How to Give Your Dog Choices and Listen to What They Want

How to Give Your Dog Choices and Listen to What They Want

How often does your dog refuse to do what you ask?   If you are like most people I have worked with, at some point you get frustrated with your dog. I have always owned Siberian Huskies and they are known for their independence and stubbornness. Some dogs love to please their owners, some dogs work for food or toys, and other dogs want to do what they want to do. I have one of the latter and he has taught me to let him make his own decisions about some things. As an example, I have a friend that … Continue reading

Who’s Training Whom? Dog Training Tips…

Who's Training Whom? Dog Training Tips...

Did you know that if you are not actively-(being present) in training (teaching) your dog, chances are they are training you? The reason Dog Trainers exist is because people and dogs have difficulty living together. We include dogs into our families to enjoy them and have a bond, however, there are sometimes cultural clashes where there is misunderstanding, head-butting, frustration or worse. Fix my dog. Can you get him to stop…x? I want my dog to behave. My dog doesn’t listen to me. My dog only listens to my husband. The reason dogs are abused, neglected, relinquished, abandoned, or tortured, … Continue reading

5 Ways for Dog Lovers to Work in an Animal Related Field

Who doesn’t love dogs? Their wagging tails, wet noses, and loving personalities make them a popular companion in the animal world. If you love dogs, and other animals, there is a job waiting for you in the world of animal related careers. Whether you’re interested in creating things for them, working with them, helping them, studying them, or saving them, there is a job that will allow you to do that. Not only is the pet industry booming, but there’s also a great need for animal lovers in the other animal mediums to keep them safe and cared for. If … Continue reading

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