Dog Training Tools VS Proper Dog Behavior

Dog Training Tools VS Proper Dog Behavior

There are so many dog training tools on the market nowadays, that it can be easy for us to begin relying on them rather than teaching proper behavior to our dogs. Tools like no pull harnesses or head halti’s can be great, don’t get me wrong… but it isn’t a fun thing to try and walk your dog on a leash when they have no leash manners. Believe me, I know from experience, and 3 Siberian Huskies who love to pull. This is why relying too much on the training tools available to us can actually come back to bite … Continue reading

Why You Should Get Expert Advice When Selecting a Dog

Why You Should Get Expert Advice When Selecting a Dog

Leaving home to go off to college? Starting your first big career opportunity? Getting married? Buying a house? Having your first child? Getting divorced? A family member gets ill, disabled or passes away?    There are many big life-changing events that occur that would benefit from research and expert guidance. Same goes to when you finally make the big decision to add a puppy or dog to your life for the first time. You are entering an unknown reality. You see your friends with dogs and it looks all really great or it could be a nightmare situation. Throw your … Continue reading

What to Do When Your Dog Won’t Listen

What to Do When Your Dog Won't Listen

Let’s face it, we’ve all been there. That dog that was so well trained has now stopped listening, doesn’t come when called and basically does what he wants. It can happen for a lot of reasons: Not practicing Not enough positive reinforcement Changes to your daily routine Not asking enough of your dog I have a multi-dog household, so sometimes if practice or training time is limited on my part, they start to slip and the pack can take over in no time. Sometimes you need to just hit the reset button and re-start your training (and your mindset!). Our … Continue reading

Is Your Dog Stubborn or Just Trying to Tell You Something?

Is Your Dog Stubborn or Just Trying to Tell You Something?

There are a few variations in the definition of stubborn but this is the most concise “difficult to move, remove, or cure.”   When a client tells me their dog is “stubborn”, it always leads me into asking MANY more questions. I will ask about the situations, I will ask about past experiences, I will ask them how they respond to the “stubborn” behavior and I will ask about their dog’s body language. When I ask these questions, I want as much detail as possible. Because dogs do not use verbal language (the language that most humans understand), I really … Continue reading

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