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 […]

Training Tidbit: Jumping Up

This is such a common problem, and it’s one of those that is much, much easier to prevent than to repair! Why do dogs jump up? Dogs naturally greet those they love face to face, then nose to rear. Your face is up high.  When the dog is a tiny puppy, we love this – […]

What’s a Traincation?

Mark your calendar for the day of Sunday, July 15th and come see us at Art Paws! (It’s at the McKinley Arts and Culture Center.)  Reno’s biggest and most artistically-inclined animal event is always a hit!  Fur and Feather Work and The Dog Park! Doggy Daycare will be sharing a booth to launch our new […]

Sound Sensitivity and Phobia

A dog’s sense of hearing is different than a human’s (OK, I know you know that…).  But the question is, how is it different? Basically, sounds for all of us vary according to their decibel level (or loudness of volume), and pitch (how high or low on the octave a noise sounds).  Dogs actually only […]

sealtp logo akc logo The Association for Force-Free Professionals ccpdt logo APDT NACSW logo Canine Trainers Academy