Puppy Socialization

Puppy Socialization: What it means and how to do it right It’s not just a buzz word!  Socialization simply means “learning to live in a society.”  For dogs, this means learning to live in a human society, which takes some active effort on our part.  Most young social animals are very receptive to new experiences, […]

4 Tips for Adding a New Pet

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 so […]

Teaching Your Dog to Wear a Head Collar (Gentle Leader or Halti)

There are many brands of head collar (such as the Halti and Gentle Leader), but they all work basically the same way: by turning your dog’s head when she hits the end of the leash, you can redirect your dog easily, and discourage pulling on walks, barking, and lunging.  They work essentially the same way […]

Learn to Speak “Dog” Workshop

Learn to Speak “Dog!” Ever wanted to have a conversation with your dog?  Wonder what they’re thinking? Do you want to know how to tell what are good, safe social interactions, and what’s going to end badly?Dogs spend their whole lives learning to speak “human.” Maybe it’s time we humans learned to speak dog. You […]

Racist Dogs

There are lots of animals out there with obvious prejudices against one type of person, or another.  This is especially common in our pet dogs, because they’re so intimately tied up in our social lives.  It’s very common for us dog trainers to meet dogs who particularly despise African Americans, or Asians, or Latinos, or […]

In Defense of Small Dogs

Autumn 2014 Training Tidbit: You can try this at home! 5 Points In Defense of Small Dogs In my line of work, I hear debasing comments about small dogs all the time.  They have a reputation of being “yappy,” “ankle biters,” and difficult to train.  If you’re looking for agreement from a dog trainer, you’re […]

FAQ: Rattlesnake Avoidance Training

Summer 2014 Training Tidbit: You can try this at home! FAQ: Rattlesnake Avoidance Training  Around this time of year, the rattlesnake danger moves to the forefront of eveyrone’s mind, and people start asking me about my thoughts on rattlesnake avoidance training.  My take on it is that it’s a good idea for some dogs, but […]

Parvo and Rabies in Reno and Sparks … A Plain-English Explanation

You may have already heard that for at least the last year, veterinarians are seeing increasing amounts of Parvovirus cases in Reno and Sparks.  A few weeks ago, a puppy in Carson City was discovered to have had rabies.  What you need to know is why this scares everyone so much, and what you can […]

Why your training isn’t working (the rehearsal effect)

Training Tidbit for January: The Rehearsal Effect: Why Your Training Isn’t Working Frustrated that your different training tactics never seem to work? Every time I hear this complaint, without exception, there is one common denominator to people’s stories: the dreaded rehearsal effect.  Here’s an analogy to help you understand what’s going on. First, think of […]

“Dognition:” A Fun Way to Learn About Your Dog, with an Added Scientific Bonus!

Training Tidbit for December: Last month, I went to a dog trainer’s conference in Spokane, Washington.  This is one of the coolest things I learned about. In the past, human and animal intelligence was measured on a sliding scale – you either had a high IQ, a low IQ, or were somewhere in the middle. […]

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