• Emergency Help in No. San Diego County

    Do you have problems that need to be addressed NOW? Chewing , biting and other problems can be addressed immediately with downloadable training guides . My "Essential Training Tools To Solve Problems " includes chapters on dog pyschology, training equipment and communication techniques.


    Individual problem solving guides can be purchased separately.  It is highly recommended to purchase "Essential Training Tools To Solve Problems ."  This download will provide the foundation for the implementation of the problem solving guides.



    Doggie Tech training is a comprehensive approach for all family members and the dog. Your dog will pass through numerous stages of development. Doggie Tech training prepares the family for each of these stages. Doggie Tech Training at the Valley Center facility offers lifetime service without limit to ensure your success throughout the dog's lifetime.  If you live in the San Diego County area, please phone Doggie Tech for further information about lifetime training which includes obedience and problem solving.


    Doggie Tech:  (760) 745-1011

  • Your Dog Must Cope

    How psychologically fragile is your dog? Is she happy-go-lucky or does any little change rattle her? Every living thing has it's own threshold where stability ends and panic begins. If your dog does not know precisely what you expect of her, under every situation, she will exhibit all the behaviors you dislike in order to get your participation in answering her questions.


    You do not teach her to dig holes or chew destructively or potty on your carpet. You do not teach her to jump the fence and run away or bark excessively.  You certainly do not teach her to kill the little poodle down the street or bite the neighbor's child or turn on yourself. These, and many other problems are ways in which the dog copes with anxiety.


    Coping usually occurs from three to ten days following a change in your dog's life. This is not performed at random intervals. Your dog will always cope on the same coping day. A third-day "coper" will act out on the third day. For example, if you bring a new kitten into your home your dog will act out on her coping day by digging a hole or chewing your garden hose or pottying on your floor. Some dogs only act out once or twice over a situation; however, there are dogs who cope for months or years after a change has occurred in the household.


    The list of coping mechanisms available to your dog seems to be endless. Depression, over-eating, picky-eating, self-mutilation, phobias, fears of certain people that develop instantly, failure to thrive, and strange "she's never done that before" behavior, are on the list.


    ©  Shannon Schaefer

  • The Veterinary Dilemma

    Although the veterinary community is becoming more involved in the behavior of the family pet, your veterinarian has the enormous task of staying current with the latest technology and pharmacology in veterinary care. Advancements in veterinary science have outpaced clinicians who must rely on continuing education to most properly serve the public. Behavior courses may not take priority over acute care management.


    Veterinarians are constantly asked questions about canine behavior for which brief answers have been prepared which will improve problem situations at home; however, time constraints prohibit an in-depth look at the family, the environment and the specific needs of the household.


    The addition of medications to the scene has become an expensive alternative to complete training for many dog owners.  Calming drugs designed to aide or cure "separation anxiety" are more commonplace now than ever before.  I am of the belief that the phenomenon described as "separation anxiety" is simply the absence of knowledge of the owners' expectations in their absence.  Of course, the precursor of this is the failure of the owner to provide clear structure while they are at home.

  • An Example of Canine Illiteracy

    A typical display of trainer illiteracy occurred when I was introducing a new staff member to the world of group training. There were ten dogs and owners in the class. An Akita, approximately ten months old, was taking his owner, a tiny woman, around the ring like a child dragging a pull-toy. The trainer was losing patience as the disruptions evolved into playful leaps at the other dogs. The owner was instructed to jerk the dog away from the "students.” The womans' exhaustive efforts were tugs and yanks, instead of clean, effective corrections which don't require any of her limited strength.


    The more frustrated everyone became with this errant pupil, the more wild and purposeful became his lunges. I could even hear him growl as he flew through the air at a Golden Retriever. The trainer, unable to continue the lesson, bellowed "Cuff him under the chin!" I saw the first sock in the jaw and said out loud, "That dog is going to bite her if she keeps that up." No sooner did I say those words than the dog whirled around, knocked down his owner, and bit her on the leg. The husband, who was warming himself in the cab of his truck, jumped out, ran to his wife, took the leash, and continued the lesson. The wife sheepishly staggered back to the truck.


    What did the dog learn? He learned that every time he gets near another dog, his owner gets angry and something negative happens to himself. The other dog ends up accepting the brunt of this mis-association. Now you have a dog fighter on your hands. And you call this socialization? Additionally, the Akita learned all he has to do is knock down that puny brunette and bite her to get her out of the way. All of this took place while the "trainer" stood watching the whole fiasco. She did not have one word of advice to give about the incident.

  • Doggie Tech versus Traditional Training

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    Until the complete offering of Doggie Tech, there were four traditional approaches to dog training: Group obedience, private "bandage", protection and attack training, and show work. Group training is inexpensive, but does not address the problem-solving needs of the family pet. The private "bandage" approach solves one or two issues. Unfortunately, in eight months a new problem inevitably develops for which additional help must be sought.


