Teach Your Dog Tricks

Teaching your dog tricks, such as rolling over, shaking, and singing can be an excellent way to reinforce a bond between you and your dog. Dogs usually love showing off for their owners and other humans with tricks they have learned. Tricks also provide mental stimulation for dogs that they wouldn’t otherwise in play or other activities.

A common trick for dogs is ‘shake.’ This is a simple trick you can teach your dog with limited effort and frustration. Put a small treat in your left hand and, when the dog is in the sitting position, extend your right hand to the dog. Say “shake” and take the dog’s left paw with your right hand, make a shaking motion, and give the dog the treat from the left hand.

Some trainers warn against teaching your dog to sing because it encourages barking, but one way to discourage a barker is to create a command for vocalization. If you can train your dog to bark on command, you can also train them to silence themselves on command as well. Since you can’t mimic the action of barking for the dog, you will have to wait until the dog barks and say “sing” and give him a treat. Over time, the dog will learn to bark only when you command him to and will stop barking when you tell him to.

Betty S Egger, an experienced retired dog trainer with twenty years of experience, used to tell her clients to be careful with the “sing” trick because if done wrong, you could encourage your dog to bark for treats.

Relax and Take a Break with Your Dog

Remember back in the day during elementary school when you were able to get a recess every couple of hours? It was the absolute best time of the day for most of the students. They were able to go outside, enjoy the warmth of the sun, and most importantly take a break. That break allows students to relieve their brain form all the hard work that it has been going through for hours in the classroom. Just like students need breaks, dogs need breaks as well.

Dogs needs brain breaks when they are going through their training process with their owner. Dogs suffer from short memories and on top of that can only handle so much training before they lose focus and want to do something else that is fun. For these reasons, owners should take their dogs out for fun brain breaks during the time that they are allowing their dog to train.

A break for a student allows them to rest their mind and reset it for their next training session. They are refreshed and ready to soak in more information from their class. The same goes for a dog. Allowing them time to take a break, play, and simply be a dog gives them the chance to reset their minds and be better mentally equipped to learn all the tricks that their owner wants them to learn.

For well over twenty years, Betty S. Egger has been a dog trainer. Her business was held out of her home in Mercer Island, Washington. Though Egger no longer trains dogs full time for a living, occasionally she will help training the dog of a friend or a family member.

Dog Training - Give Your Dog a Chance

Dog training is all about building confidence in your dog. Dogs have been bred for tens of thousands of years to respond to human owners and try their best to please their tribe. In other words, dogs are born to please humans. It’s one of their deepest instincts. When you get a new puppy, he will look for ways to please you in his new home. Some dogs do funny things to please their humans, such as bringing in dead animals to the house to show off or barking at strangers to protect the house. While these activities are not desired, understand that usually your dog does them to help you in some way.

When you’re training your dog, one of the most important things to remember is to give your dog a chance to please you and succeed in its training. Putting a puppy in the house for eight hours while you’re at work and expecting him to not have an accident, even after some potty training, is not reasonable. Give your dog a chance to succeed at his training, and don’t fly off the handle if he can’t succeed in a tough situation. This principle goes back to the key to dog training: patience. Some dogs take longer to learn certain house rules than others, so stay with them, give them a chance to earn your praise, and you’ll have happy, well-behaved dog.

Betty S. Egger taught her clients the secrets to dog training for twenty years before she retired early this year.

Training a Human and a Dog

The name dog training misleads many people. When people go to dog training classes, they think that their dog will be receiving the training that it needs to have in order to best serve their master. Though that is true, it is not entirely true. A human needs to have as much training as their dog does. This is because their humans need to spend time to learn the correct calls, set the correct standards for their pet, and work with their dog outside of the training sessions.

When a human is trained during the dog training classes, they are better equipping themselves and their canine for the best success over the long run. People should be leaning to take care of their dog properly just as a dog should be learning the calls “lay down,” and “sit,” or learn a trick like “roll over.” Dog training is one way for humans to learn the most effective way to teach their dog what they need to be doing. That is why the dog training session should not be held to a couple hours on a weekend or weeknight, but rather should be continual throughout the week in order for the human on dog to learn.

For twenty successful years, Betty S. Egger taught dogs and people alike through the dog training business that she ran out of her home in Mercer Island, WA. Now retired, Egger still enjoys time with her five dogs and can be seen in the area often taking them out for walks. On occasion, the advocate for no-kill shelters will train a dog for friends or family members.

The Subject of Dog Behavior

Man’s best friend throughout civilization has been the dog. Animal to human interactions has evolved over the years to the point where today, we have many people that have dedicated themselves towards maximizing these relationships. Dog trainers are keenly aware of the responsibility of owners to making sure that their dogs have a healthy psychological foundation. These principles that have come to the public consciousness in recent years embody a new science of dog behavior. One of the first elements is to deal with one of the most common problems that owners face.

Dogs misbehave from time to time and unfortunately, the most common reaction is to physically reprimand a dog for this misbehavior. The dog sees this reprimand as a reward. The latest in thinking dictates that the dog should be ignored at this point. Part of this is based on the fact that dogs desire attention from their owners. It is a far more powerful signal to the dog to withdraw attention from them as a reaction to undesired behavior than it is to physically reprimand them.

