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