How to Help Your Barking Dog!

How to Help Your Barking Dog!

At agility trials, dogs bark A LOT! During one trial I observed and I overheard how some of the trainers attempted to stop the barking. Some trainers ignored the behavior, some yelled while others talked quietly to their dogs while they were barking. I overheard trainers saying that they used a can of pennies, citronella collars and shock collars to stop the barking. These are trainers who profess to be positive reinforcement trainers. The thing I never heard any of the trainers say and never saw anyone do was to find out why the dog was barking. All the training … Continue reading

3 Mental Exercises You Should Try With Your Dog!

3 Mental Exercises You Should Try With Your Dog!

We give our dogs long walks and plenty of playtime to ensure their daily exercise needs are met. But after all that, a lot of dogs are still restless, bored,or worse, destructive. This is because they haven’t had a good mental workout, even though they already had plenty of physical exercises. That’s right, your dog needs mental and physical exercise each and every day. Different dogs require a different amount of each, but all dogs need both. Mental exercise is any form of problem-solving, such as trying to figure out how to get the lid off of the new trashcan, … Continue reading

5 Polite Behaviors Your Dog Should Know Before Traveling

5 Polite Behaviors Your Dog Should Know Before Traveling

When outdoor temperatures start dropping, you know the holiday season is quickly approaching. Bringing furry family members along for holiday family visits has increased dramatically, so it’s time to make sure your dog learns important polite behaviors before heading out to Grandma’s house for Thanksgiving. Start teaching your dog polite behaviors months in advance, so your dog can show off her polite manners to family members when they see her. 1. Crate Training All traveling dogs should learn how to quietly settle in their crate in different situations. When traveling by car, dogs should travel in crates for safety. Also, … Continue reading

Dog Training Tools VS Proper Dog Behavior

Dog Training Tools VS Proper Dog Behavior

There are so many dog training tools on the market nowadays, that it can be easy for us to begin relying on them rather than teaching proper behavior to our dogs. Tools like no pull harnesses or head halti’s can be great, don’t get me wrong… but it isn’t a fun thing to try and walk your dog on a leash when they have no leash manners. Believe me, I know from experience, and 3 Siberian Huskies who love to pull. This is why relying too much on the training tools available to us can actually come back to bite … Continue reading

What State of Mind Are You Nurturing in Your Dog?

What State of Mind Are You Nurturing in Your Dog?

Attention is a form of affection for dogs, and when they receive a human’s attention, it pleases and satisfies a need for them. It is important to be aware of the dog’s state of mind when you are giving the attention and affection they seek.   If a dog is barking and you start to pet him, the dog will receive a message that if he barks he will receive petting and affection. Often times when a small dog starts to bark at strangers, the owner will pick up the small dog in order to calm him down. The dog … Continue reading

It’s Back to School Time… But What About the Dog?

It's Back to School Time... But What About the Dog?

September again. And everyone in the house is anxious and excited to get back to school. So in all the chaos, where does that leave Rover?   Back-to-School Doggy Blues Did you know that dogs can suffer from things like depression and anxiety just like humans can? And it can be easily triggered by daily routine changes. Think about it; all summer long there’s probably been a lot of activity, outdoor fun and kids to play with. Then all of a sudden one morning, everyone gets up and leaves for the day. And not only that, it happens the next day … Continue reading

6 Tips to Help Prepare Your Pup for Fall

6 Tips to Help Prepare Your Pup for Fall

Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer. Vacation is over, kids are back in school, and temperatures will soon begin to drop.   While September and October are usually mild, it is still a great time to prepare your dog for the cool weather to come. Here are six tips to help your dog transition smoothly, happily, and warmly from summer to fall. 6 Tips to Help Prepare Your Dog for Fall 1. Grooming, Out With the Old in With the New   If your dog requires professional grooming, September is a great month for a quick trim. Get … Continue reading

How to Teach Your Dog to Stop Barking in the Home

How to Teach Your Dog to Stop Barking in the Home

In the home, when visitors approach, the dog has nowhere to flee, so it will often choose the second defense response – to freeze, which can manifest itself in the form of barking.   In a moment when danger presents itself you need to display a calm reaction to show your dog that as its leader, you are aware of the danger and will deal with it. So, for example, if the doorbell rings, causing your dog to bark, you should thank your dog for doing its job by saying ‘good boy/girl’ or ‘thank you’ in a happy tone. After … Continue reading

How to Look at Every Moment as a Training Opportunity!

How to Look at Every Moment as a Training Opportunity!

‘Oh look, a training opportunity’ is a phrase that I find coming out of my mouth a lot.   I like to pre-empt any possible problems by being proactive to facilitate an issue doesn’t come up in the future. That might be teaching my young excitable Lurcher that the sight of a bicycle means come to me for a yummy treat and calmly watch the speeding deer replacement go by. Or by starting work a month in advance to prepare him for the firework season by upping his Tellington TTouch body work and wearing his body wrap more often. The … Continue reading

What to Do When Your Dog Won’t Listen

What to Do When Your Dog Won't Listen

Let’s face it, we’ve all been there. That dog that was so well trained has now stopped listening, doesn’t come when called and basically does what he wants. It can happen for a lot of reasons: Not practicing Not enough positive reinforcement Changes to your daily routine Not asking enough of your dog I have a multi-dog household, so sometimes if practice or training time is limited on my part, they start to slip and the pack can take over in no time. Sometimes you need to just hit the reset button and re-start your training (and your mindset!). Our … Continue reading