Leash Training for People

Jack Leash Walking

In the dog world, it’s important to practice new behaviors without distractions and slowly introduce new noises, smells and sights. That all makes perfect senses in theory. But, how do you train your dog to walk on a leash inside when you really need a loose leash outside? It is all about foundation and setting …Read More

Dinner Guests AND a Good Dog

Successful dog training for holidays

Oh, the joys of celebrating and amazing food with your family and friends.  Entertaining guests is exciting  but can be stressful, even without a bouncy dog to think about. If you plan to include your dog in dinnertime festivities, here are a few tidbits to make the event enjoyable for you and him. 1. Give …Read More

The Couch Debate

JaxandLouie

I often see sheepish looks and lowered eyes when I ask the question “is your dog allowed on the couch?” I would like to set the record straight that allowing shared couch time for most dogs does not mean your dog will assume ruler of your home.  However, if your dog has ever growled or tensed as you …Read More

How to Calm an Aggressive Dog

izzy1

If you have ever been surprised by a sudden display of aggression, the following can help you safely diffuse the situation and prevent it from happening in the future.  Once you do so, immediately call a qualified training and behavioral professional to help you determine the cause and also give you techniques to teach the dog new ways to cope with aggressive triggers. Be calm. If …Read More

Selecting the Right Chew Toys

In his "frog legs" pose.

The Kong product line is popular for its durability and versatility. It is often my first choice to redirect innate chewing behaviors because it is virtually indestructible by most dogs. However, like any dog toy, there are exceptionally strong chewers who can annihilate even the Extreme Black Kong (considered the strongest).  If your dog has destroyed every toy you …Read More

Thunderstorms

Finnlambchop

After 11 years of living together and being completely unmoved by loud noises of any sort; my dear Finn started showing signs of anxiousness during storms. The first incident really took me by surprise and was very mild.  He danced around a bit and followed me from room to room (which is not common).  Once …Read More

Creating Boundaries

Roxy Roth

It’s happened to all of us: we meet a new friend and we like them so much we tell them to call us anytime.  When they do, we get flustered because we’re busy and have other things going on in our life. I see this all the time, people getting annoyed at one another for doing exactly …Read More

Know Your Dog, Respect Others

Harvey

  I received a disturbing email from a client about her dog being attacked by another dog.  I am always heartbroken when clients share this kind of news.  What makes the story even sadder and shocking was that her dog was attacked twice by the same dog.  Yes, twice by the same dog.  Even worse, …Read More

How to Motivate Your Dog

Megan2

Some dogs happily accept every toy their human brings home and will eat any treat with wild abandon; other dogs need a little more prodding to determine what makes them happy.  Watch your dog’s face when trying to decide if what you are offering is really a reward to your dog. If you see your …Read More

Home Independence

stewie_bessie

Have you been thinking about giving your dog more independence while you are at work? It is critical to make this leap with slow and deliberate steps to prevent injury, housetraining issues and major destruction. Many people learn the hard way that crating a dog while at work one day then giving full reign of the …Read More