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  • For Immediate Release- New Polaris Ranger Specific Ecommerce Website!

    New Website Creates a Unique Shopping Experience in Powersports Industry

    GearUp2Go announced the launch of a sister-site built to provide a niche market of Polaris Ranger fans and owners with a unique shopping experience. The website offers accessories as well as resources and an online community.

    Appleton, WI March 25, 2015 – GearUp2Go announced the official launch of a new sister-site that is designed specifically for owners and fans of the Polaris Ranger utility terrain vehicle (UTV).

    “We have a lot of UTV customers, but particularly owners and riders of Polaris Rangers,” commented Michael Lutes, Business Operations Manager of GearUp2Go. “We felt there was a gap within the industry for shopping experiences that went above and beyond to create something special that was geared specifically toward these buyers.”

    As the name suggests, www.EverythingPolarisRanger.com is about everything related to Polaris Rangers. It provides a unique online shopping experience for the niche market of Polaris Ranger UTV riders through a simplified product offering, intuitive navigation and loyalty program. Buyers can quickly search for products and filter the results without sifting through accessories un-related to their machine.

    The website has a clean, non-cluttered design that is mobile friendly. Visitors can shop for UTV accessories specific to Polaris Ranger models as well as other popular UTV products that are guaranteed to fit Polaris Rangers. Free resources, including product reviews, rider experience stories, tips, how-to guides and new product release information are available to both visitors and members.

    “I’m excited about the launch of this new website,” Lutes stated. “It’s been in the works for a long time and we’re eager to see how well it can do. This site is kind of our test pilot. If it performs as well as we think it will, we anticipate following up with additional UTV or ATV specific websites.”

    The www.EverythingPolarisRanger.com website will co-exist with www.GearUp2Go.com as a complement to the company’s current offerings. Future plans for the site include additional product offerings for “Parts” and “Maintenance” categories of products.

    For more information about this topic, please contact Jen Stickney at jstickney@gearup2go.com or visit www.gearup2go.com. GearUp2Go is an online ecommerce company providing parts, accessories and gear within the powersports industry. Everything Polaris Ranger (EPR) is a member of the Everything E-Com suite of companies, which is owned and operated by the presiding members of GearUp2Go, LLC.

  • 2014-2015 Shed Dog NASHDA Trial Events Schedule

    EverythingGunDog.com Is a Proud Sponsor Of NASHDA and the Shed Dog Training Community!!!

    2014-2015  NASHDA Events Schedule

    2015 NASHDA World Championship Qualifying Event - NASHDA Junior and Senior Hunt Test - Saturday January 3, 2015 - 9:00 am - Ozark Shooters Sports Complex - Branson, MO - Contacts: Mike McSpadden (816)517-6288 or Mark McSpadden (417)559-7104

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    2015 NASHDA World Championship Qualifying Event - NASHDA Junior and Senior Hunt Test - Saturday February 28, 2015 - 9:00 am - Skyline Drive Kennels - Location: Brownstown IN - Contact: Shannon Neal 812-528-1549 www.shedhuntinglabs.com - Judge: Jeff Neal 812-277-5914

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    2015 NASHDA World Championship Qualifying Event - NASHDA Junior and Senior Hunt Test - Sunday March 1, 2015 - 9:00 am - Skyline Drive Kennels - Location: Brownstown IN = Contact: Shannon Neal 812-528-1549 www.shedhuntinglabs.com - Judge: Nathan Cardinal 812-528-2005

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    2015 NASHDA World Championship Qualifying Event - NASHDA Junior and Senior Hunt Test - Saturday March 7, 2015 10:30 am to 4:30 pm - Location: Minnesota Deer Classic - National Sports Center Blaine, MN - Visit Website

    Entry Form Deadline February 28, 2015

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    2015 NASHDA World Championship Qualifying Event - NASHDA Junior, Senior and MASTER Hunt Test - Friday April 3, 2015 - 12:00 pm - Brown’s Hunting Ranch - 29350 US Hwy 212 Gettysburg, SD 57442 - Contact: Robin Braaten 605-769-4340 - www.brownshuntingranch.com

    Entry Form to be posted 1/1/15

    2015 NASHDA World Championship Qualifying Event - NASHDA Junior, Senior and MASTER Hunt Test - Saturday April 4, 2015 - 9:00 am - Brown’s Hunting Ranch - 29350 US Hwy 212 Gettysburg, SD 57442 - Contact: Robin Braaten 605-769-4340 - www.brownshuntingranch.com

    Entry Form to be posted 1/1/15

    NASHDA 2015 World Shed Dog Championship (Invitational)

    Dokken’s Oak Ridge Kennels Northfield, Minnesota - April 11 & 12, 2015

    The dogs that will be invited to enter the 2015 Championship in April 2015 are the dogs that qualified at a NASHDA Qualifying Event from May 1, 2014 to April 11, 2015. See the list of events above for dates that qualifiers will be held.

