Two Sets of Rules for Dogs? – By Ben Kersen

Two Sets of Rules for Dogs?
By Ben Kersen

If you’re a trainer you have probably heard clients complain that their spouse or visitors or kids aren’t being consistent with rules for the dog.  Is it possible that the dog can learn there are 2 (or 3 or more) sets of rules he lives by depending on  who he is with?

Until Next Time,
Ben Kersen
Ben Kersen & the Wonderdogs
Victoria, BC
http://www.wonderdogs.ca

Ben Kersen - 2 sets of rules

Can you have your stick and eat it too? Is it possible to have a dog that understands 2 sets of rules?

Get Your Body Moving! – By Ben Kersen

Get Your Body Moving!
By Ben Kersen

It can be tough to find the time in a day to get in a workout at the gym but even if it’s only a 20 minute walk, your body will thank you!  How do you find the time to exercise?

Until Next Time,

Ben Kersen
Ben Kersen and the Wonderdogs
Victoria, BC
http://www.wonderdogs.ca

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Common Client Complaints – Housebreaking Issues – By Ben Kersen

Common Client Complaints – By Ben Kersen (written by Nancy Noden)
Housebreaking Issues

A common complaint that we hear from future clients of Ben Kersen and the Wonderdogs is difficulty in teaching a puppy or young dog to be housebroken.

Ben Kersen’s approach is one of prevention, make sure that your dog does not have the opportunity to do it’s business in the house.  Ben says “If you are holding your puppy in your arms, very few will have an accident in this situation”.  If you are using a crate with your dog, put them in the crate if you are unable to watch them.  Another safe situation is to put the dog outside in a secure fenced yard as ideally this is where you want them to go.

DSC_0034Clients will often forget to watch their puppy when they are inside and this is when the accidents happen, the pup will go off into a corner of the house and do it’s business.  Instead, Ben recommends watching your puppy like a hawk and taking it outside frequently.  Don’t forget the importance too of praising it immediately when it does it for going in the correct area.

Ben has had great success using this method with his own Wonderdogs to the point that one of his dogs, Shiloh, never had an accident in the house in her many years in the Kersen household.

Until Next Time,
Ben Kersen
Ben Kersen & the Wonderdogs
http://www.wonderdogs.ca

Nothing Like a Cozy Fire – By Ben Kersen

Nothing Like a Cozy Fire
By Ben Kersen

You have to agree that there’s just nothing that can compare to snuggling up beside a crackling wood fire on a cold winter day.  Except perhaps, adding a cuddly warm dog to that picture.

We installed our new wood stove a couple of months ago and are relishing in this daily.  Here are some of my thought on the topic:

Until Next Time,
Ben Kersen
Ben Kersen & the Wonderdogs
http://www.wonderdogs.ca

Breaking Bad Habits – By Ben Kersen

Breaking Bad Habits
By Ben Kersen

Some ramblings on my thoughts on breaking bad habits and my own struggles with my youtube / movies addiction!!  What are your bad habits and what are you doing to work on them?

Until Next Time,
Ben Kersen
Ben Kersen & the Wonderdogs
http://www.wonderdogs.ca

Daily Safety Rules for Your Dog – By Ben Kersen

Daily Safety Rules for Your Dog

By Ben Kersen

In this clip I discuss some of the rules I use with my own and my doggy daycare that ensure good manners and more importantly, safety!

Until Next Time,
Ben Kersen
Ben Kersen & the Wonderdogs
Victoria, BC
http://www.wonderdogs.ca

Complaints from Clients – By Ben Kersen

Complaints from Clients
By Ben Kersen

When meeting a new client (whether they are interested in our Group Dog Training Classes, Individual Dog Training Lessons or our Professional Dog Trainers program) they come with some common complaints and negative attitudes about their dogs.  They are often at their wits end and mentally have their dog partway to the local animal shelter.  Most have tried other dog trainers with little to no luck and have pretty much given up all hope of living the life they envisioned when they first brought their furry friend home.  Thankfully, for whatever reason, they decided to give their dog one last try and called Ben Kersen and the Wonderdogs for help.  And I am always so glad they did as most of the problems I see can not only be resolved but can be resolved very quickly.

Over the next few blogs I will cover some of the most common dog complaints we get from our new customers and outline some steps in dealing with these issues.

Client Complaints - Ben Kersen & the WonderdogsUntil Next Time,
Ben Kersen
Ben Kersen & the Wonderdogs
Victoria, BC
www.wonderdogs.ca