Train A Trick: The Backwards Crawl

Sometimes called the “moonwalk,” this is not only a cute a trick, but it strengthens your dog’s back legs and teaches them about hind end awareness, which can help them in sports and prevent injury. It’s also relatively easy to teach and can be fun to show off at parties. Before Beginning… Make sure your dog is physically fit enough to perform this trick. If they have any type of past injury or chronic condition like arthritis, ask your vet first. … Read more

Looking For A Place To Take Your Reactive Dog On Vacation? We Found It For You!

Owners of reactive dogs have it ruff. People often glare at you if you try to bring them anywhere. You stress, so your dog is even more stressed. You feel like people believe your dog shouldn’t be allowed in public. Sometimes, it may even feel like they don’t think he should be alive. I can relate – I have two reactive dogs. One is fearful and is easier to deal with, because she just cowers. But the other, used to … Read more

Canine Quirks: Why They Do What They Do

Fetch? Or is it? Most dog owners have experienced this from time to time; the dog will bring a stuffed animal and lay it at the owner’s feet. The owner, more than likely, will pick up the slobber soaked toy and fling it away from them. Result being the dog chases after it, retrieves it, shakes it a few times and brings it back to the owner’s feet. Thus goes the game of fetch. Or is it? Let’s look at … Read more

Door Dart Bingo: Keeping Your Dog Contained When The Bell Rings

    Show of hands, how many owners have dogs that go ballistic when they hear a knock or the doorbell ring? How many owners have dogs that dart out the door as soon as it is partially opened? 70% of dog owners deal with this on a daily basis. Through training, persistence and a lot of patience, a dog can be trained to “tone it down” when guest come to the door. Here are a few tips. Back to … Read more

Accentuate The Positive… And The Negative Aspects Of Training

Every time a training article is written, the first paragraph should be begin with “Every dog is unique, every dog has different learning styles, and there is no cookie cutter technique that will work with every dog!” There are positive reinforcement and negative reinforcement techniques that are effectively used in the training process, most often applied in behavior modification. Not all dogs respond to 100% positivity. On the flip side, no good comes from 100% negativity either. There can be … Read more

15 Dog Breeds That Are Easy To Train

While all dogs pose different challenges when it comes to training, personality as well as environmental factors playing a part. Still, some breeds are easy to train, whereas others have qualities that can make training more difficult. If you are a first-time dog owner or looking for your first performance dog, one of these breeds may be a good choice. Unlike most lists of “easy to train” dog breeds, you will not find one herding breed – Border Collie, Aussie, … Read more

10 Biggest Mistakes Dog Owners Make

There’s more than a few mistakes dog owners make. It happens. We’re human, and it’s hard to keep rules in place when your new pup looks at you. But inconsistency can cause problems that you may have to deal with your dog’s whole life if you don’t correct them. Hindsight is 20/20, but new dogs owners may be struggling, and learning as they do! Here are a few mistakes to avoid if you are a first-time dog owner or starting … Read more

Ask A Dog Trainer: Why Does My Puppy Bite And How Do I Stop It?

Dog Bite Prevention week is coming up, which means it’s a great time to think about biting dogs and how to get them to stop. A puppy may start out with small bites or what seems like play, but if you let him keep doing it, eventually those bites will become serious and you will be faced with a decision no dog owner ever wants to have to make. Luckily, it is fairly easy to get a puppy to learn … Read more

Ask A Dog Trainer – How Do I Get My Dog To Stop Attacking The Vacuum?

It’s the timeless struggle – dog vs. vacuum. Are you at the point where you dread vacuuming or you schedule it around when your dog is out for a walk, at the doggy daycare, or even a vet visit? If this is you, it’s time to stop the craziness and teach your dog that the vacuum is not his mortal enemy. What IS IT with the vacuum? Noise. Vacuums are loud and some are even high-pitched. This can bother your … Read more

From A Dog Trainer – How To Teach My Dog To Tell Me When He Needs To Go Potty

  Potty training is often the most frustrating part of dog ownership. Many dogs are relinquished to shelters due to potty training issues. One of the best ways to avoid accidents is to give your dog a way to let you know when he needs to go outside to do his business. So how do you that? Schedule First, you need to put your dog on a schedule. This means feed him at the same time, walk him at the … Read more

From A Dog Trainer – 9 Tips To Keep Your Dog From Jumping On People

It can take a while to train a dog to not jump up when greeting. In the meantime, how do you keep your dog from jumping up while you are still training him? Here are a few tips you can try to keep your dog’s paws on the floor until he has learned to do it on his own. #1 – Stay calm Tell anyone that wants to greet your dog to be calm. A soft voice and slow movements … Read more

11 Things To Consider Before Bringing Home A Second Dog

It can be easy to think you need a second dog – you see other people with multiple dogs, you see all those adorable rescues that need homes – but that doesn’t mean you are ready for a second dog. There are many things you should think about before you bring home another canine family member. #1 – Do you have the time? A second dog means more time bathing, grooming, walking, playing, training, etc. If your current dog barely gets … Read more

Ask a Dog Trainer – Why Won’t My Dog Listen To Me In A New Location?

