How To Stop Your Dog From Pulling

How To Stop Your Dog From Pulling


Understanding how to stop your dog from pulling is something that every dog owner needs to overcome in order to be able to walk there dog in an enjoyable manor. Many dog behavioral problems also stem from the fact that the dog is dragging you along the street. To put it simply your dog thinks it is in charge of the walk or in dog terms it sees itself as the pack leader!

There are so many gadgets, leads and collars out there but none of them can solve the problem if your dog thinks it is in charge, all these devices will do is attempt to divert your dogs energy elsewhere or cause pain in an attempt to stop your from pulling. If you find yourself having to correct your dog every 30 seconds then there is something fundamentally wrong. The funny thing is this, your dog knows how to walk nicely on the lead it is far more than simply training it, you have to at first convince it you are the pack leader.

Think of it like this. Your dog understands that on the walk, somebody has to be the leader, and your dog is simply taking the lead! It is more of a psychological battle than a physical one, at least it should be. This first stage of the walk is actually ensuring that you are the pack leader inside the house before you look to venture out as no dog will let you simply take control over the walk, (the most dangerous place compared to the den) if you are not in control inside.

Here are some key tips to try before you venture out:

After bringing out your dogs lead wait until your dog calms down even if this takes a while and only attach it when your dog is calm. Never rush this stage.
You need to first learn how to stop your dog from pulling inside your house or property before going outside – there are some fantastic videos that show all of this.
Walk first around the house going around the tables and furniture in your house with your dog following you.
If your dog pulls out in front of you then simply change direction, leaving your dog behind you.
If your dog drags backwards then gently hold the lead firm for 10 seconds then call your dog to follow. They have no other options and so will follow you if you are patient.
Control the doorways – you should always walk through the doorways first when your dog is on the lead
Practice walking in and out of the front doorway with you going first – keep doing this until your dog relaxes and gives up waiting for you to make the next move
Check your posture – make sure that you are relaxed and calm and that your shoulder is down and arm is straight at the elbow
Of course there is a big difference between actually watching how to stop your dog from pulling and reading about it! Whilst I can give you all the advice in written form there is nothing quite like actually being shown it on a video.

One such site is run by professional dog trainer Doggy Dan who uses a gentle but very practical approach to dog training. In the site you will learn exactly what steps to take to establish yourself as the pack leader. The site The Online Dog Trainer is great for owners who want to really understand and treat the cause of their dog’s problems and not just use a band-aid solution. CLICK HERE:

How To Stop Separation Anxiety

How To Stop Separation Anxiety

How To Stop Separation Anxiety

How To Stop Separation Anxiety

Separation anxiety is a very stressful behavioral issue that effects a huge percentage of the dog population, possibly as high as 14%. It is one of the most misunderstood issues with people trying to treat it by approaching it from a human point of view and failing to see the cause. The answer to how to stop separation is simple. Show your dog that you are the pack leader. Let me explain.

Recognizing that the following behaviors are symptoms is a start. They are as wide ranging as they are distressing for the dog, but by treating them you are not treating the cause of the problem. First ask yourself the question; does the behavior stop when you return? If so then I suggest that you’re being away is actually connected to the cause. Lets take a look at a few of the key symptoms.

Chewing –releases an endorphin similar to the one released when a human is chewing gum in an attempt to stay calm.
Barking, whining – this is a call for the owners to return to the pack, similar to if you were to call your children when you can’t find them
Escaping when you are not there – often very destructive, extreme and sometimes dangerous. Your dog is looking for you. So many people are told to try and exercise the problem out of their dog but it will not solve the problem
Digging, destruction – this is all connected to stressful and anxious behavior.
Self-mutilation – excessive, licking and chewing oneself. Excessive drooling is also a sign of stress. These are signs that are often mistaken for being medical conditions but are all stress related
Toileting – if your dog is toilet trained but starts going toilet inside and you think that it is behavioral then it could well be. If it is only occurring when your dog is away from you then it is very likely connected to your dog having separation anxiety
Whilst there are lots of places that you can find advice on how to treat all these symptoms there is only one way to treat the cause of the problem. If you are serious about how to stop separation anxiety then you must become the pack leader.

