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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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