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How to Train Your Dog in 2021

Today’s post is about training your dog in the New Year 2021. This year I’m suggesting to dog owners to change there training habits. If your dog isn’t listing, isn’t coming when called, or sitting or…. It’s time for you to change your training style. No yelling, yes at times we need to be firm but yellig seldom helps any situation. Never use force, I teach my clients to not use your hands to push your dog’s butt down or to move your dog into position. Another classic one is pushing your dog down when they jump up on you… Think of it this way, when we use our hands to muscle our dogs into position, we are actually physically doing it for them. They mostly don’t learn that way, the best lesson is to get your dog to actually get down off you when you tell them to, without pushing them. In many cases when we touch or push our dogs to get them to do something they view that as praise or attention. So it sends the wrong message!

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Let’s become a proactive pack leader. Train using with leadership without force, no painful equipment, no pinch collars or choke collars. The goal is to help your dog to be a safe, to be a fun loving member of your family/ pack.

Please check out this link for some new year training ideas,

As always if you have any questions or need help with your dog, feel free to contact us – click here Gerard Raneri- Dog Training Mobile


Dog Training in Tucson

After a long hot summer we are cooling off! This is the best time to start dog training. Not Just for your dog but for us humans as well. The cooler weather allows our dogs and us to have more energy and more patience for both our dogs and us. We all know in 110 degree weather our dogs are not interested in doing much during our summer months. Now in October, our dogs come alive ! Even the older dogs seem like puppies again. Lets take advantage of this time, put a leash on your pooch and go through some basics. If you have a new puppy, once they have all their shots get them out there and socialize them. Use play to train your dogs and puppies…have fun and enjoy your dog and our great Tucson dog training weather. As always, call me anytime. Also take our free behavior quiz. and visit our local news video

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My dog is Jumping on everyone!

Jumping is a very common issue for most families with dogs… When dogs are young (puppies) us humans reward the puppy when they jump. The way we reward them is my touching them when they jump up. Their paws are om out leg or is they are taller they may be as high as your stomach. Some folks will now pet the dog and say good boy to them they may even get a lick or two. While other folks may “push” the dog down and say NO! This person may have even kneed the dog in his chest or ribs.

From the dog’s perspective;  now the dog is confused… One human was happy to have the dog jump up on them and the next human got mad at me!

The old saying about “you have to be consistent or the dog won’t learn” that’s absolutely true.

First I have to get this out of the way… please stop kneeing your dogs. Yes i know it gets your dog off you and may even teach then to stop jumping but it’s wrong and it hurts your dog. Kneeing dogs trunes the trust into rust. In other words by kneeing you dog you’re sending the message that he oe she can not trust you. I have seen great dogs be scared of their own owners after being knned, I have seen dogs get dislocated ribs and one dog even had a fractured rib from being kneed by their owner. Kneeing a dog is old school training, Its not the way to train your family pet.

While it’s difficult to teach you how to stop your dog from jumping through a blog post, I’ll give you a few helpful tips how to stop your dog from jumping.

Fist lets get your dog to listen to the basics… Sit, stay, come, down. Walking nice on a leash is key and can help when guest come into your home.

Never Pet your dog or even touch your dog when he jumps up.

When guest come into your home, leash your dog, guide your dog to sit and then the guest can greet him. Always stay calm and show your dog leadership without force.

Recreate the jumping situations but now you are ready. Correct him when he drops his head right before he jumps. All dogs will drop the heads before they jump to gain momentum. Recreate this and other scenarios to reinforce that jumping isn’t allowed.

Correcting a dog the right way, not by kneeing or any physical correction is my philosophy.

Physical corrections is not effective and in come cases becomes abusive.

You can try using a squirt bottle however if used incorrectly, it could make you dog reactive. The reason it’s hard to explain how to anything with your dog is because, I do not know your dog.

I do not know his or her temperament.  It’s all about your relationship with your dog. Once I know your dog I can use the correct method that fit’s your dogs temperament and the humans personality.

Because I may never meet your dog I ask that when you teach your dog anything, always take into account how your dog learns best. We want to build on small success, rewarding your dog when he responds correctly is the key. Too many correction will give you poor results because your discouraging the dog too many time. Think about when you’re trying to do something and someone is behind you saying, WRONG, do it again…WRONG,…WRONG do it again …  if you’re anything like me, you’ll tell the guy to do it yourself and walk away. Am I right? Well if we correct our dogs too harshly or too many times the result is always the same.. the dog shuts down and tries to ignore you. Your dog  may even turn his or her head and ignore you. Many dogs will start Yarning, looking away and just act like you’re not there. At this point it time to let your dog have some time. It’s not time to start yanking on his collar and yelling at him. Dogs that are new to training should have short, 15 to 20 minutes of training and puppies need less, 5 to 10 minutes. Again it depends on the dogs temperament.

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A Funeral for a Hero Dog- The Last Living 9/11 Rescue Dog…

We see many dogs helping people, some help people in service work, some are guide dogs. All of them are loved by their people. They are all heros to the people that they help. To us dog owners, our dogs move us, it’s something inside of us that happens when we are with our dogs. Dog lovers or even pet lovers know exactly what I’m talking about. That feeling you get when your dog sits by your side when you need him most and you didn’t even have to call him or her. They just knew you needed them. (In this post we won’t talk about when you call them and they ignore you, lol)

This sad story is about a dog that help at the World Trade Center on 9/11/2001. This girl was a Hero to us all, she had a job and did it very well. Thank you Bretagne, for all the help and joy you gave to so many. You made things better for many people and help countless people feel better every day of your life.

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Holiday Dog Training Tips Highlighted on KVOA TV News in Tucson

KVOA TV NewsCanine Coach Gerard Raneri with Dog Training Mobile here in Tucson talks over how to keep your pooch safe this Christmas Season.

KVOA television news heads off to neighborhood dog training coach Gerard Raneri for these puppy or dog preparing tips to help any dog owners in Tucson, AZ that hope to have people over for the holidays.

Some key points from the tv segment:

  • Practice with your canines before your family, relatives, or wanted visitors come over.
  • Stay away from plants, mistletoes or tinsel all of which can make dogs very sick

Watch the video below and pass it on to anybody you think it can help this winter season.

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