Separation anxiety is a very straight forward problem that occurs when your dog believes they are the pack leader and your are their puppy or member of their pack. In the wild dogs do not wander off out the den on their own and your dogs separation anxiety will continue until you return to him. Once you show your dog that you are the pack leader your dog will be fine with you coming and going as you please.

One of the best places to understand more about establishing yourself as the pack leader is the video based web site The Online Dog Trainer run by professional dog trainer Doggy Dan. Understanding the real cause of the problem is the first step, becoming the pack leader is the solution. CLICK HERE:

How To Stop Dog Aggression

How To Stop Dog Aggression

How To Stop Dog Aggression

If you want to understand how to stop dog aggression let me start by asking you two rhetorical questions!

Firstly do YOU start the aggression with your dog simply joining in?
Secondly does your dog listen to you just before it behaves the way it does when you try show it another way to behave?
The answer will of course be the following:
At the point your dog starts to become aggressive he is taking no notice at all of you.

He is making his own decisions and will not listen to you if you try to show him a different way to behave. What he is doing is simply too important to him and is the right thing to do. Dog aggression is nearly always done in order to protect, their pack and their own lives.

Firstly there is of course a whole range of different types of aggression from dominant to fearful and everything in between. Then there is aggression that occurs the whole time and other aggression, which is very erratic, and random depending on a number of differing factors. We could also look at what your dog is aggressive towards; it could be people, animals, other dogs or objects.

The way to stop dog aggression however is very much the same, or at least the cause of the problem is the same. Your dog thinks that it is the pack leader, becomes fearful and attacks to protect, you and himself. Dominant dogs will be more proactive, often attacking when they still have the option of running away, fearful dogs will only attack if they have no place to run. All the other factors pale into insignificance compared to this.

The most important concept to grasp if you want to understand how to stop dog aggression is that your dog must first look to you as the pack leader in the home. (This is the easiest place to convince him you are the decision maker.) Only then can you convince him that you are the pack leader on the walk. There are some fantastic video sites now that show you exactly how to become the pack leader.

Once you have convinced your dog that you are the pack leader outside then upon reaching the point where he usually is aggressive you will find that he will actually start to take notice of how you are behaving! If you aren’t then your dog will probably continue to ignore what you are doing at this point forever.

Just remember, dogs are pack animals and they follow the pack leader.

One of the best examples of a professional dog trainer putting this all into practice is The Online Dog Trainer. The site has live videos of this method being demonstrated and explains exactly how to stop dog aggression by simply convincing your dog that you are the pack leader. CLICK HERE:




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The skull should be long and flat, not too broad between the ears and narrowing very slightly to the eyes. Scalp should be free from wrinkles, stop hardly visible and cheeks level and free from fullness.
Ears should be V-shaped with carriage rather to the side of the head, not pointing to the eyes, small but not out of proportion to the size of the dog. The topline of the folded ear should be above the level of the skull.




Afghan Hound

Afghan Hound

The Afghan Hound is an aristocrat, his whole appearance one of dignity and aloofness with no trace of plainness or coarseness. He has a straight front, proudly carried head, eyes gazing into the distance as if in memory of ages past. The striking characteristics of the breed-exotic, or « Eastern, » expression, long silky topknot, peculiar coat pattern, very prominent hipbones, large feet, and the impression of a somewhat exaggerated bend in the stifle due to profuse trouserings-stand out clearly, giving the Afghan Hound the appearance of what he is, a king of dogs, that has held true to tradition throughout the ages.




