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Bruno's Alpha Dog Training
Meet Bruno and Our Trainer, Earl Preeper!
We needed help so we decided to hire a dog trainer and we are sure glad we did. A friend of mine recommended Earl Preeper so I gave him a call. Earl Preeper of Alpha-Dog Training is a Master Trainer and helped all three of us: My husband, Bruno and myself.We all learned a lot from Earl but I think the main thing we learned was how to use the skills that Bruno had already learned to encourage good behavior. Bruno is a good dog but is full of energy and a bit much for us to handle at times. We are all still a "work in progress" but have come a long way.Update - I think we need to call Earl back over to work on Bruno. He is awful with our guests. He wants to jump on them so we have to keep him tied up the whole time they are here. We'll be calling Earl to the rescue!Photo: Photo of Bruno by OhMe - Isn't he a handsome fellow! We sure think so and so does he.
Alpha Dog Training
Pekney Enterprises, LLC"ALPHA-DOG"
Earl Preeper, Master TrainerDog Obedience and Training Consultantshttp:
The Alpha-Dog Training Manual
Earl Preeper puts together a great Alpha-Dog Training Manual
Earl came to our home one morning and got to know us and Bruno. He also got to meet two very good friends of ours who help us with Bruno: Nate Lester and Monnell Wideman. He met our grandson, too. He wanted to meet everyone who worked with Bruno and I think he may have been surprised that we needed so much help.Earl explained that Alpha-Dog Training does not believe in punishment but rather believes in Discipline to correct unwanted behaviors. He said that we needed to teach Bruno the rules of the house and make sure he knew that we were the leaders. As Earl talked, it started to make sense that we were doing just about everything wrong.Earl kept a Training Log recording our progress. He presented us with this on our last day of Alpha-Dog Training. Some excerpts from this log can be found below.
Our Alpha Dog Training Journal
Here are some of Earl's comments after the first day of training on 6/8/11.Training Goals of Owner: The client would like Bruno to stop pulling on the leash when walking, stop his disruptive behavior when inside the house and learn how to communicate with Bruno to have a better understand of their dog.Problems Observed/Noted: Bruno is still a puppy, displaying puppy behaviors, taking control whenever he has an opportunity. He is strong at over 70 pounds and really pushes his weight around. Bruno has previous obedience training, but Nancy and Doc were never shown how to use this training to control their dog in a given situation. Bruno takes possession of objects and will not release on command, jumps onto people rather forcefully and barks for attention.PROCEDURESInstruction will be given in how dogs learn and what motivates a dog along with how they perceive their world. Instruction will also be on the Alpha-Dog Communication process and Leadership program. The owners will be shown proper Inside Doggie Management skills such as scheduling, feeding procedures and the Alpha-Dog Inside Sit for recall to a sit. The owners will also be instructed in basic obedience with the use of Alpha-Dog inside techniques and On-leash instruction. Leadership skills and methods of redirection will be taught along with use of hand signals, vocalization and body language for teaching basic obedience.Initial Consultation/Session #1: 6/8/11 - I presented Nancy and Doc with information on the Alpha-Dog Training Philosophy, Thoughts for Dog Owners, Alpha-Dog Communication Process and Leadership, Ten Reasons for Dog Training Failure and Inside Doggie Management. We reviewed the feeding schedule, Nancy receiving instructions to pick up uneaten food after leaving it down for 15 minutes. I demonstrated how to correct/redirect Bruno when he jumps up onto the table or a person while they are sitting. Push him off using an "OFF" command, have him sit and reward the sit. I also demonstrated how to have Bruno release an object from his mouth by holding a treat in front of his nose while telling him to "Drop It". I instructed Nancy to remove herself from the room when Bruno is disruptive, wait one minute then return and have him sit for a treat, never encouraging Bruno's disruptive behavior. Nancy understood the process as we called Bruno back and forth between us, having him sit for a favored treat each time.
Raised Dog Bowls Made In The USA
Bruno's feeding station is very similar to this one and has been wonderful. I like having it up off the floor. My husband actually won ours in a Golf Tournament. This one is Made in the USA and that is the main reason I chose to feature it here.
Dog Feeding Station
Earl explained the importance of removing the food after 15 minutes and this is something that we are still working on. Bruno's feeding station has held up great for 3 years of constant use.
We are trying to abide by the 15 minute rule but it is hard and hard not to give him snacks and treats in between. We have made the big mistake of letting him have some of our people food. Not only is this bad for his health but it sure makes our mealtime less enjoyable as he now begs for food.
Bruno Obeying his Commands - Bruno aims to please
He really seems to enjoy performing his tricks and we need to teach him more.
This doggie treat bag is similar to the one that Earl gave us.
Earl recommended and gave us a Treat Pouch for Bruno - He fills his pouch with baby goldfish and Puppyroni
Earl advised us to have our treat bags with us at all times and reward Bruno for good behavior.
I try to keep the cheaper priced crackers like Cheese-Its on hand to put in the treat bag. Bruno really likes those.
Earl and Bruno - Notice Earl's Snack Pouch
Instead of getting upset with Bruno when he tries to jump on someone or play bite, we just get him to do his "tricks" to get treats and it reminds him who is in charge.
