Fences Make Good Neighbors—and Frustrate Some Dogs

NOTE: this piece was originally published on the author's personal blog. It is used with permission. Part of dog ownership is making sure your pooch gets the right amount of exercise for his age, breed, size, and temperament. Walks are necessary, and a great activity for dogs, but walks alone won’t meet most large, boisterous [...]

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The Space Between the Notes

NOTE: this piece was originally published on the author's blog. It is used with permission. Most dog owners are pretty familiar with how to meet a dog’s basic needs. These include quality food, fresh water, proper shelter, proper grooming, and veterinary care. Dogs require the above primary needs to survive. Many dog owners also understand that dogs [...]

By | November 1st, 2016|Dog Training, Education, Tips & Advice, Uncategorized|Comments Off on The Space Between the Notes

One-Trial Learning

Remember, if you can, learning how to ride a bike, or use roller skates, ride a skateboard, throw or hit a ball, or dance a routine as a young child. If you grew up in the age before video, you were shown what to do by someone who had already mastered the skill. Patiently or [...]

By | October 18th, 2016|Dog Training, Education, Tips & Advice, Uncategorized|Comments Off on One-Trial Learning

So, Your Dog Doesn’t Like Its Crate?

So, your trainer and everyone else on the planet told you you should be crating your dog. Everywhere you turn, dog-intelligent people are telling you that crates can solve many behavior issues, provide structure, and make everyone's life easier. This is absolutely true for the vast majority of dogs. What many people will also tell [...]

By | July 20th, 2016|Dog Training, Education, Tips & Advice, Uncategorized|Comments Off on So, Your Dog Doesn’t Like Its Crate?

The Truth About Hugging Dogs

It’s National Dog Bite Prevention Week. We share our homes and lives with millions of dogs, and most of those dogs never end up biting anyone. This is largely because dogs, like us, are social, and want to avoid confrontation. But it’s also because dogs are very forgiving. There are a lot of things people [...]

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Avoiding the “Abuse Excuse”

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”  ~John Quincy Adams Dog owners have heard for years how dogs need us to be good leaders. But few people really understand how to take charge and be a leader to their dogs, because we get [...]

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Playing Tug with Your Dog

You probably already know that most dogs enjoy play, and toys make it even more fun. Our dogs love toys, and we love to buy them for our dogs, trying to find what will really excite them. Some dogs are obsessed with fetching toys, while others enjoy tearing them up. Some will play happily for [...]

By | February 24th, 2016|Dog Training, Education, Tips & Advice, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Playing Tug with Your Dog

Winter Walks for Both of You

“In every walk with nature, one receives far more than he seeks.”  ~John Muir There’s nothing like taking a walk on a crisp winter day with your dog. Not only does it burn energy for both of you, but at a time when most people are happy to stay bundled up indoors, the true nature-lovers [...]

By | February 3rd, 2016|Dog Training, Education, Tips & Advice, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Winter Walks for Both of You

Problems Brewing… Part 2

(Please read Part 1 of this post here.) Sophie is clearly uncomfortable (distressed) by visitors. Her hackles, barks, growls and forward movement with stiffness are all clues. Marcy and Dave are not helping her learn to cope properly with what she clearly considers an invasion of her space. She has just enough sociability on board [...]

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Problems Brewing…

Marcy and Dave are having guests over for dinner. Their dog Sophie barks ferociously every time she hears the doorbell, and rushes the door. Dave has to hold her by the collar as he opens it so she won’t rush out or jump on people, and she’s fairly large, so it is a bit of [...]

By | December 28th, 2015|Dog Training, Education|1 Comment

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