  • Pupy Training: Tips To Overcome Chewing And Barking

    Puppies are one of the sweetest creatures on earth. They are adorable without even trying and irresistible enough to make anyone fall in love with them. Delightful as puppies are, they can fall into unsuitable habits like chewing and unwarranted barking. These behaviors cannot be tolerated in the home, especially when visitors often come by. As worrying as such behaviors may sound, they are fairly easy to control. In fact, the puppy stage is the perfect time to begin training for good habits.

    Puppy Training: Tips to Overcome Chewing and Barking | Everything Shed Dog

    Chewing: Causes

    One of the most common pet owner’s peeves is their puppy’s tendency for chewing. Come to think of it, who has never seen a puppy who didn’t like to chew? Chewing is simply part and parcel of a puppy’s growth and development. The chewing usually starts when puppies begin teething and are now able to start on solids. Having something to gnaw on at this stage eases the teething process and relieves any soreness in the gums they may be going through. Puppies also get into chewing because they use their mouths as a means of exploring the world around them, much like human babies do.

    Chewing can also be due to a lack of stimulating activities. Anyone who’s ever raised a puppy will know that chewing can be thoroughly engaging for them. If not, a puppy may be feeling anxious, and having something to chew on calms it.

    All this chewing can lead to puppies gnawing on things they ought not to.If left to their devices,puppies can chew through their humans’ things or worse, get their intestines blocked or their teeth damaged. Thus, owners should know how to properly redirect this ruinous behavior.

    Chewing: Solutions

    An effective rule of thumb to go by to control chewing is to teach a dog what can and can’t be chewed. This rule requires two things: puppy-proofing the house and approved chew toys.First, an owner should impose a tighter rein over general housekeeping during a puppy’s training period. Anything that should not go into a dog’s mouth should not be left lying around or exposed. Toxic plants, human food, household cleaners, and electrical cords should all be relocated, kept out of reach, or made chew-proof.If the house can’t be made completely puppy-proof, the pup should be kept within acceptable areas or in a secure enclosure if left unsupervised.

    Chew toys are essential to curbing a puppy’s desire to chew.When the puppy starts to chew on something, it should be reprimanded immediately and given the toys as replacement or diversion.An important note owner should keep in mind, toys should be easily recognizable from other items in the house. Old items like old shoes, socks, or clothing are inappropriate as chew toys since these resemble items in the house. If a dog has begun chewing on inappropriate items, taste deterrents like bitter apple can be applied.

    In addition, chew toys should be ensured safe and not pose choking hazards for the puppy. While rawhide and big beef bones are often recommended, a determined chewer will gnaw through these materials, creating occasions for choking.Toys should be large enough not to be swallowed or get stuck in the puppy’s mouth.

    Since chewing is a potentially destructive behavior, a puppy should learn to associate chewing with positive experiences. The puppy should receive praise, physical fuss, and even a treat when it shows interest in the appropriate chew toys. An owner should also let the puppy have fun with the preferred play things to further affirm the positive association. After a set time, the owner should collect the toys to train the puppy that chewing is still just a special treat.

    Barking: Causes

    Another puppy behavior that owners complain about is excessive barking. Barking is a natural behavior and means of communication among canines. Dogs tend to bark for various reasons, including excitement, distress, frustration, aggression, or just for attention. Among puppies, the common causes for barking may usually be due to distress, frustration, or for attention. Puppies tend to feel insecure if left alone and resort to barking to demand attention or express their distress. Sometimes though, they bark when they are bored.

    The owner needs to recognize the reasons for barking and teach the puppy to learn when barking is acceptable and when it isn’t. For this purpose, an owner should get to know his/her puppy and the situations that trigger it to bark.

    Barking: Solutions

    Barking is one of a canine’s ways of communicating to its owners. Thus, the goal is not to completely prevent barking, but to allow it as needed. A few methods can be used to control barking, depending on the reason for the barking. The first thing an owner should do is to understand why the puppy is barking in order to apply the appropriate measure.

