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    A blog about dog training, dog care, and canine news

    Dedicated to empowering dog owners with the information and news they need to take the best care of their dogs as possible.

    Our goal is simple: to provide you with best-in-class dog training articles and tips written by our expert staff, create a place where you can easily stay current with the most-up-to-date research on keeping your dog healthy and happy, and every once in awhile share with you the weird, wacky, and funny news coming out of the greater canine community.

Labrador Video — A Lazy Summer Friday Afternoon at OutstandingPet

By OutstandingPet posted June 25, 2016

We talk about him all the time, but here is the offical OPET spokesdog, Thor, on a lazy Friday afternoon right before we leave. We go out and run him sometimes around our building, and today we thought we should bring out our video camera. We are going to try to start filming training tips, but wanted to share this little project before we close up shop for the weekend.

Chicago City Dogs Deserve more Off-Leash Areas

By OutstandingPet posted June 21, 2016

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DNAInfo Chicago has a great write-up on Chicago city dogs requiring more off-leash areas. OutstandingPet could not agree more. Supporters of the rule changes point out that Chicago’s leash laws are nowhere near as progressive as other big cities (such as New York), where there are a whopping 72 off leash dog parks in the city. Dogs in NYC, are allowed to run their fur babies off leash from the time the park opens at 9AM and until the park closes at 9PM. That seems downright generous, coming from another large city. Chicago, which has a comparable land mass, has only 23 off leash dog areas. Chicago has a few off-leash areas but nothing even close to this amount of open space. It is time for this to change.

Dog owners frequently let their dogs off leash, but officially can receive a $300 fine and a $10,000 fine (and possible jail time) if their dog attacks another animal while off leash. Even with such a high level of risk, dog owners in Chicago are willing to take the chance for the sheer convenience of being able to let their pet run free.

Residents of the city with dogs, believe there should be common sense rules and regulations such as having to have your dog on a leash if there are children present at the park and would prefer for the park system to designate more off-leash dog areas. Chicago Parks & Recreation could recoup some of those costs by implementing an annual fee with a tag for dogs to attend the off leash areas. This is common practice in suburbs outside of the city.

It seems like common sense and good civic practice, so we certainly hope this an area that the fine city of Chicago takes up. Residents would like to comply with the rules, but they probably need a good updating.

It’s a hard life being the Presidential dogs.

By OutstandingPet posted May 31, 2016 usa-obama_dogs

Okay, we know it is a bit a downer to be back to work after the long holiday weekend. Well — at least for us. The sun is still shining and the weather is pretty much perfect in Chicago today. And yet, here we are back to the office. We thought we could share something a little bit light today to get us back in to the work spirit.

By now, you probably know the Obamas have two Portuguese water dogs: Bo & and Sunny. Bo is the male dog with the white chest and front paws. Sunny, is the the female dog with all black fur.

According to the NY POST, while we might assume Bo & Sunny have an easy life lounging in the White House and getting fed top-shelf dog food — it actually turns out their schedule may be easier then ours!

Bo, who recently turned 7, joined the Obamas in April 2009. Senator Edward Kennedy, gave Bo as a congratulation gift to Obama for his 2008 presidential campaign. The rumour is that President Obama promised his two daughters a dog, if he won the White House.

The Obamas got Sunny, who is now 4 years old, around August 2013.

Both dogs have a busy and hectic schedule entertaining crowds at White House events, such as the annual Easter Egg Roll. Both dogs come out to visit wounded service members and sick children. According to the First Lady, Bo has a full time job working with the heads groundkeeper at the White House. Every morning Bo clocks in, and he runs his morning walk around the grounds to make sure all the plants are in order.

Sunny and Bo, apparently get lots of attention from the First Lady who dotes on them as well. So it isn’t all work and no play.

So there you have it, even the Presidents Dogs have to get back to work after the holiday weekend. Us included! Keep your chin up, and before you know it, we will be at July 4th for another long weekend!

