Quick Tip: The Value of Treats

Create different values for different level treats.  Your dog may have a favorite treat they love at home, but when you are out walking them, that treat suddenly may not matter.  The value of the treat you are offering does not match the distraction level. Often in high level distractions, you will need human food such as chicken meat, cheese, hot dogs and anything else your dog may love (and is safe for dogs to eat).  At home you may be able to use your dogs kibble to get their … [Read more...]

Teaching a Concept

Dogs are amazingly smart, intelligent creatures.  I have seen many dogs acting up with frustrated owners.  Personally I believe this is through lack of training on the owners end, resulting in a lack of understanding on the dog’s part. Dogs are infamous for compartmentalizing their behavior.  Just because they act perfectly manner able at your house does not mean it will transfer to your parent’s house or anywhere else they go.  In your dogs mind, the good behavior belongs at your … [Read more...]

Leash Walking: Dangers of Pulling

In this video we ask Dr Erin Brown about the dangers of long term pulling on a leash and your dogs health.   … [Read more...]

Quick Tip: Overtired Dogs

Never train your dog when your dog is tired.  Training a tired dog will cause frustration for both your dog and yourself.  Watch this clip after Thandi and Wick's agility trial.   … [Read more...]

Training Aids

Training Aids can be the best thing for both yourself and your dog.  I often encounter people that view training aids as a cheat and feel they should not use them.  Training aids were designed to make your life easier and help the learning curve for your dog while they learn what is expected of them.  Remember training is all about consistency, and training aids help you create that consistency helping your dog understand what is expected of them.   Using Diapers on a baby is not a … [Read more...]

Q & A: Should My Dogs Share a Crate?

No, your dogs crate should be an escape from everything and everybody.  A dogs crate is their bed,  treat it as a private area.  No other dogs or people should invade the space.  Confinement in a small space can increase the likelihood of scuffles.  If a fight does break out, there is nowhere for the dogs to get away.   Even siblings that are the best of friends can have a difference in opinion from time to time.   … [Read more...]

Timing In Training

In training, timing is everything! … [Read more...]

Introduction to Leave It: Part 2

Once you have mastered part 1, move on to part 2 of teaching "Leave It". … [Read more...]

How to Teach Your Dog to Ring a Bell

Teaching your dog a signal to go potty can help both you and your dog with housebreaking.  Your dogs’ signal to go potty can sometimes be too subtle, and you miss the sign.  Teaching your dog to ring the bell is easy, and gives you a clear signal your dog needs to go out. In 8 easy steps, you can accomplish this challenge: Buy a nice set of potty bells; make sure they are loud enough. Teach your dog to Touch.  When your dog is fluently touching your hand with their nose it is time … [Read more...]

Coming When Called

In my opinion this is one of the hardest exercise’s to teach a dog.  Most of us also set ourselves up for failure without even realizing it.  Think about it, when do you call your dog? Leaving the park, you are leaving the house and Fido has to go into his crate, leaving a play date, hopefully you are seeing the pattern.  All to often we associate coming when called to the end of all fun.  Dogs are smart and it does not take them long to figure that out.  Once Fido has figured it out, he … [Read more...]