The Affenpinscher is a balanced, wiry-haired terrier-like toy dog whose intelligence and demeanor make it a good house pet. Originating in Germany, the name Affenpinscher means « monkey-like terrier. » The breed was developed to rid the kitchens, granaries, and stables of rodents. In France the breed is described as the « Diablotin Moustachu » or moustached little devil. Both describe the appearance and attitude of this delightful breed. The total overall appearance of the Affenpinscher is more important than any individual characteristic. He is described as having a neat but shaggy appearance.

Top 175 Dog Breeds In USA


Stats from the American Kennel Club:
1 Labrador Retrievers
2 German Shepherd Dogs
3 Golden Retrievers
4 Beagles
5 Bulldogs
6 Yorkshire Terriers
7 Boxers
8 Poodles
9 Rottweilers
10 Dachshunds
11 Shih Tzu
12 Doberman Pinschers
13 Miniature Schnauzers
14 French Bulldogs
15 German Shorthaired Pointers
16 Siberian Huskies
17 Great Danes
18 Chihuahuas
19 Pomeranians
20 Cavalier King Charles Spaniels
21 Shetland Sheepdogs
22 Australian Shepherds
23 Boston Terriers
24 Pembroke Welsh Corgis
25 Maltese
26 Mastiffs
27 Cocker Spaniels
28 Havanese
29 English Springer Spaniels
30 Pugs
31 Brittanys
32 Weimaraners
33 Bernese Mountain Dogs
34 Vizslas
35 Collies
36 West Highland White Terriers
37 Papillons
38 Bichons Frises
39 Bullmastiffs
40 Basset Hounds
41 Rhodesian Ridgebacks
42 Newfoundlands
43 Russell Terriers**
44 Border Collies
45 Akitas
46 Chesapeake Bay Retrievers
47 Miniature Pinschers
48 Bloodhounds
49 St. Bernards
50 Shiba Inu
51 Bull Terriers
52 Chinese Shar-Pei
53 Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers
54 Airedale Terriers
55 Portuguese Water Dogs
56 Whippets
57 Alaskan Malamutes
58 Scottish Terriers
59 Australian Cattle Dogs
60 Cane Corso
61 Lhasa Apsos
62 Chinese Crested
63 Cairn Terriers
64 English Cocker Spaniels
65 Dalmatians
66 Italian Greyhounds
67 Dogues de Bordeaux
68 Samoyeds
69 Chow Chows
70 German Wirehaired Pointers
71 Belgian Malinois
72 Great Pyrenees
73 Pekingese
74 Irish Setters
75 Cardigan Welsh Corgis
76 Staffordshire Bull Terriers
77 Irish Wolfhounds
78 Old English Sheepdogs
79 American Staffordshire Terriers
80 Bouviers des Flandres
81 Greater Swiss Mountain Dogs
82 Japanese Chin
83 Tibetan Terriers
84 Brussels Griffons
85 Wirehaired Pointing Griffons
86 Border Terriers
87 English Setters
88 Basenjis
89 Standard Schnauzers
90 Silky Terriers
91 Flat-Coated Retrievers
92 Norwich Terriers
93 Afghan Hounds
94 Giant Schnauzers
95 Borzois
96 Wire Fox Terriers
97 Parson Russell Terriers
98 Schipperkes
99 Gordon Setters
100 Treeing Walker Coonhounds**
101 Keeshonden
102 Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers
103 Toy Fox Terriers
104 Leonbergers
105 Norwegian Elkhounds
106 Belgian Tervuren
107 Anatolian Shepherd Dogs
108 Welsh Terriers
109 Black and Tan Coonhounds
110 Pointers
111 Tibetan Spaniels
112 Neapolitan Mastiffs
113 American Eskimo Dogs
114 Spinoni Italiani
115 Smooth Fox Terriers
116 Boykin Spaniels
117 Bearded Collies
118 Salukis
119 Norfolk Terriers
120 Black Russian Terriers
121 Manchester Terriers
122 Briards
123 Australian Terriers
124 Belgian Sheepdogs
125 Welsh Springer Spaniels
126 Miniature Bull Terriers
127 Petits Bassets Griffons Vendeens
128 Kerry Blue Terriers
129 Tibetan Mastiffs
130 Irish Terriers
131 Clumber Spaniels
132 Redbone Coonhounds
133 Bluetick Coonhounds
134 English Toy Spaniels
135 Lakeland Terriers
136 German Pinschers
137 Xoloitzcuintli
138 Affenpinschers
139 Scottish Deerhounds
140 Beaucerons
141 American Water Spaniels
142 Ibizan Hounds
143 Icelandic Sheepdogs
144 Bedlington Terriers
145 Pulik
146 Greyhounds
147 Field Spaniels
148 Swedish Vallhunds
149 American English Coonhounds
150 Plotts
151 Kuvaszok
152 Polish Lowland Sheepdogs
153 Curly-Coated Retrievers
154 Irish Water Spaniels
155 Irish Red and White Setters
156 Lowchen
157 Entlebucher Mountain Dogs
158 Pharaoh Hounds
159 Canaan Dogs
160 Finnish Spitz
161 Sealyham Terriers
162 Glen of Imaal Terriers
163 Norwegian Buhunds
164 Finnish Lapphunds
165 Pyrenean Shepherds
166 Skye Terriers
167 Sussex Spaniels
168 Otterhounds
169 Komondorok
170 Dandie Dinmont Terriers
171 Harriers
172 American Foxhounds
173 Norwegian Lundehunds
174 Cesky Terriers
175 English Foxhounds

