If You Ain’t the Lead Dog

On August 11th, 2011, posted in: Uncategorized by samscotti 2 Comments

Life is like a dog sled team. If you ain’t the lead dog, the scenery never changes. :)

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Little dog fact

On August 9th, 2011, posted in: Uncategorized by samscotti 1 Comment


All dogs, from the German Shepherd to the tiny Yorkie, are direct descendants of wolves. They can all breed together and produce fertile offspring. Technically they are of the same species. And they can all be trained!!

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Dog Obedience Training

On August 3rd, 2011, posted in: Dog Training, Uncategorized by samscotti

The words dog obedience may sound harsh at first, but the benefit to a dog that is obedient is enormous. Think of the quality of life for a dog that is obedient and in a home to that of a stray on the streets. The stray doesn’t have to follow the rules of a home, but which do you really think has it better? Without question it is the dog that is trained, has a leader and enjoying the health, and comforts that come with that training.

What does obedience training mean?

This may seem obvious, but the word obedience means to obey something or someone and when used in dog training it means obeying specifically you, the leader. In fact the foundation of any good dog training is going to be first establishing the clear role of the leader, once that is in place everything falls into place. This is the basis for dog obedience training.

Dog Psychology and the Down Command.

The reason the down command is so important, is that it puts your dog into a submitted position. Sit, is easy for dogs and your Boxer or Beagle can quickly jump right up from a sitting position, but down is a completely different frame of mind for your dog. It makes them vulnerable so to speak, which in turn elevates you as a leader as you are able to make them go down with just a word or wave of your hand.

So dog obedience training is really about establishing the right relationship with your dog so that they respect and obey (listen) to what you say.

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Here is a short video of Ramses the young Schnauzer pup showing his obedience. Never would have imagined obedience could look so cute!

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