How to “Close the Door” on Dog Stress in 3 Steps

How to "Close the Door" on Dog Stress in 3 Steps

In my work with clients and their dogs in behavior modification, I see a lot of anxiety, fear, impulsivity, overexcitement and aggression.   One of the first things we do as a foundation of good behavior: Set a dog up to succeed and learn as much as possible by reducing unnecessary stress, overexcitement and opportunities for them to practice being out of control. The front door is a frequent source of triggers and stress for dogs, and their owners, so this is a great place to start. A door is a simple thing to humans but so often it is … Continue reading

Finding the Right Dog Trainer for You and Your Pup

Dog Trainer: How to Find the Right Dog Trainer to Help You…

When you start looking for a trainer for your dog, it can be confusing on who to choose. Because dog trainers are not required to obtain a license in the United States, there are no set standards. The education, experience and skill of trainers can fluctuate greatly.   To try to address some of this problem, different training certifications have been developed. However, the “certification” programs can differ significantly. Some trainers are “certified” by schools where they learn to dog train. Other trainers are “certified” through private certifying programs that are not affiliated with any particular school. However, there are … Continue reading

8 Important Halloween Safety Tips for Dogs

Halloween Advice for Your Dog’s Safety

Halloween can be a truly frightening day for our pets. With all of the chaos and darkness looming, there are many dangers of not looking after your dog on this spooky holiday. In preparation for Halloween this year, here are some tips to ensure your dog will be safe and comfortable! 1. Up to Date ID Information Many dogs get lost or run away on Halloween. The sounds and commotion might scare them into running away, or perhaps they run out the door when you open it for trick-or-treaters. It is extremely important to make sure that your pets have up … Continue reading

What Causes a Dog to Pant?

Pant Issues on Dogs

Dogs can be complex creatures at times. Specifically, their basic behavior and mannerisms can have multiple meanings. Panting is one of those behaviors. Many people think that panting is a singular behavior with a single cause, but there is much more to it than that. Panting can be caused by the following: 1. Cooling Down Because dogs don’t sweat as humans do (except some sweating through their paws) they cool themselves by panting. When a dog is hot, panting circulates the necessary oxygen so that your dog can cool down. If you see your dog panting, it is important to … Continue reading

Why Do Dogs Lick? 3 Interesting Reasons You Might Not Know…

Lick Attitude on Your Pet Dog and How to Understand It Further

Dogs – they are our best friends, they are our family, they make our lives whole. When we share our lives with dogs, we tend to learn a lot about them. Not just about our own pups, but dogs in general. We learn that dogs like to explore the world with their noses. We learn that dogs show unconditional love towards their people. We also learn that dogs like to lick. A dogs tongue reminds me a lot of their noses. To me, it seems they like to explore the world with their tongues almost as much as they do … Continue reading