite dog training book is. I always respond with The Power of Positive Dog Training, by Pat Miller. Pat Miller's training philosophy is very similar to my own, so I know when I recommend her book you will be learning lots of high quality information on how to train your dog utilizing positive reward based methods. This is a great book for beginners as it starts you out from when you get your dog as a pup. Though, if you have an adult dog I still recommend teaching him everything in this book, as old dogs certainly can learn new tricks!
To go along with your new training methods you will need a heavy supply of various levels of training treats, ranging from low level like Cheerios or just plain kibble to a mid level like soft treats or jerky and high level like natural hot dogs or any leftover meat you may have in your fridge. I really like the Natural Balance food rolls. They look slightly like a summer sausage and you can cut them into any size you need. This treat is great for picky eaters as I have yet to see a dog refuse it! For some dogs it can even qualify as higher value than meat!
I hope you enjoy Training Tip Tuesdays! - Sam
By this time of year, it usually seems as if the weeks of summer are flying by. Though autumn is swiftly approaching, some of you might still have a bit of work or leisure traveling to do. If the itinerary includes bringing along the beloved family canine(s), there are certain safety measures dog owners should be aware of. Whether you are heading on a plane, train, or automobile, Good Dog! is here to assist you in toting your pawed loved ones with ease.