    When a puppy barks to get attention, the owner should ignore it completely, no matter how long it takes, until the puppy stops. The owner should not give in even when the puppy is persistent to avoid instilling the wrong kind of behavior. The puppy should know that if it wants food, attention, or play, barking is not the way to get it.If the puppy barks during play, the owner should stop the activity abruptly, resuming only when the barking stops.

    If a puppy barks because of boredom, it probably lacks activities to do or toys to play with. Like the saying goes, a tired dog is a good dog. When a puppy is sufficiently exercised or amused, it will more likely display good behavior.

    Like people, puppies can also experience separation anxiety and resort to whining and barking. What an owner can do is train a puppy to calm down by leaving it for a while and then return before it begins barking. Gradually, the length of time can be increased, but the owner should always return before the puppy becomes anxious. Eventually, the puppy will learn to relax without its human companion.

    Final Thoughts

    Whenever a puppy exhibits potentially problematic behaviors, the best course of action is to learn to correct it in the most effective way as soon as possible. What usually happens is, the longer it takes to correct a behavior, the tougher it will be to correct. This especially goes if the puppy is of a large breed, what with all the physical effort that will now go into the needed corrections. However, if a now older dog is involved, all is still not lost. The truth is you can teach an old dog new tricks. But that is another story for another time.

    In any pet issue, a behavior professional or a well-informed vet should always be consulted. They should be able to provide sound advice on most anything a puppy is going through and guide pet parents towards the best approach to raising a well-behaved pup.

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    Author: Jordan Walker

    Jordan is the lead content curator for Coops And Cages as well as a couple of other pet-related blogs. His passion for animals is only matched by his love for 'attempting' to play the guitar. If you would like to catch him, you can via Google+ or Twitter: @CoopsAndCages.

  • Bests Friends Remembered, Paw Prints in our Heart!

    It’s the time of year to be thankful for all the great blessings we have in our lives. We may not be rich. We may not have everything. However, there is always so much to be grateful for! Friends, family, those who protect us and more make that list.

    Paw Prints in our heart- dogs

    I wanted to take a moment to recall the furry family members we have been touched by. I, myself, have been lucky to receive the love of several of these unconditional love givers! There was Oscar, the Dachshund that I grew up with and even had my senior pictures taken with. Next my first husband came with Bear, a black Chow, who was a one family dog but oh so good to our family. The first dog I purchased was PJ a Bassett Hound. She had some issues but loved us and we loved her. My daughter then convinced me to rescue Snickers, who was a lab/springer mix. She was the first dog I was able to do some training with, while she wasn’t a hunting dog as she gun shy, she was able to learn so many other things. Then Jake moved in with us when I married John. He was a big Chocolate Lab (Jake not John). He was a hunting dog and tried to teach Snickers his game. She never quite got it but did have fun! I also must include Cheetah, the one and only cat I’ve ever had. He raised Snickers, as we got her young. Cheetah also put Jake in his place shortly after he moved in!

    All of these four legged family members will always hold a place, and leave prints in my heart. Each one was so unique. Good things and bad, they were all loved and cared for and returned that love as nobody else can. We all know how unconditionally our pets love us, even if we don’t deserve it. I try to remember how undeserving I have felt at that time of loss. I try to be the person my dog believes I am! I try to not overreact when there is a little mischievous fur ball in action! We all have good times and not so good times and we all still want to be accepted and loved, I believe our pets feel the same!

    When my loved ones got old they slowed down. They needed me just as much or more. They comforted me every day of their lives. They greeted me when I got home, or were thrilled to go along! When I had a bad day they seemed to know and always wanted to make it better. If I was happy and dancing in the kitchen, each and every one of them danced along! I truly believe that they all made me a better person. If I could be half the person my pets believed I was I would be amazing!

    When they no longer appeared to enjoy life and were suffering and unhappy it was my love for them that helped them through or at least that’s what I want to believe. I was there with each of them until the end, with one exception. I was there to hold them, talk to them, and explain there would be “no more worries”. I tried to appear strong, but was completely falling apart inside. I know they knew how I was feeling as they did their entire life, why would now be different. They snuggled up with me as I held them and let the release of the pain and suffering come. Warm and safe in my arms until the very end, one more thing I am thankful for, the ability to help them cross peacefully and know they were always loved! Now as tears roll down my cheeks remembering each and everyone one of those moments I am thankful. Thankful for the love of each and every one of them, thankful for them making me a better person, and thankful I could give them peace when they needed it most.

    Written  By:

    Sandy Apfel

  • Dove Hunting, Dogs, and Heat Exhaustion.... It's no joke!

