About Andrew

So you’ve taken a loving new puppy into your home, eh? If you’re reading this, then you either have done so already or are seriously considering doing so. Of course, you’re probably also wondering whether or not you’re up to the task of being able to train a puppy (or a full grown dog for that matter) effectively.

Here’s the answer right off the bat: as long as you understand a few basic precepts about what’s needed to train a puppy, you’ll discover that it’s a lot easier than anyone would ever initially imagine. All you need is the right attitude and the right approach. Of course, a bit of insight and knowledge are a huge help as well.

This is where I come in. That’s me with my big fat camera. All the photos on this website, including the giant jack russell terrier on top of this page, were taken by me.

My name is Andrew Yates, I’m a professional dog trainer and hobbyist photographer, and I’m here to help you get on the right track to training your puppy. When you have a well-trained and well-behaved puppy in the home, you’ll find that adopting a puppy is much more rewarding and enjoyable.

I was first introduced to the joys of owning a dog, well, since as early as I can remember. My parents had owned a German shepherd that was truly a loving and majestic pet — it was downright magical how well it listened and behaved.

When my parents later brought a dalmatian into the home, the results were a lot different. The previous owner had surrendered the dog to the pound (shelters were called “dog pounds” in those days, remember?) because it just would not stop barking.

The previous owner was right. This dog didn’t stop barking… until my dad broke it out of its habit relatively quickly. The problem really was not with the dog as much as it was with the previous owner’s lack of understanding about what was needed to train the dog effectively. I learned a lot about how to train puppies and dogs from my dad, and later would go on to expand my knowledge of the subject as a volunteer at the local animal shelter.

From my days at the shelter, I picked up a lot about how to train various breeds of dogs. The most insightful thing I learned was that despite all the different breeds of dogs, there were many similarities between them in terms of how they needed to be trained.

For example, a chihuahua will be taught to be housebroken in the same way a great dane will be. The approach might be different due to the nuances of the various breeds, however — because some breeds can be WAY MORE stubborn than others. This means you need a bit more patience with such a breed than you would with others.

I eventually began to lend my services on a part-time basis to a local pet shop that offered animal training courses, which allowed me to look at training animals in a much different light, since the owners had already adopted their pets and I was able to meet them (and their dogs) in person. This gave me the opportunity to discuss the subject of dog training with them. I began to gain a little extra insight into their frustrations and concerns.

The part about “frustrations” is really what concerned me. You see, when a dog owner feels like he or she isn’t making progress when training a dog, the dog is labeled “bad.” In other words, it is an incorrigible breed that needs to be surrendered to the local animal shelter.

“You don’t throw a whole life away just ’cause he’s banged up a little bit.”
- Tom Smith, Seabiscuit

This is highly unfortunate, because dogs that are not adopted are euthanized. In today’s extremely troubling economic times, it is much, much harder for dogs and cats to find a home. The reason for this is many people just are not able to afford to care for their pets anymore and have to surrender them. Even those that wish to adopt pets realize they lack the financial resources to do so. All of this has led to incredible overcrowding in the local animal shelters.

Again, surrendering a dog because you have not been able to train it effectively is often unnecessary. You can likely train your dog provided you understand what it takes to do so.

This is one of the main reasons I started this blog. I’ve amassed a boatload of information on how to train various dog breeds from the experience I’ve garnered throughout the years, and now I want to share with you what I’ve learned.

The goal of this blog is very simple: it’ll examine the ways of training the many different breeds of dogs that canine lovers bring into their homes. Each and every breed is different, so there will be many different approaches to training these dogs — but of course, as previously mentioned, there are still baseline similarities among the breeds which will help to make things easier.

And I recommend you read several of my blog entries, even though they may not deal with the breed you’ve adopted. Learning about different breeds can open scores of doors of insights into how dogs are trained. Such insights can be easily transferable to your own experiences with training your new pet.

No one ever said that it’s easy to train a puppy… but it doesn’t have to be anywhere as difficult as you may have been led to believe. With the right insights and knowledge, you’ll find that you can likely train any puppy or dog within a reasonable timeframe, provided you put forth the right amount of effort.