The Beauty of Eye Contact

Gavin, the Pit Bull, happily making eye contact

When I teach clients to encourage their dogs to make eye contact, the first question is always “what word do I use?” As a human who absolutely loves to hear her own voice, I get it. But, unless your dog has been using non-existent opposable thumbs and perusing the internet for tips on how to …Read More

Follow, Follow, Follow!

Bailey loves the "follow" game, it teaches his puppy sister not to bulldoze him every second.

Teaching your dog to follow you on cue will have an awesome impact on your relationship and can keep leash walking skills sharp when the weather is just not conducive to being outside for long walks. This is an intermediate skill so it is uber important, especially around distractions, that your pup already have a …Read More

Perfect Dog in Five Minutes

Dog sitting in kitchen nook, watching the other dog in the house being trained.

Raise your hand if you are perfect. Wait, don’t see any palms in the air. If we are not perfect, how can we expect our dogs to be perfect? And, sadly, sometimes we see dogs who are expected to be foolproof performers but never get a chance to practice behaviors unless they are stressed, distracted …Read More

Come When Called

Help! My dog won't come when I call him

We know it, every time you call your dog to “come”; you get a blank look or worse…your dog runs away. What can easily happen when a puppy or adopted dog enters into your home is you say “come” willy nilly for many different reasons but never to intentionally to teach your that the word …Read More

The Awesomeness of “Touch”

Old English Bulldog "Clark" prepping for "touch"

We’ll admit, when we first learned “touch”, the importance was baffling. Why would we want our dog to touch their nose to our hand? However, now, it is by far one of our favorite cues to teach a dog. Not only does it reinforce a nice, gentle mouth but it’s great to move a dog …Read More

The Power of “Find”

Mister

What is “find”?  Well, it’s a super simple and easy behavior; lowering his or her head. Sometimes we see humans scratch theirs when we suggest this but it is much more natural for a dog to drop their head to the floor in the face of a stressful situation than to do a “sit/stay”; staring and …Read More

Your Dog REALLY Knows “Sit”?

Kaite

“Sit” is one of the first things folks practice when they bring home a new puppy or dog. However, practicing in your living room, treat hovering over your pup’s head does not make for a perfect “sit” when you are chatting with your next door neighbor who keeps petting your jumping dog. Because humans like …Read More

Help for Your Bouncy Dog!

Teaching your puppy or dog to settle down when excited

We know the type, bouncing in mid-air while guests are trying to take off their coats or throttling themselves at every person you pass on the street, it is so embarassing!  The best way to teach a dog to “sit” when people approach is to practice with A LOT of people, in a multitude of …Read More

The Basics of Having a Good Dog

A few simple tweaks in how you interact with your dog can make a big difference.

Did you know that every minute you interact with your dog, he or she is learning what is acceptable or not?  Too often, folks want to react after a dog has been naughty but miss SO many opportunities when their dog is being good.  Here’s a few things to get you started or a good …Read More

Stay: The Right Way

Boxer/Mastiff mix "Levee" rocks a good down/stay outside!

It is very important not to rush this as it will only frustrate you and teach your dog the definition of “stay” is getting up.  Get your dog into a sit. Mark with a “yes” and then give quick flashes of the flat palm (stay hand signal) while simultaneously saying the word “stay”. Count to …Read More