Dog Blog

Jun
25
Most dog training advice comes with some variation on the theme of leadership. Many dog trainers will say you need to be the "Alpha Dog" or “Pack Leader” and with the hugely popular TV series "Dog Whisperer" almost everyone has heard the phrase "Rules,... + read more
Apr
28
"No pulling, stop, stop, easy girl, sit, sit, sit!" - average dog owner whose dog just won't listen.    On any given day it's not uncommon to see people being towed along behind a dog straining at the end of a tight leash. Wait, let me rephrase that... + read more
Apr
14
Many clients will start off by telling me that their dog already knows all the basic commands BUT...only at home, only if they have a treat, and certainly not if there's another dog anywhere nearby. There's almost always a 'but' and it's almost always connected to the four D... + read more
Mar
18
Thinking about getting a second dog...or third, fourth or fifth? That’s great! I'm happy for you, but, I’m also glad I caught you before you make too hasty a decision. I have three dogs and would love to have more but, like everyone, I have limits. No matter how many dogs you... + read more
Feb
19
When I do private behavior consults, the topic of dogs on the furniture comes up a lot. Clients will say, "I know I shouldn't let her on the sofa but we like to cuddle." Others try to keep the dog off the sofa without success. Sometimes one family member wants to allow it but others... + read more
Feb
07
“My dog growls at my kids." “My dog growls at strangers.”  “My dog growls if I try to take his bone.” I get called for growling issues quite frequently because people think their dog is aggressive. Sometimes this is so and sometimes not. While growling can... + read more
Jan
09
One of the first steps for my clients to schedule an appointment with me is to have them fill out a training request form to provide me with some background information on the human and dog. One of the questions I ask on the form is "What is your favorite thing to do with your dog?"... + read more
Jan
02
Training dogs with food has become commonplace in "Modern" dog training but there is still a lot of resistance to the idea as well. Most of the resistance goes something like "I want my dog to work for me, not for treats!" This is not an unwarranted concern of course and I have... + read more
Jan
02
"Success is best when it's shared." ~Howard Schultz     I'm very pleased with the response to my new book Separation Anxiety: Leaving Dogs Home Alone. To take a page from Howard Schultz, I'd like to share the success of my book with some four-legged... + read more
Dec
06
If your family is anything like mine,  the holidays are not limited to including just the humans. The dogs get special hikes during our annual holiday break, are included in the family photo for holiday cards and they even get special toys and treats in their stockings.  Some of you... + read more

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