How to Help Your Barking Dog!

How to Help Your Barking Dog!

At agility trials, dogs bark A LOT! During one trial I observed and I overheard how some of the trainers attempted to stop the barking. Some trainers ignored the behavior, some yelled while others talked quietly to their dogs while they were barking. I overheard trainers saying that they used a can of pennies, citronella collars and shock collars to stop the barking. These are trainers who profess to be positive reinforcement trainers. The thing I never heard any of the trainers say and never saw anyone do was to find out why the dog was barking. All the training … Continue reading

How to Teach Your Dog to Stop Barking in the Home

How to Teach Your Dog to Stop Barking in the Home

In the home, when visitors approach, the dog has nowhere to flee, so it will often choose the second defense response – to freeze, which can manifest itself in the form of barking.   In a moment when danger presents itself you need to display a calm reaction to show your dog that as its leader, you are aware of the danger and will deal with it. So, for example, if the doorbell rings, causing your dog to bark, you should thank your dog for doing its job by saying ‘good boy/girl’ or ‘thank you’ in a happy tone. After … Continue reading

What Animal Is in My Attic?

What Animal Is in My Attic?

In your house, do you hear things that go bump in the night? Have you heard footsteps or scratching in your walls? Are you hearing strange noises coming from your attic? Do your dogs or pets whimper and scratch at your walls?   If you answered “yes” to the above questions, the chances are pretty high that you may have uninvited guests. As we hear these sounds and thumps, visions of intruders, spectral orbs, and moving shadows might run to the front of our imaginations. As the sounds continue, we might find ourselves contemplating how to get in touch with … 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

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

Confession of a Dog Sitter…

Dog Sitter Tips

CONFESSION # 1: Sometimes I sleep with my clients.   A few years ago to make some extra money, I thought why not try dog sitting. I have three of my own, love dogs, so how hard could it be to take in a guest or two and watch them? I have since learned that someone’s perfect angel takes on the persona of Cujo once they walk out the door. When the owner looks at me and says they think it will work, I now know they mean for them. For the dog sitter the story is just beginning. Let’s … Continue reading

3 Doggy Sports to Help Exercise Your High Energy Dog

3 Doggy Sports to Help Exercise Your High Energy Dog

During these cold Canadian winters, us dog owners have a hard time tiring out our high energy dogs. If you have children, you know there are certain hours where kids get this abundance of bubbly energy that needs expelled. Dogs require the same energy outlets to avoid behavior issues like anxiety, destructive chewing and excessive barking. Some dogs were bred (designed) for a job! Yes… a job! Dogs like herding breeds or working breeds have instincts telling them to exert behaviors (like nipping at heals, or barking when they see a bird) that is helpful for their specific purpose. Exercising … 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

How Helping My Dog Get Over Her Fears Has Led to a Better Life for Other Dogs!

Fears of Dogs? Understanding Dogs and How to Help Them Overcome Fears

Even as a young puppy Lacylu scared people. They would cling to each other and cross the road when they saw her coming.   She looked like a brown bear cub. In no way was she a petite or cute pup, though she did have a very pretty face – still does. But it was clear from very early on that she was going to struggle in an urban world, full of people, other dogs, things that go bang in the night … As she matured Lulubelle became more, not less, difficult. She reckoned that she needed to protect the … Continue reading

Fluffy Puppy Turned Into a Snarking Monster? 5 Steps to Enjoying Walking Your Dog Again

Walking Your Dog and Avoid Dog Anxiety

That sweet pup who at a couple of months old was so adorable that you wanted to show her off to everyone, has gained half a year and grown horns!   She barks and lunges at every dog or person she sees – and you wouldn’t want anyone to see your dog now. So you only walk her at the Hour of the Difficult Dog. You’re embarrassed. Confused. What have you done wrong? What she’s showing is a fear reaction which can appear in adolescence. It may have resulted from not meeting enough dogs and people in her first few … Continue reading