September 2016



Why Does My Dog Bark so Much and What Can I Do About It?

It’s a good thing for your dog to bark – it can even be a good thing!. A dog bark is a way for your furry friends to communicate and it’s a completely normal behavior. There are many reasons for barking behavior in dogs such as hearing odd noises or seeing strangers approaching your house. This is something we should appreciate in them as it alerts us of anything out of the ordinary. However, there are occasions when dogs bark for all the wrong reasons.
According to a study of dog owners, about 1/3 of them noted their dogs barked too much. This can be annoying for you and even worse for your neighbor who might just complain about the noise being made by your pet. In order to control the excessive barking of your dog, you have to know why they are barking.


Reasons a dog barks

Here are the common reasons for barking behavior in dogs:

  • To alert or warn – done to alert the presence of danger or a suspicious stranger.
  • To seek attention – usually done by puppies to get you to pay attention to them.
  • Being excited – happens when a dog becomes too excited when playing a game; controlling excitement could be as simple as taking a break from play.
  • For self-identification – done as a response to other dogs barking in the neighborhood.
  • Being bored – barking is an outlet for their energy; make sure they get enough exercise to curb this behavior.
  • Being lonely or anxious – done when dogs are experiencing separation anxiety.
  • Being startled – response to something unfamiliar or sudden movement.
Tips to stop dog barking
Understanding the reasons why your dog is barking is very important in their early stages with being able to control your dog. Here are tips on curbing your dog’s barking when it becomes a nuisance:
Remain calm as you tell your dog to stop barking. You being frustrated won’t help you correct your dog’s behavior as they will just mirror your energy.

Challenge your dog both mentally and physically. Releasing pent-up energy is one of the reasons for excessive barking in dogs. Make sure they get daily walks and while you’re at it, why not make it more mentally stimulating for them? Rather than walk a straight path, why not hike on a hill? If not, try obedience games with them.

Dog barking is natural and encouraged but it can be annoying when done in excess. When you’ve done all you can do to get your dog to stop barking but they still won’t listen, it’s time to ask help from a professional. A dog makes a wonderful companion and as such, you should be committed to providing the care they need. Don’t hesitate to seek professional help to correct behavior problems.


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Puppy classes: runs for 4 weeks $95 (dates are subject to change due to weather) you must register for class BEFORE start date and confirm with your instructor if there are any date changes, please.
  • September 17th Saturday at 9am
  • September 24th Saturday at 10am
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Puppy classes: not more than 5-6 puppies in a class puppy agility included in classes for confidence building.  This class is for puppies under 4 1/2 -5 months old.  Your vet will approve if your puppy has enough immunizations to be around other dogs/puppies.  Each vet is different on what series of immunizations they want a puppy to have.  Please check with your vet.  All puppies in class are immunized by a vets approval.

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April 2016

Milton High School tribute to  911.

We must also remember all the special dogs that were a huge part of the healing and rescue efforts.



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Dock Diving!!

We want to congratulate our very own Jefferson Smith for jumping 21.2 feet and winning his very first AKC Dock Diving Trial!

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Congratulations to a great dock diving student! Miss Lily jumped 17 feet!
We are excited to introduce the new dog sport called “Dock Diving.” I am sure you have seen some events in the media or on the extreme dog sports channels. Do you have an athletic dog? Do you even know if your dog is athletic?  Dogs who do not enjoy agility may love swimming or dock diving.  If you already have a dock diving dog, then you have a great new place to practice! Participating in this ever-increasingly popular dog sport is rewarding for both you and your dog. The excitement at these events is contagious! These competitions build true camaraderie among dog lovers and can expand your circle of friends while providing great exercise and socialization for your furry best friend!!

House Breaking 101



Susie’s Tips!

House Breaking Tools 101
It is all PREVENTION from here:
1. Rule out medical first.
Some dogs have urinary tract infections and that is the cause of the constant urination. The medicine that they prescribe for a cure also will cause them to drink more water so you will have to be a ware of that factor also.
2. Get a “clicker” or use the word “YES” when your dog is outside and has eliminated click and treat 3 times very
quickly. You are trying to capture the timing to teach the dog outside is where to go. Do not let your dog run around or take more than 1 step before you click and treat 3 times with a higher treat than a training treat.
3. Pick up your dogs “ques” to what behavior/ritual they have right before they go potty.
There is about 3-5 patterns they give you. You must find what they are. It could be a slight as a look in your direction. It could be that the dog starts to waddle before they eliminate. They could circle a few times. Some try and sneak off. You have to find the ques so if you see them inside you know exactly what to look for. Watch them every time they go to potty for about a week solid and you should have at least 3 of the 5 ques by then.
3b. Introduce the word that means go potty. Just one word for both functions. Since you will be watching your dog’s rear for a week you will know what the ques are. As you see this behavior or ritual they do right before they eliminate you should start saying the word. I make the word sound exciting but not distracting. As they are eliminating I say with a monotone voice “good potty” then the second they are done I exp-lode in excitement. Remember dogs pair things together. We want them to pair the word with the desired behavior.
Changing the imprinting from a flat surface to a textured surface is difficult but can be done. At this point in house breaking you have to prevent the mistake from happening. You need to set a timer for every 20- 30 minutes if your home and take the dog out.   Remember you have to look at your puppy as a 6 month old crawling baby without a diaper on!!! So you would never let a baby out of your sight at that age so you do the same with a puppy.   Your dog must get at least 25-30 times consecutively on a textured surface to start the re-imprinting back on to texture only. If you get to 22 times and the dog makes a mistake inside you have to start at 0 again. It takes 6 weeks without a mistake to start feeling that your dog is on their way to be fully house broken.
4. Know what they are consuming by charting the food and water for a week. Make a chart from Monday to Sunday and from the time you wake up to the time you go to bed. Put a Symbol for pee and a symbol for poop. Chart the food and water intake of your dog for a week. You will start to see what their schedule is. You need to know what the intake to know when they will eliminate.
5. Make a line on the water bowl with a wax pencil or a crayon. Keep the water level the same always so if they drink a little or a lot you will know how many pee pees are expected from each time your dog drinks water.
6. Measure the food out exactly with a small measuring cup so you will know exactly what your dog has consumed. Do not mound the cup level it off every time.
7. There is an umbilical cord [the leash] between you and your dog if they are inside till your dog is house broken. You have to look at your dog as a 6 month old crawling baby with out a diaper on. You would never let a crawling baby out of your sight!!
8. If the dog has an area that they continuously go to then you have to deter them from that spot. Get a plastic carpet runner [Home Depo will sell them by the foot] flip it upside down so the spikes are on top. Your dog will not want to step on it thus they will not pee/poop on that spot anymore. They possibly will go near it so be aware of your dog!
9. Only if you catch the dog in the act can you scold them. If they are going to the bathroom I say “NO” in a strong voice. Just loud enough to stop them from finishing. I scoop them up and take them outside and start saying the potty command. Remember Alphas do not hold anger!!
10. After your dog has eliminated DO NOT bring them immediately back inside. Play with them for at least 5 minutes so they do not associate eliminating as the trigger that takes them away from being outside.



Atlanta Dog Trainer,LLC

12900 Freemanville Rd
Alpharetta, Georgia 30004
Training (770) 754 9178
“The Farm” dog daycare and boarding (770) 714-9877


Contact Info

Atlanta Dog Trainer
12900 Freemanville Road
Alpharetta, GA 30004
Training | 770.754.9178
Boarding & Daycare | 770.714.9877
Email : susie@atlantadogtrainer.com