Our Must Have Dog Supplies

Let me first start this post off by saying you're are the only one who knows what your dog needs. You can get all the advice from professionals all you want who've read all the books out there,  & watched every episode of the Dog Whisper out there. None of that is going to show them how to help your dog. Only you can help them, They're your family member. You're with them all day, you know how they act, a certain part of you knows deep down what they need in order to be better. We learned this the hard way with our boy Lucky. We ended up getting ripped off paying over $100 a session with a certified dog obedience trainer, when what we really needed to do was follow our instincts. Yes she gave us tips on what we should do and teach lucky before the next session. She guaranteed us that Lucky could become an inside dog with her training, but he would NEVER be around people.

Whats the purpose of these classes if we can never have people around him? He's already an inside dog. After she informed us of that little slap to the face we decided to take matters into our own hands, do our own research with what we needed lucky to become. We spent a good bit of money on this dog, but the results have been great. Now we've slowly introduced people to him. He's taken with Jason's brother who can be both inside the house or in the back yard while Lucky's out there off a leash. 

- How we did this was by buying the right toys to help him interact with people and enjoy doing it. 

- Praising him for good behavior and ignoring bad behavior no matter how much we want to yell at him. Attention is attention no matter if it's good or bad and all he wants was attention.

- Find a schedule and keep him on it.

-Making them work off built up energy daily. Lucky was aggressive because he didn't get to go outside and play much. He didn't know what to do with all his energy to he let it out in the wrong way.

- Take things slow, realizing this wont be fixed over night. Its taken us half a year to get him to be around Jason's brother without problems.

- Not being afraid, they know when you're scared and unsure of yourself. They look at you for leadership, and how they should act.

- Don't be discouraged or give up. Even when it seems like there's no progress, it happens slowly.

I wanted to show you the toys and products we bought to help Lucky. Reminder this is not a sponsored post we bought these products last year and they've really helped us and we want to share them with you.

Number one is the clicker. I had my doubts about this little thing, but the moment Jason and I started using this all those doubts were thrown out the window. The key with this is only clicking it when they're good or have done a trick like sitting or laying down. It slowly went from just laying down and sitting to get treats when inside the house. To them knowing that when they're inside they need to be calm and lay down somewhere until we call them.

Second is treats, our dogs prefer dried beef or chicken liver. You can buy this in the store or make your own with a dehydrator. I choose to make mine because its a little cheaper. Then only give them these treats when their being good inside or have done something that they need to be rewarded for. When I get home from work I let them outside and grasp a hand full of liver and put it in my pocket for rewards through the day.

The Kong Classic is number three on my list. This list is in no type of order depending on what I recommend most. Kong toys are more expensive than the other dog toys out there, but for a very good reason. This toy is still going strong even when three large dogs use it. It's so heavy duty that its lasting through my dishwasher. There's tons of recipes you can put in there, or dog treats. It keeps them occupied for a while, and also wears off some of the energy. I've been known to put left over pet friendly table scraps in there. It gets his mind to working trying to figure out how to get everything out.

Fourth is the exact same concept as the Classic Kong Toy, but it's a bit more complex this one is a bit tricky the treats have to come out of a much smaller hole. While being inside a ball. He has to roll the ball a certain way to release the treat. Its great to get their minds working.

Finally is tennis ball. If you cant put two and two together and figure out why then all hope is lost. Majority of Lucky's problem is he needed exercise, he needs that energy to go to something positive instead of being aggressive. Playing fetch is a good way to do that, when hes tired he can come straight inside and be calm instead of running around. A calm Lucky is more friendly than a energy filled Lucky. He's more open to meeting people and could care less whose inside the house or in the back yard.

All i'm saying folks is you know whats wrong with your animal. You don't need to spend a arm and leg for someone to tell you what you already know. Then take the steps you need to help your family member to become better for you. 

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