For housebreaking a dog, you’ll need to know these five things: I call them the, “Five keys to housebreaking a dog (or puppy) in a hurry.” If you want to get the most bang for your buck with the least amount of hassle and effort then you must use all five of these house training techniques together, in tandem. 1.) When housebreaking a dog, correct your dog every time he has an accident in the house. Keep him confined to either a crate, or a dog run outside when you can’t supervise him. 2.) Read more [...]
I found a high quality dog food — the lamb and rice Costco brand, surprisingly enough! And it’s very economically priced, too. (About $23 at the time of this video.) The only downside is that it gives the dogs bad breath. Watch this video to learn a cheap trick to help eliminate your dog’s bad breath.
The audio/narrative is from an article we did on “Nothing In Life Is Free” — an approach to dog psychology. The video is some footage I shot of the dog’s first day with learning the “send out”. I especially need to work more on the front finish to flip finish.
Pedipaws Pet Nail Trimmer reviewed by Master dog trainer Adam G. Katz. Is this thing worth $20?
There are thousands of subtle things that a “pack leader” will do to demonstrate that he is the “alpha dog”. This is just one of them. Master dog trainer Adam G. Katz shows you how.
I’ll admit it: My dog is a dumb blonde. And not just because he’s a Golden Retriever. Let’s be honest: Mr. Juan Valdez (yes, that is his real name!) is riding the canine equivalent of “the short bus.” And as the author of two dog training books, I’m in a position to know the difference. So,you can imagine how humorous it is when people approach us and exclaim, “Wow! Now that’s one… smart… dog!” He’s not. He’s a big, happy dummy. But he’s my big, happy dummy… and he just happens Read more [...]
Last week, we moved into a new house and I thought you’d be interested in reading some random observations I had about moving with our dog. While I’ve moved several times in past years, there are always new experiences and new observations, every time. The first is simply the reaffirmation of how important it is to use the dog kennel/crate. Moving is stressful for your dog. Dogs don’t understand what’s happening or what’s going on. Especially with all of the big and tall strangers coming and Read more [...]
Justin writes: “My dog won’t stay in his dog house for more than 5 seconds. What can I do? I have his favorite blanket in there. Any suggestions? Thanks” Adam replies: For some reason, I find that most dogs do not like traditional dog houses. They do, however, prefer the Tupperware-type “Igloos.” In any case, here’s what you can start doing: Feed the dog his dinner in the dog house. What you’re doing when you feed him his dinner in the dog house is that you’re associating something positive Read more [...]
Be Aware: The big ONE is just about upon us. That means GUN SHOTS and FIREWORKS and LOUD PARTY POPPERS and all kinds of other things that can cause your dog to go absolutely bonkers. Here’s my advice: Keep your dog confined inside the house. And preferably inside his crate, if he’s crate trained. This will give him a sense of confidence and well-being. In the same room as his crate, leave your stereo on– fairly loud! Put some soft music on the CD player… like Yanni, or John Tesh, or.. G-d-Forbid… Read more [...]
I’ve received many requests from subscribers who have asked me to teach them how to make their dogs calm in the presense of fire crackers and gun shots. It’s really just a process of desensitization to those specific sounds. And along that note, within the next three weeks or so I should be releasing an audio tape product that will allow you to begin desensitizing your dog if you’ve found that your pooch ‘freaks out’ at the sound of a piccolo pete, a bottle rocket, or the ‘pop’ ‘bang’ ‘boom’ of Read more [...]
Apparently, last Friday was “Take Your Dog To Work Day!” It’s easy to miss this kind of holiday when you’re a professional dog trainer, simply because EVERY day is “Take Your Dog To Work Day!” But for those of you who work in an office and would like to take your dog to work on occasion, I’ve put together a list of things you should do before bringing Fido into your board meetings: 1.) Teach your dog an elimination command. I use the command “Get Busy.” This tells the dog when and where it’s Read more [...]
Vehicles: With the possible exception of a Harley-Davidson motorcycle and a side car, I’ve seen practically every type of vehicle used for taking the family pooch on a road trip. Below I review three of the best: 1.) Tom Rose of High Ridge, Missouri, had a Ford van he converted into a dog-friendly transport vehicle. By enclosing the back area, installing custom upholstery and a special air conditioning vent, he created an area in the back of the van where his dogs could ride in their crates Read more [...]
“Adam, I read your article about losing one’s insurance policy and have to agree with you about discrimination. I lost my home owners [insurance] and my dog because of this. My German Shepherd mix was accused of biting a 5 year old boy. Because he was ‘accused,’ we lost our insurance and had 10 days to get new coverage. No one would cover us as long as we had the dog. The local SPCA would not take the dog because it had a “bite record.” Sadly, the dog had to be put down. After a year-long battle, Read more [...]
