How to Help a Stressed Dog…

How to Help a Stressed Dog...

We often recognize stress related behaviour in members of our own species but do we recognize stress related behavior in dogs? Once we learn to recognize indicators of stress in dogs, we can help a stressed dog.   Dogs can feel stressed by a variety of things. Stressors can include threatening or aggressive behavior (perceived or real) from other dogs or from people, use of punishing equipment, play periods that are too long and overwhelming, or too much or too little activity day after day. Stress can also be caused by pain or illness, hunger or thirst, or nutritional deficiencies. … Continue reading

How to Handle Dog Barrier Frustration & Aggression

How to Handle Dog Barrier Frustration & Aggression

We often use barriers for the dogs’ protection but at times these barriers can have side effects; one side effect is barrier frustration. The challenge to owners is missing the right cues and trying to fix the wrong component. Barrier frustration can be stressful for dogs and owners alike. In this article we’ll take a look at one common barrier and its side effects. Leashes are used to keep our dogs safe and near us as well as to respect the space of others and their dogs, etc. Many places have leash laws requiring dogs to be on leash in … Continue reading

How to Make the Holidays Even More Enjoyable for Your Dogs!

Holidays for Your Dogs: Happy Dogs!

As humans we often think of the holidays as a chance to see family members that we don’t see often, go to parties and eat festive food. For us this time can be very fun and exciting but it is also typically more hectic. As you celebrate the holiday season, take moment to consider the holidays from your dog’s point of view.   Although we love to invite friends and family we rarely see to our homes during the holidays, many dogs do not share the same enthusiasm for the new visitors. Some dogs are quite social and like to … 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

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

The In’s and Out’s of Canine Nosework

Nosework Training for Your Pet Dogs

I live with one reactive dog, Sherman. Sherman is a Basset Hound/Beagle mix and about nine. Sherm has leash reactivity and I’ve spent the last five plus years looking for management tools to lower the stress that comes from reacting to other dogs on leash.   As I searched for trainers that specialized in reactivity, I found Nosework! We’ve been involved in Nosework on and off for about five years and now I compete with Walter, our younger Standard Doxie. Reactivity: Fear, aggression or frustration responses that are over the level that dog-savvy humans would consider “normal.” – from Grisha … Continue reading

How to Help Your Fearful Dog

Fearful Dog Help Tips and Make Your Dog Comfortable

Many behaviour issues are based on fear.   There are numerous causes for fear, but the most common are: genetic inheritance from a fearful mother; inadequate exposure to positive experiences with people, dogs and a variety of stimuli during the crucial first fourteen weeks of life; negative experiences; and the use of punishment during training. Fear of thunderstorms is also common, and this could be due to a combination of the sudden loud noises of thunder, and the effect of static in the air that affects the nerve endings at the base of each hair on your dog’s coat. Other … Continue reading