Whatever your problem is with your dog, if they are of sound mind, we can fix it together. If your only issue is pulling and you don't want formal obedience training, that is fine. I owned 2 small dogs and the only thing that they knew was 'come' and they did that command exceptionally well. That was all that they needed so I understand when people say they don't want a robot but just a companion that will listen to me when they need the dog to. I will work your dog with you in your house or neighborhood where the bad behavior takes place and show you step by step how to stop the behavior. If you have a puppy and want to start them on basic commands, we can do it. Check out my website and if your dog can't behave like the dogs I am training in the videos, call me 773-319-0890. Day, night, and weekend sessions available. No contracts. Agility, advanced obedience, protection, and specific problem solving.
Relieving a dog’s separation anxiety can be tough but it is worth it because you will make your dog stronger mentally and teach them to trust you more. Separation anxiety is a learned behavior. Most of the dogs that suffer from this disorder are not mentally strong and are taught to act this way by their owner. How? Petting your dog constantly will do this along with praising your dog at the wrong time. If you are constantly petting your dog why would they want to leave your side? They get used to it! It’s like a drug and when they don’t get that constant reassurance that they are okay from you they get nuts and behave badly until you resume petting them again. The other way of creating a dog with anxiety is petting your dog when they are nervous. I know it seems like the right thing to do yet in your dog’s eye you are praising them for being scared/nervous and they think that is the way they are supposed to behave so they learn that if they act this way they get praise. Almost always they do get praised so they continue to act this way. Everyone who has a dog with separation anxiety says they don’t do the above but if you really pay attention to your behavior you will see maybe I am right. How do you relieve separation anxiety? Teach your dog it is okay to be away from you. Also, you have to change your behavior with the petting. If you have done any obedience training start having your dog “sit and stay” 3 feet away from you for 10 mins 3 times a day. They might give you the sad eyes, whine, or try to creep to you but you have to be diligent and make them do the “stay.” When they complete the “stay” praise them like there is no tomorrow! After praising your dog for their hard work try your best to refrain from praising anymore for doing nothing. Make them work for healthy praise. If your dog comes and starts sitting on top of you after you do the “stay” put them back into a “sit” and make them work some more! Teach your dog if you are going to be so needy you have to work. Also, remember not to praise the bad behavior. Each day that you get more confident try making your dog stay further away from you. If you do this the right way you can have a much happier dog and owner within 2 weeks! Each day you will see your dog’s anxiety relieving! After you see your dog’s behavior change you can pet your dog as much as you like again, but change your relationship first! If your dog is nervous outside; do these exercises outside. Go to a Jewel or somewhere with a lot of foot traffic and do the above "stay" with your dog outside. You are teaching your dog number 1. that they are safe and 2. to trust that you would never put them in a bad situation. The more you work the better your dog will be. If you need any help or free advice on how to relieve separation anxiety call me 773-319-0890. Dan Morgan