Why We advocate Positive Reinforcement

August 11th, 2016

If you treat fire with fire, you will get burned!Behavior is closely linked to and influenced by emotions, so punishing a dog for unwanted behavior while not understanding why the behavior is happening or its emotional effect on the dog only serves to make things worse. Punishments such as leash jerks and collar corrections, hitting,…

How to Increase Your Dogs Focus & Impulse Control

April 15th, 2016

  How attentive is your dog? Whether you realize it or not you’re probably already the center of his universe – at least until that squirrel runs by. When you come home I bet you’re greeted with a wagging tail, and when you get up to make dinner I bet all eyes are on you….

Ten Dog Safety Tips for Autumn

September 24th, 2015

The leaves are changing, the cool air is drifting in, and the dog days of summer are making way for a beautiful autumn. As the holiday season approaches, it’s important to keep your dog happy, healthy, and safe. Here are my top ten tips for keeping your dog safe over the fall months: Keep a…

Why You Should Say No to Shock Collars

September 7th, 2015

    Shock or electric collars are devices placed around a dog’s neck which connect to a handheld transmitter which remotely delivers varying levels of electric shocks to the dog’s neck. Having already been deemed illegal as abusive tools by many countries such as Finland, parts of Canada and parts of the United Kingdom, shock…

Chaining Your Dog up is Plain Wrong

August 31st, 2015

  Chaining Your Dog is cruel, inhumane and has no place in our society that claims to be civilized. Dogs deserve better than being treated as unwanted garbage!   I am constantly surprised at the number of my clients who regularly chain or tie their dog in the backyard for long periods of time and then…

Door Issues

August 23rd, 2015

  The door is the epicenter of some common nuisance behaviors in dogs, particularly door dashing and unwanted barking. With positive training and a little patience, these are both behaviors that can be improved and potentially eliminated. Door Dashing Door dashing is a very common behavior that can have obvious dangerous consequences. The first step in…

Training Tips for Teaching Your Dog to Walk on a Leash

August 4th, 2015

    Teach Impulse Control Puppies tend to be enthusiastic about the world; they have a hard time not approaching every new thing with gusto. This behavior can make taking a walk with you – a slow human who walks in a straight line at a leisurely pace – very challenging for your pooch! Start teaching…

7 Simple Ways to Make Dog Walking More Fun

July 23rd, 2015

It’s no secret that our dogs make excellent exercise partners. They’re great at keeping us motivated, and they never complain. Even when we’re sticking to the same old path every day my dog is excited and ready to go. Unfortunately us humans aren’t always so optimistic, I know I find taking the same old route…