Trainer Amanda Ferreira is facing obstruction charges for hiding the body of the former Patriot's pet.
My friend, L.A. Knight sent me a reminder that today is National Dog Day. I didn't know there was such a thing, but as the author of the comedic novel, Dog Training the American Male (to be released on Sept 13 from A&M Publishers) Knight has immersed himself in the concept that a behavioral and genetic link exists between men and dogs.
"First of all do not be an egoist! Secondly, have a lot of time for training and missions. Third, like to work in a team
Charge a fine if they take a plastic bag. Thing taken away: Money. Of course, they're taking money from you at the supermarket
As someone who cares passionately about the state of my industry, I think the fact that Cesar's methods are being called into question is an important wake up call for the public. We need to make some major changes to the dog training industry as a whole.
Get referrals. This may sound obvious, but even if you find a trainer in a phone book, ask if you can talk to a couple of his or her previous clients. They can give you an idea of the trainer's methods, "bedside manner," reliability, and willingness to follow through.
I often recommend that people foster before they adopt a dog. The primary benefit belongs to the dog, and it would be foolish to foster without understanding that you begin your adventure with a promise to him that you will do your best to put him first. It's not always easy, but it's worth it.
Beyond the obvious not biting people or being aggressive with other dogs, there's one thing most trainers would agree on. Rather than simply telling you, let me illustrate what this most important thing is with an experience I had this morning.
Shelters are stressful environments full of strange noises and smells. All of that can be overstimulating for a dog, causing them to act out in ways that they might not normally. Your new foster is going to need quiet time in your house. Basically, the dog needs to CHILL OUT.