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When Love Hurts (the fallout of spoiling) | Dallas TX Dog Trainers

By Sean O’Shea

So many folks have great intentions. They want to love, nurture, and enjoy their dogs, but somewhere along the line they get off track. They may not even realize that they’re using their dog in place of a child, or an outlet for the love they’re aren’t comfortable sharing with people, or they simply go on “love auto-pilot” because it feels good.

And with some dogs you can get away with this with little fallout. But with the wrong dogs – those that are already prone to insecurity, anxiety, and difficulties dealing with stress, or extremely pushy and entitled dogs – you can hit the wall. Hard.

For these dogs, when given too much affection, love, and freedom, with not enough rules, structure, and guidance, they crash. They become highly anxious (separation anxiety is common), are unable to comfortably deal with stress or pressure (you’ll see lots of reactivity in the house and on walks – barking and reacting to everything), you can get overprotective behaviors (growling at guests and others), you can get resource guarding (of people, space, food, or toys), and you might even get serious aggression in the form of biting (could be your typical fear biting where they pounce when you turn around, or more overt and proactive).

This happens, because many dogs are already prone to elevated stress and anxiety levels. Once you remove the comfort of a believable authority figure and dependable structure and rules, the stress and anxiety levels go through the roof. These already vulnerable dogs now have the perfect ingredients and environment for serious trouble. And behavioral issues are almost always guaranteed.

These dogs now become highly insecure, highly stressed, highly anxious, bratty, unsure, nervous, pushy, you name it.

Why? Because we all (dogs and people) depend on dependable guidance. Dependable rules. Dependable accountability. Dependable structure to lean on. But who needs it most? Those that come with already compromised experiences, those without great genetics to lean on, those that are already vulnerable.

This is how our good intentions can lead us and our dogs into unfortunate places. Mistakenly believing these guys simply need our softness – or because we simply enjoy sharing softness and what it fulfills in us, and/or that discipline is much harder work – we leave them feeling the opposite of what we want: Alone, scared, worried, dependent, unsure, insecure etc.

Because we won’t do the hard and sometimes uncomfortable work of sharing with them what’s expected of them, and how to cope and behave – because we won’t guide them and show them – they will do their best to figure it out in their own. And let me assure you, for already stressed, anxious, nervous dogs, figuring it out on their own is the worst sentence you can give them.

This is how we create doggy train wrecks.

Instead, if we’ll walk the path of balance, doing the hard work of sharing disciple, structure, and rules – and if we’ll truly lead them as much as we love them – we can create dogs that excel instead of struggle. Dogs that consistently improve instead of slowly falling apart.

Hopefully this helps explain how our good intentions of helping often turn into hurting. How by way of “love” we often sentence dogs to struggle and suffer.

Spoiling, babying, and coddling = insecurity, imbalance, and neurosis. | Dallas TX Dog Trainers

Spoiling, babying, and coddling = insecurity, imbalance, and neurosis. 

So many folks have great intentions. They want to love, nurture, and enjoy their dogs, but somewhere along the line they get off track. They may not even realize that they’re using their dog in place of a child, or an outlet for the love they’re aren’t comfortable sharing with people, or they simply go on “love auto-pilot” because it feels good. 

And with some dogs you can get away with this with little fallout. But with the wrong dogs – those that are already prone to insecurity, anxiety, and difficulties dealing with stress, or extremely pushy and entitled dogs – you can hit the wall. Hard. 

For these dogs, when given too much affection, love, and freedom, with not enough rules, structure, and guidance, they crash. They become highly anxious (separation anxiety is common), are unable to comfortably deal with stress or pressure (you’ll see lots of reactivity in the house and on walks – barking and reacting to everything), you can get overprotective behaviors (growling at guests and others), you can get resource guarding (of people, space, food, or toys), and you might even get serious aggression in the form of biting (could be your typical fear biting where they pounce when you turn around, or more overt and proactive).

This happens, because many dogs are already prone to elevated stress and anxiety levels. Once you remove the comfort of a believable authority figure and dependable structure and rules, the stress and anxiety levels go through the roof. These already vulnerable dogs now have the perfect ingredients and environment for serious trouble. And behavioral issues are almost always guaranteed. 

These dogs now become highly insecure, highly stressed, highly anxious, bratty, unsure, nervous, pushy, you name it. 

Why? Because we all (dogs and people) depend on dependable guidance. Dependable rules. Dependable accountability. Dependable structure to lean on. But who needs it most? Those that come with already compromised experiences, those without great genetics to lean on, those that are already vulnerable. 

This is how our good intentions can lead us and our dogs into unfortunate places. Mistakenly believing these guys simply need our softness – or because we simply enjoy sharing softness and what it fulfills in us, and/or that discipline is much harder work – we leave them feeling the opposite of what we want: Alone, scared, worried, dependent, unsure, insecure etc. 

