Michael J. Soler

/Michael J. Soler

About Michael J. Soler

Owner, Blue Line K-9 "We think everyone who wants a lifelong companion should have one.” We’ve helped over 1200 people develop lifelong relationships with their canine companions. We think people benefit from great relationships with their dogs. We think every dog should be confidently under off-leash control. Our methods are different. We focus on trust and affection between dog and person. We train people to be leaders for their dogs, not drill sergeants. Our training is fun for both of you. That’s the way we think it should be.
12 03, 2019

Is a treat a reward or is it a bribe?

By |2019-03-12T12:39:31-04:00March 12th, 2019|

A treat can be a bribe or a reward depending on when it is given.  Timing is everything. If you have your dog’s attention and ask the dog to complete a command and he does it, you then take the treat out of your pocket and offer it, that is a reward. If you are offering the treat up front, the dog sees it, and then you make the command, this is called luring or bribery.  It is [...]

11 03, 2019

What is Re-Directional Training?

By |2019-03-12T12:19:39-04:00March 11th, 2019|

Redirect to Better Behavior This type of training is easy on you and your dog.  It makes it easier to learn, but you have to use your brain.  Ask yourself, “What did I do to reinforce my dog’s behavior and what is the best way to get him to stop?”  Many times, it may be easier to yell, but as you continue reading, you will see that is not the best way to solve the issue.  We want [...]

10 03, 2019

Three Rules for Creating Positive Associations for your Puppy

By |2019-03-12T11:46:51-04:00March 10th, 2019|

Anything you want your puppy to cheerfully accept as an adult—people of all kinds, animals, things, new situations—you must introduce them to often and in a positive manner in the first six months of his life. Then you have to make sure they stay comfortable with all these new things. To help your puppy make positive associations with new experiences, follow these three simple rules.   Rule 1: Use Great Rewards Pair new experiences with something your puppy [...]

9 03, 2019

Puppy Socialization Do’s and Don’ts

By |2019-03-12T11:48:22-04:00March 9th, 2019|

Socialization is the developmental process whereby puppies familiarize themselves with their constantly changing surroundings. It is how they work out what is safe and good as opposed to what is dangerous and not so good. Anything you want your puppy to cheerfully accept as an adult—people of all kinds, animals, things, and situations—you must introduce them to often and in a positive manner in the first six months of his life. Then you have to make sure they [...]

8 03, 2019

Puppy Socialization Safety Standards

By |2019-03-12T11:47:38-04:00March 8th, 2019|

When working with your puppy, always remember to be safe and sensible. To help give your puppy the best possible learning experiences while protecting them from harm, read and follow our Puppy Socialization Safety Standards. Work closely with your veterinarian and keep your puppy current on his vaccinations. Wait at least seven days after your puppy’s first set of vaccinations before you begin a puppy class or visit a new place. Until your puppy is fully vaccinated, avoid [...]