  It happens to pretty much anyone who has ever trained a dog: you dog is doing amazing in class and/or at home, but then you take him somewhere else and he won’t listen to anything you say. This is the point where most dog owners get frustrated and claim their dog is stubborn – only working when he feels like it. The truth is, most dogs are not stubborn. There are in fact a few reasons why your dog may not … Read more

How To Teach Your Dog To Wave

There is just something too cute about a dog waving. As demonstrated in this video, you can teach your dog to wave with each paw, or both paws at once. The best part about wave? It’s fairly easy to teach and most dog enjoy doing it. Teach The Trick Step 1 Make sure you have treats and a clicker (if you use one) on hand. Sit or stand facing your dog and put one of your hands in a fist … Read more

15 Training Tips To Get Your Dog To Come To You On Command

When your puppy was very little, he followed you everywhere. But now he is older, independent, and has found that the world has a lot more to offer than you (sounds like human kids, huh?) This time when you call him, instead of flying into your open arms, he stands and looks at you like, “why should I?” or, if he is really brazen, he takes this opportunity to flee in the other direction. Never fear, there is hope! Here … Read more

How To Use Balance To Train Your Dog Patience

Photos of dogs balancing things on their heads have been sweeping the internet. After all, its adorable and impressive because your dog has to have a lot of self-control to sit or stand that still. But, it’s also a great trick to teach a dog lacking in self-control how to be calm. Have a dog that’s a bit head shy? This trick will teach them that things coming at the heard are a GOOD thing! Here is a video of … Read more

7 Useful Obedience Commands That Will Make Your Life Easier

All dogs should have some sort of basic obedience training, but unfortunately many owners seem get lazy and lose interest in training their dogs. This is bad not only because you’re likely to end up with an uncontrollable dog with bad manners, but it will make your dog unhappy because they end up having no structure and no idea what you want from them. But beyond basic manners and house training, there are other commands you can teach your dog … Read more

Ask a Dog Trainer: What Are The 7 Most Common Bad Dog Habits And How Do We Correct Them?

Regardless of the dog you have decided to share your life with, there are certain behavior challenges we all have to face. On a really bad day, it can be enough to make you want to scream. But, before you do, stop and think about these two things: Every dog owner has felt like you do – they got through it and so will you. Correction (yelling or other forms of punishment) don’t work. The dog usually doesn’t understand why … Read more

5 Reasons You & Your Dog Should Take An Obedience Class

All dogs need some level of obedience training, but that doesn’t mean you need to become the next world champion team. Some owners think they’re dogs are good enough without being trained or don’t want to spend the time and money required to successfully teach basic house manners. But there are many reasons you should take your dog or puppy to an obedience class. Whether it’s a group class at a local pet store that teaches beginning obedience or you … Read more

12 Tips To Stop Your Dog From Bugging You While You’re Eating

No matter how much you love your dog, eating a meal with him staring at you constantly or jumping up and stealing your food is not fun. Here are 15 tips to make your dog a better dinner guest. #1 – Teach “leave it” A leave it cue is great for getting your dog to leave you (and your food!) alone. A correctly taught leave it should mean that you only have to say it once, and then your dog won’t … Read more

12 Signs Your Dog Is Bored

Ever wondered how your dog is feeling? Of course you have, we all have! And while some emotions may be harder to pinpoint, boredom is one that most dogs display quite clearly. Here are 12 signs that your dog is bored and needs something to do. One thing to note: a lot of these can also be signs of stress and/or separation anxiety. Talking to a certified dog trainer or behavior consult can help you determine what is causing your dog’s … Read more

How To Make Your Dog Stop Jumping On People

Does your puppy or dog jump “maul” you when you come home? Can you not get through the door without him clobbering you with love and attention? What about when you are holding a piece of food? Does he perform dolphin-like leaps to get that morsel from your hand? Even worse, does he do this when he meets a stranger on the street or a guest in your house? While his intentions may be (mostly) good, this type of jumping … Read more

The Secret To Keeping Your Dog From Pulling On The Leash

Are you tired of your dog walking you? Wondering why none of the methods you have tried have worked? As a dog trainer, I have found that leash-pulling tops the list when I ask my clients what they would like to work on with their dog. And no wonder! It’s not only frustrating and exhausting to be pulled for an entire walk, it’s also dangerous. A dog that pulls on a leash can: Pull their owner over Trip them Get … Read more