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The Original Dog Whisperer Paul Owens
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The Dog Whisperer: Dog Training Advice and Videos

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Training is vital to a long & happy association with your dog.

Quite literally, a well-trained dog is by far a happier, safer and healthier dog! Why? For one thing, because a trained dog requires fewer restrictions. The more reliable the dog, the more freedom he is given, the more attention he gets, and the more enjoyable the relationships with everybody.

Dog training serves to strengthen the bond between you and your dog. It builds communication, understanding, and mutual respect.

So, when company arrives in your home, there's no need to banish a well-behaved dog to another room for fear that he will be a nuisance. Moreover, because a well-mannered, obedience-trained dog is both appreciated and welcome, he receives more attention and interaction from family members, visitors, and passers-by, than does the ill-mannered dog.

Happy Training!

No dog-training method should ever be used if it conflicts with how you feel about your dog or how he should be treated. And no advice should ever be heeded if it supersedes your own common sense and intuition.

PAUL'S DOG TRAINING "SUCCESS TRIANGLE"

Dog Training Success Triangle
1. Environment: 
Set up a safe environment with no distractions where the dog can learn to be successful.

2. Positive Associations:
Use classical conditioning to associate a dog's life experiences with things he likes, such as food treats and fun.

3. Positive Reinforcements:
Use operant conditioning by using positive reinforcement to teach your dog what you want him to do until he realizes there are consequences to his actions. In other words, he learns that he gets what he wants based on what he does.

BACKGROUND: UNDERSTANDING DOG WHISPERING

A bit of controversy has swirled as the term “Dog Whisperer” has been used by a number of dog trainers around the globe.

Although non-force animal training methods have been around for many decades, the term dog whisperer was popularized in the early 1990s, as an offshoot of horse whispering. (My book appeared in 1999). As a result, gone were the uses of choke, prong and shock collars & the aversive training methods of physical punishment...

...No longer were dogs treated with “tough love” by being hit, jerked, shocked and pinned to the ground. Frightened dogs were no longer physically forced into situations they were afraid of and all these were replaced with kindness and compassion.

As we use the term, dog whispering is more about educating ourselves about dogs and their behavior than it is about educating or training dogs, although that is certainly an important aspect. Non-force dog whispering helps us develop our empathy and our understanding, making us more humane and more human. As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “If peace is our goal, then our means must be peaceful.”

A Message from Paul Owens,
The Original Dog Whisperer:

TV's Dog Whisperer
Q: Are you involved with the series called "The Dog Whisperer" that’s on television?

A Bone to Pick?
Q: I've never seen Cesar Millan of National Geographic's program,"The Dog Whisperer”, use inappropriate or violent techniques with animals - so why are you distancing yourself from him?

The Dominance Myth in Dog Training
Q. Is it true that a person needs to be dominant in their relationship with their dog so he’ll obey them?

DOGS & SEPARATION ANXIETY

Recommended
Dog Separation Anxiety Resource:
Dog Separation Anxiety Book

Dog Separation Anxiety
Q. How do you stop an older dog from urinating on the rugs due to separation anxiety?

Puppy Separation Anxiety
Q. I adopted a 1-1/2 year-old small dog...from a couple who were neglecting her. She whines whenever I leave her sight...Is there anything I can do?

DOG TRAINING - FOOD TREATS

Watch dog training video clip:
"Weaning your dog off food treats"

Types of Dog Treats?
Q. What type of treats do you use in the training process?

Treats for Dog Training?
Q. Do you always advocate using food treats in training?

Recommended Resource
Liver Biscotti - Wheat/Egg Free Recipe, original bite Size, 8oz.

PUPPY TRAINING

Watch puppy training video clip:
"Teaching Puppy Sit, Come & Down"

 

Puppy Preschool
Q. How soon should I start training my puppy?

Preposterous Puppy
Q. 6-month old male puppy out of control. Short of going to a zapping collar we have tried everything. Can you help?

Caged Puppy Blues
Q. We got a new puppy about a week ago and are finding it hard to get him to quit whining and barking while we have him in a cage...

Walking Your Puppy
Q. When is the right time to start taking a puppy out for a walk?

'Hungry' Puppy
Q. One-year old male chews everything in sight. Any suggestions?

Mopey Puppy
Q. We have had Munchkin since she was about 5 months old. She's now about 1-1/2...she really mopes around when I'm gone...

