How to Make the RIGHT Decisions for Your Dog…

How to Make the RIGHT Decisions for Your Dog...

We can all agree that this is tough. No matter the decision you have to make, it requires research, consideration, contemplation and sometimes a little soul searching. I am grateful that I have not had to make too many major decisions for my dogs. My first dog, Chloe, was a 6 lb. Yorkshire terrier who came to live with me in 1990. I knew absolutely nothing about dogs. My lack of knowledge included getting one (breeder), taking care of one and living with one (I think that covers every category). I made every mistake possible without actually causing harm to my … Continue reading

The Evolution of Dog Training

The Evolution of Dog Training

Over the years dog training has evolved just like almost everything else in the world! Although evolution and change can be scary, it is an important part of our lives.   As humans, we are constantly striving for “something better” or to learn more about things. Because we have a desire for “something better,” we have eliminated deadly diseases, we have mini computers in our pockets, we can travel around the world and we live much longer. These changes did not come easy and many people feared the changes. Change can be scary and if we learn that we have … Continue reading

Who’s Training Whom? Dog Training Tips…

Who's Training Whom? Dog Training Tips...

Did you know that if you are not actively-(being present) in training (teaching) your dog, chances are they are training you? The reason Dog Trainers exist is because people and dogs have difficulty living together. We include dogs into our families to enjoy them and have a bond, however, there are sometimes cultural clashes where there is misunderstanding, head-butting, frustration or worse. Fix my dog. Can you get him to stop…x? I want my dog to behave. My dog doesn’t listen to me. My dog only listens to my husband. The reason dogs are abused, neglected, relinquished, abandoned, or tortured, … Continue reading

My Dog Won’t Stop Barking at Other Dogs! What Do I Do?

My Dog Won’t Stop Barking at Other Dogs! What Do I Do?

Some people will say, “Dogs bark, what can you do?” It may surprise you to know that I agree with this statement. To a degree. I like my dogs to let me know when someone, or something is approaching my house. I do not like my dogs to bark incessantly, or lunge at other dogs. I work on this behavior in a couple of ways. In my home, when my dogs run to the window or door barking, I get up, I see what has piqued their interest, and I let them know, it’s okay. Sometimes, I thank them. Then … Continue reading

Should Your Dog Sleep In Your Bed With You?

Should Your Dog Sleep In Your Bed With You?

As a trainer, I get this question all the time: “Should I let my dog sleep on my bed (or couch)?” In general, my answer is always – “It is up to you.” However, I also advise that there may be a few situations when you may not want to share your resting space with your dog.   If you have a Great Dane puppy or other large breed puppy, you need to remember that the pint-sized pup will eventually be an enormous adult. Your sleep is important to maintaining a healthy life and you may not be able to … Continue reading

Please Don’t Feel Sorry for My Deaf Dog…

Pet Care Professional and Tips on How to Find One

Being a deaf Dalmatian owner and a dog walker I often get messages and questions from new and potential deaf dog owners discussing various worries that they have heard or read about. When researching on the internet for example you can stumble across a variety of deaf dog myths such as they are untrainable, aggressive and unable to be let off lead. One particular site even recommends that they should all be put down upon finding out they are deaf. So understandably a lot of people feel very overwhelmed! With owning a deaf Dalmatian I also write articles to try … Continue reading

Can Pet Parents Be Helicopter Parents?

Can Pet Parents Be Helicopter Parents?

If you are a parent to human children, you are probably familiar with the term “helicopter parent”. If you do not have human children, you may not be familiar with the term.   “Helicopter parents” are parents that constantly oversee their children. They often are hesitant to leave their children at school, they are involved in everything the children are doing (even when they are at home playing) and they rarely allow their children to do anything without them. Most children with these overly involved parents will either become extremely dependent on their parents to do anything or they rebel … Continue reading

How Patience Can Help Train Your Dog!

How Patience Can Help Train Your Dog!

I always say that in the training game, you want to “tie” with your dog; meaning if you ask your dog to sit once, you should get one sit. If you ask three times and your dog doesn’t sit, perhaps it is time to take a step back and reevaluate the training, or even, just give your dog a little more time to respond.   If a child just learned something and is asked (multiplication as an example): “What’s 6 times 7…?” And then again, without any time to think or respond : “What’s 6 times 7??” …. “WHAT’S 6 … Continue reading

6 Key Tips for Training Your Dog Effectively!

6 Key Tips for Training Your Dog Effectively!

When you have a puppy or a dog in your home, you expect big things from them without realizing it. Through my experience I have seen so many owners expect so much of their dogs without actually realizing what they are asking! Some examples are: Expecting their dog to come back to them in a dog off leash area from the moment they have the dog. Expect the dog to be quiet and sit nicely whilst the owner is playing a sport right next to it. As you can imagine these are quite impossible and sets the dog up to … Continue reading

Leave It! Wait! Get Down! – The Importance of Dog Impulse Control

Dog Impulse Control: How It Affects the Behavior of Your Dog

Leave it! Wait! Get Down! These are all phrases that an owner of a dog with low impulse control will use frequently on a day to day basis.   For those of you who haven’t heard the phrase before, impulse control is the equivalent of teaching our dogs to be polite, and to have good manners. More often than not, smaller breeds of dog are able to get away with having a lower level of impulse control purely because of their size. For example someone is more likely to put up with a small Jack Russell jumping up on them … Continue reading