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!)

Training Tidbit: To heel or not to heel?

You can try this at home! To Heel or Not To Heel? I’ve been asked many times, out for a walk with a client and their dog, whether their dog ought not to be out front.  The dog is usually ahead of us, sniffing things and generally enjoying his walk, and the client always sounds […]

Gift Certificates: The perfect gift for an animal lover!

Did you know?  Fur and Feather Works offers gift certificates!  Choose the perfect gift: A class of your choosing – most popular options are Basic Manners, Puppy Kindergarten for the new pup, or Intro to K9 Nose Work A behavior modification program An initial consult to explore training options Or any monetary amount! Gift certificates […]

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Training tip: Beating the Heat

It’s a “hot dog!” Ha ha, get it? No, seriously, test the pavement before you make your dog walk on it! Every summer I see folks walk their dogs across scalding hot asphalt, and take their fully coated, dogs fluffy dogs for a run.  This drives me (and many animal lovers) a little nuts.  I’m […]

More human training

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Positive Reinforcement works just as well on humans as it does on animals.  The only trick is, the human can’t know you’re “training” them! Continuous reinforcement schedule (after all, they’ve only just learned this behavior!)  

Why do dogs roll in stinky stuff?

Mmmm, so stinky and delicious!  It’s like Chanel No 5 for dogs! “Virtually everyone who owns a dog is familiar with this smelly habit. Whether it’s a bath in cow manure, a plunge into the nearest road kill, or a leisurely massage in a long gone fish at the beach, dogs wear foul scents the […]

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