Dog Blog Articles

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
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
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
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
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
     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
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
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
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
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


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