All I can clearly remember is that I kept screaming, “It’s Dog Racism! It’s Dog Racism!” The talk radio interviewer who was hosting a morning-drive radio show from Sacramento, questioned, “Then why are the big insurance companies dropping home owner’s insurance for people who keep large breed dogs???” “Dog Racism!” was my reply, again. “It doesn’t matter that Springer Spaniels bite more kids every year than any other large “protection” breed in existence. If you’re going to discriminate against Read more [...]
A frequent contributor to our discussion forum asked my opinion about another dog trainer. This other dog trainer is a specialist when it comes to training dogs for a narrow-niche dog sport called, “Mondio Ring.” There are probably only 150 people in the United States who train for this dog sport. But it’s big in Europe, I’m told. He’s a specialist: He focuses on working dog trial training. But it got me thinking about our mission, here at DogProblems.com: What we do– to coin a phrase Read more [...]
While we would all like to think we have the smartest dog in the world there are some breeds that are generally more intelligent than others. In this newsletter we will look at the dogs ranking from 6th most intelligent to tenth. And then in the next newsletter we will look at the most intelligent dogs in the world. Don’t be too concerned if your dog doesn’t appear in either of these lists, as sometimes it is not always an advantage to have an intelligent dog. As expected, the more intelligent Read more [...]
Dog training is all about building relationships. Good dog training is all about building positive relationships where the dog has respect for it’s owner and also where the dog realizes that the owner is the master and leader of the pack. If the owner assumes the position of the leader of the pack and the dog knows and respects that position then it will feel more secure and be a happier pet. Under no circumstances should the dog be fearful of it’s master and that is why most current methods of Read more [...]
If you are elderly or incapacitated in some way then you might need to look at getting someone to assist with taking your dog for a walk or run so they get sufficient exercise. If you work long hours and don’t have the time to take your dog for a walk or you don’t prefer to go out after hours then getting someone to walk your dog during the day might be your only alternative. A well exercised dog will not only be healthier but it will also be a happier pet and if the dog knows that there will be Read more [...]
One of the first and most important steps in dog training is to get the respect and confidence of your dog. As mentioned in previous newsletters, dogs are pack animals, and there always must be a leader of the pack. You need to ensure that your dog understands that you are his or her leader. Once you’ve done that you will have gained the respect and confidence of your dog. Having done this will make dog training a whole lot easier for you and a far more pleasurable experience. Failure to Read more [...]
Many people believe that the lifespan of the dog should be considerably more than what we expect. And this is due to the foods that we feed our pets. The pet foods that we buy from the supermarkets have a high percentage of moisture, which leaves very little room for nutrition in the remaining contents. Some of the ingredients such as sodium are added to the dog food to make it more palatable while adding no nutritional value. In fact excessive sodium can be detrimental to the well being of your Read more [...]
Becoming a dog breeder is never something that you should do lightly, and never something that you should decide upon without many hours of consideration and planning. If you are going to be breeding dogs, then there are some things that you should think carefully about. Breeding dogs is something that requires a lot of hard work, and something that requires a lifetime commitment on your part. Therefore, if you are going to be breeding dogs, there should be some major aspects of your life that revolve Read more [...]
As you begin to breed, you are going to need to have a breeding plan. This might sound ridiculous, but in reality, it is very important. A breeding plan is something that you should have before you even get the dogs that you are planning on breeding. A breeding plan should be comprised of several different things. First of all, you need to have an idea of the type of dog that you are going to be breeding. This includes the information that you have already learned about the breed that you have Read more [...]
One of the most endearing traits of a Chow Chow is his great leonine mane and coat. While it is true that your pet won’t require elaborate and extensive coat trimming, but he’s sure to need a few hours of brushing, bathing and cutting of his nails just in order to look his best always. 1. When to start grooming him: Begin his grooming sessions as soon as you take him home and don’t worry that he’s just six weeks old or six months. It’s never too early to put him on a grooming regimen, so don’t Read more [...]
Which Dog Breed Does Adam Think Is Best? Novice dog enthusiasts frequently debate which dog breed is “best”. And while everyone has their own favorite breed, the experienced dog professional knows that there is no “all-around best” dog breed. It’s a matter of personal preference and what “job” your dog will play in your life. For example, if I lived in a rural area that had problems with rats getting in the house, I might choose a Rat Terrier (or any number of other terrier breeds) Read more [...]
I read the book. Here’s my question. My dog wets on the spot when ever she gets excited about seeing someone. Every time I or my daughter go outside, she wets herself as she is trying to greet us. She’s potty trained and knows where she needs to go eliminate. My friend owned her. She was an indoor dog that ended up being an outdoor dog. My friend didn’t know how to train her out of doing this. I got her because I don’t mind having an outdoor dog. She does not have a bladder problem (it was ruled Read more [...]