Finding the Right Dog Trainer for You and Your Pup

Dog Trainer: How to Find the Right Dog Trainer to Help You…

When you start looking for a trainer for your dog, it can be confusing on who to choose. Because dog trainers are not required to obtain a license in the United States, there are no set standards. The education, experience and skill of trainers can fluctuate greatly.   To try to address some of this problem, different training certifications have been developed. However, the “certification” programs can differ significantly. Some trainers are “certified” by schools where they learn to dog train. Other trainers are “certified” through private certifying programs that are not affiliated with any particular school. However, there are … Continue reading

Walking Your Puppy 101: How to Start Your Puppy Off On the Right Foot

Puppy 101: Training Your Puppy to Have Good Behavior While Walking

Do you have a new four-legged best friend living with you? Or are you considering adding an adorable puppy to your family’s life?   As fun and exciting as adopting a puppy can be, training them correctly is not an easy task. But with a little help, you can learn how to start your puppy off on the right foot—well, technically feet, since they have four paws. Trust us, the hard work you put in at the beginning will be well worth the reward of a happy and well-trained pup for life. Practice Leading & Handling the Leash Properly   New … Continue reading

Common Sense Dog Walking!

Walking With Your Dog? Here Are Some Dog Walking Etiquette You Need to Know

Many dog owners in this country as well as others have or have had a dog that is reactive on the lead. This could be for numerous reasons, whether it be they are frustrated greeters that become increasingly wound up when they see other people or dogs that they cannot get to, they could be dog aggressive, or they may just be really nervous and fearful. Whatever the reason walking these types of dog can be incredibly stressful for the owners as well as the dogs! Sometimes when walking a dog that is reactive you are watching everything else as … Continue reading

A Look Inside the World of Police K9s and North Edge K9, Inc.

North Edge K9 Inc and How They Manage Dogs Perfectly

Police K9s are fascinating to observe as they perform a myriad of functions, including tracking and trailing people, building searches, evidence recovery, narcotics and explosives detection, and apprehension of criminal suspects. The K9’s control and obedience are captivating, yet how are these dogs able to perform such demanding tasks? Welcome to North Edge K9, Inc. North Edge K9 specializes in police dog import and training, as well as providing personal protection K9s to individuals and families. The company’s headquarter and training facility is located on 30 secluded acres in Gorham, ME. Multi-level K9 training is offered to both law enforcement … Continue reading

3 Mistakes I Have Made As a Pet Parent

Pet Parent Mistakes to Avoid and Have a Happy Time With Your Pet Dog

Every day I strive to be a better pet parent to Rooney, but there have been times where I fell short on providing him with the absolute best life.   My goal today is to share with you the mistakes I made when I first became a pet parent, in hopes that my honesty will improve your pet’s life. 1. Training  When we first adopted Rooney, we did take him to a basic training course. I knew that it would help strengthen our relationship and perhaps improve our communication. I believe the early training course did just that. After 6 weeks … Continue reading

The 4 Quadrants of Dog Training: Are You Doing All Four?

Dog Training and Positive Reinforcement Tips

There are four ‘quadrants’ when it comes to dog training; positive reinforcement, negative reinforcement, positive punishment and negative punishment. To summarise quickly… Positive reinforcement is when you add something to the dogs environment that he likes for example if he sits he gets a piece of cheese. This increases the chances of the behaviour happening again. Negative reinforcement is when you remove something the dog doesn’t like from the environment; for example stopping an electric shock when the dog eventually sits down. The dog learns that by sitting he avoids the shock thus increasing the chances of the behaviour happening … Continue reading

Safe Puppy Socialization Tips to Try Out Now!

Puppy Socialization Tips for Proper Parenting

Getting a new puppy is fun and exciting but it can also be overwhelming. There are many things to do when you bring a new puppy home: finding a veterinarian; getting the right food; potty training; crate training; and getting a bed, leashes and toys. Although all of these things are important, one of the most important things you can do is to properly socialize your puppy. A puppy’s prime socialization period is from about 3-12 weeks. During this period puppies learn about the world including what objects, people and environments that are safe. During the socialization period, you want … Continue reading

Why Dog Walking Is More Than Just “Walking the Dog”

Walking Benefits for Your Pet Dog

Many people who own dogs understand that they need some kind of physical exercise each day to stay healthy. This could be a game of fetch in the park, an agility session or even a long walk. In fact the reason most people take their dogs out for walks is to provide them with the physical exercise that they need. The benefit of taking your dog for walks is that it does not just provide physical stimulation but it can also be a great way to provide your dog with mental stimulation too. Several trainers have a great way of … Continue reading

How Pet Grooming Works and How to Prepare Your Dog For It

How Pet Grooming Works and How to Prepare Your Dog For It - featured

Pet Grooming is certainly not a new concept, dating as far back as 17th Century France when the poodle became the official dog of Louis XV’s court (though the poodle actually originated in Germany as a water dog, it was standardized in France). The process has of course been simplified with the help of modern technology. What would have taken a full day’s work on one dog can now be performed well within just a few hours. In this document you will find what happens during the grooming process, how to prepare or accustom your dog to grooming, and some … Continue reading

Want a Puppy for Christmas? Read This First!

Want a Puppy for Christmas Read This First

Ah! A new year is upon us! Everyone is cheerful and bright this time of year. We are ready to leap forward into the new year full of promise and adventure. Maybe you are considering jumping into that new year by getting a puppy for the holidays? Perhaps you saw a cute pup that needed a home for the holidays on a rescue group Facebook page or you have been surfing the internet for breeders of your favorite breed. But I have some advice for you today – Stop! Think about how this puppy will change your life! Puppies are … Continue reading