5 Commands All Dogs Should Know

Commands Your Pet Canine Should Obey

As a long time dog trainer I’ve established a routine that I go through with my training clients, a routine of commands that serve more than one purpose. As dog owners the first thing we tend to teach is “Sit” followed by “Stay” usually followed by “Come” but not many of us have a dog that will sit while company comes over, or come when called at the dog park… not saying that reading this article will give you that but it will give you some real life skills that are not commonly used by pet owners that can be … Continue reading

Communication Fundamentals: How to Talk to Your Dog So That They Listen

Communication With Your Pet Dogs and How to Properly Do It: Hand Signs and Words

Many of us enjoy talking to our dogs, but long winded conversational approaches to training are seldom effective. Your dog doesn’t understand when you lovingly tell it ‘Now Rover, you know mommy doesn’t like it when you eat Fluff’s cat food.’ When you are training your dog, you can use your voice with your dog as a tool for communication but please be brief. ‘Leave It’ might be a better cue for the above scenario. It is best to speak in a neutral tone of voice when giving your dog a cue, say things clearly, use as few words as possible, … Continue reading

How to Prepare Your Dog For the New Baby

How to Prepare Your Dog For the New Baby

So you’re going to have a baby! You just received this exciting news, and now you’re venturing into major ‘mom mode.’ You find yourself grinding your brain to figure out exactly how much you have to prepare for, and what the next steps will be in your life. It was so simple… you, your husband/boyfriend, your house, your job and of course, your beloved dog. Things are about to go up a notch, as you introduce a beautiful new baby into your world. But of all the things you need to prepare for how do you prepare your dog for the … Continue reading

The Not-So-Obvious Benefits of a Beginner Dog Training Class…

The Not-So-Obvious Benefits of a Beginner Dog Training Class...

“I just want my dog to…” It is the phrase heard over and over at group dog training classes when the owners are asked what they’d like to get out of the class. Beginner training classes usually have descriptions about what behaviors the dogs will learn. Sit, down, come, loose leash walking, stay, are just some of the common behaviors. All in all, we just want a well behaved dog, right? As an instructor, I see much more when I’m teaching owners. Although I want to help fix behavior problems by teaching good things, I am always looking for ways … Continue reading

How to Get Your Dog to Love Their Crate

Crate Training for your Dog’s Safety

There are many benefits to crate training your dog. Although there has been some controversy in the past, many people support positive and necessary crate training. If used appropriately, crate training can improve your living conditions and provide your dog with additional safety. For example, your pet may be a chewer, and never quite outgrow their habit of wanting to chew on things. If your dog has a particular affinity for chewing on wires or some other dangerous household item, crating them while you are away and unable to distract them, may be the safest option for them. For crate … Continue reading

One Thing That’s More Important Than Puppy Potty Training

Training Your Dogs at Early Stage with Proper Socialization

As a professional dog trainer, I obviously understand the need for my services and I often forget that others do not. It seems to be a common misconception that dog training services are only for those that want competing sports dogs or own dogs with complex behavioral issues. Many new dog owners do not realize they have a chance to shape their new puppy’s future – depending on when you start the training. So, When Do We Start? Puppies go through development stages, just like human babies. During the critical socialization stage, we have a chance to change how our … Continue reading

How to Use Your Body Language to Train Your Dog

Body Language To Communicate With Your Dog Best Friend

Your dog – man and woman’s best friend. Keeper of all of your deepest darkest secrets. You can talk to your dog for hours. Tell him everything you are unable to tell your friends, and you can trust 100% that he isn’t going to run off an gossip to the dog down the road. Mostly because, well, he can’t talk, but also because he doesn’t understand half of what your saying. Dogs are smart, there is no denying that. But their ability to learn around 165 words from the human language does not mean they can understand everything we say … Continue reading

Where Some See Limitations, RFI Brings Opportunities – May Charity Spotlight on Retrieving Freedom Inc.

Where Some See Limitations, RFI Brings Opportunities - May Charity Spotlight on Retrieving Freedom Inc.

Where Some See Limitations, RFI Brings Opportunities. RFI (Retrieving Freedom, Inc.) is a non-profit corporation whose mission includes improving the quality of life for wounded veterans, disabled citizens, and children with autism through the placement of skillfully trained service, therapy, and companion dogs. RFI trains Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers and Golden Retrievers to use their natural traits to become a perfect assistance dog.  RFI’s service dogs go through a twenty-four month training process tailored to meet the precise needs of the person with whom they will be placed.  RFI is not a “one dog for all” type of organization.  Nationally, the … Continue reading

What Does It Mean When Your Dog Is Barking?

Barking Dog and the Reason Behind It

A barking dog is generally perceived as an annoyance by majority of people. However, a dog’s barking can have a wide variety of meaning behind it, ranging from; boredom, excitement, frustration, fears and alerting when something is out of the ordinary. Many owners look to rid their dog of the barking behaviour but tend to look at the exhibiting behaviour to fix, not the underlying problem which is causing the barking in the first place. When we look at “fixing” a barking dog, you must understand what is causing it, simple examples below: Barking In The Backyard A bored and under stimulated dog. When … Continue reading

Got a Dog? Get a Kong! (Part 1)

Kong for Dogs to Keep Them Intellectually and Physically Challenged

There are things we want, and there are things we need. If you are a dog owner, dog lover, kennel worker, shelter staffer, or pet sitter, then you need to have Kongs handy.  Lots of them. We use Kongs all the time in our family, and I recommend them to anyone who owns a dog. They are amazing and they make life with a dog much easier and less stressful!  I’ll explain why. Kongs are Enrichment The Kong is a nontoxic, dishwasher-safe rubber toy. When stuffed with food and treats, it provides dogs with a healthy outlet for their natural desire to … Continue reading