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“Oh yes, bonding is the heart of owning your dog.”

If you know me then you know everything I do at Super Dooper Dog Training is about relationship. Bond. Love. Trust. Friendship. Guidance. Calm-Cool-Quiet-Confident Pack Leadership.

Last week, I wasSadie and Becky love and trust RR sitting by the fire on a snowy afternoon here in Park City and out of curiosity; I grabbed this old book that’s been on our bookshelf for years. It’s so old that it’s probably out of print by now, though I hope not. It’s called, The Ultimate Guide to Dog Training, by Matthew “Uncle Matty” Margolis, published in 1997.

Remember “Uncle Matty”? In the ‘90s, he had his own dog training TV series, filmed out in California where he was known as the Trainer to the Hollywood Stars. Sound familiar? I wasn’t even a dog trainer back then, I was still in the car business, but I loved watching his shows. Maybe, he was one of the sparks to becoming the dog trainer I am today.

Uncle Matty was a true Maverick. In this book, he devotes a whole chapter on the subject of Friendship. Listen gang, back in 1997, hardly anyone was using terms like friendship and trust and bonding…

Enjoy reading his opening lines in this chapter…

I’m always asked what the most important part of owning a dog is. And those who ask always add to the question, “It is dog training, isn’t it?”

I always answer by saying that training is not the most important thing. Bonding is more important. Oh yes, bonding is the heart of owning your dog.
My word is my bond. Actually my dog is my bond. If you like, you can refer to me as a bond salesman.
I can play these word games all day because the subject is as important as it is enjoyable.
To bond with your dog is to create a relationship with him based on the friendship, love, caring and trust that make living with a dog so incredible.
I have bonded with every dog I have ever trained since I learned of the concept.

I believe bonding with your dog is the most important thing you can do, especially as a preparation for obedience training.
If you bond with your dog, you will have the best relationship possible and training will be as much fun as it is successful.
A dog is going to be your responsibility, like a child, for the next fifteen or so years, and what you do now is going to decide what kind of dog you’re going to have for the rest of your lives together. Everything you do to create the bond is crucial.


Thank you Uncle Matty… well said. No wonder I kept this book!

 

 

Join Dooper and Me on a Therapy Visit

Enjoy joining my English Setter named Dooper and me on one of our visits to the local hospital so you can see what a Therapy Dog visit looks like. Dooper loves doing his visits as much as people love seeing him. My dream is to have an army of Therapy Dogs out their spreading their love and joy in hospitals, churches, libraries, senior centers and many more places all across the land.

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly on Dog Parks

dooper dog parkComing from the perspective of a dog trainer, dog parks are too risky. When people ask me about them, I suggest other ways to socialize and get quality dog playtime. If they really want to try one, I offer advice on ways to increase the odds for a safe experience for themselves and their dog.

No one is there to police a dog park. No one controls who comes and goes. No one is there asking for proof of vaccinations or doing temperament test to see if all the dogs are healthy good-play partners. You don’t know what dogs are going to be there when you are. You have to wonder, are the other dogs properly vaccinated? Are the other dogs healthy with no contagious diseases? Are the other dogs dog-dog friendly? Are the other dogs dog-people friendly? I hear too many stories when these questions are given bad answers. Continue reading

Put a Smile on Your Dog’s Face

dooper_smiling_1“Search for what naturally makes your dog smile.” Wise advice from one of my heroes, Sue Sternberg, an expert in the field of shelter dogs and their temperaments. Personally, it gets to the heart of how we should train and live with our dogs. It’s one of the reasons why we try to make classes fun and active. Dogs tend to trust and respect, listen and behave better for owners who make them smile.

All dogs are different and have different likes. Our job is to find what naturally makes them happy. My parents’ Yorkie, Regis, loves to search in flowers for lizards. It’s his natural instinct in action. Our dog, Dooper, a Llewellin English Setter, loves to run and set on birds in open field since he’s a bird dog. When he was younger he loved fetch and do agility. Continue reading

What’s my favorite harness?

There’s great news in the world of training equipment; things are changing for the better. What we commonly used a decade ago like “choke chains” are a thing of the past. New research gives us new discovery, insight and new technology which ultimately gives us new choices; now we reach for effective and friendlier products. The choices are vast. Continue reading