Because we won’t do the hard and sometimes uncomfortable work of sharing with them what’s expected of them, and how to cope and behave – because we won’t guide them and show them – they will do their best to figure it out in their own. And let me assure you, for already stressed, anxious, nervous dogs, figuring it out on their own is the worst sentence you can give them. 

This is how we create doggy train wrecks. 

Instead, if we’ll walk the path of balance, doing the hard work of sharing disciple, structure, and rules – and if we’ll truly lead them as much as we love them – we can create dogs that excel instead of struggle. Dogs that consistently improve instead of slowly falling apart. 

Hopefully this helps explain how our good intentions of helping often turn into hurting. How by way of “love” we often sentence dogs to struggle and suffer.

Author: Sean O’shea

Guide your dog Don’t negotiate

Guidance creates breakthroughs, negotiations create stress.

Remember, that which can be resisted will usually be resisted. When we create a non-negotiable moment we help dogs who are stuck break through mental obstacles. When we negotiate, or create moments of possible resistance we escalate stress and actually marshal more resistance.
This doesn’t mean that forcing your dog to “be successful” is the way. Far from it. But being mentally aware of the dynamics at play in regards to helping dogs breakthrough are essential to successful training and rehab work.
In the long run, too many options, debatable decisions, negotiable moments, and the ability to push back creates stressed out, unsure, bratty and uncomfortable dogs, who debate, negotiate, and push back.
It’s an uncomfortable place for them and an uncomfortable place for you.

– Sean O’Shea

Dogs Left In Cars – Risk of Heat Stroke on Warm Days

Even when parked in the shade on a warm day, animals (or kids or the elderly) can succumb to heatstroke or death if left in the car unattended. Sadly, it happens every year.

Pets are part of the family. We frequently take our dogs with us on outings. And, no matter how prepared, it seems we always have to run a quick errand or two on the way to wherever we are going.

“I’ll just be a minute” and “It’s not that hot” are famous last words that become epitaphs.

 Car windows absorb and insulate the inside, quickly turning the car into an oven.  A dog’s normal temperature is 99.5 to 102.5 degrees. At 105 degrees, the dog is at risk for heat exhaustion. At 107 degrees, the dog can develop heat stroke, which often involves irreversible damage and death.

 

 

So if you need to run errands, leave your dog at home. If you have someone with you, then have them sit with the dog in the car while the air conditioning is on. 

A Family Reunites With Their Dog After A Horrific Tornado

This is a very emotional story. There was not a dry eye in the house at Off Leash K9 Training Texas after viewing this video.

Dog reunited with familyVAN, Texas (KXAN) – Cameras were rolling on an emotional reunion in North Texas as a family finally got to see the damage after a tornado ripped through their neighborhood Sunday. “I really don’t know what else to say…I’m just glad that my dog is back … after tornado

Dog reunited with family after tornado.

 

 

Blue Buffalo Lies about ingredients in Dog food

Blue Buffalo had admitted to lying about ingredients in Dog Food

Pet care giant Nestlé Purina is suing rival Blue Buffalo for allegedly misleading customers about what’s in their dog and cat food.

The lawsuit claims that independent testing found “significant percentages of poultry by-product meal” in several of Blue Buffalo’s top-selling “Life Protection” pet foods. The complaint also alleges Blue Buffalo’s “LifeSource Bits” contain poultry by-product meal and corn, and that several Blue Buffalo products promoted as “grain-free” actually contain rice hulls.

Blue Buffalo claims that its pet foods are made with “only the finest natural ingredients” including “real meat, whole grains, and veggies.”

There is “NO chicken (or poultry) by-product meals, artificial preservatives, corn, wheat or soy,” in Blue Buffalo’s pet food, according to the company website.

The complaint estimates that Blue Buffalo spent approximately $50 million in 2013 to promote its claims that Blue Buffalo ingredients are all natural and superior to competitors.

“We believe consumers deserve honesty when it comes to the ingredients in the food they choose to feed their pets,” Steven Crimmins, vice president and chief marketing officer of Nestlé Purina, said in a statement. “Our commitment to owners and their pets is not a marketing ploy or advertising slogan. At Purina, what goes in the bag goes on the label.”

 

 

Why Duration Works | Off Leash K9 Training Texas

 

Why duration work works!

