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

My Dog Won’t Stop Barking at Other Dogs! What Do I Do?

My Dog Won’t Stop Barking at Other Dogs! What Do I Do?

Some people will say, “Dogs bark, what can you do?” It may surprise you to know that I agree with this statement. To a degree. I like my dogs to let me know when someone, or something is approaching my house. I do not like my dogs to bark incessantly, or lunge at other dogs. I work on this behavior in a couple of ways. In my home, when my dogs run to the window or door barking, I get up, I see what has piqued their interest, and I let them know, it’s okay. Sometimes, I thank them. Then … Continue reading

Top 5 Reasons Your Dog Isn’t Listening to You!

Top 5 Reasons Your Dog Isn't Listening to You!

If I had a penny for every time I heard the phrase: “my dog just doesn’t listen to me!” I would have a lot of pennies. It’s a big accusation that implies your dog both heard and understood what you said. It sounds simple enough. But it isn’t.   Selective hearing affects all dogs at some point in their lifetime. If you have a dog, then there has been, and will be many more instances where you ask your dog to do something… and he doesn’t do it. Let’s go over the top five reasons for this far-too common complaint: … Continue reading

Should Your Dog Sleep In Your Bed With You?

Should Your Dog Sleep In Your Bed With You?

As a trainer, I get this question all the time: “Should I let my dog sleep on my bed (or couch)?” In general, my answer is always – “It is up to you.” However, I also advise that there may be a few situations when you may not want to share your resting space with your dog.   If you have a Great Dane puppy or other large breed puppy, you need to remember that the pint-sized pup will eventually be an enormous adult. Your sleep is important to maintaining a healthy life and you may not be able to … Continue reading

Dog House-Training, Potty Training, Housebreaking, Oh My!

Dog House-Training, Potty Training, Housebreaking, Oh My!

A common source of frustration for the puppy or newly-adopted dog owner, let’s simplify potty-training! Potty training, house-training, the traditional term “housebreaking…” It’s all the same thing, isn’t it? It means teaching new puppy (or dog) – we’ll call him Bellhop for the purposes of this article – to eliminate in some places, and not to eliminate in others. As a general rule of thumb, you can assess that your puppy can probably “hold it” for the number of months old he is, divided by two. (So a two month old puppy can probably only hold it for about an … Continue reading

#1 Dog Training Myth

1 Dog Training Myth

Dogs act out of spite. Or Dogs know they are being bad.   As a dog trainer I hear it a lot. Owners believe that their dog, at one time or another, tries to get even with them after the owner does something that the dog doesn’t like or views as a punishment like… keeping them in a crate not taking the dog for a walk jealousy over another dog jealousy over a kid physically hitting the dog This is completely false. Dogs do not know right from wrong, they are amoral. They only know if something/someone is safe, unsafe, … Continue reading

Simple Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Training Time!

Simple Tips for Getting the Most Out of Your Training Time!

Fitting in time for training can be a challenge for many people so here are some tips to help you get the most out of your training time. Teach new skills in an area that is free of distractions so your dog can focus easily. As your dog progresses, strengthen the training by adding one of “duration”, “distance” and “distractions.” “Duration” refers to the length of time a dog can stay in a sit or a down for example. “Distance” refers to the distance from the trainer at which a dog can do an exercise. “Distraction” refers to things that … Continue reading

The Exciting Launch of ISpeakDog.org!

The Exciting Launch of ISpeakDog.org!

Have you ever seen an unknown or known person interact with their dog in a manner that made you cringe or made you mad? I remember witnessing a middle aged woman beating her small dog that was on a flexi with the handle part. In my mind 1) it was not pleasant to watch 2) how can I make a change and 3) what did the dog do to deserve such treatment? Dogs behave as dogs do, unfortunately millions of dogs are relinquished to shelters, abandoned, tortured or killed due to our misunderstandings of dog behavior and our “sacred cow” … Continue reading

Important Tips for Crating Your Dog

Important Tips for Crating Your Dog

If you were anything like me growing up, you never had a crate for your dog let alone heard of one. These were the times of letting our dogs run loose to visit the neighbors and the neighbor’s dogs would come visit us. I remember my dad cutting a cardboard box in half that a refrigerator came in. Then he cut out a slot for our dogs to get in and out of the boxes, and after putting in a garbage bag full of fleece scraps it was quite the cozy place for our dogs on the patio. Little did … Continue reading

Top 4 Puppy Life Lessons

Top 4 Puppy Life Lessons

Welcoming a puppy into the family is an exciting and busy time spent getting to know the pup, building a bond and of course lots of puppy cuddles! It’s easy to get caught up in house training and basic obedience training, such as learning to sit and walk on the lead, that teaching important puppy life skills might be missed out on. The following life lessons will help your pup to grow into a happy, confident and stable adult dog who is a pleasure to own. Socialisation Early puppy socialisation between 12-16 weeks old is the most crucial stage of … Continue reading