The Impossible Canine


By Josiah Neuman CMT, CDT
In Dogs We Trust, LLC. / Wir Vertrauen


This article is dedicated to the estimated 8-10 million dogs that will be surrendered in 2008. These dogs will end up in shelters, at the pound, or put to sleep (euthanized). In most cases these dogs are surrendered due to problematic behavioral issues that can easily be addressed.

The majority of these behaviors can range from chewing up shoes, poor etiquette (jumping up on people), or the not so house broken dog. At times Neuman K-9 Academy is the 'end of the road' for these dogs and the goal is to unglue these bad habits (quickly!). In this article I am going to explain exactly how we do it.

There are four things we establish or introduce to build a well behaved canine.

1. Crate Training

2. Socialization

3. Obedience Training

4. Excercise Daily

Crate training is at the top of the list for a reason. It is essential for house breaking a dog, preventing destructive behavior, and means of giving your dog a 'safe place' to relax or sleep. Dogs are cave dwelling creatures and the crate becomes a familiar and favorable place over time.

Trainer Josiah Neuman and Boot Camp Graduate Moses

Socializing a dog is more than taking it to the same park, to meet the same people, to play with the same dogs. Even worse, unsocial dogs cannot go out and experience life and a trip to the vet office each year becomes a bigger and bigger issue. Socializing your dog is getting out and seeing new things, meeting new people and learning to deal with adversity. We recommend socializing your dog at pace that is safe yet challenging to help them grow mentally.

Obedience training is more than teaching a dog how to sit or lay down - dogs are capable of doing this without our help. :) Good training establishes control like walking on leash without pulling, not jumping up on people, coming on command, or general etiquette. Good obedience ensures quality time spent whether at home, on a walk, or at the park.

Exercise and/or physical conditioning is critical to your dog's health. It helps channel energy in a positive way that otherwise can turn into destructive behavior. Well exercised dogs have a healthy appetite, sleep well at night, and generally speaking are better behaved companions.

These four categories are the blue print for reshaping problematice behavior. I believe proactive measures or getting in front of the problem is the best way to shape canine behavior. It allows us to prevent the behavior from happening and enables us to maintain control of the situation at all times. And yes, you can train an old dog new tricks!

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