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Think You’re a Dog Training Expert? Think Again.

Think You’re a Dog Training Expert? Think Again.
 
Picture this: You’re at a National IPO/Schutzhund Event, National Ring Sport Event or even at an AKC Championship and on the registration form, they ask you to rate your training or handling ability: beginner, intermediate, advanced, orexpert.  It turns out that plenty of people end up checking “expert,” despite the fact that most, if not all, the guys and girls working as a professional in the K9 world (most who are way better than you, by the way) don’t even classify themselves as experts.

Mesenteric Torsion in Dogs - Germans Shepherds at Risk

On Tuesday February 11th we lost a beautiful male Germans Shepherd because of Mesenteric Torsion. Jaeger was a two year old male in excellent health and condition. Jaeger was in training for Ring Sport. He was fed 2 times a day and had 1 hour rest before feeding and three hours rest after feeding. Tuesday when we took him out of his crate to start training he suddenly collapsed. We took him to our regular vet immediate and they performed blood tests, X-Rays and Ultra- sound. Nothing could be found.

A Guided Winter Tour on the Innovative Sport Dog Community

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ISDC A Guided Winter Tour
This video gives you a brief tour around the Innovative Sport Dog Community. Also an introduction to our dogs.

Dr. Becker: The Truth About Spaying And Neutering

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Dr. Becker: The Truth About Spaying and Neutering
Dr. Karen Becker, a proactive and integrative wellness veterinarian, discusses all about neutering or sp...
Excellent video! Also read my article about Spaying and Neutering Yes or No? 

Operant Conditioning Lingo in Dog Training

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Operant conditioning Lingo in Dog Training
This video gives a brief explanation about the lingo used in Operant Conditioning Dog Training. It explains the following terminology, Conditioning, Behavior, Stimulus, Performance, Positive, Negative...

Controversial: E-Collar as a training tool?

 Disclaimer:In my philosophy, ALL dog training, no matter which tools you use, should be humane, animal friendly, MOTIVATIONAL, effective and contribute to a BALANCED relationship between dog and handler. In some cases I use E-collar to finish off high competitions dog but I do believe that they should only be use by professionals. E-collars can be used in a motivation way.  This article is written if you are new to dog training, if you are using e-collars, if you want to know a little more about them.

When is a good time to start "Formal" training with my dog?

Over the last two weeks I have received several emails of people questioning when it is a good time to start “formal” training your (working) puppy. There are many opinions about this topic and they vary from leaving the dog in a kennel until he/she is one year old and then start training to start working the puppy at 5 weeks old and rush training to tittle or compete as early as possible.   

What I will do here is give you my opinion and how I live and train my dogs. I respect other trainers’ opinions and won’t agree nor disagree however I do believe that the way I do it is the most balanced.

The German Shepherd Show Dog, Half Dog Half Frog

I am a big lover of the Germans Shepherd breed. Since I moved to the US from Belgium and after visiting many American Shows with my dog many were shocked in the difference between my dog and the dogs on the show. The difference is the my Dog is a working line german shepherd and the dogs found on the big AKC dogs show or show line German Shepherd. In my opinion a different breed due the inbreeding that took place over the years. What is shocking to me is that many "professionals" out there try to defend this bad breeding program while there is so much evidence that the structure of a top show line German Shepherd is orthopedic very badly.

The phases of Training in Dog Training

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Training your dog is a continues process that is more of a lifestyle rather than one or two organized group obedience sessions at your local pet store or hiring a private trainer for 10 lessons or so....

Training the Back and Side transport with Denise Fenzi

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Back Transport with Denise Fenzi
Teaching the IPO Back and Side Transport Force Free. with Denise Fenzi and Bart de Gols

Heat Stroke in Dogs : Everything about dehydration and overheating

 
As the weather warms up, it is important to brush up on your knowledge of heat strokein dogs.
 
Temperature regulation
 
It is a common misconception that dogs do not sweat. They do sweat! Dogs have 2types of sweat glands. The first type is called eccrine (merocrine) glands. Theseare located in the foot pads of dogs, a few of those are found on the area of thedog’s nose. They function to help cool the animal. The second type is called apocrineglands. These are located on most of the rest of the dog but they do not functionto cool the animal.

Exiting Changes on the horizon

We wanted to take a quick moment to reach out to our woofK9 family (soon to be ISDC family) and let you know of a few changes that will be taking place over the next year. Many of you may know that I have taken on a new business partner, Fo...rrest Micke, and we are excited to combine our efforts to grow a community and training program that we can all be proud of. Some changes will be small, some big – all for the betterment of our dogs and their training.

Many of the immediate changes being made relate directly to services offered and our pricing structure.

