To build trust with your dog, you must be trustworthy. What does this mean? It means you are consistent and therefore predictable. You are kind and understand that dogs have emotions and express them through behavior. You are aware of your own emotions and behavior while interacting with your dog. Looking to build trust with […]
These 7 family-friendly dog breeds generally make great family pets due to friendliness, energy level and ability to train.
Fear-based aggressive dog behavior, resource guarding and barking are common problems seen in small dogs. Imagine living in a world from 8 inches off the ground. That’s what it’s like for small dog breeds. If I were to see the world through a small dog’s perspective, I might feel pretty vulnerable because everyone, every dog
Dogs are emotional beings with different personalities and temperaments, telling us how they feel through their own language — body language. If we don’t know how to read dogs, we can miss their communication, forcing them to get bigger and bigger with their body language, so that we have no choice but to finally hear
Dogs bring joy, laughter and a deep sense of connection, like no other. If you’re lucky enough to start your journey with your dog from puppyhood, it can be a life-changing experience. As dogs go through stages of growth — from puppy to adult to senior — different challenges arise. Help them to be their
Do raised hackles, a.k.a. the hair standing up on a dog’s back and neck, always convey aggression? Find out how to figure out what it means when your dog’s hair stands up.
Do you wonder what causes fear in your dog? Learn what signs to look out for and how to help your dog overcome his fears.
How do you manage feeding, sleeping, greeting, going outside, playing, and toys and treats in a multi-dog household? Trainer Jill Breitner weighs in.
Why do dogs smell each other’s butts? It may seem like a gross, inappropriate behavior to us humans, but to dogs, it’s a natural way of greeting that provides some key insights.
Holidays are fun yet filled with stress, especially for your dog. Their whole world turns upside down, thanks to there being more people around, including kids they may not know well. All of this can make your dog feel uncomfortable — and can create a situation where they may bite if you do not correctly read their body
Since puppies are capable of learning at 8 weeks of age, teaching them basic skills (like sit, stay, come and down, and appropriate social and safe behavior in public) through positive reward training is the best way to lay a foundation of trust and engagement, creating the bond we’ve always craved with our doggie partners.
Most people think puppy behaviors are so darn cute — chewing on shoes and hands, jumping up on us and guests — that they don’t think to teach them how to behave appropriately early on. In reality, this lack of teaching appropriate ways of being is unintentionally reinforcing these puppy behavior problems and why they
Wondering how to train a dog to walk on a leash? Unfortunately, the answer isn’t as simple as putting on the leash and going. If you train a dog to walk on a leash incorrectly, you’re at risk for unpleasant walks with problems like leash pulling and more. Check out these steps for how to
Wondering how to take care of a dog? Whether this is your first four-legged friend or your 15th, we’ve compiled a few good reminders on what NOT to do when it comes to how to take care of a dog.
What are dogs scared of? Dogs, like all animals, are individuals and can fear just about anything. Some dog fears make perfect sense to us, and some make no sense at all. Some of your dog’s fears may go unnoticed because they are so out of the blue and subtle. Unless we know how to
A confident dog is sound in mind and only asserts himself if he is being physically threatened. Raising a puppy to be self-assured takes time, energy, and patience. Early socialization is your first step in building confidence. There is a proper way to do so, a path that will foster healthy relationships between your puppy and people,
What’s that racket? Who’s screaming? Is someone hurt? I asked these questions as I entered the shelter where I was volunteering. I couldn’t hear myself think let alone talk to the volunteer coordinator. She yelled, “Oh, that’s Kobe. He’s crazy. We picked him up from a high-kill shelter yesterday.” The poor dog had been adopted and returned four
Recently, a client sent me a video to watch of Cesar Millan, who was saying that an aggressive dog needed to run before training so that he could “focus his mind.” I was asked my opinion because after the run, the pup’s tongue was very red, thickened, and hanging out; he could barely catch his breath. The
My house was a mess. I started vacuuming and within five minutes was crying uncontrollably. I stopped and laid down until my ears filled up with tears. I had done everything to ensure that my best friend Rascal passed gently and peacefully, and he had. I couldn’t bring myself to clean my house because it
The wailing coming from the back of the clinic was piercing, so much so that I was frozen in fear just listening to it, and I wasn’t alone. The sounds were deafening and looking around I saw that other faces were sheet white, worried that this baby was as badly hurt as she sounded. Of