What does it mean to give your dog “a job”?
I’m glad my dog disobeyed me!
What message are you really conveying to your dog?
Do your emotions impact your dog training?

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We have recieved a few great reviews for our book, Juvenile Delinquent Dogs:

“Even canine ‘teenagers’ can wreak havoc, and all that foundation work you did early for your puppy may go to waste. This book is very well organized and covers a lot of ground. Do dogs really want to please us? And do they lose this hard wiring as teenagers? When should you punish your pooch, if at all? What do you do for dogs who develop fears (even if they weren’t fearful as puppies)? This book is an excellent resource for avoiding all those juvenile delinquent problems in the first place.” - Steve Dale via the Chicago Tribune

“Juvenile Delinquent Dogs is a strong addition to anyone who wants to nip a puppy behavior before it becomes a lifelong problem” – The Midwest Book Review

Our book is available in print and e-book version on AMAZONBARNES & NOBLE and DOGWISE

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Feel free to contact us with questions or issues you may be having with your dog, feedback about our products or website or anything else dog related.  You can reach us through our contact form here or you can call us - Ed is at 720-262-3740 and Sue is at 720-279-4663.  
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Sue at the APDT Conference In Cincinnati


Sue will be attending the Annual Association of Pet Dog Trainers Conference In Cincinnati in October.  For any trainers on our newsletter list who are also attending, feel free to get in touch with Sue to schedule a meetup.  Be sure to check out our giveaway that will be in your welcome tote bag!  


Product Updates:  Online Training Courses


We’ve added a new training course to our website – The Jumping Online Training Module.
 
A common issue with puppies, adolescent dogs and sometimes older dogs, is jumping. Dogs might jump on family members, visitors, or people out in public. Dogs might jump to greet, to play or to get at something. This Module consists of videos and text to walk you through step-by-step solutions to your jumping issues. The text is also in a PDF format that can be downloaded and saved to one’s PC.  
 
As with all of our online training, this module is available 24-hours a day and optimized for all devices, including smartphones and tablets.  The cost for this module is $10, which includes 30 days unrestricted access.  Click here to access.
 

What does it mean to give your dog “a job”?
 
Dog trainers, myself included, often tell clients that their dogs need a job to do. I recommend this often, especially with highly energetic and/or smart dogs. These dogs were mostly bred for specific jobs – herding livestock, catching rodents, retrieving birds, and others – but are often these days household companions without their intended jobs to do. So, we need to find other ways to burn off this physical and mental energy they possess.
 
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I’m glad my dog disobeyed me!

If you’re thinking there’s a typo in the subject of my post, you did read it correctly. And yes, that is what I intended to say! We tend to be very quick to get upset or frustrated when our dogs “know” what we’re telling them to do and they seem to deliberately disobey us. I admit, sometimes I can get irritated when Romeo doesn’t do what I told him to do. But there are times when I am glad he does not do what I ask or tell him to do. Let me explain.


There are times when I expect Romeo to disobey me, especially if he feels unsafe.

 
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What message are you really conveying to your dog?

For those who have taken my Basic Training Course, you should already know the answer to this. Let’s see who else does. When we are communicating with someone else, we convey information through the actual words we say, through our tone of voice, and through our body language. If each of those three components add up to a total of 100%, what percentage of our information do we receive through just the words we say?
Romeo is cautious in this setting, so everyone is showing nonthreatening, friendly body language.
 
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Do your emotions impact your dog training?
 
How sensitive is your dog to your emotions? Can your dog tell when you’re happy, sad, anxious or angry? Certainly some dogs are more sensitive than others.
 
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Sue Brown, MNM, CDBC, CPDT-KA and Ed Soehnel, The wife/husband team of The Light of Dog, with Romeo, our Vizsla. 

Sue conducts all training for Love My Dog Training, our business in metro-Denver, Colorado, since 2004. Sue has been providing dog training and behavior counseling since 1996. She is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant and Certified Professional Dog Trainer with over 15 years of experience. She is author of Juvenile Delinquent Dogs: The Complete Guide to Saving Your Sanity and Successfully Living with Your Adolescent Dog, Ask The Trainer: Answers to common questions about dog training and behavior issues, including jumping, leash manners, aggression, fearfulness, and morehas written for the APDT Chronicle of the Dog, and was a contributor to the book The Association of Pet Dog Trainers Top Tips from Top Trainers: 1001 Practical Tips and Techniques for Successful Dog Care and Training published in 2010. She also writes a bimonthly Ask the Trainer column for the Colorado Greyhound Adoption newsletter and is the the Co-Founder of the Colorado Dog Trainers Network, which provides networking, training and dog -related education, business education, and referral sources for trainers in Colorado. Her designations include: approved Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Evaluator; Certified Dog Behavior Consultant through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants; Certified Professional Dog Trainer through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers; and, a Professional Member and the Greeter for the State of Colorado of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers.

Ed’s background is leading companies from startup through exit.  He has a strong skill set in product development, marketing and sales.  He splits his time between working on The Light Of Dog and Love My Dog Training , and working with startups and early-stage B2C and B2B2C companies.  More about Ed can be found on his website

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