Who’s Training Whom? Dog Training Tips…

Who's Training Whom? Dog Training Tips...

Did you know that if you are not actively-(being present) in training (teaching) your dog, chances are they are training you? The reason Dog Trainers exist is because people and dogs have difficulty living together. We include dogs into our families to enjoy them and have a bond, however, there are sometimes cultural clashes where there is misunderstanding, head-butting, frustration or worse. Fix my dog. Can you get him to stop…x? I want my dog to behave. My dog doesn’t listen to me. My dog only listens to my husband. The reason dogs are abused, neglected, relinquished, abandoned, or tortured, … Continue reading

#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

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

Debunking Common Dog Training Myths

Debunking Common Dog Training Myths

Some dog training wives’ tales boggle my mind.   Many years ago I worked with George, an elderly man who had cerebral palsy. Because he had very limited use of the left side of his body, he could not hold a leash with his left hand and his left leg dragged behind him when he walked. When I met George, he was struggling to work with his Jack Russell Terrier, Emily. Another trainer told George that he had to walk Emily on his left side. (Some trainers require dogs walk this way because walking on the left is a requirement … Continue reading

Just How Similar Are Dog’s Emotions to Ours?

Just How Similar Are Dog's Emotions to Ours?

Many people have experienced behavior in their dogs that leads the owner to believe that dogs are capable of feeling emotions similar to those felt by humans. Not only do dogs appear to experience a wide range of emotions, studies show that dogs recognize emotions in other dogs and in humans. The results of a study by a team of animal behaviour experts and psychologists from the University of Lincoln, UK, and University of Sao Paulo, Brazil led the researchers to believe that dogs truly recognise emotions in humans and in other dogs and can discriminate between positive and negative … Continue reading

What “Play” Between Dogs Means…

What "Play" Between Dogs Means...

Lots of interesting research is being done on dog behavior and one fascinating field of study is on play.   Play is thought to serve several functions. For dogs, coyotes, wolves and foxes, play is important for the development of social skills, for the formation and maintenance of social bonds, to provide exercise and to teach hand-eye coordination. Play fighting and other play behaviors can provide practice for the real thing (Bekoff & Pierce, 2009). To solicit play, dogs frequently offer a “play bow” (a pose where the animal crouches down on the forepaws and sticks their hindquarters in the … Continue reading

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