Dog Shock Collar Training — Four Easy Rules to Get Quick Results

By OutstandingPet posted April 21, 2016

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Here are the top rules to start training your dog with a dog shock collar

Believe it or not, but we are hard at working producing a video series on training your pet using our dog shock collar. As we begin the process, we have found ourselves coming back to five easy rules to jumpstart your dog training. These “rules” may seem like common sense, but they can make a huge difference in the success of training your dog using an electronic training collar.

1. Show Your Dog the Behavior You Want, Before Using the Shock Collar
Imagine, you are your dog for a moment. You have a problem behavior, but you don’t know it is a problem behavior. Or it could be that your owner wants you to learn a new behavior, but you have no idea what it is. A dog shock collar can’t be used to just simply “teach” your dog the new behavior you want just at the click of the button. You need to actively work with your dog (even using treats) at first, and associate certain words to the behavior you want. A great example we have is our office dog, Thor. Thor has a water toy, the Kong Company Wubba, which for the record is an absolutely awesome toy. We can’t recommend this toy more.

Anyway — over several weeks, Thor was trained to carry the toy in the park to the lake. At first he would want us to carry it, and honestly it is a bit slimy and nasty so we thought it would be better if he carried it. The way this was done is by using the word “Wubba” and pointing at the toy for Thor. Over a few weeks, he began to associate the word “Wubba” with the toy and would carry it. If we had just put our dog shock collar at him, and used it whenever he didn’t carry the toy he would have NO IDEA why he was getting corrected. Occasionally he may drop it and go run off, we can point and say Wubba and most of the time he’ll get it. If not, we may just pulse him in the vibrate mode and he’ll go grab it. Thor knows what the word means, but sometimes he just really is on track for something else. This is the same principle in using your dog shock collar. You need to demonstrate and teach your dog the behavior you want — once they understand it, the dog electronic training collar becomes your tool to keep them on track.

2. Use Multiple Methods in Addition to A Shock Collar
If we go back to Thor’s training to carry his toy to pond in the park, we are using multiple training methods simultaneously in place of soley using a dog shock collar. In Thor’s case, he is inherently getting a reward when he hears the word “Wubba.” When he hears the word Wubba it means he is getting to go to the pond and go swim. Trust us — this is like Christmas for Labradors.

At the same time, he needs to sit and be a good dog when we get to the park and wear his leash until he gets to a safe place in the park and can go off leash. When working with your dog on their training, try to come from a place where you are using treats and teaching your dog in a happy place. We understand dogs can be the best and the worst at the same time, and when they are not behaving well we just want to turn to the dog shock collar. But don’t. It is a training tool not the teacher. You are the teacher, and you need a full bag of tricks to get your dog to the place you need to be.

3. Higher Levels of Correction Do Not Correspond to Higher Learning
We live in a world of bigger is better, we get it. But when using our dog shock collar for training, you DO NOT NEED TO USE THE HIGHEST LEVELS. Our LR800M Dog Shock Collar has a correction level that starts very low but exponentially increases as the levels increase. In our experience, Thor, the 90lb lab responds the best at levels 2 to 3. That’s it. If you have taken the steps to demonstrate to your dog the training behavior you want and helped them understand with words and rewards, your dog should be starting to respond to the training. Think our electroning training collar, as a giant electronic leash that you can know communicate to your dog with.

It isn’t meant to be a hammer, and in very few cases should you need to deliver a huge correction at level 10 (we can think of cases like emergency situations where you dog bolts off towards a road being the exception to this rule). If your dog isn’t understanding the training, use our dog shock collar at a lower level and keep working with them. Delivering a higher correction consistently should not be needed. It may be that your dog doesn’t understand completely what the desired behavior is.

4. Work Towards Using the Vibrate and No Collar At All
We tell our customers this everyday — “Our job is to make it so your dog doesn’t need our product” and with the right training and help we completely believe your dog training can go from problem behaviors to rock stars. As your dog begins to learn, try to incorporate the vibration mode in to your training routine. We have found with Thor, the vibrate is used 99% of the time. With his dog shock collar training, we have helped hone some of his rough edges and he is more calm and collected on walks to the park. We really do want to train ourselves out of a job, and help get your dog on the right path. Using a electronic dog training collar, needs to be part of your training arsenal but the only tool. In the end your love and dedication to your dog will help even more.