How Dog Training Can Help Keep Your Dog Healthy

Dog Training Benefits in Having a Healthy Pet

Many people consider dog training to only be for those that want their dogs to be able to perform tricks or for owners that want their dogs to take part in a dog related sport such as obedience or agility. However training can be put to use in such a way that it can make carrying out certain tasks so much easier! When we take on a dog we also take on the responsibility of making sure that animal stays healthy, and this means regular health checks are in order. As well as health checks there are also procedures that … Continue reading

Worried About Rattlesnakes Biting Your Dog? Read This Now!

Rattlesnakes Issues and How to Protect Your Pet Dog

Hiking with my dog Clovis is one of our favorite ways to spend time together. Unfortunately, during the summer in Colorado where I live, there can be lots of rattlesnakes around. Clovis, like almost every other dog, has no natural fear of snakes the way that some of us do, and is naturally curious, so finding a snake can be particularly dangerous for him. Rattlesnake bites can be deadly if you aren’t able to get your dog to a vet soon enough, and can be very costly (around $1,000 for antivenom) if you do. Now like all of you, I … Continue reading

15 Steps to Get Your Dog Ready for Your New Baby

Baby in the House? Here’s How to Teach Your Dog Good Behaviours…

“Congratulations, you’re having a baby” said the doctor, confirming the results that the little pregnancy stick had revealed just a few days earlier. It was 28th December 2012. A wide range of emotions came to the fore as I suddenly I found myself saying aloud ”but what about the dog?” Over the last ten years I’ve had the pleasure of helping many clients prepare their ‘fur-child’ for the arrival of their human baby. After all, life with a newborn is unpredictable; it has many, many highs and can have some lows thanks to sleep deprivation and hormones to name a … Continue reading

House Training 101: How to Get Your Puppy to Pee Outdoors

House Training 101 Pee Dog Tips

Toilet Training toddlers can be stressful. Some childcare centers won’t accept children unless they are using the toilet. Shopping of any kind can become a nightmare as your three year old announces she has to go to the bathroom, which sends you into a frenzy looking for the nearest facility. Then there’s the endless laundry, accidents resulting in wet pants, accidents resulting in the bathroom needing to be cleaned or worse, the living room. Ultimately human beings want to use the toilet. We want to conform to the societal norms. We want to do what others are doing, so children … Continue reading

10 Things You Might Not Know About Clicker Training Your Dog

Clicker Training For Dog Obedience Skills and Tricks

Have you ever tried clicker training with your dog? Clicker training is currently a very popular training method, and there’s good reason for that. If you haven’t tried it yet here are some facts about it, good reasons to do so, and some tips to get started. The Facts The Science Behind It: Clicker training is based on the theory of operant conditioning. This term was coined by B.F. Skinner, an American psychologist and behaviorist. Animals learn that their actions can control their environment. For example, they learn that ringing a bell gets the door to open. It is positive … Continue reading

Clickety Dog: A Clicker Training App for Dog Lovers

Clickety Dog App: Dog Training Game

Whether you’re a dog owner, thinking of getting a dog or just someone who loves dogs, the game app Clickety Dog (available for most cell phones and tablets) provides hours of entertainment as well as practice in clicker training. In the game, you must patiently clicker train your young dog in new skills before you take it through to obedience competitions and round agility courses. But, just like training a real dog your screen dog may ignore you or simply not understand what you want – timing and patience are key.  And, just like real life, so is watching out … Continue reading

Separation Anxiety in Dogs and How to Manage It

Separation Anxiety Dog Problems of Being Left

Separation anxiety is one of the most debilitating dog problems I see as a canine behavior specialist in Los Angeles. In addition to the many dogs suffering greatly from this condition, it is also frustrating for an owner who is afraid to leave their dog alone for any period of time. This is out of fear their dog will harm themselves or destroy the home when they are gone. I even saw a case where the dog was so overwhelmed by his anxiety that he thought crashing through a window would be a better option than being left alone! Fortunately … Continue reading

5 Reasons Why Playing With Your Dog Is So Important!

Playing With Your Dog and Enjoy the Benefits

Do you play with your dogs? I ask my clients this question quite frequently. Sadly, the reply is rarely as satisfactory as I hope: “We leave him with lots of toys to play with!,” or “Oh we let him out in the yard to run around!,” and “Well, he plays with our other dog all the time!” In all of these scenarios, the owner is hardly involved and the dog is left to create his own entertainment. What I mean by play, however, is purposeful, structured play wherein you and your dog are engaged in a mutual activity that requires exertion from … Continue reading

How to Get Your Puppy to Stop Chewing and Biting

Chewing and Biting Habits of Dogs? How to Make Them Stop…

Your puppy will eventually grow out of it with proper guidance (meaning redirection and offering alternatives) but not soon enough to avoid destroying some of your things – and if you don’t show him what you want him to do, then he will continue to chew and bite in a way that makes sense to him – which is basically to put his teeth on everything. He has to chew because as a puppy, he explores and learns about the world by putting things in his mouth. He also chews because it gives him something to do as a means … Continue reading

Can Rescue Remedy Help Calm Your Dogs?

Rescue Remedy to Help With Your Dog Behavior

Years ago, I worked at a health food store and it seemed to me the whole staff was crazy about Bach’s Rescue Remedy. I on the other hand refrained from using this wonder spray as it contained alcohol, which I do not consume. I will say that was one happy group of people to work with. Now, many years later, I hear that people are using Rescue Remedy for calming dogs. Naturally, because of the health aspects, the topic has gained my interest. There are ways of calming a dog during periods of stress; however, I understand that most people … Continue reading