Motivate yourself – Motivate your dog – Positive Training

Just as each person is different, so are dogs different from other dogs. All dog’s can be trained no matter what their breed, size, temperament, sex, or age. All dogs are trainable to some level. Yes, some dogs are easier to train than others, and that’s when you have to be more creative in how to motivate the dog. No dog is to old or too stupid to train. You the dog owner/handler must be motivated to train your dog with a positive attitude. Your approach to training must be positive. Dog’s who have learned to obey because it’s pleasant to do so is a happy dog. Dog’s need time to absorb training, repetitions of a training exercise is a must. Consistency, patience, and praise reward. Set your dog’s training exercises up for success and you will find that you rarely have to correct your dog. Teach each command thoroughly so that your dog understands how to please you by obeying the command.  One step at a time, one plateau at a time, and one praise reward at a time, are the steps leading to a well trained dog.

TEACH YOUR DOG TO COME WHEN CALLED – Training available Fruit Cove and Jacksonville

Far Fetched Tales Dog Training offers a class for teaching your dog to come when called. 

Using 3 easy steps, which will enhance your dog’s response to their name. 

This class is offered monthly, RECALL Class at Sunland Acres, Fruit Cove FL is this Tuesday  8/15  at  11 am.  Class is one hour for 2 weeks.

Next location is Jacksonville Dog Fanciers – RECALL Class –  August 31st at 7:30 pm, 6932 Morse Road, Jacksonville. 

Registration is on the website calendar tab at the top of this page.   

Valuable command that can actually save your dog’s life, by training the dog to come to you when called. 



Puppy Training Tip

Law of dogs, they will follow your motion and emotion.  When entering through your home’s front door remain quite do not interact with your dog until your dog offers you good behavior, once the dog offers a good behavior such as sit or down, verbally reward the dog, and calmly pet the door.  If family members and friends are constantly greeting the puppy at the front with excitement, the puppy is learning that excitement at the front door is acceptable.  Enter and leave your home quietly, so your puppy learns to handle your comings and goings calmly.

“All you need is love and a dog.”

Please check out our website calendar for our group dog training. Private lessons scheduled by appointment only.

Puppy training should begin the day  you bring the puppy home.  The earlier the training starts the better!

All you need is love and a dog.


Why is your dog fearful?

Dogs are fearful of people for several reasons.  There may be a genetic predisposition to fearfulness of people.  Fifty years ago, researchers found that fears of people could have a genetic basis in dogs.  While extra socialization, behavior modification and medications all helped, dogs with these predispositions were never able to completely overcome their fears and behave like normal dogs.

Contrary to what you might think, dogs aren’t inherently accepting of people. Dogs, like many mammals and birds have to learn whom to like and to whom to be fearful.  Most puppies that have good experiences with people during the sensitive period for socialization (4 – 12 weeks) grow up to be friendly to most people.  But if young dogs don’t have consistent contact with a wide variety of people, they are quite likely to be fearful of at least some people and may only be capable of developing strong social bonds with only a few individuals.  Inadequately socialized dogs can become less fearful of people, but it can require a long time and a lot of effort.

Third, traumatic experiences with people at any age can cause some dogs to become fearful of people.  Unpleasant experiences with children can lead dogs to become fearful of them.  Painful or fear-provoking experiences with adult humans who look a certain way, or dress or behave in a particular way can lead dogs to be afraid of anyone with similar characteristics.

Often a fear related problem is caused by a combination of these factors. When we work with fearful dogs, we often never really know what has produced the fearful behavior.   Fortunately, knowing the causes isn’t always necessary to help with the problem.

Early obedience training, playing dog sports such as flyball, agility, or treibball can help these dogs come out of their shell.

Train your dog immediately, private lessons or group lessons, a well trained dog is less likely to have fear based issues.  Training will also provide the needed socialization.

Far Fetched Tales Dog Training offers classes for dogs of any age or skill level select from Private Lessons or Group Lessons

Understanding the body language of the fearful dog.


Far Fetched Tales Dog Training, serving Jacksonville, Jacksonville Beach, Atlantic Beach, Ponte Vedra, Mandarin, Fleming Island, Orange Park, and St. Augustine.



Dogs who act aggressive

(Stage 1) Dog aggression starts with a staring contest not the bark and growl session (stage 2). If the dog is watching the handler’s face and not looking at other dogs, aggression/dominance dances don’t start. To prevent the staring contest, there are handling exercises that I cover in all of my obedience classes to prevent this from starting.

Far Fetched Tales Dog Training – Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra,and St. Augustine.