Fearful Dogs

Fearful Dogs
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One of the saddest things is the number of people that misunderstand fearful dogs and in trying to make things better for their dogs they actually make it worse. Fearful dogs are nearly always lacking strong pack leaders, and their owners are often the kindest and gentlest people! They want nothing more than to see their dog live the kind of life that all the other dogs are living, happy, fun and free.

What they fail to recognize is that their dog is actually scared because the owner is giving them the message that they are the pack leader. Their dog like many is not able to handle the pressure, nor should they be expected to.

Let me describe a scenario. If you are 4 years old and find yourself in a dark wood with your younger sister and there is a strange noise or a person coming towards you then you may very well be afraid. However if one of your parents were there with you though, then everything would be fine. That is because you would not be in charge! This is how it is for your dog when you make them the pack leader. They are terrified and just want to get home safe and alive.

All the responsibility is on your dog’s shoulders and they are not able to handle it in this human world. There are far too many strange things for them to make decisions about all the time. Eventually they will snap unless you help them.

To help your dog you must first become the pack leader and I suggest that the best way to do this is through watching video rather than reading about it. Here are a few things that you should remember when working with a fearful dog.

They can change but will struggle if you try to push it too fast
You must become the pack leader – There are some great videos sites now that show you exactly how to become the pack leader, don’t just read about it
Ask your friends to ignore your dog when they first meet her
People should not approach your dog but wait until she is calm and then call her over.
If she doesn’t come over then she is too scared and you must leave her alone.
A good video based web site will show you exactly how to put all of this into place through the use of video so you can sit back, watch and learn.

Establishing yourself as the pack leader is the foundation to any success with fearful dogs. Until you recognize this you and put it in place you will never be in a position to help your dog.

One of the best sites around is The Online Dog trainer. It has fantastic videos on establishing yourself as the pack leader and also shows you how to give confidence to fearful dogs. CLICK HERE:

Dog Training Tips

Dog Training Tips

There are a few real keys to dog training, whether you are trying to train your dog to come when called, sit, stop barking or any other behavior. Understanding their importance is critical to achieving rapid results that are long lasting and help develop the bond between you and your dog.

Dog Training Tips

Dog Training Tips

The first is simple; you must win your dogs mind. If you don’t achieve this first then you will be struggling the all the way. When I talk about winning your dogs mind what I really mean is that your dog looks to you for all the decisions. Before you do anything else watch one of the amazing video sites that show you the 5 Golden rules to establishing yourself as the pack leader. If you aren’t putting these in place then you are setting yourself up to fail. Just at the crucial point where you really want your dog to listen they will go and do their own thing. For sure your dog may play ball occasionally or even most of the time, you may even have a dog that is obedient 99% of the time, however if you want a dog who always listens to you and does as you ask then you need to win your dogs mind.

