Cesar’s Tips: Setting Goals for 2011

A new year is a great time to set new goals for yourself, your life, and your relationship with your dog! Here are some ideas to keep in mind as your make your resolutions for your canine companion in the year ahead.


Put aside excuses and find the time to devote to your canine companion. Whether it is more time on the walk, or less time away from home, make time to spend with your pet so you can improve your bond and strengthen your pack leadership!


Slow down and live in the moment! The problems and stresses that we deal with on a daily basis can sometimes blind us to the good things in our lives. That is human nature. So take a page from your dog’s book! Try not to fret about things that may or may not happen down the road. Don’t dwell on something you said yesterday and whatever effects it may have on your life today. Plan a day that’s just for you and your dog. Wake up and be aware of how you feel. Take a walk and clear your mind. Enjoy the sights and sounds and smells of the world around you, and enjoy the company of your canine friend. Everyone deserves a little vacation now and then, and if you’re lucky, you may discover a way to take a little piece of that feeling with you in your everyday life!


Let your dog be a dog! Many owners make the well-intentioned mistake of thinking of their dogs as people. They assume that their minds and emotions work in exactly the same way as ours. Humanizing a dog creates imbalance, and a dog out of balance is an unfulfilled and, more often than not, troubled dog. So instead of trying to make your dog human, think of getting to know your dog for who she really is as an exciting new adventure! Remember they are animal first, then species, then breed, and then name!


Reconnect with nature. In so many ways, we humans are different from every other being that shares this planet with us. We have the power to rationalize, which includes the power to fool ourselves. Yet, no matter how much we ravage the earth, our animal natures yearn to be fulfilled. Dogs are a lifeline to that instinctual part of ourselves that so many humans have lost touch with. Reconnect with Mother Nature through your dog’s nose, eyes, and ears, and take some time to enjoy the nature that surrounds you. Go on a hike, smell the air and the flowers, take a camping trip or simply sit outside and soak up some sun or meditate under the stars!

Dog Bad Habits
There are certain dog bad habits that you'll want to fix,
right away. Especially if you want to take your dog with
you, anywhere you go without inflaming the resentment of
friends and family. You'll be surprised at how many of these
habits can be fixed by learning how to give your dog a
motivational leash correction, along with the proper use of
timing and consistency.

Here are five behaviors you can teach your dog to make him a
well-mannered companion and get rid of the dog bad habits
that would make your dog an unwanted house guest:

Housebreaking: Let's face it... nobody wants you to bring your
dog to their office party if he isn't house trained. There
are five secrets to housebreaking your dog in a hurry: 1.
Administer a leash and collar correction when he has an
accident; 2. Praise him when he eliminates outside; 3.
Establish a "Go Potty" command and place; 4. Clean up any
accidents with an enzymatic neutralizer, like "Nature's
Miracle" which you can buy at most pet stores; 5. Keep your
dog in a
crate or kennel run when you cannot supervise him,
100% of the time- so that you're consistent.

Jumping up on visitors: Hey, I love dogs as much as the next
guy. But I also enjoy being clean and presentable. It's not
your visitor's job to correct your dog. So, keep that leash
and training collar on your dog, say "No!" and administer a
firm leash correction when he jumps. You can "set up" this
behavior with confederates so that your dog learns that
jumping up is not allowed, anywhere. After a few different
people and environments, he'll quickly extrapolate that
standing and waiting for praise is a rule that applies to
everyone. When you see that your dog makes a decision not to
jump up, praise him profusely.

Nipping: It's not cute and it's not funny. Nipping turns into
full-fledged dog aggression, eventually. Use your leash
correction just like you did for jumping. Then re-create the
same situation and tempt your dog to do it, again. If he makes
the wrong decision (ouch!) ... then your leash correction wasn't
motivational enough. If he makes the right decision, then
give calm praise.

Barking: I don't have to tell you how annoying this can be.
To fix it: First, figure out what's causing your dog to bark
excessively. Is he bored? Boredom causes a lot of dogs to
bark. Fix it. Is he barking when he is approached by people?
Use my techniques to correct him. When he chooses to instead
sit calmly... you guessed it: Praise him, because he's made the
right decision.

Running Away: Keep your dog on a 20 - 30 foot long line every
time you take him outside. When you call him, make him come.
If he runs away, step on the line, and then go to him and
correct him. Then walk back to where you originally called
him and make him come. There is a technique to this so that
you don't make your dog 'leash smart' ... which I go into more
detail about, in my book. But in a nutshell: You're playing
a mind-game with your dog. When he's given up on the idea
that he can run away from you- substitute the long line with
the tab (1 foot leash). The dog's lack of higher logic and
reason will prevent him from knowing the difference, if you
do it right.

The key to fixing most dog bad habits is: Timing, Consistency
and Motivation. Once you understand how those three core
concepts work together, then it's just a matter of choosing
the right
dog training tool (leash, training collar, prong
collar, e-collar, etc...) that fits your dog's temperament and
the behavior that you're having trouble with. I go into
greater detail and explanation about all of this in my book,
Secrets of a Professional Dog Trainer.

Enjoy your dog,
- Adam Katz

Feel free to send in your favorite recipe (dog treat), or a good training tip!

Sweet Potato Chews
Take a large sweet potato cut lenth wise 1/3-1/4 slices
arrange on cookie sheet
bake at 250 for 3 hours (turning half way)
Let cool
store in fridge for up to (3 weeks)
Brady loves them!
Sent in by Dawn

Frosty Paws (sent in by Dawn Costa)
32oz. Vanilla Yogurt
2 Tbs. Peanutbutter
2 Tbs. Honey
1 Mashed Banana
Mix together, then seperate into freezer containers & freeze!

