Professional Dog Training, Behavior Modification and Evaluation

At Pawsitive Manners we offer a variety of services that can be tailored to suit your needs and the needs of your dog(s) through one-on-one sessions. Group classes can be arranged if you and your friends would like to share the sessions. 

Working with a Certified Professional Dog Trainer helps you reach your goals for your dog faster and more efficiently. I use science based positive reinforcement training methods that are most effective and humane. I do not use, nor recommend, methods that use force, fear or pain. 

Please visit the Services page for a list of current services.

Pawsitive Manners can help you with:

  • Preparing your home for a new puppy
  • Caring for your new puppy
  • Puppy training and socialization
  • House training (potty training)
  • Obedience training for adolescent and adult dogs (sit, down, stand, stay, wait, leave-it, come, Find-It etc.)
  • Polite greeting (no jumping)
  • Loose leash walking (heeling)
  • Recall (coming when called)
  • Behavioral issues (barking, door dashing, pulling on leash, dog reactivity, shyness, fear, resource guarding, digging, chewing, leash reactivity) 

Maryam Kamali
Certified Pet Dog Trainer and Evaluator
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Archive for January 2010

Excessive Barking!

One of the many things that differentiate dogs from other animals is their ability to bark and I think it would be strange for someone to want a dog and expect him to never bark. Dogs bark to alert their owners, to scare the scary thing off, to demand your attention, because they are bored out of their doggie minds, and they bark because dogs just want to have fun!

There are many reasons why dogs bark, and I always like to find out why a dog barks or “excessively” barks, before suggesting a solution.

If you believe your dog loves to bark and it isn’t because he is under exercised, bored, anxious, aggressive, fearful or any other reason, then teach him to bark and shush on cue.
First find out what triggers your dog to bark. Let’s say it is the doorbell.

Say “woof” or “speak” or whatever you want the cue to be. Then ring the doorbell. Praise your dog for barking. By now your dog is thinking that you have lost your mind!

Now say “Shush” or “quiet” and show him a yummy treat. Your dog will stop barking to sniff the treat. Praise him and say good shush, and give him the treat.

Practice several times, until your dog understands the meaning of “Speak” and “Shush”.

Happy Barking!

By maryam.

Dog-Dog Greetings

Dogs are social, just as social as people… well, most people are social and some are not. Even the most social people, have days which they just don’t feel like socializing at all, and may come across as unfriendly or even aggressive. But the reality of it is that they are just having a bad day!

Believe or not, dogs are exactly the same. Just like us, they can have bad days and good days, and just like people they can get grumpy when they are tired or hungry.

It is important to always pay attention to your dog’s body language and mood. Especially when you are taking him out to the dog park or for an on-leash walk. Listen to your intuition, and if it is telling you that today it might be best not to let your dog greet other dogs, then please pay attention to it!

Have you ever been on a nice and peaceful walk with your dog, and all of a sudden you see a person and his dog approaching, and you think to yourself, is that dog walking his owner or is the owner walking his dog? And you think the dog’s owner doesn’t really look like he is having a good time and seems a little stressed? Then the dog runs over to your dog while dragging his owner along. Before you know, the dog is wrestling with yours and there are loud barks and teeth flashing, and the dog’s owner is yelling as loud as he can while pulling on the leash?

My recommendation is if you are not sure of the approaching person and their dog, then it is best to distract your dog and avoid the greeting altogether. You can turn around, or get your dog to sit, look at you and then give him a treat, and tell the approaching person that your dog is in training.

Each greeting is different because each dog/owner that you meet is different. If you aren’t feeling good about meeting them, then the chances are your dog has already picked up on your energy and he may have already tensed up.
The more positive experiences your dog has with other dogs, the more likely he is to stay friendly and well behaved towards them.

I offer one-on-one coaching to help dog owners with their leash reactive dogs, and the ones who like to teach their dogs polite leash walking, and keeping their dogs out of trouble on walks and off-leash areas.

By maryam.

Does your dog listen to you everywhere?

Have you ever wondered why your puppy listens to you so perfectly when you are home, but it all changes the moment the two of you leave the house to go for a walk or to the dog park?

Here is one of the reasons why that happens…

Dogs don’t generalize! Your puppy may be a super star in your living room, but that doesn’t mean he will be as obedient outside of the house. The good news is that you can fix that by practicing all the commands in a lot of different locations such as your backyard, your neighbor’s yard, in the park, on your walks, at your friend’s house and everywhere you go with your precious dog.

That is how dogs learn that “sit” in the living room has the same meaning as “sit” in the park. And always remember to have patience and smile! Your dog can tell when you are happy and pleased with him… like us the primates, dogs love to hear a happy voice!

By maryam.