More Sessions of Alpha Dog Training with Earl Preeper
Quoting from Bruno's Alpha-Dog Training Log by Earl Preeper
Session #4: 7/21/2011 I met with Nancy, Doc and Bruno today discussing recent events and Bruno's behavior. Bruno has been disruptive at times, knocking over a neighbor when he jumped. We discussed methods to use to decrease his energy level (a tired puppy is a good puppy). Nancy is considering getting Bruno a safety vest so he can swim in the pool, something Bruno loves to do. Shortly after my arrival Bruno entered the den area where Nancy's grandson was using his iPad and began jumping onto him, roughing him up, so to speak. I had just instructed Nancy how to use a spray bottle filled with Apple Cider Vinegar. When Nancy squirted Bruno in the face this disrupted his behavior somewhat until he got the hint and left the room. I also instructed Nancy to have her maintenance man place rebar steel into the fence posts surrounding Bruno's play yard. She can then walk Bruno into the yard on a leash, hook the leash over the post, leave the yard with Bruno inside and undo the leash from the outside. This way Bruno cannot escape when Nancy leaves the yard. We also discussed a small wading pool for the front yard where Bruno can cool himself when Nancy and Doc are out front. We reviewed the Stay procedure. Bruno is complying with the technique. Nancy was successful with her attempts at the Stay Technique.
Since Bulldogs are know NOT to be swimmers, we knew that we had to have a Life Jacket. Bruno jumped in the pool one day and our grandson ended up pulling him out. That was after I jumped in after him clothes and all (cell phone, too). He may have swam on his own but we didn't give him much chance. We had always heard to keep our Bulldogs away from water. The day he jumped in was the day we got him his own Life Jacket.
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Whether you take your dog on the lake or in the pool, this Life Jacket will keep him safe. I really like the handle on the back because it makes it much easier in the water.
Unfortunately, we no longer have a pool so Bruno's life jacket is not used anymore. I plan to give it to our son for his dog. He takes his dog fishing with him sometime so he will probably need a life jacket.
Bruno getting his exercise in the pool - See his nice dog life jacket
This is such a wonderful dog life jacket but I sure wish there was a magic way to get it on him. Bruno gets so excited thinking about getting in the pool that he won't stand still to get his dog life jacket on him.
What a way to spend a summer day! - Bruno loves his little swimming pool.
The Safety Vest for the big pool worked great but when Bruno was in the pool, he wanted out and when he was out, he wanted in. Therefore, it was a little more than I could handle. The small wading pool gave him many hours of enjoyment. He ate the first one we got so Earl gave him a sturdier one. By the end of summer, he had eaten it up, too! That dog will eat just about anything!
Our Trainer and Bruno
Alpha-Dog Training - Session 7: 8/4/2011 - Graduation Day!
Quote from Training Log
I met with Nancy and Bruno today, discussing recent events and Bruno's response to training. Nancy stated that Bruno is doing much better. Initial conditioning conducted for the On-leash version of the Stay, Bruno comprehending the technique quickly. Nancy understood the procedure, noting how to advance the technique, being able to work with Bruno inside the house or in the outside environment. Bruno likes to snatch items and run away with them in his mouth, not following any commands, but turning the event into a game. He will eventually grow out of this stage with continued use of basic obedience skills.Special Note: Nancy and Doc have done an outstanding job with Bruno, learning communication skills and how to control Bruno in various situations. They are now ready to continue on their own, contacting Alpha-Dog if the need arises. Outstanding Job, Nancy and Doc!
Bruno Graduates Alpha-Dog Training on August 16, 2011
Congratulations, Bruno! Way to Go!
Doc and I really feel so much better after going through the Alpha-Dog Training with Earl Preeper. We still have to work at it every day but Bruno is learning and continues to make progress. The thing we have to be consistent about is making sure he knows who is in charge and sometimes he tends to forget that. Little things like not letting him go through a door first really make a difference.Thank you, Earl!Photo: Bruno's Alpha-Dog Training Certificate
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How is Bruno doing with his Training?
Nate made Bruno a place to play with his Jolly Ball - Bruno ate the handle off his Jolly Ball.
Bruno likes to "eat the water", too! - I tell you - Bruno will eat anything!
Bruno says "That's Enough Training for Me Today"! - It's time for a nap, Little Bru!
Our grandson calls Bruno, "Little Bru" and I call him my "big boy" or "baby". lolBruno is really a "Daddy's Boy" and wants to be right beside Doc all the time.
Just look how good looking Bruno is! - We just love our Bruno!
Bruno is a Bird Watcher - He likes to sit in the window and watch Mother Nature
Look Out The Window, Bruno!
We have a large cedar chest beneath the windows in our bedroom and Bruno thinks that it is there just for him. He likes to sit there and look out the window. If "daddy" is gone, he will sit there and wait for him to drive in the driveway. I don't know how but he seems to know when he gets into the neighborhood and perks up way before he actually enters the driveway.We have a hummingbird feeder right outside the window and he is fascinated with them. He doesn't bark but just watches.
A Bruno Update
Your comment will appear when it is approved.Update: Bruno now weights 79 lbs and is spoiled rotten and a hand full. I think we might need a refresher course this summer. He is lunging for cars and visitors. One thing for sure is that the training never ends.Update: Now that we have our own little Doggie Park in the back yard, he is able to run and play and use some of that excess energy which helps.