We have often spoken about teaching your dog manners when greeting other people and dogs. It is such a simple exercise and makes all your walks and social interactions so much easier and safer for both you and your dog. First you need to teach a sit. Add a release command to the sit. When […]
I just got back from a trip to Colorado. I travelled from Georgia by car and took my dogs for an agility seminar. I extended my stay since the drive was long, and thought I would take a little vacation while possible. Very quickly it became apparent that there was a problem with off leash […]
How do you know if a dog is safe to pet? Parents try very hard to teach their kids to always ask before they pet a strange dog. It’s a great habit to teach. However sometimes the dog owner themselves is not aware of the signs their dog is giving off. Be respectful of dogs […]
Most people have seen their dog go to the bathroom and afterwards scratch their feet on the ground. I have heard all kinds of explanations, but the reality is your dog is just scent marking the space. Dogs have scent pads on their paw pads and scratching their feed on the ground leaves their personal […]
Crate training is a run of the mill skill you want to teach your puppies. However, some puppies will experience some anxiety when it comes to crating. Here are a couple of tips to help you overcome the anxiety: Feed your puppy in their crate: Most puppies love to eat, and they will see their crate […]
If you have a few minutes to spend with your dog, shaping is a fun and easy training game to play. It is an opportunity for your dog to troubleshoot and offer behaviors until they figure out the right behavior. In this video we watch Mayday figure out the bowl is what triggers the reward. […]
Believe it or not, you have to teach your dog to co-ordinate their hind ends. Most dogs do not learn this skill, and their backend just happens to follow the front. In agility one of the first skills you teach your dog is hind-end awareness. Enjoy Mayday’s debut in this video.