Empowering the Pooch - Teaching the Hold and Barl

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Empowering the Pooch - rebuilding an active guard
Last month Fritz's owner came to Bart for help. Fritz's early experiences with helper work left him feeling diminished and avoidant of the activity all together. By systematically showing Fritz that b...
Last month Fritz's owner came to Bart for help. Fritz's early experiences with helper work left him feeling diminished and avoidant of the activity all together. By systematically showing Fritz that bite-work is nothing more than a game, Bart was able to recover Fritz's confidence and create an understanding and comfortability that has allowed Fritz to truly enjoy himself in the work; not to mention Fritz looks damn good doing it.

Merry Christmas and a Fun 2012

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Merry Christmas of WOOF K9
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The first Woman in Schutzhund!

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The First Woman In Schutzhund!
Schutzhund(German for protection dog) is a dog sport that was developed in Germany in the early 1900s as a breed suitability test for the German Shepherd Dog. The test would determine if the dog displayed the appropriate traits and characteristics of a proper working German Shepherd Dog.

NVBK Championship 2010

Many of you ask about the Belgian ring sport. So here is a small video 
about this wonderful category of dog sport. I believe the most difficult
there is!
 
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Compilation of exercises of the NVBK (Belgian Ring Sport) Championship Cat2 2010 in Gullegem

Positive Marker Training

Positive marker training is getting popular by many new handlers and trainers. That is a positive change as I believe marker training is the best training method available at this moment.  The theory of marker training is very easy, its common sense, the practice of it can be rather difficult. It takes a lot time to master and a lot of experience to do it right.
 
Marker training starts by conditioning the dog to a particular sound or cue. This can be the sound of a “clicker” or a verbal cue like “YES”.

WORKING DOG SEMINAR - OREGON - UPDATE

Unfortunately I needed to make to decision to postpone the seminar to a later date. Find below the new dates and seminar information. The positive side of it is that everybody has some more time to make travel arrangements and preparation.I hope to see many of you in Oregon.
 
This will be a three day seminar with Bart De Gols and Jason Lake. The workshop will focus on tracking, obedience and protection. Dogs of all ages & skill level welcome. Bart brings a unique perspective to dog training, started at a young age, he applies years of knowledge in both dolphin and canine training.

Working Dog Seminar - Medford Oregon

This will be a three day seminar with Bart De Gols and Jason Lake. The workshop will focus on tracking, obedience and protection. Dogs of all ages & skill level welcome. Bart brings a unique perspective to dog training, started at a young age, he applies years of knowledge in both dolphin and canine training.
 
The goal of the workshop is to focus on problem areas in all three phases, while also learning and applying new fresh training philosophies to your program.
 
For more information about Bart:

"A dog is for life, not just for Christmas"

A dog is for life, not just for Christmas!“Daddy, daddy, mommy please, I want a dog for Christmas” says the little girl or boy with sparkling eyes. It is really wonderful to see when a child starts to smile and becomes very happy in the presents of puppy. There is no argument against that; however this enthusiasm doesn’t last very long and fades away after a month or so. The puppy grows older, starts to bite, chew, whine, bark, pee, poop, scratch, interrupt sleep. The parents just have adopted another child!

All impounded dogs in Contra Costa shelters to be spayed or neutered, panel explores

Please read the following article what was published in the Oakland Tribune yesterday 12/03/2010:
 
All impounded dogs in Contra Costa shelters to be spayed or ...http://www.insidebayarea.com/ci_16753140  
 
"ALL Impounded canines in Contra Costa would be spayed or neutered if ordinance passes!"
 
This article implies that every dog that is been impounded @ the animal shelter will be neutered or spayed. For all of you who own full breed show or working dogs this can be a serious issue. Luckily most of the responsible dog owners’ love their K9’s so much they won’t leave them unattended. But what if your cleaning lady leaves the door open and your male chases out to find himself a nice bitch in heat? Your Sieger stud or Sch3 is found by the Animal Control officer, brought into the animal shelter and before you get him back he is going to be neutered.  That would be devastating… So in the future think twice before leaving the front door open when you live in Contra Costa County CA!

The Phases of Training

I hope all of you had a happy and joyful thanksgiving and are preparing for the next holidays. While being busy with food, presents and the Christmas tree we can’t forget keep on working with our k9’s.
Training your dog is a continues process that is more of a lifestyle rather than one or two organized group obedience sessions at your local pet store or hiring a private trainer for 10 lessons or so.
 