    As a Pro Trainer in Texas with an always hot dove season I receive numerous stories from friends and clients about the heat stroke in working dogs. A few years ago I developed a sermon I preach to any of our CCR dogs going home and this is what it entails.

    Dove hunting and dogs

    First I'd like to cover conditioning: Consider that in Texas dove season opens Septemter 1st with temps ranging in the 90's by 10 a.m. If your dog has been siting in the a/c all summer he is not accustomed to the heat. (Think of the feeling you get when you step out of the cool into the heat) even if your dog is kept outside he still needs exercise. Now, I'm not saying throw your dog outside all day in the heat or train at the hottest time of the day. Proper conditioning includes running marks and maybe a few blinds in the am or late evening (prime hunting times) you can even take him for walks or runs early and late during the week. Make no mistake gun dogs are athletes and must be kept in condition to preform properly. If your not sure what to do in a training aspect of throwing marks contact your local pro (most will allow you to come train for a morning) or join a local retriever club with like minded people that like to help.  If you are busy and short on time most pros offer pre season tune ups.

    Next, lets discuss the signs of heat exhaustion. Early signs can be but not limited to, heavy panting, deep red gums, swelling or curling of tongue, as symptoms worsen you might see swelling of gums, excessive drooling, panting with more of a rasping gasping sound. When you see any of these its time to take action immediately. If you see the dog start to stumble, lay down, or collapse the situation went from dangerous to critical! Ok, so what do you do???  If you see signs first response should be shade and water, let them drink, and rest most early cases this is plenty, if dog can't cool down start wetting them down with ice chest water, head , behind ears, pits, and paws, alcohol is always colder than water (keep that in mind, rubbing or drinkable) put them in the front seat and blow the a/c. If you see severe symptoms do the above and rush to the vet! Keep in mind this is deadly and deadly fast, most people don't realize however that even a mild heat stroke causes side affects. Major organ damage can occur a few days later, and dogs with a significant heat stroke become more prone to them in the future. Another thing to keep in mind a stock tank in Texas in September is likely  80 degrees, not much of a cool off! I hope this helps you and your hunting buddy stay safe and better enjoy your hunting adventures.

    Written By: Professional Dog Trainer JC Strange

    Cripple Creek Retrievers, North Texas

    If you are planning on dove hunting a need a few training tools to get your dog ready check out a few of our best sellers:

    Dove Training Retrieving Dummy by Dokken Dead Fowl Trainer

    Dove Training Scent by Dead Fowl Trainer

    Hunting Dog First Aid Kit

  • Does Nutrition Matter For Your Hunting Dog?

    Hunting Dog Health- FoodCorn, wheat, soy, chicken beaks, intestines, feathers, feces… do these sound like ingredients that your hunting partner can thrive on?  Not at all!  We will start with saying that dogs are carnivores, therefore; they should be eating meat, not loads of grains!  The three main grains that you want to keep out of your dog’s food are corn, wheat, and soy.  Dogs cannot process these ingredients.  They oftentimes produce shedding, itching, dry skin, hot spots, ear infections, eye drainage, throwing up, diarrhea, and allergies.  Consuming grains can also make your dog become overweight.  These things don’t just happen overnight.  When you feed a low quality food without all of the nutrients you dog needs to prosper, it slowly wears them down and their body systems start to deteriorate.

    How do you know what to feed?  The main thing you want to look at in a food is the ingredient list.  The ingredients are always listed in descending order by weight.  You always want your first few ingredients to be specific meat or meat meals such as chicken meal, duck meal, or salmon meal.  If it is listed as meat meal with no specific protein source, you want to stay far away from it because you have no idea what they are using.  The other fact that you need to be cautious about when picking a food is it containing animal by-products.  These are simply the parts of an animal that are of such low quality they are rejected for human uses.  They can be beaks, feathers, hooves, skin, feet, undeveloped eggs etc.  Other things to check for in your food are chemicals preservatives (BHA, Ethyoxoquin etc.). These are known carcinogens.

    Healthy Golden RetrieversThe surprising fact in the pet food world is that a lot of the very well-known name brands are absolute garbage.  Just because a company can put on an awesome commercial, does not mean that they produce a quality food (Despite what their commercial may say).  If you can, stick to an all-natural food made in the USA or Canada.  Big box stores and grocery stores are not the place to get your pet food.  Seek out somewhere that carries all- natural and grain-free options.

