5 Reasons Why Playing With Your Dog Is So Important!

Playing With Your Dog and Enjoy the Benefits

Do you play with your dogs? I ask my clients this question quite frequently. Sadly, the reply is rarely as satisfactory as I hope: “We leave him with lots of toys to play with!,” or “Oh we let him out in the yard to run around!,” and “Well, he plays with our other dog all the time!” In all of these scenarios, the owner is hardly involved and the dog is left to create his own entertainment. What I mean by play, however, is purposeful, structured play wherein you and your dog are engaged in a mutual activity that requires exertion from … Continue reading

5 Commands All Dogs Should Know

Commands Your Pet Canine Should Obey

As a long time dog trainer I’ve established a routine that I go through with my training clients, a routine of commands that serve more than one purpose. As dog owners the first thing we tend to teach is “Sit” followed by “Stay” usually followed by “Come” but not many of us have a dog that will sit while company comes over, or come when called at the dog park… not saying that reading this article will give you that but it will give you some real life skills that are not commonly used by pet owners that can be … Continue reading

How to Create a Good, Safe Relationship Between Your Dog and Child

Relationship Tips Between a Child, Owner and a Pet Dog

There are currently numerous photos and videos floating around various social media platforms depicting our children’s ‘fantastic’ relationship with our pets.   Captions such as “Fido is great with children, they can climb and jump on him and even grab his tail and he just won’t react” are posted next to photos off very uncomfortable and stressed looking animals. It is amazing what interactions some adults allow without stopping to consider their dog; pulling of ears and tails, hitting, kicking, grabbing, pinching, pushing and screaming at. All of these actions are slowly going to make your dog wary of children, … Continue reading

Are Anxiety and Control the Same Thing When It Comes to Your Dog?

Control Behaviors and Anxiety Problems With Your Pet Canine

I am sometimes flabbergasted by people who don’t realize that dogs freeze in winter. Dogs need a warm place to sleep and some of them even do need clothes, even the big ones like dobermans and such, whose hair is so short that doesn’t keep them warm at all. And yet we all are fully aware of cold. Some of us just think that dogs are fine with cold, since they don’t find them frozen to death in the morning. I shouldn’t be surprised then that we don’t see in dogs the same patterns that we can’t even spot in … Continue reading

Communication Fundamentals: How to Talk to Your Dog So That They Listen

Communication With Your Pet Dogs and How to Properly Do It: Hand Signs and Words

Many of us enjoy talking to our dogs, but long winded conversational approaches to training are seldom effective. Your dog doesn’t understand when you lovingly tell it ‘Now Rover, you know mommy doesn’t like it when you eat Fluff’s cat food.’ When you are training your dog, you can use your voice with your dog as a tool for communication but please be brief. ‘Leave It’ might be a better cue for the above scenario. It is best to speak in a neutral tone of voice when giving your dog a cue, say things clearly, use as few words as possible, … Continue reading

How to Prepare Your Dog For the New Baby

How to Prepare Your Dog For the New Baby

So you’re going to have a baby! You just received this exciting news, and now you’re venturing into major ‘mom mode.’ You find yourself grinding your brain to figure out exactly how much you have to prepare for, and what the next steps will be in your life. It was so simple… you, your husband/boyfriend, your house, your job and of course, your beloved dog. Things are about to go up a notch, as you introduce a beautiful new baby into your world. But of all the things you need to prepare for how do you prepare your dog for the … Continue reading

Understanding Dog Aggression & How to Fix It

Dog Aggression, Anxiety and Sensory Processing Isssues

The Root Cause:               As a severe problem behavior specialist I have been in the unique position to meet and observe thousands of dogs who have been previously labeled as “aggressive” with no hope. Many dog owners and pet professionals assume a dog is acting aggressive because they are simply angry or scared as a human would and the reaction they display is a conscious emotional choice they are making. In reality, the majority of dogs who act aggressive are doing so because of sensory processing issues. Sensory Processing: Dogs by nature are very … Continue reading

4 Ways to Help Your Dog Have a Pleasant Vet Visit

Vet Visit and Dog Training

From my personal experience as a veterinarian, I can tell you that certain procedures are unavoidably stressful and painful for a dog. However, routine veterinary health checks shouldn’t have to be! With some conditioning and training, you can help your dog learn to accept and even love visits to the veterinarian so that he doesn’t have to be terrified the moment you pull into the clinic parking lot. Here’s what you can do to help your dog have a pleasant visit to the veterinarian every time: 1. Teach Your Dog to Go Inside and Stay Quietly in a Crate Not … Continue reading

How to Raise a Doggy Superstar!

Superstar Dog: How to Train by Socialization

Two words: Early Socialization. I know, I know. Puppies need manners training and crate training, potty training and chew training, alone time training and resource guarding prevention. Those things are important, no doubt. But when it comes to your pup’s long term behavioral health and wellness, none is as important as proper early socialization. Socialization, the process of exposing a puppy to all sorts of people, places, puppies, things and experiences in a positive way, is the highest priority for raising a superstar. Socialization gives your puppy the best chance of growing up to be a confident well-adjusted dog. It greatly … Continue reading

Got a Dog? Get a Kong! (Part 2)

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If you read my previous article about having a dog and needing a Kong, then you’ll appreciate the follow up material and tips in this article! As I mentioned in my previous post, Kongs improve life with your canine companion for a variety of reason, but there are few more things you need to know about how to set yourself and your dog up for success! The Many Benefits of Chewing Did you know that your dog needs to chew?  Chewing is a natural stress relief for dogs. Chewing releases calming hormones in your dog and helps them to feel better. … Continue reading