Top 10 Books on Dog Training and Dog Care

Dog Training Resources for a Better Life With Your Pet Dogs

Whether you’re just considering getting a dog, getting started with a new pup, or looking for help with a current pet, it can never hurt to turn to a good book for some advice on how to care for your dog.   5 Essential Dog Books on Dog Care…  Here are some of our picks for the top 5 books on dog care to help you learn about your dog’s physiology and mind: “How Dogs Love Us: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain” by Gregory Berns This professor of cynology and canine neuroscience works with his adopted dog … Continue reading

The Importance of Understanding Your Dog’s Growl

Growl Actions of Dogs and What Does It Mean?

One of the most misunderstood forms of canine communication is your dog’s growl. For a dog, growling is a way that they are able to get across to the people and other animals around them that they are feeling uncomfortable.   A dog cannot turn around and say to you “I don’t like that can you please stop” or “I’m really tired and just want to be left alone” instead he lets you know by growling. The problem is that many people interrupt the dog growling to be an unwanted behaviour and so they start to punish the dog whenever … Continue reading

How to Help Your Fearful Dog

Fearful Dog Help Tips and Make Your Dog Comfortable

Many behaviour issues are based on fear.   There are numerous causes for fear, but the most common are: genetic inheritance from a fearful mother; inadequate exposure to positive experiences with people, dogs and a variety of stimuli during the crucial first fourteen weeks of life; negative experiences; and the use of punishment during training. Fear of thunderstorms is also common, and this could be due to a combination of the sudden loud noises of thunder, and the effect of static in the air that affects the nerve endings at the base of each hair on your dog’s coat. Other … Continue reading

5 Reasons Why Playing With Your Dog Is So Important!

Playing With Your Dog and Enjoy the Benefits

Do you play with your dogs? I ask my clients this question quite frequently. Sadly, the reply is rarely as satisfactory as I hope: “We leave him with lots of toys to play with!,” or “Oh we let him out in the yard to run around!,” and “Well, he plays with our other dog all the time!” In all of these scenarios, the owner is hardly involved and the dog is left to create his own entertainment. What I mean by play, however, is purposeful, structured play wherein you and your dog are engaged in a mutual activity that requires exertion from … 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