Dog Blog

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
Aug
29
If you have a dog that consistently comes when called anywhere at anytime, this blog may not be for you but you may find it helpful for maintaining or sharpening that good behavior and responsiveness to avoid having it fade. For those of you who do not have a dog that is amazingly well-trained... + read more
Jul
31
As we move into the hottest weeks of Summertime, there are a lot of great activities that the outdoors can bring that are fun for both humans and dogs - hiking, games at the park and long walks to name a few. However, there are some basic safety precautions to keep in mind to keep Fido safe on... + read more
Jul
27
"Should I teach my dog to "Speak" in order to stop his barking problems?"  -Loving Dog Owner Teaching your dog to "Speak" or bark on cue can be a fun trick but should not be used as a behavior modification technique for dogs with barking problems.  Some of... + read more

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