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

The Issue With Off-Leash Dogs in On-Leash Areas

Off-Leash Dog Tips to Help Other Dog Owners

If I had a dollar for every time an off-leash dog (in what was supposed to be an on-leash setting) came bolting towards me with it’s owner yelling, “It’s okay… he’s friendly!” I would have several fully-stuffed piggy banks.   Now don’t get me wrong; if you’re that dog owner, I completely understand your desire to provide off-leash ‘free time’ so your dog can follow his nose, explore, and burn off some additional energy. These are all beneficial things, and because he’s a friendly fellow you probably think, “What’s the harm in letting him off-leash for a while?” even though (technically … Continue reading

Simple Steps for Effective Dog Training

Dog Training Tips to Easily Help Your Dog

There are many ways to train a dog, but there are a few things that will help your dog learn more effectively.   First teaching in a low distraction, stress free environment is very helpful. Learning new things can be hard for everyone. However, we can help our pets along by choosing to teach in a quiet environment where there are few distractions. Just like humans going to a quiet library to learn, when we are teaching our dog a new behavior, start in your house or other “boring” area. Once your dog has learned the behavior in a quiet … Continue reading

Important Tips for Owners and Friends of Reactive Dogs

Reactive Dogs? Tips on How to Deal With Reactive Dogs…

There are many dog owners across the UK that share their homes with a Reactive Dog. A dog that can react by lunging, growling, barking, snapping or even biting certain stimulus whether that be dogs, other animals or even people. The owners and people in these dogs’ lives have to learn to deal with their dog’s reactivity, learn to read their dog’s body language, help come up with a training plan to combat the reactivity and also cope with hundreds of potential triggers when out walking. Briefly, there could be many reasons why a dog starts to exhibit signs of reactivity. … Continue reading

4 Tips for Teaching Kids to Be Kind to Dogs

Kind to Dogs? How to Set a Good Example to Your Kids...

Fostering in children kindness and respect toward dogs is one of the most useful ways to change people’s actions and attitudes toward all animals.   While they are very young, children enjoy being surrounded by animal toys, characters and images. It’s vital kids grow up respecting animals and as research shows, empathy is a learned behaviour. Childhood is a perfect time to stimulate and nurture a lifelong empathy for all living creatures. It is best taught through real experience. Dogs and children can be great friends and here are four practical ways we can help youngsters be caring companions: Teach … Continue reading