How to Prepare Your Dogs for a Newborn Baby

Newborn Baby Issues With Your Pet Dogs

Welcome Baby New Year! With the arrival of the bright and shiny 2017, I am so blessed to be looking forward to a year of firsts with the arrival of my first grandson this past December! With four Siberian Huskies, who are very social by nature, we wanted to prepare them for the arrival of the baby so they would not be too excited, overstressed, or worry when the baby cries and coos. A few things that have helped us with the transition from a four-dog household to a four-dog-and-a-baby household are: Prepare Your Dog Ahead of Time Months ahead … Continue reading

Ask the Trainer: Help! How Do I Train My Deaf Dog?

Deaf Dog Training Tips!

Training our dogs is all about communication. Clear, consistent cues enable our dogs to learn quickly and easily, while reinforcing the learned behaviors make the behaviors strong and long lasting. But how can we communicate to our furry, four-legged friends if they can’t see or hear us?   In reality, training a blind or deaf dog is no different than you would train a dog that can see or hear. It’s as easy as ABC. Antecedent. Behavior. Consequence. An antecedent is something that causes a behavior to occur. A classic example is the ringing of the doorbell causing a dog … Continue reading

Simple Steps for Effective Dog Training

Dog Training Tips to Easily Help Your Dog

There are many ways to train a dog, but there are a few things that will help your dog learn more effectively.   First teaching in a low distraction, stress free environment is very helpful. Learning new things can be hard for everyone. However, we can help our pets along by choosing to teach in a quiet environment where there are few distractions. Just like humans going to a quiet library to learn, when we are teaching our dog a new behavior, start in your house or other “boring” area. Once your dog has learned the behavior in a quiet … Continue reading

5 Tips to Prevent Dog Bites From Happening

Dog Bites? How to Avoid Your Dogs From Biting…

Do you know how to read your dog’s body language? But what does it take to prevent dog bites from happening, and is it possible? Being a parent of both pets and hu-kids, I have learned to pick up on the subtle signs my dogs may be showing me when they begin to feel anxious or annoyed by my children. Today I would like to share some tips on helping your kids prevent dog bites – not just your own dogs, but dogs your children may encounter while outside playing or what have you. 1. Teach your child that if they see … Continue reading

How Pet Grooming Works and How to Prepare Your Dog For It

How Pet Grooming Works and How to Prepare Your Dog For It - featured

Pet Grooming is certainly not a new concept, dating as far back as 17th Century France when the poodle became the official dog of Louis XV’s court (though the poodle actually originated in Germany as a water dog, it was standardized in France). The process has of course been simplified with the help of modern technology. What would have taken a full day’s work on one dog can now be performed well within just a few hours. In this document you will find what happens during the grooming process, how to prepare or accustom your dog to grooming, and some … Continue reading

House Training 101: How to Get Your Puppy to Pee Outdoors

House Training 101 Pee Dog Tips

Toilet Training toddlers can be stressful. Some childcare centers won’t accept children unless they are using the toilet. Shopping of any kind can become a nightmare as your three year old announces she has to go to the bathroom, which sends you into a frenzy looking for the nearest facility. Then there’s the endless laundry, accidents resulting in wet pants, accidents resulting in the bathroom needing to be cleaned or worse, the living room. Ultimately human beings want to use the toilet. We want to conform to the societal norms. We want to do what others are doing, so children … 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

Separation Anxiety in Dogs and How to Manage It

Separation Anxiety Dog Problems of Being Left

Separation anxiety is one of the most debilitating dog problems I see as a canine behavior specialist in Los Angeles. In addition to the many dogs suffering greatly from this condition, it is also frustrating for an owner who is afraid to leave their dog alone for any period of time. This is out of fear their dog will harm themselves or destroy the home when they are gone. I even saw a case where the dog was so overwhelmed by his anxiety that he thought crashing through a window would be a better option than being left alone! Fortunately … Continue reading

Do Puppies Lie? How to Know What Your Dog Is Really Saying to You!

Puppies Lie or Not? How to Communicate With Your Pet Dog…

It was the first sunny, spring Sunday… I meant to enjoy the warmth and a book on a beach chair in my yard. Everything was ready, lemonade, book, sunglasses. Fun in 3…2… And here we go, my neighbors had guests. The whole family was there, grandparents, parents, grandchildren. And the new labrador puppy they got some months ago. I usually avoid people who are walking dogs, training dogs, demanding stuff from dogs, or talking to dogs. Hell, I even usually try and avoid seeing people and dogs together. It breaks my heart. Once you get used to noticing the uneasiness in … Continue reading

10 Ways to Keep Your Dog From Getting Bored

Keep Your Dog From Getting Bored With Some Tips and Tricks

As humans, we know exactly what it’s like to feel that awful, bored out of our minds, just want to get up and go feeling. But did you know that our beloved dogs also experience that very same feeling?   It’s true. Often times, when someone tells me their dog is destructive, and they are at a loss with what to do and how to do it, the main reason seems to stem from their dog simply being… bored!   Not to worry, I have 10 ways to keep your dog from getting bored, and in turn becoming destructive. So … Continue reading