Ironically, I never had a dog as I was growing up. I grew up in New York City and my mom used to walk me to the other side of the street whenever dogs were being walked. I didn’t get my first dog until I was 20 years old and went to school at Arizona State University, where I graduated with a degree in Marketing. While I was at ASU, my roommate’s dog ran away. We looked for him at the pound. We didn’t find him, but I came home with a scrappy little 7 week-old mutt that I named Floyd. This book is dedicated to him. I spent most of my days with this little pup. I soon realized that I had a knack for working with animals.
Whether it was swimming, going to the park, or just not going to class, we were around each other the majority of the time. This made me realize, as time went on, that the more time you spend with an animal, the more the animal will trust you. This in return makes him want to do things for you. I taught this pup to speak, growl, roll-over, play dead, crawl, shake with both paws, and get in the bathtub on command. Keep in mind, at this point he was my first dog and I had no formal experience in training dogs. One led to another, and I ended up with a tryout for a TV show called “That’s My Dog.” I’d seen previous episodes, and I am sure that with this assortment of tricks, he would have had the competition beaten badly. Unfortunately the show was cancelled before our tryout. I didn’t stop there, Working with friends’ dogs became something that I just naturally wanted to do. I helped out in certain situations with just some common knowledge that I had picked up from reading dog books.
I graduated from school, moved to Orange County. There I had two options: be a stockbroker or go to dog training school and work on this knack that I seemed to already have. I obviously ended up choosing the latter I went to a dog training school located in Escondido, California for 6 months and worked diligently six days a week to learn the skills necessary to train a dog that was not my own. At this time, hot dogs were not a part of my repertoire. I added them as a tool alter on, and things began to blossom.
After finishing training school, I opened my own business. Nearly 5,000 dogs later, I still enjoy training dogs. Obviously not every dog that I trained has ended up being a perfect pet, but this is usually because the owner is often much harder to train than the dog itself. By the way, the little mutt named Floyd did eventually get his break in TV. He did a Marshall’s department store commercial for Father’s Day. He was the best and most loving dog that any owner could ever ask for from a best friend. Unfortunately he died of cancer and I still miss him.
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Hot Dogs: The Dog Trainer’s Best Tool is written by Michael Sandman, a professional dog trainer for over 20 years. In this guide, dog owners will learn how to train their dogs using simple techniques and, of course, using hot dogs as a training tool. Topics include: how to select your puppy, simple tools for training your dog, to dealing with aggression and much more. Simply follow the easy step-by-step instructions and soon you will be able to solve most of the problems you are having with your best friend, your dog.
When using Sandman’s Training Services, you can choose to board your dog at the Hydrant Pet Hotel or at the Costa Mesa Animal Hospital. Fees apply and vary due to location.