7 Dog Books That Improved My Relationship With Dogs

Dog Books to Help You in Training and Loving Your Dogs

I love reading. I can sit and read all day, especially when there’s a vast amount of articles and information available online. One of my ways to procrastinate is to get on the Internet, and just start surfing favorite topics. When I browse, one thing leads to another, and in a few hours I’m on a subject that’s nowhere near the topic that I started with. That could be a good thing and a bad thing, which is why I often choose books over the deep labyrinths of the internet. It’s also the reason why I’m still subscribing to magazines; … Continue reading

Train Your Dog to Resist Temptation in Four Easy Steps!

Train Your Pet Dog What to Eat and What Not to!

Dogs are like turkeys in one important way: they love to gobble.   They gobble up stuff that they find on walks. They gobble up stuff that they thieve from the cupboard. And we all end up dropping stuff that our dogs consider imprudently gobble-worthy, too. Sometimes the things we drop are dangerous, like medication. Sometimes, we drop (and they gobble) something they have a criminal history with, like sunglasses, a remote control, dirty laundry…. You know what I’m talking about. In the face of dogs’ superior speed and imperviousness to unpalatability, it makes sense to train a dog to … 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

Great Tips for Combining Training With Playing With Your Dog!

Training While Playing With Your Dog: Benefits of Having Fun With Your Pet Dog

In my view, training and playing with my dog are synonymous. Training should be fun for both participants. The most mundane of tasks can be made into a “training game” with a little bit of creativity. Playing with my dog can also morph into a covert training session that she is ecstatic to participate in.Whenever I play, I try to have guidelines that my dog needs to follow. It’s not as regimented as it may sound. How many games do we play that have rules that need to be followed that enhance the fun? Even the most basic of games … Continue reading

Can Your Dog Get Stressed Out?

Stressed Dog? How to Further Understand Your Dog’s Needs

As humans we know that stress can wreak havoc on our lives. Stress can make us sick, tired, grouchy, distracted and so much more.   Often times our stress touches other people our lives, our children, friends, coworkers, bosses, etc. With our fast paced lifestyle, we are experiencing more stress all the time. We typically get stressed because we have too much on our plate, we have a troubled relationship (child, spouse, friend, coworker, parent, boss) or we are facing a problem or project that is overwhelming. If stress can affect the other humans around us, can stress also affect … Continue reading

When Pet Parents Should Seek Professional Training

Training Your Pet Dogs? When Is the Right Time…

Training is a crucial part of a pet parent relationship. Not only can formal training improve communication between you and your pet, but it can also provide your pet with mental stimulation and exercise.   Many pet parents seek training when they bring a new puppy into their lives, but there are several other times throughout your dog’s life where it is not only appropriate, but encouraged to seek additional training, or even start training for the first time. Here are some key transitions in my opinion: NEW ADOPTION There is that old saying, “you can’t teach an old dog … Continue reading

Top Dog Adoption Tips to Start You Off on the Right Paw

Dog Adoption Advices to Get Along Easily With Your Pet Dog

Here are our top ‘day in the life’ tips for helping adopters start off on the right paw with a new dog during those oh-so-important first days after adopting… Don’t let the dog out of the car until you are sure that it is securely leashed. Once an adolescent or adult dog is out of the car you cannot expect it to stay with you as you might a puppy. Take the dog outside on leash to potty before even entering the house. The dog may not go, but it’s always worth a try. Even if a dog already has … Continue reading

Why Do Dogs Chew Shoes?

Dogs Chew Shoes: Know the Reason Why Dogs Just Do It!

Why do dogs chew shoes?  Allow us to misquote, and expand upon, the famous mountain climber George Mallory’s statement: Because they are there, and because they carry their person’s scent. There are actually several other reasons if you think about it. The shape is extremely well fitted to a dog’s mouth, as well. If you Google this, as we did, you will find many opinions… all quite valid. Dogs are alone, bored and anxious… chewing satisfies a need and thus calms the dog. Suggested replacements are rawhide or rope chews, any number of alternatives to the shoe.  If available, however, the shoe … Continue reading

Incorporating Basic Obedience Into Every Day Life

Basic Obedience Training for Your Pets on Your Daily Lives

Most dog trainers will tell you that training doesn’t stop after your dog completes their basic obedience training. No, if you are not training/shaping a new behavior, you’re reinforcing an existing one. But training doesn’t have to cost money, nor does it have to take place in a classroom. With some simple planning, you can continue to use your basic obedience commands with your dog as you go about your daily business. Here are some suggestions for doing just that: Sit/Down When you are preparing meals, whether it is for human or canine consumption,  “Sit” or “Down” is perfect to … Continue reading