Training Great Dogs

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Waiting to go to the line with Montana’s Green Bay Packers Pride- Spokane, Wa

Hi I’m Jeff, for over 40 years I’ve been working with dogs and their owners on both a personal and professional level.  I’ve learned a lot about dogs over the years. There is still a lot more to learn.

There is plenty of good information available on training great dogs. However, I have found that it can be hard for some folks to just pick up a book and apply what is written to real world situations. I think the biggest challenge is that every situation is different. Every dog is different and what might work for some dogs won’t work for every dog. There are a lot of nuances in dog training it takes time be good at it. However, the rewards are many when it comes to training great dogs.

There is a lot involved in picking and then raising a happy, obedient, confident and social dog.

Hopefully my posts will help you in raising, training, and the general care your four legged friends.

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You can see from some of the pictures that I am a hunter. I have no apologies for that, it is very much a part of our lifestyle here in Montana. It is an absolute joy watching a dog do what it was truly bread for. Therefore, A portion of my posts will have to do with field work.  However, every dog starts as a puppy and regardless of whether they are going to be raised for the field or for the home, it all starts the same way.

A dog that is well socialized is confident and happy and a dog that listens is important no matter what they do.

Whether you hunt, or train agility dogs, compete in obedience trials or just want a great house dog, the majority of the information that I share will be relevant to you.

When I was traveling doing dog demonstrations one of my main demonstrations that I did was titled “If you want a better dog then build a better puppy“.

truly believe this is the only way to have a great dog. I spend a lot of time with my dogs during their first 6 months, starting with the day that your new puppy comes home. It is the most important period during the life of your dog. I am sure that you will agree as you read through my writings.

So here is to Training Great Dogs

and all the joys that go along with it.

Enjoy your time and always feel free to contact me if you have any questions I will do my best to help.

Happy tails

Jeff

35 Comments

  1. Avatar Chris Cummings said:

    Our conversations re my adopted dig, Jack (for JFK; tell you anything?); his barking is WAY out of control. Hate the idea of a muzzle; however, sleep is more important. Want to train: stay (or “wait”), sit,retrieve (for play) and “come”……you’ve been very nice and helpful. Would give you a rating if could. Glad you’re here.

    February 7, 2016
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    • Avatar Jeff Smith said:

      Howdy,

      Happy to help. I understand about the muzzle, but remember it is not for wearing, it is for teaching. Only need to be on during the “timeouts”

      I am working on an article on Basic Obedience, will have it out in the next couple days. It should be helpful as far as the Heal, here, sit and there will be a little bit about retrieving as well.

      Thanks again for the very nice comment. Jeff

      February 17, 2016
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    • Avatar Jeff Smith said:

      Hello, Thanks very much. I see your into Mastifs. Never had one but I have been around several. Nice dogs!

      Take Care, Jeff

      February 7, 2016
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    • Avatar Jeff Smith said:

      Hi Todd,

      Thanks much! stay tuned for further posts. I need to get some obedience articles written and then we will move into Big Dog work!

      Thanks again, Jeff

      February 3, 2016
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    • Avatar Jeff Smith said:

      Howdy, Thanks very much. More to come, take Care, Jeff

      February 7, 2016
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  2. Avatar Remona said:

    Hello! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow you if that would be okay.

    I’m absolutely enjoying your blog and look forward to new updates.

    January 29, 2016
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    • Avatar Jeff Smith said:

      Howdy, Yes I am on Twitter @traingreatdogs

      Take Care, Jeff

      February 7, 2016
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  3. Avatar Eddie Stuessy said:

    Great post. Thanks for the read.

    January 27, 2016
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    • Avatar Jeff Smith said:

      Thanks much I am glad the you enjoyed it. Best, Jeff

      January 29, 2016
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  4. Avatar Desiree said:

    Thanks for finally talking about >Training Great Dogs | Jeff Smith –
    Dogman <Loved it!

    January 25, 2016
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    • Avatar Jeff Smith said:

      Hi Desiree I am glad that you found it worth the read. Take Care, Jeff

      January 29, 2016
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  5. Avatar Toney Napihaa said:

    Good article, thanks.

