How to Help Your Barking Dog!

How to Help Your Barking Dog!

At agility trials, dogs bark A LOT! During one trial I observed and I overheard how some of the trainers attempted to stop the barking. Some trainers ignored the behavior, some yelled while others talked quietly to their dogs while they were barking. I overheard trainers saying that they used a can of pennies, citronella collars and shock collars to stop the barking. These are trainers who profess to be positive reinforcement trainers. The thing I never heard any of the trainers say and never saw anyone do was to find out why the dog was barking. All the training … Continue reading

Do You Talk to Your Dog?

Do You Talk to Your Dog?

Do you speak to your pets? Most people admit to having regular conversations with their furry friends. If we aren’t talking to them, there’s a good chance that we are talking about them.  Are you guilty of saying any of these things? “I was talking to the dog.” This conversation happens several times each day between spouses. Question: “What did you say?” Response: “Nothing, I was talking to the dog.” “Is this a dog-friendly event?” It is our version of “Are the kids invited?” If the answer is “no” pet parents usually choose to stay home with those who really ‘get … Continue reading