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

The World Of Working Dogs

The World Of Working Dogs

My husband suggested this topic to me as he said he didn’t realize how many sorts of working dogs there were. So welcome to the world of Working Dogs!   My first true connection to working dogs was by meeting Rita Martinez back in 2002 as she was a SF/SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers presenter. Her work at the time was with Search and Rescue doing cadaver work. If you are interested in learning more check out her work. Forensic Evidence Canines: Status, Training and Utilization and Cadaver Scent Project. Rita has since transitioned to Diabetic Alert, Medical Alert, Seizure Alert, Hearing, Assistance … Continue reading

Teach Your Dog to LOVE Getting in the Car!

Teach Your Dog to LOVE Getting in the Car!

Every dog should learn certain life skills, and enjoying getting into and out of a car is an important one. While it’s not necessary for smaller dogs to learn this skill, because they’re easily portable, it’s vital for medium and large-sized dogs. With that said, sometimes it’s not an easy behavior to teach dogs, especially if they’ve had negative car riding experiences before. Plus, it’s scary jumping into a high SUV, especially if a dog or puppy has fallen while jumping up in the past. The key to getting your dog in the car is to make the act of … Continue reading

Preparing Your Dog For Back-to-School Time

Preparing Your Dog For Back-to-School Time

August has just arrived, and while many folks are still enjoying the summer time soaking up the sun and splashing in the water, the thought of school is not that far off. Some families are already preparing!   While items such as bookbags, notebooks, and pencils are being added to shopping lists, the transition from summer sun to school-time fun could actually be a stressful one for pets. Here are a few of my FiveSibes™ “golden rules” to help ease the change for our furry best friends and their human pals: Practice Makes Perfect (Sense) Before the first day of … Continue reading

Why You Should Always Give Your Dog a Choice…

Why You Should Always Give Your Dog a Choice...

The young boy in class adored his puppy. It was a delight to see how proud he was of her, and how attentive he was to everything being taught. Carl was 10 years old, and animals were clearly his passion. He was more diligent in his practice than many of the adults. And I was particularly impressed with how quickly he grasped this concept: Don’t beg your dog! Many of the owners were trying to coax their puppy to pay attention to them. They waved treats in front of their inattentive noses. They bent over and called their name repeatedly. Some … Continue reading