I have always enjoyed observing animal behaviour, which is probably why I was so taken with Turid Rugaas’ “Calming Signals” and Dr. Sophia Yin’s work on canine body language. Watching for calming and stress signals is a great way to improve your training; dogs, like people, don’t learn well while stressed. Sometimes it can be […]
Hide & Go Seek How to play: Hide somewhere in your home and excitedly call out your dogs name. Once your dog has found you, you can either proide your dog with a treat or more excitement Purpose of this game: Hide & go seek can help to strengthen your dogs recall. This game can […]
& other eating disorders in dogs A few of our daycare clients may have noticed that I (Nea) am a bit evangelical about giving dogs stuffed chew toys. This is because of how many dogs I see who can’t seem to stop themselves from eating or chewing things like the floor, rocks, and poop. These […]
Keeping the family pets safe over Easter.
How do you know if you need to intervene? What do you do?
…or Just Unmotivated? Whether you are using punishments, rewards, or both, you are dealing with a dog’s motivation. Some dogs are extremely motivated to make their owners happy (like golden retrievers), some are extremely motivated to work (like collies and shepherds) and some aren’t particularly motivated to do anything unless they really have to (such […]
what does it mean and why should I care? Treats are one of the easiest types of reinforcement to use. They are also easy to teach which is why food rewards are one of the most common things to use in training classes. Food is pretty important to survival and so most brains encourage eating […]
Unsure if crate training your puppy is right for your family? In this article we cover a few commonly asked questions about crate training.
Language Barriers The main reason that dogs struggle with vocal commands is that they communicate mainly with body language, then scent, then voice. When you consider this on top of how difficult it can be even for human beings to understand a new language it can really help you appreciate how smart dogs must be […]
My heart goes out to everyone who is putting in all the effort and work it takes to raise puppies. There is always more you can do, so it can be really overwhelming; what’s really important is to do your best. Try to imagine everything that adult dogs might experience and how you can build positive associations around it for the puppies.