The second key to success is to motivate your dog. It is really important that you discover what it is that your dog enjoys both in terms of exercise and play but also in terms of a reward. If you can make the experience enjoyable then you will both achieve more and look forward to training.

Some dogs love to fetch, others love agility, and other dogs simply love obedience training, or swimming out into water and retrieve. At least to start with find out what your dogs love is and help them develop this, what I am saying is work with your dog. The other point to recognize is to make training enjoyable reward your dog.

The three main rewards are:

Food- anything from a single dry biscuit to a whole piece of sausage!
Affection- pats, cuddles, lots of high verbal praise
Toys- games, throwing a stick or object, chasing your dog etc
Your dog is always going to work harder if you are fair in your training. Even if you do not want to use food you should make sure that you use affection accordingly when your dog does well

If you want to use food rewards then always follow these simple tips:

Always vary food rewards
Do not give food rewards every time
Never let your dog know what the reward is
If your dog doesn’t come first time then do not give them the reward
The third key to achieving perfection is practice! Learning how to encourage behavior that is closer to what you want than the last is the third key to success. Again this is where rewards come in so handy! Motivate and then show your dog what it is that you want and there is no need for any negative training!

One of the best sites that shows you all of this and more is The Online Dog Trainer, put together by top Dog Trainer, Doggy Dan. CLICK HERE:

Become The Pack Leader

Become The Pack Leader

Of all the questions that people ask “how to become the pack leader” is the big one! This is by far the most important question how to convince your dog that you are the person in charge. Think of the pack leader as the decision maker – where you should go on the walk, how to behave in different situations and how to respond to all the strange things that are out there.

Become The Pack Leader

Become The Pack Leader

When you understand how dogs packs work you soon realize the importance, that pack leader makes all the decisions. If you leave it up to your dog then there a big chance that your dog is going to get something’s very wrong and make a mistake!

In order to understand how to become the pack leader you must first recognize that the following means nothing to a dog….

What car you drive, the size of your house, the money you earn or the fact that you speak languages! Your dog would happily swap all of that for a nice snack!

Asking your dog to sit before her dinner falls a long way short of what you need to be achieving to become the pack leader and walking through doorways is only necessary when your dog is on the lead.

Lastly – dominating your dog is certainly not the way to become the pack leader in fact this can back fire badly on you later on if you teach your dog that physical strength is what it is all about. Whilst you may force your dog into submission it will not be convincing your dogs mind that you are worthy of the position and that you should become the pack leader only that you are a bit of a bully.

So how do you become the pack leader? All dogs worldwide, regardless of breed use the same ways to check to establish the pack leader. The best way to learn about how to put it into practice is to watch it being done on video as I have done through one of the video based web sites. The important areas to take control in are the following:

The pack leader will be in total calm control when your dog barks and alerts you to danger. This includes anything that your dog may perceive as dangerous and barks at in and around the property
On the walk your dog should not pull you at a single stage, even the beginning! Learning to walk your dog properly can only really be learnt through video as I have found out!
If you are the pack leader then your dog should be able to relax and switch off completely inside the house. If your dog is always switched on most of the time and can’t relax then that is your dog on pack leader duty!
Getting your dog to switch off is directly connected to how you meet and greet your dog after your return home. You need to watch it on video it is so subtle but it is the difference between being the pack leader or the follower.
Lastly, feeding your dog correctly will establish who is the pack leader and there is much more to it than asking your dog to sit! Also if you have a dog that is “not food motivated” then you may be in for a surprise!
There is one site that shows you – using video – exactly how to become the pack leader and how crucial it is to changing any behavioral issue.

If you want to understand more about this topic or see the videos that explain everything then simply take a look at The Online Dog Trainer here :