Is Your Dog Stubborn or Just Trying to Tell You Something?

Is Your Dog Stubborn or Just Trying to Tell You Something?

There are a few variations in the definition of stubborn but this is the most concise “difficult to move, remove, or cure.”   When a client tells me their dog is “stubborn”, it always leads me into asking MANY more questions. I will ask about the situations, I will ask about past experiences, I will ask them how they respond to the “stubborn” behavior and I will ask about their dog’s body language. When I ask these questions, I want as much detail as possible. Because dogs do not use verbal language (the language that most humans understand), I really … Continue reading

2 Important Dog Training Resources: Time and Space

2 Important Dog Training Resources: Time and Space

Time This is the first of 2 resources that are rarely talked about when we refer to a dog’s resources. I think it’s fair to say we may hear a term like “resource guarding” and we know it refers to a dog’s toys or food, but how do we control a dog’s time? The obvious answer is keeping track of how long each activity lasts. We can control time by how long their training sessions are, how long the walks are, and how long they get to eat. Even though dogs are always in the present state of mind, we still … Continue reading

5 Effective Ways to Calm a High Energy Dog

5 Effective Ways to Calm a High Energy Dog

A dog with a high energy level can be a challenge to deal with on a daily basis. Depending on the breed, certain dogs require more mental and physical exercise. Otherwise, their pent up energy may lead to destructiveness, nervousness, separation anxiety, and aggressive tendencies.   Not only is it important to drain your dog’s energy physically, it is also important to drain your dog mentally. Below are five solutions for satisfying your dog’s mental and physical needs: A Calm Dog Walk First and foremost, frequent dog walks are very important, between 20 to 45 minutes a day, multiple times … Continue reading

Simple Tips for Teaching Your Dog to Come When Called!

Simple Tips for Teaching Your Dog to Come When Called!

As a trainer, I often get calls from people who want to know how to teach their dog to reliably come when called. To teach the dog to come when called (or improve a less than stellar recall in a dog), start with some basic exercises and avoid doing things that take away from the training. Initially, train in a safe, fenced, distraction-free area. Make a note of what your dog finds rewarding. It might be high value treats like dehydrated meat, or toys or a game of tug. Build a strong relationship with the dog by using rewards in … Continue reading

What Does Your Dog Mean to You?

What Does Your Dog Mean to You?

What role does he/she play in your life? While conversing with others, I usually manage to steer the conversation around to my favorite subject… dogs!   People are aghast to learn, not only that I am a multiple-dogs parent, but that they live inside with me. Seriously?! To me they are family members. Would you ask your Uncle Henry to sleep in the barn or fenced in back yard? I think not. My dogs are my life and throughout the decades, I have owned at least one. I don’t even like to use the word ‘own’ even though the courts … Continue reading

The Evolution of Dog Training

The Evolution of Dog Training

Over the years dog training has evolved just like almost everything else in the world! Although evolution and change can be scary, it is an important part of our lives.   As humans, we are constantly striving for “something better” or to learn more about things. Because we have a desire for “something better,” we have eliminated deadly diseases, we have mini computers in our pockets, we can travel around the world and we live much longer. These changes did not come easy and many people feared the changes. Change can be scary and if we learn that we have … Continue reading

How to Give Your Dog Choices and Listen to What They Want

How to Give Your Dog Choices and Listen to What They Want

How often does your dog refuse to do what you ask?   If you are like most people I have worked with, at some point you get frustrated with your dog. I have always owned Siberian Huskies and they are known for their independence and stubbornness. Some dogs love to please their owners, some dogs work for food or toys, and other dogs want to do what they want to do. I have one of the latter and he has taught me to let him make his own decisions about some things. As an example, I have a friend that … Continue reading

Who’s Training Whom? Dog Training Tips…

Who's Training Whom? Dog Training Tips...

Did you know that if you are not actively-(being present) in training (teaching) your dog, chances are they are training you? The reason Dog Trainers exist is because people and dogs have difficulty living together. We include dogs into our families to enjoy them and have a bond, however, there are sometimes cultural clashes where there is misunderstanding, head-butting, frustration or worse. Fix my dog. Can you get him to stop…x? I want my dog to behave. My dog doesn’t listen to me. My dog only listens to my husband. The reason dogs are abused, neglected, relinquished, abandoned, or tortured, … Continue reading

5 Ways for Dog Lovers to Work in an Animal Related Field

Who doesn’t love dogs? Their wagging tails, wet noses, and loving personalities make them a popular companion in the animal world. If you love dogs, and other animals, there is a job waiting for you in the world of animal related careers. Whether you’re interested in creating things for them, working with them, helping them, studying them, or saving them, there is a job that will allow you to do that. Not only is the pet industry booming, but there’s also a great need for animal lovers in the other animal mediums to keep them safe and cared for. If … Continue reading

How to Handle Dog Barrier Frustration & Aggression

How to Handle Dog Barrier Frustration & Aggression

We often use barriers for the dogs’ protection but at times these barriers can have side effects; one side effect is barrier frustration. The challenge to owners is missing the right cues and trying to fix the wrong component. Barrier frustration can be stressful for dogs and owners alike. In this article we’ll take a look at one common barrier and its side effects. Leashes are used to keep our dogs safe and near us as well as to respect the space of others and their dogs, etc. Many places have leash laws requiring dogs to be on leash in … Continue reading