Why I DON’T Train My Clients’ Dogs to Heel

Why I DON'T Train My Client's Dogs to Heel

In the basic obedience classes I teach as a dog trainer, I don’t spend hours training the dogs to heel. I don’t even spend much time on loose-leash walking as a trained behavior. I simply direct my students to the smorgasbord of anti-pull gear at the local pet store (front-clip harnesses and head halters), and move on to other items on the curriculum, like safety recalls, jumping up, and leave-it. It’s not that training dogs to heel isn’t fun–it certainly can be, if we toss the out-moded leash-pop and use a modern training plan. But few of my students actually … 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

The Positive Relationship Between Inmates and Dogs

The Positive Relationship Between Inmates and Dogs

The American criminal justice system holds more than 2.3 million people according to the most recent Prison Policy Initiative Report. Approximately 3.3 million dogs enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year, according to the ASPCA.   These two very different problems in our country seem to reach a crossroads with the inclusion of inmate trained shelter dog programs in correctional facilities across the nation. With inmates helping to train dogs available for adoption, the dogs are benefiting and so are the inmates. With the advantages associated with these programs, shelters and prisons are coming together all across the country to … 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

Is Your Dog Bored? How to Tell…

Dog Bored? How to Check…

Is your dog bored or frustrated? Here are some fun activities that are actually easy to add to your life…   Especially if you are the owner of a “supahsmaht” dog, you may have found out that the pent-up canine can get destructive or otherwise into trouble when they’re bored, frustrated, or simply too full of energy to relax! Here are some fun and easy ways to keep Chauncy out of the garbage and your sanity intact without too much extra work. Play the Find It Game!   Get yourself a handful of smelly treats that your dog loves & … Continue reading

Please Don’t Feel Sorry for My Deaf Dog…

Pet Care Professional and Tips on How to Find One

Being a deaf Dalmatian owner and a dog walker I often get messages and questions from new and potential deaf dog owners discussing various worries that they have heard or read about. When researching on the internet for example you can stumble across a variety of deaf dog myths such as they are untrainable, aggressive and unable to be let off lead. One particular site even recommends that they should all be put down upon finding out they are deaf. So understandably a lot of people feel very overwhelmed! With owning a deaf Dalmatian I also write articles to try … Continue reading

Can Pet Parents Be Helicopter Parents?

Can Pet Parents Be Helicopter Parents?

If you are a parent to human children, you are probably familiar with the term “helicopter parent”. If you do not have human children, you may not be familiar with the term.   “Helicopter parents” are parents that constantly oversee their children. They often are hesitant to leave their children at school, they are involved in everything the children are doing (even when they are at home playing) and they rarely allow their children to do anything without them. Most children with these overly involved parents will either become extremely dependent on their parents to do anything or they rebel … Continue reading

How Patience Can Help Train Your Dog!

How Patience Can Help Train Your Dog!

I always say that in the training game, you want to “tie” with your dog; meaning if you ask your dog to sit once, you should get one sit. If you ask three times and your dog doesn’t sit, perhaps it is time to take a step back and reevaluate the training, or even, just give your dog a little more time to respond.   If a child just learned something and is asked (multiplication as an example): “What’s 6 times 7…?” And then again, without any time to think or respond : “What’s 6 times 7??” …. “WHAT’S 6 … Continue reading

6 Key Tips for Training Your Dog Effectively!

6 Key Tips for Training Your Dog Effectively!

When you have a puppy or a dog in your home, you expect big things from them without realizing it. Through my experience I have seen so many owners expect so much of their dogs without actually realizing what they are asking! Some examples are: Expecting their dog to come back to them in a dog off leash area from the moment they have the dog. Expect the dog to be quiet and sit nicely whilst the owner is playing a sport right next to it. As you can imagine these are quite impossible and sets the dog up to … Continue reading

5 Benefits of Trick Training Your Dog

Trick Training Benefits for You and Your Dog

Trick training isn’t just about learning cool tricks to show off, there are plenty of benefits to incorporating some time for trick training into your dog’s daily routine. Improve Your Bond Using positive reinforcement training techniques increases your dog’s positive associations with you so that your dog will be more keen to train with you in future. Trick training helps improve a dog’s focus and engagement as it learns to have fun while working with its owner. Increased focus and engagement will help in other training areas such as loose lead walking and working around distractions. Trick training is a … Continue reading