If we take a closer look into the process of obedience training we can break it down into three or four steps depending on if you train a working dog or not:

Improving your relationship and training results by good pack structure

Before you continue reading this article please read “the importance of pack structure” on this blog. You can find ithere. It will give you an idea of need to be established in order to create a balanced relationship between you and your dog. This pack structure is not only found at your home or on the training field but at ALL times. Whenever you and your dog are together, alone, with friends, or in any other situations pack structure is always there.
 
When I observe many handlers with their dog on the training field I see in many cases a nervous, confused dog that does not really know his position and is also confused what behavior is requested from him.

The use of deprivation in dog training

For all of you that have been working your dog in obedience training, schutzhund or any other of the many fields of dog sport you might have faced the fact that your dog not always is willing to work so hard for the reward you present him as on other days. There are ways that can be used as an excellent tool to reshape and condition your dog for a better performance Deprivation of food, play time, social interaction and exercise are some of these tools, when done in the right way and in small doses it will help increase your dog’s level of performance.

What is schutzhund?

Originating in Germany in the early 1900, Schutzhund (German for protection dog) is a test whether German Shepherd Dogs exhibit the traits necessary for a working dog such as police-type work, rather than simply evaluating a dog's appearance. Today, many breeds other than German Shepherds can compete in Schutzhund, but it is a demanding test for any dog and few are able to pass successfully.
The purpose of Schutzhund is to identify dogs that have or do not have the character traits required for these demanding jobs.

Help... I have a biting puppy!

As an owner of a new puppy we often are presented with surprises from our loved one. Biting and chewing are just two of them. When puppies bite in the owner hands or chasing his pants, bites in the sleeves of his recently new bought shirt, the owner often thinks he just brought Satan’s pet in his home. This is where all the trouble starts with new dog owners or people with no or little experience with puppies.
 
Help.. I have a biting puppy. Puppy Training WOOF K9
At around the age of 3 to 5 weeks puppies start to play with their littermates and this includes chasing each other, pushing each other around and biting each other.

Neuter of Spay your dog, Yes or No?

One of the most frequent questions asked by my clients is if they should or should not neuter or spay their dog. Any professional in the dog industry has an opinion about this. If you ask your local shelter or Animal control service they will all say yes. I agree with their philosophy if you only look at neutering or spaying as an overpopulation prevention method and to keep inbreeding and backyard breeding under control. If you would ask your local veterinarian what to do he will surely tell you to neuter or spay your dog.

Choosing a professional dog trainer yes or no?

If you ask my professional opinion If you should hire a professional dog trainer to train your dog, my honest answer is no. This will sound weird to most of you as I talk against my own business. Don’t get me wrong dog training is what put bread on my table and food for my family but I would not recommend sending my own dogs to a professional dog trainers in many cases. Sending your dog to a dog trainer and get him back two or three weeks later fully trained is possible by many trainers but in my opinion not a good idea.

Fun and Learn Dog Weekend

Traveling with your dog across the United States can indeed be frustrating for the active dog owner. Many popular destinations such as American national parks do not welcome dogs. But active dog owners don't have to be shut out from America's splendors. Every month WOOF K9 organizes a “Fun & Learn weekend for dogs”. The goal of this weekend is to spend some time in the outdoors while enjoying the company of our dogs. You will also be able to follow some training with same minded people and dogs and of course enjoying a good diner in a dog friendly restaurant.

What is the FCI or The Fédération Cynologique Internationale?

Here in the United States the FCI is not so very known. With this post I want to give you a little more information on the The Fédération Cynologique Internationale.
 
The FCI is the World Canine Organization. It includes 84 membersand contract partners (one member per country) that each issue their own pedigrees and train their own judges. The FCI makes sure that the pedigrees and judges are mutually recognized by all the FCI members.
 
The Fédération Cynologique Internationale

The importance of Pack Structure with dogs.

Everybody knows the saying “you can choose your friends, but you can’t choose your family” To me anybody of these people surely never chose a dog. Your four footed friend is your friend and family.
 
To be able choosing your family and your best friends is a great advantage. Unfortunately many people choose their new loved one as they do ordering a meal from a drive thru window. So it is no surprise that here in the United States more people divorce their dogs than their husband or wife. After the divorce with your spouse we end up dating on the internet or in single bars, unfortunately most of the dogs end up in shelters or get dumped as strays.

Why Dog Parks aren't a good idea!

Why you should not bring your dog to a dog park.
 
Although the idea of a dog park was intentionally mended as a positive contribution to the community of Dog lovers, for the average dog owner these parks are a bad idea.
 
In most parks around the country dogs are allowed to go off-leash what in the first place seems very nice for dog and owner. The dog can “play” with his friends and his owner can socialize with other members of the park. However the problem here is that the average dog owner does not have a good knowledge and understanding how a dog acts and think.