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What was your first dog training experience?

Question by a gal and her dog: What was your first dog training experience?
How old were you? What advice were you given? What “school” or method of training did you use?

Do you still use that method? Why or why not?
When I was around 10 years old, I found a training booklet in the bag of dog food (this made sense to a kid who was used to finding treats in cereal) and took the training of our dog very seriously. I remember walking up and down the street with the leash and choke chain, saying “HEEL!” and wondering if my dog would ever get it.

She didn’t.

I don’t use the “Booklet found in a bag of Purina” method anymore because I doubt it’d suit her well – it was more heavy on corrections than rewards, but I don’t really remember. That’s the best reason I don’t use it.

Best answer:

Answer by A Euthanized Shelter Mutt
My very first dog training experience happened when I was very young. We took our Cesky Terrier (now deceased) to a local PetSmart for some Canine Education Classes. I believe it was actually their puppy class.

In any case, it didn’t do a whole lot for us or the dog because none of us bothered to practice at home. He got away with everything because he was short.

Volunteering for the Humane Society has got me into positive reinforcement training, but I’m still not afraid to tell a dog off when they’re doing something they shouldn’t be. For example, my Border Collie is a nightmare for nails (no, really, she is THE WORST). She will bite, screech, thrash, yelp, and do whatever she can to get the person who is cutting her nails off her. When she bit me today, I scruffed her and shouted “NO” (in front of a customer, no less- I work at a grooming shop). But I also reward her for behaving.

I think a mix of everything is key. There is no “fix-all” method.

Give your answer to this question below!

Question by : what are some jobs a german shepherd could do to keep his mind busy?
i have a 1.5 year old german shepherd. It’s come to our attention that in addition to the 2+ hours of exercise we give him daily, that he needs a job also

lol, the vet said that “with just exercise, it’s like having yourself locked in a room with food and a treadmill”

any ideas? it’s really snowy where i live nowadays, i was thinking i could hook up a sled to his back and he could cart snow around, or give my siblings rides or somethin lol

any ideas? cuz rite now his job is to protect the house, and he’s going WAY overboard with the protective gene, he can’t help it

it’s either that or we have to give him away, cuz he’s not happy without a job

even tho he loves us 😛

no hatin please, i get this every time i ask something in the dogs section

Best answer:

Answer by *Dogs are my life*
Search and rescue for fun or he could pull sled

Add your own answer in the comments!

Nice “dog Products” photos

Some cool dog products images:

Harley for Dogs

Image by danja.
Rack of dog products in Harley-Davidson store

Product Sample

Image by Elissa Banfill
Shooting some dog products for an online store.

National Animal Experts Gather to Teach in Orlando

National Animal Experts Gather to Teach in Orlando

Longwood, FL (PRWEB) September 21, 2010

Nationally known authors, teachers, and experts will bring their knowledge of animals and nature to Orlando, Florida this fall and spring of 2011.

Over thirty plus seminars are being presented by the Centers for Animal Therapies/C.A.T., a Florida-based program now in its second year. “We have spent over six months putting this series together,” explains founder and owner Jo Maldonado, herself a teacher and well schooled on animal topics. “Experts will be coming from all over the country, and we plan to make Orlando a key destination in the world of animal therapy and communication.”

From California, Kathleen Prasad, Founder and Director, Animal Reiki Source; from Arizona, Carla Meeske who pioneered the Shamanic Method of Animal Communication; from Virginia, June Sananjaleen Hughes teaching Quantum Touch, an innovative form of energy healing; and from as far away as Poland, well known spiritual healer, Rev. Wendy Chojnowski; these are just a few of the over thirty plus classes scheduled by the Centers for Animal Therapies/C.A.T., LLC, referred to as CAT.

There is something for everyone, from Dog Nutrition to Animal Communication; from Spiral Healing to Reiki Heal ing; from Intro to Shamanism to Shamanic Animal Healing; from How to Promote and Build your Pet Business to Fundraising for Non-Profit Animal Organizations; and much more… Balancing Body & Mind, Remote Viewing (helpful in finding lost pets), Talking to Spirits (of animals), Fears & Phobias in Dogs, even Astrology and Animals. If you work with animals, care about nature, and are interested in natural healing, this series will put you in touch with some of the latest and best resources available in the country. Click here for the complete list of classes.

“The purpose of CAT is to bring expertise, from around the country, around the world, and from our own ar ea in Central Florida. The classes are geared to all animal lovers, and professionals in the Pet Industry and Animal Rescue. In fact, CAT’s first seminars this fall, “RESCUE FOR THE RESCUE” on Sept. 25, will be FREE to the animal rescue community. This day-long event honors the many friends and neighbors who unselfishly devote their lives to protect animals in jeopardy,” says Maldonado.

Jo Maldonado has her eye on a very special target for CAT: “Our goal is to become the definitive resource for people who love and work with animals in Central Florida. The fact that so many nationally respected experts have agreed to make Orlando their focus, speaks well of our animal loving community. We in Orlando have much to contribute and CAT intends to establish our place in the world of animal care and communication.”

For further information contact Jo Maldonado, 407-869-1145, or jo(at)centerforanimaltherapies(dot)com or go to

Centers for Animal Therapies/C.A.T., LLC is a educational program that offers classes on animals, nature and natural therapies. For more information go to

“Rescue for the Rescue Fair” is a FREE all day event that offers education at no cost to any animal volunteer or staff rescue or shelter, this Saturday, Sept. 25.



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