    Doggie Tech combines obedience and problem solving in a lifetime program designed to educate both dog and owner to solve immediate needs and future developments. The title of Certified Canine Behavioral Specialist is an important asset since there is no licensing required for dog trainers in the United States. There is no established standard for pet training in this country.

  • Everyone Hits His Dog

    As your frustration increases daily you start using your hands to accomplish what your voice is failing to do. You start hitting the dog. I will define hit the way your dog sees a hit: If you use your hand, or an extension of your hand such as a rolled-up newspaper, to either reject your dog or display your displeasure, you have hit your dog. Yes, that little shove when you were trying to tie your shoe, or that one-finger tap on the nose for playful biting was a hit. How many times have you pushed her aside while reading the paper when your dog puts her paws up on you for attention? Those were hits. And you thought you never hit your dog. Once dog trainers learn the dog's own definition of a hit, which includes a shove, canine education will be revolutionized.


    The dog has a marvelously efficient mind. But she cannot comprehend the difference between the shove and the stroke. The dog generally has no ability to unconditionally trust the hand when one time it is used for praise or love and another time for rejection or reprimand.  I know that many dog trainers allow the striking of the dog, and I know that I will cause a great big stink by holding to this definition; however, I spend most of my time teaching dogs to trust the hand that has so confused them. And this includes the shove or push as demonstrated by Cesar Millan for jumping.  Do not be confused: You CAN use your hands when you are playing and the dog is playing. There is no limit to your using your hands for love, attention, affection and play.


    You can do two tests for fear of the hand. First, with palm open, FAKE a fast hit to the dog's face. Does she flinch? Does she jerk away? Do her whiskers quiver or her lips curl into a snarl? Or does she just blink? Second, move your hand toward her shoulder while you are facing her. Does she drop her head even slightly while stretching her neck forward? Do her pupils dilate? Does she close her mouth? Does she make a fast movement toward the approaching hand? Does she jump up or away? If you can answer yes to any of these questions, your dog has developed a fear of the hand. How long before she grabs that hand? Or perhaps she bites your neighbor's hand or the child in the park that runs up quickly to hug your little ball of fur? Do not think for a minute that your little darling is incapable of biting.

  • Doggie Tech Training

    Doggie Tech is an effective program for families who want a happy, well-behaved family pet. Unfortunately,the public remains largely unaware that licensing of dog trainers is not a requirement to advertise and charge money for family dog training services.


     Experience and references are not necessarily foolproof tools to choose a trainer. Experience and references are not necessarily foolproof tools to choose a trainer. There is an 8 month conditioning period in dogs so the techniques used to train a 2 to 3 month old puppy can backfire on the owner at 10 to 11 months of age. All too often, the problems that arise at this age result in relinquishment of the pet. Improper training techniques are often responsible for this tragedy. Doggie Tech specializes in preventing this trauma to the family and the pet. Doggie Tech is also credited with retraining hundreds of mature dogs.


    Doggie Tech training is a comprehensive approach for all family members and the dog. Your dog will pass through numerous stages of development . Doggie Tech prepares the family for each of these stages. Doggie Tech training offers lifetime service and is available for additional help without further charges.


    Doggie Tech guarantees a reasonably priced course tailored to the specific needs of your home, yard, family, pet and budget.

  • Start Puppies Immediately

    Problem solving must begin immediately with any dog you acquire. If you let one day go by without setting forth the rules, you have set the stage for frustration for you and the dog.  Within hours of acquiring your dog, she has your number! Your best chance for success will begin with preparedness.  Know what you are going to do when she housebreaks, jumps or playfully bites or barks at your cat. The element of surprise on your part will go a long way in changing your dog's behavior. You must act in a swift, determined and methodical manner. This attitude will instill confidence that she can actually trust you in a crisis. Without that trust you will never be able to save her life in a crisis situation. The advantage of starting a young puppy out with complete education is proven in adulthood.  The advantage of starting a young puppy out with complete education is proven in adulthood.


    The Housebreaking download provides the absolute best set-up for success with your new dog.  Providing a "doggie condo" for your puppy will ensure a full night's sleep for you and your family.  It will prevent your puppy from pottying on your floors and chewing your furniture.  The set-up will allow you to go out for lunch with your friends without worrying about what the puppy, or adult dog, might be doing in your absence.  You can provide food and water, a bathroom and a bedroom in a small enough space it can fit in any home or garage.  You can have a puppy without interrupting your work or social schedules.


    The obedience commands can be taught immediately if your new dog is an adult. Puppies that will be less than thirty pounds at maturity will be taught obedience beginning at the twelfth week of age.  Larger breeds start obedience at ten weeks. You will reap the benefits of starting puppy out correctly by not having adult problems that force owners to euthanize thousands of dogs each day in this country.


    When the dog reaches her age of maturity, her natural protective aggressions will blossom. No matter how much puppy education you provide, you will have a new issue to cover when you see this behavior appear.  You should know when to expect it and how to harness it.


    © Shannon Schaefer