Dog Blog

One of my favorite things to do with my dogs is go for a hike, and if the laws permit, I love to let my dogs off-leash so they can roam around and explore. Granted, my dogs are well-trained and don't wander too far from me and come back when called which gives me the confidence to give them... + read more
Dogs learn best in black and white. This is good, this is bad. This is allowed, this is not. It's so simple! Learning happens through contrast and the more obvious the contrast the easier, faster and more reliable the training. This is a no-brainer and totally self evident to anyone who's... + read more
Have you ever taken a moment to think about all the things you do and don't do in your life? Why do you do the things you do? Why don't you do those things you don't do? When you stop to think about it, do you enjoy everything you do? Do you ever find yourself doing things that you... + read more
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
"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
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
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
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
“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
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


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