Purchase the entire
puppy training online video here:
Sit, Come & Down
$3.99
(5 Mins: 17 Secs)
Visit the complete video library:
Puppy Training Video On Demand
Recommended
Puppy Training Resources:
The Puppy Whisperer Puppy Training Book

DOGS & AGGRESSION

Watch dog training video clip:
"Mouthing, Nipping & Biting"

 

Dog Snaps at Children
Q. Sometimes, for no apparent reason, my dog snaps at children. How can I break her of this aggressive habit?

Dog Aggression Toward Child
Q. My son is the only person the dog has this aggression toward. I'd like to keep the dog and somehow work with him but I'm concerned that one day the dog will really hurt my son.

Taking a Bite Out of Fear
Q. My 3-1/2 year-old German shepherd is a fear biter.... Any suggestions?

Tightly Wound Dog
Q. My dog came to my home as a stray one night in a terrible storm..... how do I get her to behave around other dogs?

Dog Aggression While Walking
Q. But when I walk the two of them together they go NUTS when they see another dog. Please help!

Dog Aggression
Q. When my husband and I merged our households, we each had dogs... and there have been aggression problems... Help!

More Dog Aggression
Q. We have an almost 7-year old female Shepherd mix. Other than one dog that she's okay with, she is aggressive to other dogs.

Positive vs. Aggressive
Q. Does positive training work for an aggressive dog?

Purchase the entire online
dog training video here:
Mouthing, Nipping & Biting
$4.99
(8 Mins: 32 Secs)
Visit the complete video library:
Dog Training Video On Demand
Recommended Dog Training Resources:
The Puppy Whisperer Book The Dog Whisperer Dog Training DVD

DOG TRAINING ADVICE

Watch dog training video clip:
"Barking and Whining"

 

Positive Dog Training
Q. What’s the difference between positive, nonviolent dog training and traditional training methods? Is it easier?

Stop Dog Barking
Q. My dog won't stop barking... Is there any hope for us?

Dog Unleashed
Q. My dog just goes nuts whenever I try to put his leash on... What can I do?

Mean Bark at The Park
Q. I have 14-month old Aussie Shepherd... people on walks are afraid of him. Can you help?

Total Training Time?
Q. How much time does it take to train a dog?

To The Rescue?
Q. I am thinking about taking in a rescued 11-month old dog who is terrified of everything, but want to do what's right, and I have so many concerns...

To Tether or Not to Tether
Q. Is it necessary to tether my dog as part of the training process?

Clicker Training
Q. Why is a clicker used as part of the training process?

Destructive Dog
Q. When my dog hears any loud noise, such as thunder, gunshots, fireworks, etc., he is very destructive.

Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks
Q. Is it true that it’s difficult to train an older dog?

Purchase the entire online
dog training video here:
Barking and Whining
(Indoor)
$7.99
(15 Mins: 28 Secs)
 
Visit the complete video library:
Dog Training Video On Demand
Recommended Dog Training Resource:
The Dog Whisperer DVD - Vol. 2 - Solving Common Behavior Problems for Puppies and Dogs

DOGS & RELAXATION

Recommended Dog Training Resource:
The Dog Whisperer DVD - Beginning & Intermediate Dog Training for Puppies and Dogs

 

Doggie Breaths
Q. Why do you teach a breathing exercise as a part of your dog training method?

HOUSE TRAINING A PUPPY OR DOG

Puppy Potty Problem
Q. We're having lots of problems in house training our puppy, who insists on urinating in the house. Help!

Dog Fostering
Q. I am fostering an adult dog through a rescue organization. This dog has never been housetrained and I'm having a terrible time with him.

Too Much Excitement
Q. Why does my dog urinate when he gets excited and how can I stop it?

Inappropriate Dog Greeting
Q. My dog has an urination problem only when greeting. Any suggestions or info you have that might save my sanity and carpet would be appreciated.

SELECTING A DOG

Choosing a Dog
Q. I hope that you can help me with choosing my new dog... What do you suggest?

DOGS & SAFETY

Recommended Dog Training Resource:
Dog Behavior Training DVD

 

Dogs and Kids
Q. What can I do to be sure my kids are safe around dogs?

BECOMING A DOG TRAINER

Find a Dog Trainer
Q. How can I find a trainer in my area who uses the positive, nonviolent training methods that you teach?

Dog Trainer Training
Q. How can I become a dog trainer?

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