    The actual purchasing of a higher quality food may be a little more expensive, but dollar for dollar it actually ends up being the same price or cheaper per serving then a low quality food.  You will not have to feed as much of foods that are loaded with the protein, fat, and nutrients that dogs need.  Your hunting pal will be utilizing the majority of the food, so he won’t have to eat as much.  For the same reason, he will also have a lower stool volume.  You will ultimately have lower vet bills because your dog is getting all of the correct nutrition that he needs to be a healthy member of your family.

    We have just touched on a few things that are important in choosing a quality pet food for your working dog.  Go take a look at the ingredients in your dog’s food and see if any changes need to be made.  A simple switch in dog food can help your dog live a healthier, more energetic life.  It may also make problems that seem impossible to fix like reoccurring ear infections just disappear.  Nutrition is very important and plays a large role in the well-being of your working dog.

    By Bre Krueger

    Professional Dog Trainer

  • 5 Dog Breeds For Homes With Children

    Every young child gets to an age when they start asking for a dog. It is a great idea for many reasons. Having a pet teaches a child responsibility, and compassion. The bond that forms between a child and a pet encourages trust, and self esteem. They help get kids up off the couch, and encourage an active lifestyle. A pet provides unconditional love and companionship to a child, which helps with their emotional stability and growth.

    If you are considering heading to the animal shelter or breeder, it’s a good idea first to consider which breeds are usually a good fit for homes with children. There is no guarantee because breeding is only one aspect of a dog’s temperament.


    The Beagle was originally bred as a hunting dog. They are a good fit in homes with active children. They love to play ball and rough house with kids, always ready for fun and games. They are friendly and gentle with cheerful dispositions. Teach kids not to bug this dog while it’s eating, they don’t always tolerate anyone, even their best friends, getting near their food dish. They normally get along well with other pets. They shed a lot, so they need to be bathed and brushed frequently.

    Golden Retriever

    This breed has the patience required for living in a home with small children.  They need a lot of exercise, so they will be a terrific companion for children who love to run and play outdoors.  The Golden Retriever is a lovable, loyal dog, and is usually quite smart.  It is a bigger dog but is not aggressive, except when seeking affection.  They are easily trained and well mannered, which is why they are used as service dogs.  They often get into trouble when left alone, they need supervision, just like the kids do.  They are overly friendly so they don’t make good watchdogs.

    Bernese Mountain Dog

    This gentle giant is known for its’ love of children.  They are slow to mature and retain their puppy behavior for longer than many other dogs.  They are easy to train, intelligent and good natured. They make good watchdogs though they aren’t overly aggressive.  They are generally good with other pets.  They range in size from 80 to 120 pounds so they are certainly not a lap dog.

    English Bulldog

    Considered to be one of the gentlest breeds, the English Bulldog is affectionate, and loyal.  They are very energetic as puppies but slow down as they mature, and don’t require a lot of exercise.  They do need a lot of attention and love to play.  They are like cartoon characters the way they snort, snore, slobber and drool.


    Boxers get along really well with children and have a lot of patience.  They are happy, friendly, very loyal dogs that love to cuddle. They are playful and intelligent with a sneaky streak.  They are easy to train though they tend to be a little stubborn.  They need a lot of attention and exercise, and tend to be quite boisterous so small kids will get knocked down, but not intentionally.

    Written by Jaqueline Borini

  • Congrats- Puppy Picture Contest Winners!

    The team at EverythingGunDog.com has been hard at work over the last month promoting our hunting dog puppy picture contest, which is one of the best kinds of contest we run because, who doesn't like looking at tons of puppy pictures?  It was hard for our team to get any work done with awesome pictures being submitted everyday!  It was amazing to see all these hunting dogs in the making, there is certainly going to be some great dogs out of this groups!

    We also want to thank all our customers and visitors to the sight that voted for their favorite picture, that sure made the voting of the best a lot of easier!  We were amazed to see over 204 puppy pictures submitted and thousands of likes and comments posted on our Facebook Page about the pictures. It was exciting to see the public weigh in and make their voices heard.