Brew's Brownies (sent in by Cathy)

1 tube (2lbs.) of raw meat thawed in fridge.

2 cups organic brown rice flour

2 eggs

1/4 cup oil

Garlic powder

Mix all ingredients. Spred thinly on a greased brownie pan. Bake 425 for 15 minutes. Shut off oven but leave in until oven is cool so they dry out. Cut into cubes. Refridgerate what you will use in 1 week, freeze the rest.

Jan's Pumpkin Dog Cookies (sent in by Cathy)

1 15 oz. can unspiced mashed pumpkin

3/4 cup cream of rice cereal

1/2 cup dry powdered milk

Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Drop cookie sized spoonfuls onto greased cookie sheet. Bake @300 for 15-20 minutes. Let cool.

Remember: Bored dogs cause problems. If you don't keep your dog's mind stimulated, chances are that he'll find activities to stimulate his mind, himself. And you won't like those activities:)
A dog that is mentally stimulated on a daily basis is a happy dog. And happy dogs don't cause dog problems.

Here is a quick list of how to keep your dog mentally stimulated:

1. Exercise! Lots of exercise. If you can incorporate exercise with another activity such as playing "find the ball", or doing some agility exercises, then that's even better.

2. Brain teaser toys. There are a number of cool toys that actually challenge your dogs mind. For example, the "Buster Cube", a plastic cube that releases a pellet of food, every 3rd or 4th time the cube is rolled over.

3. Small rituals done at the same time of the day, every day. For example, feeding time, grooming, walks, "cookie" time, car trips, etc...

4. Dogs like to work! Teach your dog to bring in the newspaper, carry mail back from the mailbox, heel next to you when you take the trash out, bring your slippers, keys, phone or whatever to you, etc...

5. Do obedience training with your dog! Obedience training requires your dog to use his brain and think. Knowing that he will be praised for making the right decision and corrected for making the wrong decision (and allowed the opportunity to make the right decision again) instills a sense of responsibility in your dog and demands that he use his noggin. Remember: Dogs are bred to work. They've been blessed with super-human instincts and drives and they need an outlet for those drives!

(Copyright 2003-2006 By Browning Direct, Inc. & Adam G. Katz)

Holidays With Dogs - 7 Must Have Safety Tips
(Copyright 2011 by Browning Direct, Inc.
All Rights Reserved.)
Holidays With Dogs - 7 Must Have Safety Tips

Keep your dog safe and happy this holiday season by following
these seven simple rules:
Rule #1: Chocolate is for you, not for your dog.
Rule #2: Dog food is for dogs and people food is for people.
If you give your dog cookies, candy, turkey or other holiday
foods, it can cause stomach upset, allergies or in some cases--
death. A quality dog food will meet all of your dog's dietary
Rule #3: Keep a training collar and leash on your dog, whenever
your dog is around friends and family. Using the holidays as
training opportunity is a good way to teach your dog that
he must behave, regardless of distractions.
Rule #4: Your dog doesn't need expensive gifts to have a happy
holiday. Let's face it--we're talking about an animal that
derives pleasure from eating cat poop and rolling in dead fish.
You don't need to spend $80 on a doggie sweater, when a rawhide
bone covered with peanut butter will bring your dog hours of
Rule #5: Confine your dog to a crate or a kennel when you
can't supervise him. Dogs are "den animals." They derive a
sense of security and well being when they're confined to a
small, enclosed area. Think of a kennel in the same way you'd
think of a baby's play pen or crib: If your dog isn't old
enough (or responsible enough) to be left unsupervised-- then
put him in the crate.
Rule #6: Keep all trash containers safely closed or behind a
cabinet door that your dog cannot get into.
Rule #7: Dogs are social pack animals. Include your dog in
family holiday activities and your dog will be a cherished
part of your family.

Enjoy your dog,
- Adam Katz

Don't think you have time to train?

A well-trained dog is a happy dog. Why? Because well-trained dogs are considered good citizens who are welcome in so many places. They are allowed to go on walks, free to run in dog parks, able to ride in the car, and are well-liked visitors. That's why it is so important to train your dog properly!

Dog training is less about time investment, and more about consistent behavior - on your part.

Think you don't have time? Think again. It's easy to fit small intervals of training into your routine. This will remind your dog that you're in charge, while reinforcing good behavior.

A few minutes before taking your dog for a walk, run through a few basic commands - praise him only when he's done them correctly. After the final exercise, tell him to "sit" and get his leash.

If your dog gets overexcited when you get his leash, ignore him until he settles down, and put the leash on him only when he is calm.

At meal times, don't let your dog beg at the table. Give him a hollow toy filled with food that will occupy him.

Every time you are about to let your dog in or out a door, ask him to "sit" before opening the door.

During commercial breaks - turn down the sound and go through a couple basic commands.

Whenever you play "fetch" or any retrieval game, ask your dog to "sit" or go "down" before you throw the ball. 

Before putting down your dogs food or water dish, tell your dog to "sit", "down", or "wait" before letting him eat.

If you have kids, make sure they understand and are also consistent with your dog's training.

And in the little time you have every day, don't forget the Golden Dog Training Rule: praise your dog when he's being calm and well-behaved. And ignore him if he's barking, begging or being noisy. You'll end up with a happy, well-adjusted and loyal friend.

Still don't have time to train? Your doing the above but still not getting anywhere? How about joining one of our training classes.

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