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

How Dog Training Can Help Keep Your Dog Healthy

Dog Training Benefits in Having a Healthy Pet

Many people consider dog training to only be for those that want their dogs to be able to perform tricks or for owners that want their dogs to take part in a dog related sport such as obedience or agility. However training can be put to use in such a way that it can make carrying out certain tasks so much easier! When we take on a dog we also take on the responsibility of making sure that animal stays healthy, and this means regular health checks are in order. As well as health checks there are also procedures that … Continue reading

Holiday Safety: Training Your Dog to ‘Leave It’

Leave It Command to Train Your Dog

One of the biggest concerns families have in relation to their dogs during the holidays is keeping things that don’t belong to the dog away from the dog.   While management in the form of securing hazardous items away from dogs is a good idea, training in addition to management is an added safety and convenience feature. The holiday season brings things in to the environment that dogs have a tendency to want to explore such as decorations, food, and gifts; these things can be more than just a nuisance for your dog to get in to – they can be … Continue reading

10 Things You Might Not Know About Clicker Training Your Dog

Clicker Training For Dog Obedience Skills and Tricks

Have you ever tried clicker training with your dog? Clicker training is currently a very popular training method, and there’s good reason for that. If you haven’t tried it yet here are some facts about it, good reasons to do so, and some tips to get started. The Facts The Science Behind It: Clicker training is based on the theory of operant conditioning. This term was coined by B.F. Skinner, an American psychologist and behaviorist. Animals learn that their actions can control their environment. For example, they learn that ringing a bell gets the door to open. It is positive … Continue reading

Clickety Dog: A Clicker Training App for Dog Lovers

Clickety Dog App: Dog Training Game

Whether you’re a dog owner, thinking of getting a dog or just someone who loves dogs, the game app Clickety Dog (available for most cell phones and tablets) provides hours of entertainment as well as practice in clicker training. In the game, you must patiently clicker train your young dog in new skills before you take it through to obedience competitions and round agility courses. But, just like training a real dog your screen dog may ignore you or simply not understand what you want – timing and patience are key.  And, just like real life, so is watching out … Continue reading