    Top Selling Puppy Training Products:

    After much contemplation and discussion we had to ultimately select 3 of the best pictures, and trust me it was not easy!  So without any further a-do here they are:

    1st Place:
    Weims in a basket

    2nd Place:

    3rd Place:

  • New Professional Dog Trainer On Staff- Welcome Bio Bre Krueger

    reddi hunt testI was lucky enough to be brought into the wonderful world of dog training at the young age of 11.  I started working with a pro trainer at his kennel doing the grunt work.  By the time I was 13, I was doing a lot of the obedience and young dog training, and I also started running AKC Hunt Tests.  When I was 14 is when I fell in love with working with dogs.  The trainer that I had been working for gave me a very well-bred field golden with a lot of potential.  It was my job to train and get her ready for competitions.  He was there to help, but it was mainly on me.   I really started getting into training and working with my puppy (Amber).  I built a bond with this dog like no other.  She not only became my best pal, but she was my hunting buddy, and really the reason for me becoming a dog trainer.   Amber and I trained with many different people, and in many different avenues of competition including: Hunt Tests, Upland, Dock Dogs, Therapy Dogs, Field Trials, Obedience, Agility, and as of recently Shed hunting.  I really acquired a lot of training knowledge working with her.

    When I was 16, I started offering in-home obedience and hunting training.  My business took off.  I always had 6-8 dogs in training.   I started giving all sorts of training demos at schools in the area.   I also got into different competitions quite heavily.  I kept a puppy out of Amber and continued to train my own dogs also.  I also started teaching group obedience classes at different training and boarding facilities in the area.

    dock dog picAfter high school, and some business courses, I decided to open a small natural pet supply and grooming shop in Winneconne, WI.  I made the decision to put training on the back burner while I got my new business up and rolling.  Taking a break from training lasted a whole month.  I started getting calls from someone that really wanted his new lab puppy trained for duck hunting.    He was very set on me training his dog because he didn’t want to have to send her off to a kennel for training.  Long story short… We got her into training, she became a star pupil that I really had fun running, testing, and training with.  We became great friends and training buddies, and I started right back into training hard core.

    As of lately, I work at the shop in the mornings and train in the afternoons and evenings.  Amber is 10 years old now, and living the high life fetching ducks, flushing pheasants, and finding shed antlers.  My younger dogs and a lot of my client dogs are training and competing in Hunt Tests, Field Trials, and Shed Trials.  I run a few training groups, and take part in a few others working with all sorts of great trainers.  I really have a passion for working with dogs.  I am excited to become a part of the team at Everythingsheddog.com and Everythinggundog.com!

    pheasant hunting  training lilly

  • Why Won't My Hunting Dog Stop Jumping On Me?

    What do you do when every time you come home you’re greeted by paws flying at your face?  Or whenever you get a visitor at your house they get absolutely mauled by that 80lb retriever that’s so excited to see them?   It is a frustrating, embarrassing problem that many dog owners have to go through.  What do you do?

    dog jumping on person

    It comes straight down to basic obedience, and lots of consistent repetition.  If your dog is sitting, how is he going to be jumping up?  All this means is that the first step to fixing the problem is making sure that your “SIT” command is taught and reinforced well.

    Start by making sure that your dog knows what “SIT” means.  This is common knowledge for most dogs.  But if not, all you have to do to show them what it means is break out the treats!  Make sure that you have highly desirable treats- maybe even pieces of hot dog or chicken.  Put the treat right in front of their nose, and lift the treat up slowly while giving the “SIT” command.  Treat and praise when the dog sits.  It’s natural tendency for a dog’s rear end to go down as their nose goes up, but if they need a little guiding- push down right above the tail while luring with the treat.  Repeat this process until your dog understands what the command means and starts doing it on his own.

    Once your jumper has mastered the “SIT” command for treats, it’s time to reinforce it.  There are many ways to reinforce a behavior; whether it is a choke chain, e-collar, or a firm vocal correction.  You are teaching your dog that if they sit they get rewarded (treat or praise), but if they choose not to obey your command they get some sort of correction.  Practice, Practice, Practice!  Your dog has mastered “SIT”, now what?

    Now you apply it to your jumping problem.  Every time your dog jumps up, give him a stern “NO, SIT!” command.  When he sits and calms down, then you praise and give him attention.  You never want to give a jumping dog any attention or praise while jumping.  If just a vocal command (“NO, SIT!”) is not proving to be sufficient, add a knee in the chest, or turn your back to him while giving your command.

    He finally stopped jumping on you, now you need to make sure that he’s consistent with everyone.  The way you make sure of that is by making sure everyone is consistent with him!  Everyone that your dog meets needs to abide by the same training standard as you.  You can even go as far as setting your dog up by having informed friends and family randomly stop over to reinforce your dog’s new behavior.  If you practice and put some work into it, you will be on the road to a dog that any visitor will be happy to see because their greeting manners are so good!

    By Bre Krueger Professional Dog Trainer

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