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

5 Things to Think About Before Getting a Second Dog

5 Things to Think About Before Getting a Second Dog

Dogs are man and woman’s best friend. They enrich our lives as we enrich theirs. We simply cannot live without them. Well in that case, the more the merrier, right?   Seems legit… however multi-pet households are not always the best option for some people. Have you ever heard that saying from Lays potato chips? “betcha can’t eat just one.” Change it up a bit and the phrase “Betcha can’t have just one” rings so true for many pet owners. Pets can be addicting, and with good reason. But before you decide to add to your pack, lets go over … Continue reading

4 Reasons Raw Bones Are Good for Dogs

4 Reasons Raw Bones Are Good for Dogs

Should you feed your dog raw bones? On the fence about whether to feed your dog raw bones or not? Let me help you. Here are 4 reasons why it’s a good idea to ‘give a dog a bone‘. Reason #1: Raw Bones Keep Their Teeth Clean This is not an old wives tale, it’s the God’s honest truth! Raw, meaty bones are Mother Nature’s tooth brush for dogs. When they gnaw with the sides of their teeth it scrapes off all the plaque. And when they rip and tear at a bone the strings of meat act like dental floss between their teeth. True story! … 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

How to Help a Family Deal With the Loss of Their Pet

How to Help a Family Deal With the Loss of Their Pet

Dealing with any type of loss is extremely difficult, especially when it comes to a member of our immediate family. A child’s pet is often one of their very first best friends and having this relationship end can be heartbreaking for them and the rest of our family. While caring for an animal and eventually losing them for whatever the reason is an important life lesson for kids, it’s also a teaching moment that needs to be shared, experienced and explored. Obviously there are age considerations that come along with dealing with this type of a tragedy since a five-year-old … 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

April 2017 Winners of the 4Knines Photo Contest!

Photo Contest Winner on 4Knines for April 2017

Here are the April 2017 Photo Contest winners! Here are the April 2017 winners of our 4Knines Photo Contest. Each of these pup’s families won a $50 Amazon Gift Card and so can you… Just upload a picture of your dog with your 4Knines product here now: https://4knines.wishpond.com/photo-contest/ We pick new winners EVERY month! So, upload a picture of your dog with your 4Knines product for a chance to win now: https://4knines.wishpond.com/photo-contest/ Don’t have a 4Knines Seat Cover yet?? Check out all of our products here: http://4knines.com/collections/all