Who Shouldn’t own a Dog

January 27th, 2016

  Every dog deserves a loving home, but should every person have a dog?                                                                                                                                        As much as I advocate adopting unwanted pets and opening your home and heart to a homeless pup, some people just should not have dogs. People often brush over the chores associated with living with a dog. You will have…

“And He hasn’t Barked Since”

December 26th, 2015

  The nation was outraged just a few weeks ago when a woman taped her chocolate lab’s mouth shut because she was barking too much.  Her face book post, “This is what happens when you don’t shut up… Don’t panic everyone it was only for a minute but hasn’t barked since… POINT MADE.”  As with…

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…

Walks Are Part of How Your Dog Connects With The Outside World

October 7th, 2015

This might sound like a trivial reason to create an awareness of. But walks are not even remotely trivial experiences to most dogs. For your best friend, this is often the highlight of their day. Most dog parents work some type of regular work schedule. Rife with boredom, they wait for your homecoming. You are…

Shock Collars need to come off the Table

October 5th, 2015

For a force-free trainer, shock collars are off the table. There is never a need or time when considering using one would be acceptable. Why? An effective pet dog training program is one component of your dog’s physical, mental, environmental and nutritional well-being. Training should be conducted in a manner that encourages learning, creates confidence,…

Getting to know Training Your Best Friend LLC

September 29th, 2015

Training Your Best Friend is a full service dog training company created by Professional Dog Trainer & Dog Behavior Expert Christie Fernandez. Christie named her business Training Your Best Friend because she truly believes Dogs are Man’s Best Friend. Christie does not use training devices that are aversive, this includes shock collars, prong collars, choke collars,…

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…

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…

Hook, Line, and Sinker: How Not-So-Positive Trainers Use Positive Reinforcement to Reel in Clients

September 23rd, 2015

Why does anyone want to have his or her dog trained? For many dog owners, it’s either to make a behavior improve, or to prevent unwanted behaviors from developing. For some it’s because they want to do fun things with their dog. Regardless of the reason, there is a level of trust given to trainers….