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How to Help Your Dog Avoid Dry, Itchy Skin in the Winter

December 13th, 2016

Winter weather can dry out your dog’s skin, leaving them an itchy mess. Here’s how to provide relief. Scratch, scratch, scratch. And so winter begins with its dry, windy, cold air outside, and the dry, hot, forced air inside, without any moisture in sight. What’s a kitty or puppy to do except scratch? Unlike humans,…

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,…

Careful- Expectations

August 8th, 2016

  In a great many ways, dogs have a lot in common with humans – and in probably just as many ways, they have huge differences.  We do expect a lot from our pets, in some cases unreasonably and unrealistically so!  Sometimes it can be hard to know where the similarities lie, and where the…

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….

The Value of Rewarding Your Dog

April 10th, 2016

      Identifying and providing high-value rewards for good behavior is a crucial element to positive reinforcement. Often referred to as ‘reward-based’ training, the appropriate and timely delivery of a reward during training makes a dog more confident and able to manage successfully in a domestic environment. Importantly, this positive interaction between dog and owner…

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…

Aggression

March 7th, 2016

Aggression in dogs is a massive issue. From dog bite prevention and public safety to the pet overpopulation problem due to over-capacity animal shelters, aggression is a leading cause of many of the major problems in the dog world. Dogs aggress under many different circumstances from leash reactivity to territorial issues, and aggression can be…

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…

Ten Reasons Why Your Dog May Develop Behavior Problems

February 16th, 2016

A solid foundation in positive training gets you off to great start, either with that new puppy or with your older dog. But training has to be more than just a foundation, especially if there are any undesirable canine behaviors on the scene. Consider the whole picture when it comes to behavior problems, and review…