It is very important to spend time teaching your dog how they should act around food. A dog that will constantly lunge at any food dropped is not just rude, but potentially could knock someone over and hurt them. At Suburban K9 we have a very natural process for teaching dogs to stop stealing food that we call “Claiming” food from your dog. Claiming food works extremely well because we… Read More
Use This Tool When Off Leash Training Your Dog!
Are you working on getting your dog off leash trained? Does your dog listen well on leash, but does not listen at all off leash? If so, short leashes, or short tabs, are an amazing tool when trying to transition away from the need to use leash and collar!
How to Walk Two Dogs at Once
Training your dogs that you can walk multiple dogs at once in the heel position can be a huge time saver! As we mention in this video, you need to make sure each dog can be walked calmly with control in the heel position before attempting walking multiple dogs! So if your dog has excitability or reactive issues, those issues should be addressed first!
Teaching Your Dog Off Leash Heel
What is Off Leash Heel? First thing we need to do before we answer is to understand: what is the heel command? The original meaning of this command is dog’s ear at our heel (free etymology lesson of the day). Many people believe it means sitting near you or in front of you, but really it is a position the dog is in relation to us; they may be sitting… Read More
Pass The Canine Good Citizen Test
What Should I do to Pass The Canine Good Citizen Test (CGC Test) Do you want to prep for the AKC Canine Good Citizen Test? In this video we cover the following topics: What is the Canine Good Citizen Test? What are the Canine Good Citizen Test rules? How do you pass the Canine Good Citizen Test? What are the required skills and what can you do to prepare for… Read More
How to Make Dog Training Fun!
We love incorporating training and playtime together, it’s our favorite way to make dog training fun! Not only does this challenge your dog mentally, but also gives them physical activity! All of these fun exercises do require advanced levels of training, but once your dog is well trained, this video will give you some fun ideas you can incorporate during training times with your dog!
Teaching a Puppy Pushups
This video will teach you all about Puppy Pushups, which give mental stimulation to both puppies and adult dogs alike! Puppy Pushups are simply teaching a dog how to sit up from the down command so that they can alternate between sits and downs quickly, kind of like a push up.
Teaching The Finish Command
How to Teach a Dog the Finish Command
Why Won’t My Dog Listen to Me?
Why Won’t My Dog Listen to Me?
Running with your Dog
Running with your dog can be a great way to stay active and bond with your furry companion. Whether you’re an experienced runner or just starting out, there are a few things you should keep in mind before hitting the pavement with your pup.
Jealousy in Dogs
“Oh, he gets jealous!” is a phrase we’ve probably all heard as we’re petting a dog and the other one squeezes its way in for pets and attention. What we perceive as jealousy in dogs isn’t necessarily how dogs perceive it. A dog who squeezes its way in for attention is asserting dominance on the other dog and often on the person giving the attention. While we may think it’s… Read More
Dogs with Different Abilities
“Look, that dog only has three legs!” Just another common phrase I hear about every time I take my dog out for a walk. Yes, my dog has three legs. Yes, he loves going for walks. But, he doesn’t know or act like he’s different. He loves going for his daily walk and running around like the others. Whether a dog was born with a different ability, or they develop… Read More
Hide and Seek
Hide and seek is a great game to play with your pup. Not only is it fun for both of you, but it is great exercise and gives your pup a lot of mental stimulation. Hide and seek requires your dog to use their brain in a way that they don’t often do. They have to think critically and also learn to use their nose. This helps tire them out… Read More
If you have been reading these training articles, you have assuredly seen a theme of exercising with your pup. After all, nothing says ‘responsible dog owner’ as much as going for the obligatory daily walk. Not only are daily walks needed, but they are fun! We encourage all dog owners to walk their dogs each day, starting from a young age. Going on a walk is good exercise, it helps… Read More
Proofing Dog Obedience, it’s not just for baking!
Have you heard of proofing dog obedience training commands? Anyone out there that has baked bread has heard of proofing your dough. It is the final step of allowing the shaped dough to rise before baking. Proofing is also a term that is used in dog training and much like in baking, proofing is one of the final steps before completing your training process. Proofing your dog’s behavior is simply… Read More
Beyond the Food Bowl
On a scale of 1-10, how excited does your dog get when it comes to feeding time? 11? That sounds about right. You pull the lid off of the food container to the wafting smell of Salmon and brown rice…or some other delicious ingredients. Your pup looks up at you with eyes that say It’s about time, I can’t even remember my last meal! As the kibble dings the stainless… Read More
Using Nosework to Help Solve Behavioral Issues in Dogs
Lets face it, most people have busy, hectic lives filled with work, cooking, cleaning and a thousand other tasks. The average dog on the other hand does not have a “job” to keep them busy and is often bored. Some dogs handle this boredom well, but others develop anxiety or other behavioral issues. For millennia, we’ve bred dogs for utility; herding livestock, pulling sleds, hunting, and many other useful activities…. Read More
The Science and Art of Dog Training
When I was an up and coming dog trainer, the psychology of training animals absolutely fascinated me. We are two different species yet we need to communicate on a daily basis! How do we get there if we don’t speak the same language? By touch? By food? There were so many questions and an overwhelming amount of information to be found. I’d spend hours researching and reading theory. In this… Read More
Chicago Dog Trainer Explaining How Dogs Should Behave Around Food with Suburban K9!
Training dogs how to behave around food. A well trained dog should not only listen to commands, but should be well behaved even if a command has not been issued. In this video, we show how a dog should act while an owner is cooking dinner. You can see the dog is able to leave the meat alone even when the trainer drops it on the floor and leaves the… Read More
Advancing Your Obedience Commands with Suburban K9!
Once you have taught your dog the basic commands it is important to continue and challenge your dog’s mind. This will help ensure that your dog is well behaved in a vast array of situations. The good news is that you don’t need to spend hours and hours trying to think of situations to set up. You can simply train as you are performing tasks in your everyday life…. Read More