How to Make your Dog Useful

I’m thinking about teaching my dog that toilet paper one … why didn’t I think of that before?! Useful Dog Tricks 3 performed by Jesse

This dog needs a new hip – can you help?

This is Maui.  He is a 7 month old Mastiff mix, and I can attest that he’s sweet as pie; he attended Puppy class a few months ago.  Maui has a deformation in his hip and will need hip replacement surgery within the next 6 weeks, to the tune of $3500. His mom is deaf […]

Training Tidbit: Nothing In Life Is Free

Training Tidbit for March:  You can try this at home!  Nothing in Life is Free (or, how to be the smarter species) What is it? Nothing in Life is Free is a dog training program that uses the everyday things that your dog likes or wants, to reinforce a behavior such as “sit.”  Whenever you’re […]

Breaking News: The World’s First Driving Dog

This is not a joke, it’s real.  I just love how much fun the trainer is having! If they had opposable thumbs we’d all be so screwed … Meet Porter. The World’s First Driving Dog.

The Canine Brain: In Chart Form

If you sometimes have trouble understanding your dog, you’re not alone.  Luckily the nice folks at The Dog House Diaries developed this helpful chart.

7 Rules for the Vet’s Office

Training Tidbit for February: You can try this at home! I know, none of us like going to the vet’s office with a sick pet.  But here are some simple rules to follow that will make your trip to the vet’s office more pleasant for you, your dog, and the office staff – and that’s […]

January is National Train Your Dog Month!

January is National Train Your Dog Month! Did you know? Dogs who have been to training class live richer lives, because they have fewer restrictions put on them. They are less likely to bite when frightened or angry, especially if they were in class before 4 months old. Trained dogs are better loved by their […]

Teach Your Dog to Enjoy Praise

Something we often forget in training is that your dog is the one who gets to decide what’s rewarding, not you! I know dogs who love apples as a training treat, but my dog would spit them out.  The same goes with petting and praise – some types are valuable to your dog, and some […]

10 Tips to Teach a Loose Leash Walk

You can try this at home! 10 Tips to Help your Dog Walk on a Loose Leash This article is a follow-up to last month’s Training Tidbit, To Heel or Not To Heel. 1. Match your reinforcer with the distraction level of the environment.  Your dog gets to decide what’s reinforcing and what’s not, remember?  […]

Happy New Year, and Happy Pug!

To go along with a happy New Year, we have a happy, silly little dog. (I’m no vet, but I’m almost certain that this dog has a neurological problem, something along the lines of cerebellar hypoplasia, but it doesn’t matter – she’s obviously happy and healthy otherwise!)

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