Duration work, which is essentially a fancy name for your dog doing an exercise like Place or Down for an extended period of time, is kinda like magic. It doesn’t seem like much is going on, or that much benefit could be obtained from it, but just like magic, poof, problem behaviors and state of mind issues begin to fade away though this simple but profound process.
We equate it to dog meditation. I strongly believe it helps reset and re-balance the dog’s nervous system, much like human meditation can for us.
By teaching the dog (or maybe more accurately resetting the dog) to understand that what goes down around him/her is none of their business, and not of their concern, we remove the habit and the burden of constant emotional and physical reaction to the environment.
So many dogs get caught up in the cycle of emotionally and physically reacting to whatever occurs in their environment – a person leaving the room, a knock at the door, a dog barking outside etc – and these triggers can create an emotional response that then becomes habituated stress/anxiety/edginess creating all manner of behavior issues.
By resetting the dog through duration work (multiple hours a day is great!) you fundamentally change the emotional state and many, many problem behaviors simply disappear, or are tremendously reduced. By teaching (and insisting!) that your dog remain quietly in command while the world goes on around him or her, you end up creating a far more relaxed, comfortable, and well-balanced dog.
Just like magic!

 

Author: Sean O’shea

K9 Influenza

Dog flu is a contagious respiratory disease in dogs caused by a specific Type A influenza virus referred to as a “canine influenza virus.” This is a disease of dogs, not of humans.

The “canine influenza virus” is an influenza A H3N8 influenza virus (not a human influenza virus) that was originally an equine (horse) influenza virus. This virus has spread to dogs and can now spread between dogs.

The H3N8 equine influenza virus has been known to exist in horses for more than 40 years. In 2004, however, cases of an unknown respiratory illness in dogs (initially greyhounds) were reported. An investigation showed that this respiratory illness was caused by the equine influenza A H3N8 virus. Scientists believe that this virus jumped species (from horses to dogs) and has now adapted to cause illness in dogs and spread among dogs housed in kennels and shelters. This is now considered a dog-specific lineage of H3N8. In September of 2005, this virus was identified by experts as “a newly emerging pathogen in the dog population” in the United States.

The signs of this illness in dogs are cough, runny nose and fever, however, a small proportion of dogs can develop severe disease.

The percentage of dogs infected with this disease that die is very small. Some dogs have asymptomatic infections (no signs), while some have severe infections. Severe illness is characterized by the onset of pneumonia. Although this is a relatively new cause of disease in dogs and nearly all dogs are susceptible to infection, about 80 percent of infected dogs will have a mild form of disease.

Canine influenza virus can be spread to other dogs by direct contact with aerosolized respiratory secretions from infected dogs, by uninfected dogs coming into contact with contaminated objects, and by moving contaminated objects or materials between infected and uninfected dogs. Therefore, dog owners whose dogs are coughing or showing other signs of respiratory disease should not expose other dogs to the virus. Clothing, equipment, surfaces, and hands should be cleaned and disinfected after exposure to dogs showing signs of respiratory disease.

Testing to confirm canine influenza virus infection is available. Your veterinarian can tell you if testing is appropriate. The tests can be performed using respiratory secretions collected at the time of disease onset or using two blood samples; the first collected while the animal is sick and the second 2 to 3 weeks later.

Treatment largely consists of supportive care. This helps the dog mount an immune response. In the milder form of the disease, this care may include medication to make your dog more comfortable and fluids to ensure that your dog remains well-hydrated. Broad spectrum antibiotics may be prescribed by your veterinarian if a secondary bacterial infection is suspected.

To date, there is no evidence of transmission of canine influenza virus from dogs to people and there has not been a single reported case of human infection with the canine influenza virus. While this virus infects dogs and spreads between dogs, there is no evidence that this virus infects humans.

However, human infections with new influenza viruses (against which the human population has little immunity) would be concerning if they occurred. Influenza viruses are constantly changing and it is possible for a virus to change so that it could infect humans and spread easily between humans. Such a virus could represent a pandemic influenza threat. For this reason, CDC and its partners are monitoring the H3N8 influenza virus (as well as other animal influenza viruses) very closely. In general, however, canine influenza viruses are considered to pose a low threat to humans. As mentioned earlier, while these viruses are well established in horse and dog populations, there is no evidence of infection among humans with this virus.

Schedule an appointment with your veterinarian so that they can evaluate your dog and recommend an appropriate course of treatment.

Stop Dogs From Digging | Dallas TX Dog Trainers

Dogs dig for several different reasons. Sometimes dogs dig to make a cool spot to lay in the hot summer. Or they may dig to try to escape from the yard so that they can go on a tour of the neighborhood or meet favorite friends. Occasionally dogs with separation anxiety dig out of their yard in an attempt to be reunited with their owner. Some dogs dig to pursue the odor of prey animals. Others dig for fun or buried food. Digging may even be an expression of the obsessive-compulsive behavior (e.g. a component of shadow chasing). How to Stop Your Dog from Digging - Purina® Dog Chow

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It is not always easy to determine why a dog is digging. Some breeds are predisposed to digging. Terriers and dachshunds, for instance, have been bred to dig in order to get into animal dens underground. Dogs with high energy levels may also be prone to dig as a way of channeling their excess energy.The positive impact digging may have in a dog’s life is that it serves as an energy outlet. However, the negative impact digging can be a high level of aggravation for the dog’s owner as the yard begins to resemble a minefield. In addition, digging (“excavating”) brings with it the very real risk of the dog escaping from the yard and getting lost, hurt or even killed

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The very best way I have found to stop dogs from digging is to take them for long walks and get them exercise. Walking is a necessity for your dog, and it’s a myth that dogs who have a yard do not need to go for a walk. Walking provides exercise, bonding time with the owner, communication with other dogs and people and, most important, walking also provides dogs with a chance to explore.

