Since dogs learn that when the doorbell rings, and they run around barking, squealing, growling, and jumping off the walls, they will be rewarded with visitors to jump on, it is important to teach your dog the behavior you want him to do rather than what NOT to do. I highly recommend training a […]
What is clicker training?
Clicker training is a fun and effective way to communicate with your dog. The only thing you need is a clicker, some treats, and your dog!
Clicker training is gentler than traditional training methods. According to Karen Pryor’s clickertraining.com website, “In traditional training, you tell an animal or person what to do, […]
Barking problems are among the most common complaints that dog owners have. Why do dogs bark? Well, for a variety of reasons. Dogs will bark if they feel threatened. They may bark when they play and get excited. Some dogs will bark for attention. Some will bark if they are in pain and they’ll […]
The tail is only one of many communicators on your dog’s body. As a trainer, I often hear, “BUT his tail was wagging…when he bit me!”
That is the trick of the tail! Somehow we silly humans have come to believe that a tail wag is THE sign of a happy dog. Because we’ve bred […]
These days there is a lot of talk on TV and in dog raising books about dominance in the relationship between dogs and humans. While this topic can make for dramatic television material, it is very rare that a dog is trying to dominate his person or household. The true definition of dominance as […]
Many of us make resolutions for ourselves every New Year (some are more successful than others). This year I invite you to include some resolutions to make your dog’s life better.
Make the most of it. Whether you want to work on a behavior problem or just do something cool with your dog, there is […]
Question: I know the correct (time consuming) way to stop a dog from jumping on guests. Problem is, I have two kids and not a lot of time (or people to help do it the correct way.) Is there a quick fix to jumping? She won’t jump on me or my husband, just guests, […]
Question: I have an extremely food motivated dog who is easy to train, but only “works for food”. I’ve tried to wean him off of treats and replace with praise, but he shuts down quickly when he knows I don’t have a food reward for him. He does follow basic commands consistently, but not […]
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