We all believe our dogs are perfect just the way they are. But often, when it comes to behavior issues, we make the mistake of adapting to our dog’s behavior instead of the other way around. Over time, we don’t even realize our dogs could use some behavior modification.

Dog trainer Erik Reitmayr offers five ways to determine if your dog is ready for some training:

1. Trouble obeying commands. If your dog can’t obey simple commands like “sit,” “stay” or “no” then he can use some training. Even dogs who obey once in a while, but aren’t consistent, need someone to work with them.

2. Issues walking on a leash. Dogs who pull, and the owners who let them pull, need some training. Dogs should walk next to their owners, with a slack leash. A little training can go a long way in improving this behavior.

3. Unpredictable behavior in public. If you are afraid to bring your dog among strange people or dogs, that’s a key sign your dog needs some training.

4. Dominant behavior towards strangers and family entering the house. Barking and jumping when someone arrives in your home are signs your dog needs training.

5. You’re worried about bringing a new dog or baby into the home. If you have any misgivings about how your dog will behave with another dog in the home or a new baby, it’s time for some training. In fact, even if you’re not worried, in this type of situation, some training can help your dog transition to a new home dynamic.

Whether you’ve had your dog for years or just adopted him from a shelter, and whether he’s two months or 10 years old, virtually any dog will benefit from training.

If you happen to live on Long Island and want to learn more from Erik, please join Halo and Little Shelter for PETCO Dog Training Seminar, where Erik will answer all of your dog training questions. Erik Reitmayr is a certified PETCO trainer who has trained hundreds of dogs (and their owners).

Date: Sunday, September 25, 2011
Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (includes lunch!)
Location: New Hyde Park PETCO
Address: 2300 Jericho Turnpike, New Hyde Park

This seminar will answer all of your dog training questions. How does your dog think? How do you correct bad behaviors? How do you transition adopted dogs? Hosted by Halo and Little Shelter, the cost is $50 and includes lunch for you and free samples of Halo Spot’s Stew to take home to your dog! Attendees can register in-store for the event. Call 516-739-0031 for more information.

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