Dog behavior is best addressed by implementing a gradual routine. Whether it is bad behavior or fits of loneliness that the dog is exhibiting, a phased approach towards interaction has been proven in many cases to be the best plan. Betty S. Egger is a retired dog trainer that lives in the Mercer Island, Washington area. Before her retirement, she trained dogs for more than 20 years. She believes in the power of having a relationship with a dog.

Of Shelters and Progress

The treatment of cats and dogs in shelters that are run by different organizations is an issue that continues to draw attention. There are many people that feel very intense feelings for preserving humane treatment of animals that wind up in shelters. Certain municipal districts have responded with reviews of the shelters to get some insight at the euthanization rates and look at the overall treatment. There has been a movement towards shelters that have “no-kill” policies. These types of shelters have significant costs associated with them, but for those that operate and work at these types of facilities, the effort is worth it. These shelters count on the rehoming of pets and finding the right families to adopt these animals. Some big box pet stores and malls across the country are beginning to feature homeless animals for adoption. Although many people are looking for puppies, there is a compelling case for a mature and well-trained animal that just needs a home to live in.

Betty S. Egger is deeply involved in these types of causes. She comes from a dog background, having retired from a career of over 20 years training dogs for clients throughout the Seattle metropolitan area. She encourages people to look at these pets that deserve to find a home where they can live in happiness. She feels that we can avoid having to put animals to sleep unnecessarily. She works with other volunteers, rescue groups, foster families, and the general public on her mission of getting the word out on the topic of adoption.

Dog Training - Tricks for Treats

Teaching your dog tricks can be very rewarding for dog and owner alike. Tricks can be another way your dog gets affection, which from the dog’s perspective, is everything. Teaching your dog tricks is a way to establish ways for the dog to earn treats and attention from you. Tricks also sharpen dog’s minds, which have to work overtime to comprehend how to complete the tricks and get the treat as a reward. This sharpening of the mind will also help your dog obey you in everyday situations when you’re at the dog park or in other public areas.

Tricks are a great way to engage your dog physically and mentally and give you a chance to bond with your dog a bit more. Dogs crave connection with their owners, and tricks are also a way to nurture this connection. This bond is what gives you a great foundation for obedience and safety for your dog throughout his life with you and your family. Tricks are also a way to get other family members involved in the training of your family dog. Have the kids play with your dog and perform tricks to further establish their place within your family and their adoptive strive.

Betty S. Egger is a former dog trainer with twenty years of experience. She built her independent business on the principles of exercise and engagement for dogs, and she says that she has seen many dogs fit in well with their families after they teach their dogs as many tricks as possible.

Life in Mercer Island

The quaint city in King County, Washington known as Mercer Island is known for its idyllic views and relaxed lifestyle. Families love this area for many reasons, but people often point out that it is affordable, safe, has good schools, and is close to downtown. Newcomers report that they do not have any trouble meeting other people and making friends. The variety of ethnic backgrounds of the residents of this city indicates the social sensibilities of the greater Seattle metropolitan area. The island is literally a geographical island, unlike some municipalities that hold the name. It is connected to the greater Seattle area by two stretches of bridges along the I90 interstate. According to the latest estimates, some 22,000 people call this city home. It is quite possible for an individual to know everybody on the island or conversely be known by everybody on the island. Despite having its own ZIP Code, its own Chamber of Commerce, and its own school district, the city is dependent on the greater Seattle area for many services.

As you can probably imagine, with such a unique geographical presence, there are many traditions that are unique in the city. Each summer is filled with a grand celebration including the July 4 fireworks show and various other events. It is surrounded by pristine beaches and it is also home to many public parks. Betty S. Egger is a resident of Mercer Island. For 20 years, she served as a trainer for dogs. She is now retired and enjoys her life here on the island.

Easy Dog Training

There are no secrets to dog training. It takes a lot of patience and persistence to get it done right. Thankfully a few basic training tips can help people on their way to training their dog properly. Some of these principles are contrary to what many people consider to be proper dog training. Swallowing a dog with a newspaper, for example, has a limited affect in the big picture. There are many other ways to integrate effective dog training that are simple to integrate and provide better results. Successful dog training is based on a system of principles. You must always be prepared to train the dog at all times. You should always be happy and upbeat around dogs. You should be smart when it comes to understanding what your dog is learning and where they are at in the process. Owners should be generous when it comes to treating the dog for desired behaviors.

Training a dog is a two-way relationship. You need to learn to listen to your dog and cue off of his behavior. Some dogs take some time to warm up to other dogs and other people. This should never be a forced meeting between the dog and others.

Consistency is key when it comes to training a dog. If there are many people around the house that are sharing different commands with the dog, this can be confusing and impairing to the dogs training.Betty S. Egger trained dogs for 20 years. She is now retired, but she shares training tips with those that requested. One of the things that she adds to these basics is for owners to set realistic expectations.