Cat People, Dog People, and Both People…

Cat People, Dog People, and Both People...

Some people prefer the excitement and slobber from a doggie companion. They are excited to see you, enjoy being in the outdoors, and are always down for an adventure. They love pleasing you and learning new tricks. Dogs are loyal and lovable, so there’s no question why dog people love their cold nosed companion. Cat people understand cats more than most. While a cat might not slobber and jump all over you when you get home, they share their affection with head nudges and earthquake purrs. Their loyalty might depend on their mood that day, or who’s feeding them, but … Continue reading

What to Do When You See a Dog in Public…

What to Do When You See a Dog in Public...

You have two options. Before you consider your options, first observe the dog and handler. Ask yourself if the dog and handler look like they are on a mission.   Take note of any special equipment the dog may be wearing. Is the dog wearing a vest that states “do not pet” or “adopt me?” Is the dog muzzled or wearing a collar or leash saying “no dogs?” After you have made your observations, you can either ignore the dog or engage with the owner. If the dog is a service dog, ignoring it is the best thing to do. … Continue reading

How to Give Your Dog Choices and Listen to What They Want

How to Give Your Dog Choices and Listen to What They Want

How often does your dog refuse to do what you ask?   If you are like most people I have worked with, at some point you get frustrated with your dog. I have always owned Siberian Huskies and they are known for their independence and stubbornness. Some dogs love to please their owners, some dogs work for food or toys, and other dogs want to do what they want to do. I have one of the latter and he has taught me to let him make his own decisions about some things. As an example, I have a friend that … Continue reading

How Owning a Dog Can Make You More Sociable

How Owning a Dog Can Make You More Sociable

One thing is for sure. If you have a dog you have no choice but to exercise it. That means getting up off the couch and heading out the front door.   And depending on what age, breed and energy level your dog is will depend on how much exercise and stimulation they need. So here are 3 ideas to help you meet people while out with your dog: Talk to People at the Dog Park Dogs have a way of bringing people together! So take your dog to a dog park in your area. Then, strike up a conversation with another dog person. I’m a pretty shy person by nature, … Continue reading

The Issue With Off-Leash Dogs in On-Leash Areas

Off-Leash Dog Tips to Help Other Dog Owners

If I had a dollar for every time an off-leash dog (in what was supposed to be an on-leash setting) came bolting towards me with it’s owner yelling, “It’s okay… he’s friendly!” I would have several fully-stuffed piggy banks.   Now don’t get me wrong; if you’re that dog owner, I completely understand your desire to provide off-leash ‘free time’ so your dog can follow his nose, explore, and burn off some additional energy. These are all beneficial things, and because he’s a friendly fellow you probably think, “What’s the harm in letting him off-leash for a while?” even though (technically … Continue reading

3 Things You Didn’t Know About Siberian Huskies

Siberian Huskies Facts: Why You Need to Do Your Research…

Siberian Huskies are an amazing breed. And no, i’m not just saying that because I happen to be owned by 3 of them.   Huskies are unique, gorgeous, stubborn, and just an all around fun dog to be around. But lets put those facts aside for a moment and talk about why Siberian Huskies grew to be so popular. T.V shows such as Game Of Thrones and Twilight are blamed for the growing of Siberian Husky popularity. In the past 5 years, there has been a HUGE 700% rise in Siberian Huskies and other “wolf like” breeds being abandoned or surrendered. … Continue reading

Clickety Dog: A Clicker Training App for Dog Lovers

Clickety Dog App: Dog Training Game

Whether you’re a dog owner, thinking of getting a dog or just someone who loves dogs, the game app Clickety Dog (available for most cell phones and tablets) provides hours of entertainment as well as practice in clicker training. In the game, you must patiently clicker train your young dog in new skills before you take it through to obedience competitions and round agility courses. But, just like training a real dog your screen dog may ignore you or simply not understand what you want – timing and patience are key.  And, just like real life, so is watching out … Continue reading

3 Great Games to Play With Your Dog

Playing With Your Dog and Dog Tricks Combined

Talk to most dog owners and they’ll tell you the importance of taking Fido out for his daily walk. Yet when it comes to playtime, some owners might not rank this activity so highly. However, the first things we learn as humans are learnt through playing.  That red bouncy ball that escaped you so many times at the beach was the key to developing the coordination that lets you eat food, tie your shoelaces, and even fly a jet aircraft.  It’s the same for our dogs. Playing provides the foundations that let dogs perform daily activities, it allows them use … Continue reading

The Not-So-Obvious Benefits of a Beginner Dog Training Class…

The Not-So-Obvious Benefits of a Beginner Dog Training Class...

“I just want my dog to…” It is the phrase heard over and over at group dog training classes when the owners are asked what they’d like to get out of the class. Beginner training classes usually have descriptions about what behaviors the dogs will learn. Sit, down, come, loose leash walking, stay, are just some of the common behaviors. All in all, we just want a well behaved dog, right? As an instructor, I see much more when I’m teaching owners. Although I want to help fix behavior problems by teaching good things, I am always looking for ways … Continue reading

One Thing That’s More Important Than Puppy Potty Training

Training Your Dogs at Early Stage with Proper Socialization

As a professional dog trainer, I obviously understand the need for my services and I often forget that others do not. It seems to be a common misconception that dog training services are only for those that want competing sports dogs or own dogs with complex behavioral issues. Many new dog owners do not realize they have a chance to shape their new puppy’s future – depending on when you start the training. So, When Do We Start? Puppies go through development stages, just like human babies. During the critical socialization stage, we have a chance to change how our … Continue reading