Safely Hiking With Your Dog: Brief & Important Winter Wildlife Tips

Hiking With Your Pet Dogs: Tips on How to Enjoy and Be Safe!

Even during the coldest winter months when wildlife is less active, they can still present some potential threats for you and your four-legged friends when you’re out hiking. If you’re going to take along your furry partner onto the trails during these cooler treks, think about these safety tips when you go out and about when it comes to wildlife. Many hikers may imagine encountering a bear in the wilderness as a realistic, scary and deadly threat. During the wintertime, these beasts are likely hibernating, but could still be a potential problem if awakened. In reality, you’re more likely to … Continue reading

How to Use Behavioral Science to Train Your Dog…

Behavioral Science Benefits in Training Your Dog

Training is a key part of dog ownership. With the right approach, training not only improves the relationship between you and your dog but also makes your dog’s life more interesting!   Here are some basics from the field of behavioral science to help you approach training naturally and effectively.   First of all, it is important to realize that you are training your dog all the time whether or not you intend to. All creatures are continually learning and updating their behavior according to their experience. When a dog’s behavior gets the result they want (food, attention, etc), they … Continue reading

5 Great Benefits of Dog Sports

Dog Sports and How It Can Help Provide Healthy Body

There are many activities and sports that you can do with your dog, from agility to dock diving and even dry land mushing with a cart. You may have even seen dogs competing in some these sports on TV or doing demos at a festival. Have you ever wondered why people do sports with their dogs or how you might be able to get involved in one with your dog? There are several important benefits that both you and your canine friend can get from participating in sports together. 1. Exercise Like most sports, dog sports are wonderful exercise for … Continue reading

5 Tips for Making Cold Winter Nights With Your Dog Fun!

Winter Nights With Your Pet Dog: How to Enjoy Time With Your Dogs

It’s that time of year again where it’s cold and dark at 16:00 and depending if you live in the city, suburbs or country you still need to keep your dog’s learnt behaviors sharp and maybe just maybe you can venture into new territory and work on some new things during these few winter months.   So what can you work on in the house?  Here are a few suggestions: Verify your dog’s understanding of cues or better yet… What have you really taught your dog?   Ask your dog for simple behaviors like: sit, down, stand. Now can you … Continue reading

How to Prepare Your Dogs for a Newborn Baby

Newborn Baby Issues With Your Pet Dogs

Welcome Baby New Year! With the arrival of the bright and shiny 2017, I am so blessed to be looking forward to a year of firsts with the arrival of my first grandson this past December! With four Siberian Huskies, who are very social by nature, we wanted to prepare them for the arrival of the baby so they would not be too excited, overstressed, or worry when the baby cries and coos. A few things that have helped us with the transition from a four-dog household to a four-dog-and-a-baby household are: Prepare Your Dog Ahead of Time Months ahead … Continue reading

The Trials of the Teenage Dog (And How to Deal With Them!)

Teenage Dog Attitudes and Training Them Patiently

For anyone who has lived with a teenage dog, you will know it isn’t easy. This stage of growing up in any species is challenging for the parents or carers. Dogs, like us, have to learn self-control, good decision making and cooperation with others, while still wanting to push the boundaries with those ‘in charge’. Modern attitudes demand quick fixes and we expect that to apply to the sentinel, hormone filled, and emotional creature that is our young dog. There is no quick way through this, even dog professionals have to wade through the teenage terrors to get to the … Continue reading

Important Tips for Avoiding Dog Bites

Dog Bites Issues: How to Avoid Dog Bites

A recent survey indicated that 54.4% of US households own a dog and that there are a total of 77.8 million dogs owned in the USA (Industry Trends, 2016). A 2014 survey of Canadians revealed that 34% of Canadian households contain at least one dog, resulting in an estimated population of 6.4 million dogs in Canada (Canadian Animal Health Institute, n.d.). While dogs are generally cooperative and social animals who live and work in harmony with people, sometimes dogs bite. Statistics indicate 4.5 million dog bites occur in the USA each year and that, among children, the rate of dog bites is … Continue reading

7 Dog Books That Improved My Relationship With Dogs

Dog Books to Help You in Training and Loving Your Dogs

I love reading. I can sit and read all day, especially when there’s a vast amount of articles and information available online. One of my ways to procrastinate is to get on the Internet, and just start surfing favorite topics. When I browse, one thing leads to another, and in a few hours I’m on a subject that’s nowhere near the topic that I started with. That could be a good thing and a bad thing, which is why I often choose books over the deep labyrinths of the internet. It’s also the reason why I’m still subscribing to magazines; … Continue reading

Train Your Dog to Resist Temptation in Four Easy Steps!

Train Your Pet Dog What to Eat and What Not to!

Dogs are like turkeys in one important way: they love to gobble.   They gobble up stuff that they find on walks. They gobble up stuff that they thieve from the cupboard. And we all end up dropping stuff that our dogs consider imprudently gobble-worthy, too. Sometimes the things we drop are dangerous, like medication. Sometimes, we drop (and they gobble) something they have a criminal history with, like sunglasses, a remote control, dirty laundry…. You know what I’m talking about. In the face of dogs’ superior speed and imperviousness to unpalatability, it makes sense to train a dog to … Continue reading

Ask the Trainer: Help! How Do I Train My Deaf Dog?

Deaf Dog Training Tips!

Training our dogs is all about communication. Clear, consistent cues enable our dogs to learn quickly and easily, while reinforcing the learned behaviors make the behaviors strong and long lasting. But how can we communicate to our furry, four-legged friends if they can’t see or hear us?   In reality, training a blind or deaf dog is no different than you would train a dog that can see or hear. It’s as easy as ABC. Antecedent. Behavior. Consequence. An antecedent is something that causes a behavior to occur. A classic example is the ringing of the doorbell causing a dog … Continue reading