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Why Nosework Works

March 31st, 2016

In its early years Nosework was recognized as the sport of choice for shy or reactive dogs.  In many ways it was the go to sport when other sports were out of reach.  Times are changing…  now it’s “the thing” to start with a puppy.  I myself will be choosing my next dog / puppy…

Top Five Tips For Training Your Dog

March 19th, 2016

Train early and practice often. Early training (at 8 weeks) trumps genetics. Be proactive and you can prevent many problems Socialize, socialize, socialize. Socialization is the most important thing your dog will ever learn. Socialization skills with humans, other dogs and tolerance of moving objects are the most difficult challenges. Listen to what your dog is…

Making Manners Fun Series: Loose-Leash Edition

February 19th, 2016

As a dog trainer, one of the most common problems I get asked for help with is getting a dog to walk without pulling on the leash. Loose-leash walking is just like any other trick we may teach our dogs. It’s about finding a way to make it fun for the dog. Walking with a…

Tips for Teaching Your Dog to Greet Other Pets Politely

November 20th, 2015

What a luxury it would be for some pet parents if their dogs politely greeted each other by shaking paws and exchanging stories of their favorite smells. In reality, however, dog-to-dog greetings are rarely that smooth. They tend to be excitable or cautious affairs where vocal and physical language is quickly read, risk is assessed,…

Leash Walking – Nothing Natural About It

November 19th, 2015

Always remember when leash walking is not going well, you can stop, stand still and wait – for attention from your dog. You cannot expect to be successful walking if you can’t maintain your dog’s attention standing still. So you have your dog’s attention, great! Let’s walk, easy right? Probably not! You start walking and your…

Welcoming Your Shelter Dog Into Their New Home

September 26th, 2015

      Moving is among the most stressful experiences for a social animal. You know that life for your newly adopted dog has just taken a turn for the better, but your dog needs you to demonstrate it for her. Some dogs move into their homes and become a happy, successful pet without skipping…

What I am Trying To Say

September 14th, 2015

This is a quick and easy guide to understanding what your dog is trying to tell you through body and vocal language. It’s so important that we learn how to listen to our dogs, and not just ask them to listen to us.     When a dog is saying ” I’m happy and relaxed”,…

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…

Why Dogs Barks

August 27th, 2015

  The Science Dog hits the nail on the head again!   How Many Barks does a Nuisance Dog Make? According to a paper that I read recently, nuisance barking is identified as a major, worldwide behavior problem that affects 1 in 3 dogs, is a frequent cause of neighbor disputes, and is a common cause…