How to stop your dog digging holes

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Good luck with stopping your dog from digging, and remember that is the key to correcting any dog behavioral problems. If your dog respects and trusts you, he will be eager to please you in all situations.

-Danny

People Aggressive Dogs

People Aggressive Dogs

At our dog behavior training facility near Dallas Texas, we deal with dogs who are aggressive towards people on a regular basis.

One thing that everyone asks is, “Can you fix my people aggressive dog?” That’s a very tricky question to answer until we really start working with your dog.

First, you must understand WHY your dog has aggression towards people: abused at a young age, lack of socialization at a young age, or bad breeding (genetic predisposition)?Watch Cyberbully (2015) Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download(genetic predisposition)?

I would say about 90% of the cases is lack of proper socialization at a young age; unfortunately, this is sad because this is the EASIEST and most preventable thing to do with your dog (that is 100% free and cost-free).

We (as in Off Leash K9 Training) do have a classification system that tells us the likelihood of being able to completely fix (or address) your dog’s people’s aggression.

We base this system NOT on the number of incidents your dog has had, but the “severity” of the incidents. This is the grading scale assuming that your dog has no medical issue.

Level 1 Aggression:
-Growls and barks at people, but has never actually put teeth on a person.

Level 2 Aggression:
-Growls, barks (not necessary), and has put teeth on someone but has never actually punctured a person’s skin

Level 3 Aggression:
-Growls, barks (not necessary), and has left 1-3 shallow puncture marks on someone. *Shallow punctures meaning not deeper than half the length of the dog’s K9 teeth*

Level 4 Aggression:
-Growls, barks (not necessary) and has left 1-4 deep puncture wounds in a single bite. *Deep punctures meaning deeper than half the length of the dog’s K9 teeth*

Level 5 Aggression:
-Growls, barks (not necessary) and has left multiple Level 4-type wounds on a person.

Level 6 Aggression:
-Has severely wounded a person (long hospital stay due to the dog bite) and/or even killing a person.

Dealing with Level 1 and 2 Aggression: This is the easiest type of aggression to fix. At our K9 Training facility near Dallas Texas, we work with this on a daily basis. We are almost always able to completely fix this, give your dog amazing obedience, higher confidence, and stop their reactivity to people. What this tells us is that your dog may be reactive towards people; he/she has learned GREAT bite inhibition.

Dealing with Level 3 Aggression: This is still very workable from a training and “fixability” perspective. We have a lot of steps that we will go over with you in order to get this issue fixed and bring the level down until it’s a level zero. This means that your dog has SOME bite inhibition.

Dealing with Level 4 Aggression: This is where it starts to get a little tricky. This is where we will ask about the specific situation and story behind the bites. Generally, with a level 4 aggression biter, it is workable with the family and people living with the dog (assuming the dog did this with someone in the family). Generally, would not recommend this dog interacting with anyone outside of the people working directly with the dog on a daily basis. This is a dog who has A LITTLE bite inhibition.

Dealing with Level 5 Aggression: Okay, at this point, you have a dog that we would classify as a dangerous dog. Your dog has NO bite inhibition whatsoever, and we would say that they are not be trusted around people.

Dealing with Level 6 Aggression: Your dog is a VERY dangerous dog and training would not help whatsoever. Your dog could never be trusted around anyone and would recommend this dog being put down for public safety.

So, if you have a dog in the level 1-3 zone, this is definitely workable, trainable, and more than likely completely fixable.

We would say that level 4 can generally be managed and controlled and a good possibility of fixing this behavior.

If you have a level 5 biter, we would never trust this dog around people; however, we can give you control over the dog. Depending on your specific situations with a level 5, depends on what course of action should be taken with this dog.

If you have a level 6 biter, training would not even be a viable option for your situation.

Hopefully this blog on dealing with your people aggressive dog will help you in having realistic expectations from training. Also, it will help you realize exactly how severe your issue really is from a professional training standpoint.

If you are at a level 1, 2, 3, or 4, I would HIGHLY recommend getting training as soon as possible, as it is very possible (with time) for your dog to move up the aggression scale.