Anyway, you may have noticed something new to the right. Even above my profile is a link to the website of Victoria Stilwell, host of It's Me or the Dog. This woman is amazing. Her methods of dog training are entirely positive and are very effective. Some people swear by the Dog Whisperer, Cesar Milan, but the whole "alpha dog" idea is outdated. You won't see Victoria use the alpha hold or use shock collars, electric fences, and so forth. Those are quick fixes that don't really address why the dog is acting a certain way. Her methods are extraordinarily effective. We're starting to use some of them with the dogs and she's also inspired me to work with the dogs on different skills like agility and search/rescue in order to stimulate their natural skills.
I don't know anyone who doesn't have some sort of issue with their dogs, whether it be door dashing, barking, hyperactivity, separation anxiety, going potty in the house, chewing, etc., which is why I posted this link. Check it out, watch the show, and learn something about dogs. She can help establish a really positive relationship with your dog and if you follow her suggestions, greatly improve the quality of life for dogs.