Dog Blog

Feb
11
Everyone wants a dog that comes when called, right? Most of us aren’t trying to win a dog show or anything; we just want a “good dog”.  Half the people that come to obedience classes would be happy if their dog would just come to them when called. “That’s it,... + read more
Feb
07
Anybody who has ever raised a dog from a puppy knows that one of the challenging stages of puppyhood is the destructive chewing stage. Many people will ask me how to get their puppy to stop chewing because furniture, socks and remotes are getting destroyed. My response is always the same...it's... + read more
Feb
03
I am always reminded of the importance of taking a break from life and returning to nature, whether it's taking a walk through the park or a hike in the mountains. This statement is particularly true for our canine friends and is obvious the minute I see my own dogs put one paw on the trail. To... + read more
Feb
02
Socialize, socialize, socialize! Any dog owner has heard these words before. Vets, friends, books, TV shows...they all say, “you’ve got to socialize your dog!” It’s like a dog training mantra but what the heck does that really mean? In a nutshell, it means to expose your dog... + read more
Jan
31
Magnetism 101 Think back to elementary school when you played with magnets. Remember how they would attract from opposite poles and repel from matching poles? It’s pretty much like that with dogs. Confidence attracts while insecurity repels. Going towards a dog can repel him and walking away... + read more
Dec
28
As a dog trainer and canine behavior consultant, you can imagine the emails and calls I get from frustrated dog owners needing relief from their misbehaving canine. When do you think is the best time to start a canine behavior modification plan? Let's take a quiz... A) After the... + read more
Dec
21
Often thought to be folklore, dogs being able to smell fear turns out to be more than just a myth. It's not the actual emotion of fear that they smell or even that they necessarily know what they're smelling is fear. Dogs can, however, pick up on the smell of stress related hormones... + read more
Dec
07
     Q:  When should guests come over to see your new dog?      A:  Now! Right now!    (Unless your newly adopted pet-dog falls into the "exception" category.) Since your new dog is in a new place with new people, including you, now... + read more
Nov
26
Dogs thrive on routine and consistency. It makes them feel safe and secure to have things in life they can count on and rules they can follow without confusion. With that said, however, dogs also thrive on new adventures to alleviate boredom and challenge or stimulate their minds. This might sound... + read more
Sep
07
If you have a dog that perches in the window, peacefully soaking up the sun like a cat while calmly watching the world go by, then you are one of the lucky 1%. (Facts may be over-dramatized to make a point.)  These beautifully curious dogs are totally unaffected by all that is happening on the... + read more

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