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.
How Dogs Learn Dogs are really smart, they can learn commands very quickly when motivated. So why on earth is Sparky just ignoring you in front of your friends when you’re trying to show off that great trick you’ve done together so many times? Or peed on the carpet when visiting grandma for the holidays, […]
Halloween can be so much fun. Everyone dresses up in costumes. Parties, get-togethers, trick-or-treating, pranks. However, is Halloween safe for your pets? Here are a few pointers to keep your furbaby safe this Halloween. 1. Keep candy away from pets. Candy can be extremely toxic to pets. Not only is chocolate bad for pets but […]
How do I get my dog to listen to me? This is a question I get asked a lot. I then have to ask you what it is you want your dog to do. Then I usually get a confused look and maybe a simple, I don’t know? Just to listen in general. When living […]
Puppy Socialization, what is that? Puppy socialization means exposing your puppy to new things, dogs and people on a regular basis. Over the years that I have been working with people to train their dogs, I have found that there is a misconception about what socialization is. Most people feel that if their dog is playing […]
How do you manage your young puppy during a busy holiday like Thanksgiving?? Puppies and Thanksgiving can be stressful. If left unattended puppies can get into all sorts of trouble. They will pee on the floor, chew on cords, destroy things, etc. Most of the time you are able to keep a close eye on […]
When it comes to housetraining a puppy you really have to focus on managing your puppy between potty breaks. You have to keep a very close eye on your puppy at all times when loose in the house. This can be a very complicated task. Since we are very busy with a multitude of tasks […]