#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

Why Do Dogs Chew Shoes?

Dogs Chew Shoes: Know the Reason Why Dogs Just Do It!

Why do dogs chew shoes?  Allow us to misquote, and expand upon, the famous mountain climber George Mallory’s statement: Because they are there, and because they carry their person’s scent. There are actually several other reasons if you think about it. The shape is extremely well fitted to a dog’s mouth, as well. If you Google this, as we did, you will find many opinions… all quite valid. Dogs are alone, bored and anxious… chewing satisfies a need and thus calms the dog. Suggested replacements are rawhide or rope chews, any number of alternatives to the shoe.  If available, however, the shoe … Continue reading