    January 25, 2016
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    • Avatar Jeff Smith said:

      Hi Toney, Thank you very much, Best Jeff

      January 29, 2016
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  6. Avatar kimberly said:

    Thanks for the follow on twitter. Yes me and my baby are well

    January 16, 2016
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    • Avatar Jeff Smith said:

      Hi Kimberly, Your very welcome. Glad to hear all is well, Take Care, Jeff

      January 21, 2016
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    • Avatar Chris Cummings said:

      Rescued 3 yr old; in hospital now. Liver. Not “poop” trained. I’m 71 (as of 1.23.45) with extreme health issues. Where I got him lied about his health. Humps everyone who moves! Absolutely everything I can’t do. I feel awful for getting him. His name is Jack (JFK) and he’s very bright. What should I do?

      January 21, 2016
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      • Avatar Jeff Smith said:

        Hi Chris, Sorry to hear about your situation. I don’t have an easy answer for you. If you do not think that you can take care of your dog then I would suggest you consider giving him up. I understand if that is not the answer you were looking for but sometimes it’s for the best. If you do think you can keep him, then you might find the post I just published on Rescue dogs to be helpful. I wish you and your dog all the best and I hope they can get the liver problem under control quickly.
        If you have any more questions please fell free to contact me. Take Care and all the best to you and your dog, Jeff

        January 21, 2016
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  7. Avatar India K Pugel said:

    Hi I really like your ideas.

    January 15, 2016
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    • Avatar Jeff Smith said:

      Hi, Thank you very much, Take Care, Jeff

      January 21, 2016
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  8. Wow, fantastic weblog structure! How long have you been blogging for?
    you made blogging look easy. The total look of your site is fantastic, as well
    as the content material!

    December 23, 2015
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    • Avatar Jeff Smith said:

      Hi I have been doing this stuff since the web was invented. I know it sounds like a wild claim but I had one of the first 50 websites that was ever built.
      This particular site I have had for just about a year but I built it and then got busy and didn’t come bak to it until a few weeks ago. But I am on it now and the content will keep coming. Thank You for the very nice comment. Have a great Holiday, Jeff

      December 24, 2015
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  9. Avatar Samuel said:

    In your second picture I think you have established yourself as an excellent dog trainer. Capturing a bird is definitely not something a normal dog trainer is able to train for 🙂

    Great site!

    December 23, 2015
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    • Avatar Jeff Smith said:

      Hello,

      Thanks much, Training retrievers is a bit higher level of training than many try to do. But I have to say that when I look
      at some of the things that people running agility dogs can do, I have to hand it to them, not easy training either.
      Thank you for visiting my site, Jeff – DogMan

      December 23, 2015
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      • Avatar Samuel said:

        Welcome Jeff, great blog and keep teaching us more stuff! 🙂

        December 24, 2015
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        • Avatar Jeff Smith said:

          Hi Samuel, I’m working on it – Thanks Much!

          December 24, 2015
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  10. Its like you read my mind! You appear to know so much about this, like you wrote the
    book in it or something. I think that you could do with a
    few pics to drive the message home a little bit, but instead of that, this is fantastic blog.
    A fantastic read. I will definitely be back.

    December 16, 2015
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    • Avatar Jeff Smith said:

      Howdy!!

      Thank you for the kind words. I’ll work on the Photos! Take Care, Jeff

      December 23, 2015
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  11. Avatar Danny Lee Anderson said:

    Good informative site
    #mopapprovesofthis

    December 10, 2015
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    • Avatar Jeff Smith said:

      Thanks Danny,

      There is a lot more coming. I’ve been working mostly on my newsletters so I don’t get behind. Lot’s more dog info if you would like to sign up for my list.

      Take Care, Jeff

      December 11, 2015
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  12. Avatar Bernadette Salinas said:

    Hey there! I’m at work browsing your blog from my new iphone
    3gs! Just wanted to say I love reading through your blog and look forward to all your posts!
    Keep up the outstanding work!

    December 10, 2015
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    • Avatar Jeff Smith said:

      Hi Bernadette,

      Thank you for the kind words,

      I’ll do my best – Take Care, Jeff

      December 11, 2015
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  13. Jeff Smith Dogman said:

    Hi James,

    Thank you for the kind words. I will get more info on actual training this week. I just have been side tracked. I think dogs should be allowed to do what they were bred for. No there is nothing quit like a wonderful day in the field with a well trained dog by your side. Take Care, Jeff

    November 4, 2015
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  14. Avatar James H. Gilmer said:

    Nice intro plus great information for people about starting training from day one with their pup or pups. I totally respect the hunter in you and your dog/s. Nothing wrong with a good day out with the dogs!

    Keep spreading the knowledge!

    November 4, 2015
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