What Is a Happy Dog? And How to Tell If Your Dog is One!

Happy Dog? What Makes Your Pet Dog Happy…

As a professional dog trainer I have had the opportunity to be around thousands of dogs and owners in their homes and observe how they relate to their pets in the most intimate ways possible. Despite the wide range of dog breeds and owner lifestyles, the one constant which never changes is that everyone just wants their dogs to be happy. But what constitutes a happy dog?  Is it the dog with the most bones? The pooch with the biggest yard? Or is it the dog who expresses his “excitement” the most? Happiness is a constant goal dog owners strive … Continue reading

The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly of Pet Adoption & Animal Rescue

Pet Adoption and Pet Care

There is an epidemic of homeless dogs in this country! There are an estimated 3.9 million dogs placed in shelters annually because of unwanted behavior problems and medical need. Unfortunately for many of these dogs, the outcome is bleak. However, due in part to the thousands of shelters and rescue organizations working diligently, many of these dog’s lives have a happy ending. But what happens to those dogs who don’t end up as new members of a family? The ones who are seen as unadoptable or returned for the unwanted behavior or medical issues which outlasted their novelty or cuteness quotient?  This … Continue reading

Separation Anxiety in Dogs and How to Manage It

Separation Anxiety Dog Problems of Being Left

Separation anxiety is one of the most debilitating dog problems I see as a canine behavior specialist in Los Angeles. In addition to the many dogs suffering greatly from this condition, it is also frustrating for an owner who is afraid to leave their dog alone for any period of time. This is out of fear their dog will harm themselves or destroy the home when they are gone. I even saw a case where the dog was so overwhelmed by his anxiety that he thought crashing through a window would be a better option than being left alone! Fortunately … Continue reading

Understanding Dog Aggression & How to Fix It

Dog Aggression, Anxiety and Sensory Processing Isssues

The Root Cause:               As a severe problem behavior specialist I have been in the unique position to meet and observe thousands of dogs who have been previously labeled as “aggressive” with no hope. Many dog owners and pet professionals assume a dog is acting aggressive because they are simply angry or scared as a human would and the reaction they display is a conscious emotional choice they are making. In reality, the majority of dogs who act aggressive are doing so because of sensory processing issues. Sensory Processing: Dogs by nature are very … Continue reading