June 29, 2009

dogsnarlsI think it would be embarrassing to call myself an animal behaviorist/dog trainer or “Dog Whisperer“ if occasionally I was getting bitten by dogs or allowing my client’s dogs to get into fights. With my experience working with aggressive dogs, you can get better results by taking a more patient approach. This may not make good T.V. but in the 28 years as a dog trainer, I thought the name of the game was NOT to get bitten. Professionally I don’t think I’ve ever been bitten by one of my client’s dogs, nor have I ever gotten one of my dog training client’s dogs in a dog fight. I call it being smarter than the dog. Other than proper technique and knowledge to rehabilitate aggressive dogs and avoid being bitten, I carry a note book binder to my dog training appointments, it has a few teeth marks on it instead of my arm. I also was extremely lucky and never got bit by the many police dogs I trained. In the past when people found out what I did for a living they would say, “Wow, you must have a lot of patience.“ Now they ask, “what do you think of that guy on T.V.?”


June 26, 2009

2bullgoodPart 1.   For many years I’ve  questioned the veterinarian immunization schedule for dogs because I believe immunizations can negatively affect a dog’s immune system. I’m not a veterinarian but I’ve learned a lot about the subject in my 28 years as a dog trainer. I have read many articles on the subject. There are also many dog owners who feel the same as I.  Vaccinating a dog is similar to vaccinating a child. Antibodies are produced and protect against a virus, so why aren’t children required to get small pox or polio shots annually? If a dog has enough antibodies for a particular virus, why do they need another shot? They really don’t.

In our human world, drugs over-prescribed by professionals can have a negative effect on our systems, sometimes resulting in death. This has happened to famous people like Keith Ledger, Marilyn Monroe and sadly now (possibly) Michael Jackson whom I’ve personally had a conversation with and believe what the media did to him was barbaric. His ex-wife Debbi Rowe was a friend and client. My condolences go out to his family.

Up until the year 2001, veterinarians were prescribing that dogs get immunized once a year with DHLP-P (Distemper, Leptospirosis, Hepatitis, Parvovirus and Parainfluenza). Sometimes a Coronavirus shot was added depending on location. U.C. Davis, a leading school of veterinary medicine recommended changing the annual requirement for shots to every 3 years. It took a few years before most veterinarians followed this new recommendation, why? Money!  Unfortunately there are still many veterinarians who recommend inoculations  once a year.

Part 2 click here: Shortning a life part 2


June 24, 2009

No, it’s not a dog that I trained.


June 23, 2009

Holy dumster diving Batman!

Holy dumpster diving Batman!

I’m hearing that a big pet supply company in the U.S. is throwing out brand new pet products and has been doing so for months. Items like dog beds, cat beds, cat food, dog food, dog and cat toys, just about everything. I of course can’t mention the name of the store, but if your smart enough you’ll figure it out. I’d love to hear from you and what you found. Good Luck!


June 16, 2009

Rescue Dog Jasper

People are increasingly busy these days and don’t have the time to train their dog. What people don’t know is teaching a dog doesn’t take up a lot of time and it can easily be incorporated into the time you spend with them. For years I’ve recommended to my clients to do between 1-2 minute training sessions.

When I trained animal actors, sometimes the director wanted the dog to do things they weren’t trained to do. I would have very little time or only a few days to teach the new complex behaviors. I found that sessions kept under 2 minutes and doing 3-5 sessions per day is better than the 15 to 20 minute twice a day sessions prescribed by many trainers. On a weekly basis I will be posting training tips and “how to” videos that will teach you the techniques that I use and recommend.

Malibu Dog Training is the home of the 1 minute training session. There is no magic pill , but the whole training prescription just got a little easier to swallow.

To see what a 1-2 minute session might look like, click on the link below

How to teach the “Sit Command” watch?v=0d5Yiz8ryM8


June 16, 2009

20080818094940_CaptureWith a sense of smell, hundreds, even thousands of times more powerful
than ours, where dogs can see (metaphorically) what’s around a corner,
what’s buried underground or where a rabbit is hiding hundreds of
yards away in a tall, grassy fields. Plus with vision that is
especially keen to movement, it a wonder why dogs pay any attention to
us at all.  This is one reason many people fail when ttrying to teach out dogs how to behave. We are competing with a dogs powerful sense of smell, their
predatory nature, their innate breed instincts, their highly social
needs, etc. 

Group classes are not designed to teach beginner dog anything, except maybe a few dog social skills before or after class. They are designed to teach the owner, then the owner goes home to teach the dog what he or she learned in class. The owner is distracted enough to learn the information, it’s worst for the dog. A dog should learn around little or no distraction, before practicing what they’ve learned around bigger distractions.

Another reason owners have trouble teaching dogs is they try to teach them at the wrong time, usually when the dog starts misbehaving. This is not the time to teach, the trick is to recreate, or anticipate a situation, so you can fully walk the dog through the steps of how you want them to behave when that situation comes up in the future. 

I can’t stress enough of the importance of good basic obedience, on-leash sit, stay, down and come. Just like children have to learn to walk before running, or to count before doing more advance math like adding, subtracting, etc. Until your dog is advanced taught, they should learn new things in familiar places,
like in or around your home, practice on pavement (asphalt)
v.s. grass; you wont have their attention because of all the smells or
other associations to grass, like playing and going to the bathroom.

If you thought your dog was stubborn or could not learn, now you
should know it was just “what’s around the corner”.

There are ways to win your dogs attention back, hire your local -dog
friendly- instructor to find out how.

Be patient, It takes time and practice for dogs to learn and listen in all environment, surfaces and situations.