How to Prepare Your Dog For the New Baby

How to Prepare Your Dog For the New Baby

So you’re going to have a baby! You just received this exciting news, and now you’re venturing into major ‘mom mode.’ You find yourself grinding your brain to figure out exactly how much you have to prepare for, and what the next steps will be in your life. It was so simple… you, your husband/boyfriend, your house, your job and of course, your beloved dog. Things are about to go up a notch, as you introduce a beautiful new baby into your world. But of all the things you need to prepare for how do you prepare your dog for the … 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

Can Deaf Dogs Understand Sign Language? My Dog Does…

Deaf Dogs Training Using Sign Language

I am the proud owner of a deaf Dalmatian called Logan. A dog considered by many to be untrainable because of the fact he cannot hear. The truth; I’d have a deaf dog over a hearing one any day! When I was researching deaf dogs both when Logan was a puppy and when writing a previous article I was amazed at the negativity towards owning a deaf dog, with many people, sites, books and breeding clubs suggesting euthanasia as the only option for a dog that cannot hear. After all they have no quality of life, become aggressive, are untrainable … Continue reading

4 Ways to Help Your Dog Have a Pleasant Vet Visit

Vet Visit and Dog Training

From my personal experience as a veterinarian, I can tell you that certain procedures are unavoidably stressful and painful for a dog. However, routine veterinary health checks shouldn’t have to be! With some conditioning and training, you can help your dog learn to accept and even love visits to the veterinarian so that he doesn’t have to be terrified the moment you pull into the clinic parking lot. Here’s what you can do to help your dog have a pleasant visit to the veterinarian every time: 1. Teach Your Dog to Go Inside and Stay Quietly in a Crate Not … Continue reading

How to Get Your Dog to Love Their Crate

Crate Training for your Dog’s Safety

There are many benefits to crate training your dog. Although there has been some controversy in the past, many people support positive and necessary crate training. If used appropriately, crate training can improve your living conditions and provide your dog with additional safety. For example, your pet may be a chewer, and never quite outgrow their habit of wanting to chew on things. If your dog has a particular affinity for chewing on wires or some other dangerous household item, crating them while you are away and unable to distract them, may be the safest option for them. For crate … Continue reading

Are You Ready For a Second Dog?

Second dog Relationship Tips and Advice

With as much as you love your dog, it is easy to entertain the idea of getting a second one for your family. While a second dog can be a great addition to the family, the decision to get one should not be taken lightly. There are a few important factors you should consider before making your final decision: Are You Ready For the Commitment? Having one dog is a lot of responsibility, but having two dogs requires about three times as much work. Not only will you have to train each dog separately, but you will also have to … 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

How to Use Your Body Language to Train Your Dog

Body Language To Communicate With Your Dog Best Friend

Your dog – man and woman’s best friend. Keeper of all of your deepest darkest secrets. You can talk to your dog for hours. Tell him everything you are unable to tell your friends, and you can trust 100% that he isn’t going to run off an gossip to the dog down the road. Mostly because, well, he can’t talk, but also because he doesn’t understand half of what your saying. Dogs are smart, there is no denying that. But their ability to learn around 165 words from the human language does not mean they can understand everything we say … Continue reading

Got a Dog? Get a Kong! (Part 2)

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If you read my previous article about having a dog and needing a Kong, then you’ll appreciate the follow up material and tips in this article! As I mentioned in my previous post, Kongs improve life with your canine companion for a variety of reason, but there are few more things you need to know about how to set yourself and your dog up for success! The Many Benefits of Chewing Did you know that your dog needs to chew?  Chewing is a natural stress relief for dogs. Chewing releases calming hormones in your dog and helps them to feel better. … Continue reading

Where Some See Limitations, RFI Brings Opportunities – May Charity Spotlight on Retrieving Freedom Inc.

Where Some See Limitations, RFI Brings Opportunities - May Charity Spotlight on Retrieving Freedom Inc.

Where Some See Limitations, RFI Brings Opportunities. RFI (Retrieving Freedom, Inc.) is a non-profit corporation whose mission includes improving the quality of life for wounded veterans, disabled citizens, and children with autism through the placement of skillfully trained service, therapy, and companion dogs. RFI trains Retrievers, Labrador Retrievers and Golden Retrievers to use their natural traits to become a perfect assistance dog.  RFI’s service dogs go through a twenty-four month training process tailored to meet the precise needs of the person with whom they will be placed.  RFI is not a “one dog for all” type of organization.  Nationally, the … Continue reading