Dog Training & Wellness Services

DogRelations™ NYC dog training is really about positive reinforcement training in an enjoyable and life enriching way. This means giving your dog a clear understanding of behaviors you want to encourage while having fun and developing a close relationship. Dogs thrive on honest, direct and consistent communication, just like friends who completely trust and rely on one another.

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Dog Training NYC

New York City Dog Trainer

My name is Elisabeth Weiss, and I own a company specialized in dog behavior, in New York City. This company is called DogRelations and was born from the desire to offer people an alternative to classic dog training methods. I believe in positive reinforcement, and I think that each dog is a unique individual that needs to be understood. From my experience, positive reinforcement is the only training method that creates a bond with the animal and allows it to learn properly. I am a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), ACK Canine Good Citizen Evaluator, and APDT C.L.A.S.S. Evaluator. I was also given a Certificate in Canine First Aid by the American Red Cross. 

But all those credentials and titles don’t speak about my beliefs, my experience and the tremendous joy working with dogs has brought me over the years.  I used to be a professional violinist back in Vienna, and I got into dog training by owning dogs and seeing what beautiful and amazing creatures they are. My first dog, an Irish Wolfhound named Salome, was the talk of my neighborhood due to her perfect manners. I trained her myself. My first client was a beautiful dog who was dying from cancer. Her owners wanted me to offer her some peace of mind in her final days. I did more than that.

I trained that dog to play the piano when I discovered she was a huge music fan. Each day I saw her making progresses. She was a very talented dog. After a short amount of time, she stopped being depressed. She had found herself a new passion and was excited about it. Despite the doctor’s prediction, she lived a year longer, and her final days were full of joy and love. That’s when I decided that every dog out there needs somebody to take care of it and understand it. And this is what I am doing: I am offering people the chance to strengthen the bond with their dog while training it and helping it discover its talents. 

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Behavior Training For Your Puppy

Well Tested Techniques On Proper Dog Training

Are you thinking of getting a whole new dog? Would you like to remove some behaviors you want to rid him of? Keep reading to find out easy tips for training a good friend.

As soon as your dog may have acclimated towards the crate itself, close the doorway and provide the canine a treat. Get started only putting them inside for 10 seconds, so when they appear okay with that, and gradually increase crate time. When your puppy starts acting distressed about entering the create, too quickly.

You have to establish regular feeding habits to your dog. Your pet will discover in order to complete eating prior to deciding to remove their dish.

Use control when rewarding good behavior while training. Should your pet successfully completes an undertaking, then it is acceptable to reward the behaviour to your calm animal. Though you may be pleased with the accomplishment, excitement may lead to your dog having diminished power over the circumstance.

One command which should be taught early to your puppy is "sit." This teaches those to drop something and step way from things you do not want him to touch. This is an excellent way to avoid damaging furniture or eating dangerous things.

Try not to reinforce bad behavior with your dog. This simply means don't give your pet dog with attention or treats for doing something you don't want it to do. For instance, it will probably be difficult or impossible to teach your pet not to jump up on people in the event you give your pet a genial neck-scratch when they jumps upon you.

Usually do not give your dog lots of treats he gets in a single day.

It doesn't matter if your dog is three or thirteen. There exists always hope for him should you be ready to train him. Be ready to practice patience. If you so, the two of you will likely be at the happiest.

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Benefits of Dog Training from a New York City Dog Trainer

Benefits of dog Training 
Positive puppy training teaches that anything you ask the puppy to do is an offer to earn affection, fun, food and games.
There is no upside to ignoring you and there is no downside to complying. What you offer the puppy is always the most enticing choice. 
Puppy training is so much more than merely house training. Your puppy comes with a whole variety of character traits. Highly reward the traits you want to bring out and ignore the ones you’d rather see disappear. It will also help avoid all sorts of possible “nuisance behaviors” in the future. 
 I do not really love the term ‘dog obedience’ because is contains an element of coercion, A sense of the old fashioned “ you will obey or else you will be punished.”  I do not like people to have a relationship with their dog in which they just scream NO a lot. In all likelihood the dog simply does not understand what the human actually wants.
The wonderful thing about positive reinforcement dog training is that the dog really learns that he can control his world by pleasing the human. Complying is voluntary. In my opinion, that is what dog obedience really is all about, eliciting voluntary compliance. If you do not have that kind of relationship you cannot count on the dog to act appropriately in a difficult situation or emergency, when it really counts! 
Dog obedience training
We love our dogs, but we are so busy texting, e-mailing, making calls, running errands and going to work for long hours. We have so many obligations. With our hectic life styles, how realistic would it be to take time out for formal dog obedience training in NYC?
Yet there is no question that our dogs thrive on mental stimulation and crave interactions with their humans. Dogs are genetically wired to please us. It is also a wonderful tool to keep the communication alive so your dog is ready to respond to you at all times.
Once a basic repertoire of skills has been established, there are a million ways you can work them into your daily chores. It takes hardly any effort or time because you are still going about your business but using your own activities as distractions to solidify basic skills and generalize them. 
An example of a dog obedience exercise would be: ask your dog to sit while you get ready for work, walk around, open and close closet doors, put on your coat etc. voila! You have just practiced a long sit/stay with major distractions.
Another example: ask you dog to ‘go to his bed and lie down’. Then throw out the trash in the hallway. When you return, you release your dog. Again, this is another wonderful and simple but difficult part of dog obedience training incorporated into your chores. 

Teaching your dog to pick up dirty laundry and drop it into the basket or get you a drink from the fridge is a whole different realm of dog training. Afterall, dog training is as flexible as your imagination!
Elisabeth Weiss is a professional New York dog trainer providing common sense solutions for puppy training, dog behavior modification, dog training and dog obedience.