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 […]

Funny: Dog Wants A Kitty

From the mind that brought you the infamous “Ultimate Dog Tease” video, comes the newest installment: Dog Wants a Kitty. Dog Wants a Kitty

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 […]

Training Tidbit: Home Alone!

Training Tidbit for April: You can try this at home! Boredom is possibly the number one cause of behavior problems in the house, and can lead to more severe problems like anxiety.  Dogs are notorious for getting into all sorts of mischief as soon as their human family has left for the day.  And can […]

Study: Dogs Steal in the Dark

This won’t come as a big surprise to anyone who has spent a lot of time around dogs, but research has shown that dogs are capable of putting themselves into a person’s shoes, so to speak. The recent study has the enigmatic title “Dogs Steal in the Dark.”Click here to read the rest! Resisting temptation […]

Can YOU tell what he’s thinking?

“People can reliably read a dog’s facial expressions, suggesting humans are finely tuned to detect emotions even in other creatures. […] In an interesting twist, people who don’t own dogs were sometimes a better judge of a dog’s emotions. This might indicate that dog owners convince themselves their pets are not angry or disgusted–they’re just […]

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 […]

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 […]

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