The Issue With Off-Leash Dogs in On-Leash Areas

Off-Leash Dog Tips to Help Other Dog Owners

If I had a dollar for every time an off-leash dog (in what was supposed to be an on-leash setting) came bolting towards me with it’s owner yelling, “It’s okay… he’s friendly!” I would have several fully-stuffed piggy banks.   Now don’t get me wrong; if you’re that dog owner, I completely understand your desire to provide off-leash ‘free time’ so your dog can follow his nose, explore, and burn off some additional energy. These are all beneficial things, and because he’s a friendly fellow you probably think, “What’s the harm in letting him off-leash for a while?” even though (technically … Continue reading

Why Living in the ‘Present’ Is So Important to Your Dog!

Present, Living in the Present, Enjoying Time With Your Pet Dog

These days we’re often told how important it is to be ‘present’ in our lives, which to me means being focused on the present moment rather than being distracted by other things. And while there are certainly benefits for being present on a personal level, I think it’s even more important for us to be present for the sake of those who are around us, whether they be people or our pets. Frankly, I don’t know if there’s a better example of living in the present than our pets. But can’t our pets be distracted too? Yes of course, but … Continue reading

Debating Crating Or Puzzling About Muzzling? Do What’s Best For Your Dog!

Crating or Muzzling? What Are the Advantages?

When assisting clients with their dogs’ behaviour issues, there is a range of potential strategies and tools that can be employed. And depending on the specific issue, that range could include a recommendation for the use of a crate or a muzzle. Interestingly, it’s relatively common for clients to tell me they simply “aren’t comfortable” with their dog having anything to do with a crate or muzzle… and some even going as far as to say, “Nope… no way… I’m not doing that to my dog!” But why is that? After further discussion, clients usually confess their reason for feeling … Continue reading

To Tug or Not to Tug?

Tug Play With Your Dog

Wasn’t it Shakespeare who wrote, “To tug or not to tug, that is the question…?” Yes I know… a bad joke… but why is it so commonly believed that you shouldn’t play tug with your dog or, if you do play tug, that you should NEVER let the dog ‘win’? This belief seems to be one of many that continue to exist even though the behaviour theory it stems from (relating to social hierarchy) was invalidated years ago. So should you play tug with your dog or not? The answer is: It depends. I say “it depends” because… let’s face facts… … Continue reading