Jeff Millman lives in Chicago with his wife, two children and three dogs. He has a private dog training business called Chicago Paws as well as Watch and Train. Even though he has been training dogs professionally since 2002, he still loves dogs and loves his job.

Dog exercise - how much is enough?

In my daily dog training life I am constantly asked a simple question: How much exercise does my dog need? The answer depends on your dog.

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Will the exercise needed be different according to different breeds?
Tuesday, 15 May 2012 09:11
Jeff Millman
Hi Lawrence, Different breeds definitely have different exercise needs, but there is always a variation, even within breeds. Bord... Read More
Tuesday, 15 May 2012 12:01
Jeff Millman
Good information! The comment about different needs for different breeds is an excellent one. I always advocate close monitoring;... Read More
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 18:38
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The importance of handling your dog - and what do if you hear growling

It is so important to gently handle your dog throughout his or her life. I received a typical call today from a client that is afraid because her dog growls when she puts on his harness.

The challenge with growling is that it is much better than biting, but it does signify a problem that needs to be worked on. If you put your dog in a situation where he growls, and you move away from him, then he is learning that growling is effective and he can do it when he is scared.

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Dog training expectations

Performance is something that changes moment to moment. When you are training your dog, you need to always pay attention to how well she is doing. If she is consistently distracted by something in the environment which causes her behavior to fluctuate, you have a few options.

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Choke chains can increase agression

I got a sad call from a new client yesterday. She said her dog was showing signs of dog-dog aggression and, from the advice of someone in the dog park, she hired a trainer that uses choke chains. She said initially the training wasn't too physical, but she ended up firing him because of his increasingly abusive techniques when dogs were around her dog.

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Not enough time for dog training? Tips to find time.

Everyone is busy. My wife and I are taking a guitar class together and it is amazing how the week flies by and I realize I haven't practiced enough.

I am sure you are busy as well and can never find enough time to train your dog. Here are some tips to help you find the time.

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Dog Summertime Tips

Wow is it hot. In Chicago it has been near 90 degrees every day for more than a week. I feel for those of you in hotter areas such as California or Arizona.

But wherever you live, it is important to keep in mind some basic safety tips for dogs. If you ever suspect your dog having problems due to the heat or ingesting something, get him or to the vet immediately.

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Check dog trainer references

I was interviewed in April by the Chicago Reader about a horrifying situation about a dog trainer in the Chicago area arrested for animal cruelty. Read the article.

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Teach a dog to come when called - the important of consistency in dog training

"Come on guys let's go for a walk."

Blank stares . . .

"Ranger, Trooper, Linus, Come."

Three furry friends come running.

I realized that I never taught my dogs what "Come on guys let's go for a walk" meant. That was many years ago, and since then I have taught them that, but it reminded me of the importance of consistent teaching and that . . . dogs don't understand synonyms!
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Housetraining tips - what not to do

It still amazes me the frequency I hear people talk about pushing their puppy's face in an accident to teach her housetraining. This is a sure way to greatly increase your puppy's anxiety and potentially teach your dog not to go potty in front of you at all for fear of punishment.

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Eat first and other ridiculous dog training myths

There are so many dog training myths perpetuated by old school techniques, bad trainers, or trainers that do not give their clients the benefit of the doubt and "dumb down" everything into simple sound bites.

There are some very popular dog trainers spouting these "sound bites" that get re-hashed into common dog training lexicon. The ones that suffer are the poor dogs.

 Here are some of the myths that get "whispered", shouted and repeated all over.
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Great piece but would have been better if you went more in depth and provided some sources to debunk the myth that dog owners need... Read More
Thursday, 29 March 2012 19:02
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