The Super Tricks Class Returns!

A Holiday Gift for You: The Long-Awaited, Never Duplicated, Super Tricks Class! It’s back by popular demand!  Looking for a way to wile away those gloomy winter days and nights?  Resolved to spend more quality time with your dog this year?  You want to take the Super Tricks class, my friend. Beginning: Saturday, Jan. 4th […]

Training Treats for Dogs with Sensitive Tummies

Training Tidbit for November:  You can try this at home! Training Treats for Dogs with Sensitive Tummies Need to get some training done but dread being bombed right out of your bedroom, or cleaning up a mess?  There are ways around that!  Try these tricks and sleep sweet! Go natural. Sometimes what dogs are sensitive […]

Dogs Are People Too … Or Are They?

You might have already seen this article going around the internet. It explores some recent brain research that confirms what dog owners have suspected for years … that dogs are more human than they look.  While they don’t instinctively understand English, they do understand emotion. It also discusses the important topics of animal rights and […]

The Rules of Tug Of War

Training Tidbit for October:  You can try this at home! The Rules of War (tug-of war, that is) Lots of folks think tug-of-war is a dog training no-no; that it can teach your dog to be aggressive or “dominant.”  This is a myth!  When played properly, tug is great physical and mental exercise for your […]

4 Tips for Making New-Pet Introductions

         Trying to introduce another dog, cat, rabbit, or bird to your resident animals?  Avoid disaster and lots of stress down the road by following these simple rules. Go slow.  If you feel like you’re going too slowly, then slow down.   The goal is that by the time the animals meet each other, they are […]

The Latest in Scientific Field Equipment: Your Dog’s Nose!

NPR’s Morning Edition recently did this piece on how dogs are playing an increasingly important role in wildlife conservation and research.“So you have an Olympic-size swimming pool full of water and then you have an identical pool full of water to which you add a teaspoon of sugar,” Horowitz says. “They can detect the difference. […]

Back to school … for dogs too!

It’s back to school time … but unlike kids, dogs actually like going back to school! Molly the Aussie mix was so pleased to be graduating Basic Manners class, she wore her special headband.   Kalinda the Pit Bull puppy, on the other hand, chose to wear her special t-shirt   Baylee the Welsh Terrier […]

What to do when Off Leash Dogs run up to you

     Hello Off Leash Dogs. Meet My Friend Direct Stop. Ask anyone who walks a less than perfect dog “What’s your worst fear?” and they’ll all tell you the same thing: Off Leash Dogs (OLDs). “Don’t worry, he’s friendly!” … “Uh. Mine’s not!”  This blog has some absolutely priceless (and humorous) advice about what to […]

Top 5 Preventable Dog Behavior Problems

Training Tidbit for June: You can try this at home! The Top 5 Preventable Dog Behavior Problems This month’s Training Tidbit is used with permission from our colleague, Carla Brown, of The Savvy Dog in Truckee CA.  Thanks, Carla! Owners whose dogs have “behavior problems” keep trainers (and shelters) busy. Many of the problems are […]

4 Tips for Making “Friends” with a Scared Dog

Training Tidbit for May: You can try this at home!   How come he likes you? He never likes anyone! How did you do that?! I get this all the time.  People are always amazed when normally fearful or aggressive animals like me.  It’s a handy skill, considering that I work with animals with behavior […]

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