Don’t Bite My Fingers! A Handy Cue to Teach Your Dog

Handy Cue to Help Dogs Learn Not to Bite!

This is a handy cue you can teach your dog to be careful with its mouth. All too often dogs snap at hands to get treats and reward themselves for this bad behavior. Don’t let your dog bite you as it takes a treat.   If your dog is not gentle when it takes treats you can teach a cue like ‘easy’ or ‘gentle’ to help it recognize your fingers are not food. Although bite inhibition should be learned by the time adult teeth are finished growing, we can sometimes help a grabby dog to have more respect while taking … Continue reading

Top Dog Adoption Tips to Start You Off on the Right Paw

Dog Adoption Advices to Get Along Easily With Your Pet Dog

Here are our top ‘day in the life’ tips for helping adopters start off on the right paw with a new dog during those oh-so-important first days after adopting… Don’t let the dog out of the car until you are sure that it is securely leashed. Once an adolescent or adult dog is out of the car you cannot expect it to stay with you as you might a puppy. Take the dog outside on leash to potty before even entering the house. The dog may not go, but it’s always worth a try. Even if a dog already has … Continue reading

Fleas and Ticks and Burrs – Oh My!

Fleas and Ticks and Burrs Against Your Pet Dog’s Health and How to Avoid Them

While summer enchants us to take our dogs out to the rivers, lakes, parks, and other outdoor areas we need to be aware of some of the most common problems we face when the days are longer and warmer. A good habit to get into is checking your dog from head to tail after the possibility of contact with any of these common summertime dangers. Fleas and ticks are abundant, especially in wooded and watery areas. If you plan to go to an area you suspect might have problems with creepy crawlers it is best to use a preventative. There … Continue reading

Comradery: The Basis of Dog Training

Dog Training Tips for Your Pets

What does this concept have to do with dog training? Well, if you ask me it is the root of training and a philosophy for a harmonious life. All too often people are concerned with being ‘alpha’ or ‘dominant’ and forget to be in love with their dog – didn’t most of us get them as companions anyway? I agree that boundaries and leadership are important, but it is only one part of a healthy dog-human relationship. I often ask people to put themselves in their dogs’ shoes, so to speak. While it is often not a good idea to … Continue reading

Holiday Safety: Training Your Dog to ‘Leave It’

Leave It Command to Train Your Dog

One of the biggest concerns families have in relation to their dogs during the holidays is keeping things that don’t belong to the dog away from the dog.   While management in the form of securing hazardous items away from dogs is a good idea, training in addition to management is an added safety and convenience feature. The holiday season brings things in to the environment that dogs have a tendency to want to explore such as decorations, food, and gifts; these things can be more than just a nuisance for your dog to get in to – they can be … Continue reading

Communication Fundamentals: How to Talk to Your Dog So That They Listen

Communication With Your Pet Dogs and How to Properly Do It: Hand Signs and Words

Many of us enjoy talking to our dogs, but long winded conversational approaches to training are seldom effective. Your dog doesn’t understand when you lovingly tell it ‘Now Rover, you know mommy doesn’t like it when you eat Fluff’s cat food.’ When you are training your dog, you can use your voice with your dog as a tool for communication but please be brief. ‘Leave It’ might be a better cue for the above scenario. It is best to speak in a neutral tone of voice when giving your dog a cue, say things clearly, use as few words as possible, … Continue reading