Training your dog.

As a dog trainer I have met all types of dogs. Big dogs, little dogs, lazy dogs, crazy dogs and dogs full of energy.  When you sign your dog up in one of our classes from our group class to our more specialized classes, we stress to the owner that its just as important for you to learn as well as your dog. If you have the desire to help your dog by sending it to us to train, then you NEED to be involved with its training. We always advise the owner to come and work with their dog while it’s here so that they know what to do when it comes home, and they know how to keep their dog doing what they pay us to train it to do. If you as a owner have no desire to be a part of how your dog is trained or how things will be after they come home then why pay a trainer to train them? If your expecting a mechanical dog after 3 weeks of training and no participation on your part then your best bet is to go to Wal Mart, go to the toy section and buy a mechanical dog take it home and set in the crate or on a bed. If your wanting a dog you have to do nothing with then our only program that will work for you is our 12 week in kennel program. We have had more clients then not that want to see their dog succeed. Which is why they send them here first. But now and then a owner don’t research the breed they are getting. They get it because ” its so cute”, ” I just loved the look” or ” I just couldn’t help but fall in love with it”, and my all time favorite ” My friend has one and its so well behaved”. All good reasons to get a dog, HOWEVER if you don’t know the breed research it. For example if you get a herding breed expect it to want to chase cars, kids, cats, etc. Example Australian Shepard  ( of any size ), German Shepard ( yes originally was a herding breed). A hunting breed such as a Labrador, golden retriever, Standard poodle, expect them to want to chase birds, cats, squirrels etc. So do your research we can help curb the issue, BUT we nor any other trainer can take out genetics. That would be like taking a person who is small and trying to make them taller, genetics in anything or anybody CAN NOT be changed. So before you buy, rescue, save or take in that cute little dog that just needs love and spoiled, stop and think about what your getting ready to do and how you as a owner are going to help this dog succeed at being the best it can be for you and your family.

Real Service dogs Vs Fake Service Dog

As we all have seen that little dog riding in the cart at Walmart or being carried at the mall we look and wonder. I myself right along with others stop and wonder just what kind of service that dog provides? As it growls and does other behaviors that is unbecoming of a well trained and certified service dog. We all hear on the news or see on social media that it has/ is becoming a problem in our society. People want to take their pets with them where ever they go. I can understand I have one or two myself but I don’t just order online a vest and a piece of paper ( or plastic ) that says they are certified as a service dog.

Those of us who train these dogs work hard and long to make these dogs what they are and to do what they do. We start with your basic obedience ( place, sit, down, stay, come, and heel). then move on to the advance stuff ( longer down, sit, stay, off leash heel etc). then there are the countless hours of socializing with outings to different places with different distractions, settings, etc. It can be frustrating to see those folks with ” fake service dogs” with their dog acting up and giving the impression that just because you put a vest on a dog and say it is doesn’t mean that it is. Its making harder for people with disabilities to go on with their daily lives and live as normally as you or myself with out their service dog cause a store was forced to ask everybody the two questions they can ask. When in all reality its very easy to see the difference in the two. However I do see change coming that will make things better for the REAL service dog to go on with their task and handler and much more difficult for the FAKE service dog.

I’ve often been asked to do a dog for service work and when I asked them what their disability is or what service they need the dog to perform I’m told well I just need it with me for emotional support, or just like to take my dog to the store. I do however ” weed out the ones that are just wanting to take their little dog with them wherever they go by asking for a letter from their doctor stating they would benefit from a service animal and what it would do for them. I don’t ask what their disability is cause most times it is obvious. The second reason I ask for that is so it’s on file should the dog ever come into question about it’s training such as happened recently to a past client.

So if your wanting a service dog get one that’s professionally trained not just a $150.00 vest and a fake registry that means nothing more then your dog is in a data base somewhere. We are here to help with your need of one and even if our prices are lower then you will expect we train them like it’s for a family member a friend or even for ourselves. Cause here at Frog Valley K-9’S our clients become friends. We look forward to serving you.
Have a question or comment feel free to use the contact page or call us.
Owner / Master Trainer

Rob Smith

 

Aggression issues.

As a master trainer I’ve had a lot of the dogs that come to us that have been rescues. 65% to 70% have had some kind of aggression issue. Most of them have been told they have dominance aggression. When I do my evaluation of the dog it turns out to be either fear or resource guarder. Yes I said resource guarder so let me explain. When a dog is a resource guarder most think of over toys, food or water bowl, yard etc. When you stop and think about a rescue dog most often that dog now looks at the new owner as a resource. Cause all good things come from that person. About 7 months ago I worked with a German Shepard that was not only fear aggressive but also a resource guarder. When he was with his owner ( a 14 year old boy who fed, watered, played ) all good things for this dog. While I was working with this dog I would have to wear a bite suit to walk him myself but it worked and then after about 4 weeks of doing this they would take him out in public. After a few more weeks the public was able to pet him and give him treats. The dog is now with his mother has a fresh start and is doing amazing with everything going on around him. My point behind all this is that just cause a dog bites at someone doesn’t mean the dog is dominance aggressive and treating a dog for dominance  when its really fear or resource or any other aggression can really mess up a dog making it worse. That’s where people as myself comes in. We are trained to recognize the different types of aggression and how to treat them. Not cutting down anybody that has ever worked with a dog or has said they think their dog is ( fill in the blank ) aggression but without proper training and schooling it can be really tough to figure it out ( yes even I am guilty of it ). So before you think you have a dominance, fear, resource, dog, or any other kind of  aggressive dog have a professional such as myself or anybody else who has had  many hours of training and much experience in it help figure it out and treat it so that you can have the loving pet dog you can have. As our motto says ” we believe every dog deserves a second chance “.

Owner / Master trainer

Rob.