5 symptoms you should never ignore:

1. Pacing and restlessness.  In dogs, pacing and restlessness can indicate pain, discomfort or distress.  Restlessness can be associated with a life-threatening condition call “bloat” in which the stomach becomes distended and twisted.  Left untreated, it results in death. Pacing and restless can be an indicator of a serious problem, so be on the lookout.

2. Unproductive retching.  Another common sign of “bloat” is when a dog attempts to vomit but is unable to bring anything up.  If your dog does this you should call your veterinarian immediately.

3. Collapse or fainting.  Acute collapse is a sudden loss of strength that causes your dog to fall and be unable to rise.  Some dogs will actually lose consciousness (this is called fainting or syncope).  Some dogs recover very quickly and look essentially normal just seconds to minutes after collapsing, whereas others stay in the collapsed state until they get assistance.  There are many reasons that a dog may collapse or faint, and all are serious.  If this happens to your dog, see your veterinarian immediately

4. Pale gums .  Paleness in the gums or mucous membranes can indicate blood loss or “shock”.  The possible causes for blood loss or shock are life threatening so you need to act quickly.   Have your dog evaluated by a veterinarian immediately.

5. Lethargy or weakness .  Lethargy is a state of drowsiness, inactivity or indifference in which the dog shows delayed responses to external stimuli like sound, sight or touch. Lethargy is a nonspecific sign that can be associated with many possible conditions.  Sometimes it will have little to no impact on the dog’s health but sometimes it can be a sign of a severe or life-threatening illness.  There’s no way to know without an exam.  Lethargy of more than a day’s duration should not be ignored, especially if it persists.

Please look at the website calendar new dog training classes starting in Jacksonville and St. Augustine.  Hope to see you there!


Your dog’s water bowl

As a general rule, change the water in your dog’s bowl at least 3 times a day.

Make sure your dog’s bowl is clean. If you wouldn’t drink from it, chances are he won’t want to drink from it either. You need to wash your dog’s water bowl every day and disinfect it regularly to control bacteria. As a general rule, change the water in your dog’s bowl at least 3 times a day.

Make sure your dog’s bowl is clean. If you wouldn’t drink from it, chances are he won’t want to drink from it either. You need to wash your dog’s water bowl every day and disinfect it regularly to control bacteria.

4 Steps to Teach a Sensitive Dog to Confidently use a Doggie Door

1. Teach Dog to Go Through an Uncovered Pet Door

Completely remove the flap covering the door. In the case of the Petsafe Doors, which are not removable, use heavy packing tape to tape the flap completely up out of the way. Make sure the opening is 100% open and the dog can see outside. Bait the dog through the door with treats, toys, or affection until he or she runs through it with no problems.

Still too scary? Two suggestions:

  1. Using really high quality stinky treats like cheese or meat, sit on the opposite side of the door, and coax her to just put her head through. or
  2. Leave the dog outside, set food inside, and wait, very patiently, for the dog to get the courage up to come through the door. When it does finally come through, praise, praise, praise and play for 5-15 minutes before putting her out to do it again. (If put back out immediately, she may think coming in was a bad thing)

2. Creating a Soft & Silent Partial Door

With the flap still detached or out of the way, and the dog willingly going through the unobstructed opening, hang an old dishtowel or hand towel so that it covers ¼ or ½ of the pet door opening. Work with the dog entering and exiting the door with the opening partially covered. You may have to use the two methods described above to show her the covered door is still useable. Gradually move the dishtowel down until it covers more and more of the door. When your dog is entering and exiting the petdoor completely covered by the cloth you are ready to move on.

3. Cover Doggie Door with a Cardboard Flap

(If your dog is doing great this this point, you may try skipping this step) Step three involves a covering firmer than the cloth in step two and is more like the actual flap of your dog door. This flap will ideally be identical to the experience of going through the normal dog door but will lack the snapping or popping sound of the closing mechanism. Whatever you use- plastic or flimsy cardboard- cut to size so that the covering can swing back and forth through the door and attach covering to the dog door so that it is covering ¼ or ½ of the pet door opening. Gradually lower. When your pet is completely comfortable entering and exiting through the silent doggie door cover, then continue to step four.

4. Modified Flap

Reattach (or, in the case of the petsafe, untape) the dog door flap. And coax your dog through. If you are having problems, tape the flap so that the bottom half or even just a corner is lifted and shows daylight. Your pet, used to this method, should readily go through and after a day or two of the partial taping should be ready to use the standard dog door flap in the normal way.

Congratulations! You should have a pet that is happily using a dog door now. Now that your dog has a pet door he or she can use, it will give your dog a sense of confidence and freedom from having to worry about being left outside or stuck inside.