Teaching your Dog permission to visit

 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 your dog is sitting politely, give them permission to go say hello by releasing them. If your dog gets up before you release them, make sure you fix it by putting them back into a sit.  If you … [Read more...]

Travel Etiquette

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 dogs in pet friendly accommodations.  While I am an advocate of off-leash and allowing dogs to have some freedom, I ran into several issues with other vacationers dogs. My dogs are off leash … [Read more...]

Safety When Traveling with Your Dog

Traveling with your dog can mean a simple drive to the park or a cross-country road trip.   I treat both trips in the same manner.  Whether you are driving 5 miles or 500 miles, a loose dog in a car is not safe for a number of reasons. If your dog bounces around like a pogo stick, the risk of distracting the driver is increased significantly. If your dog sits on your lap while you drive, the drivers’ range of motion is hindered. Even if you think your dog would never jump out, if … [Read more...]

Dog Park Etiquette

Many people love to take their dogs to the dog park. This social experience can be beneficial for you and your dog, it’s a great way to unwind. Here are a few pointers to help ensure that your experience is a positive one: Please, do not take your dog if it has a history of aggression. Awareness: The park may be secure, but be aware of where your dog is, and avoid situations where it could become a nuisance to other people or dogs. Toys: Dogs can be protective of their toys and this … [Read more...]

How to stop Jumping Up

  How do I stop my dog  jumping up on people? Jumping up can be simply annoying, or in some cases, darn right painful!  Either way, a dog that jumps up is displaying a lack of respect and is demanding attention, instead of gently asking for attention like she should be doing. We would not approve of the same behavior from a child, so we should not approve of it from our furry friends! What can you do to prevent this? Training: The best way is by training your dog how to ask … [Read more...]

Control of your Dog when Guests Visit

Controlling Your Dog When Guests Visit “When someone rings our doorbell, the dog barks and charges at the front door.” Does this sound like what happens at your house? If so, you are not alone; this complaint is one of the most common we hear about. There are sound reasons why dogs do this: some bark and jump up out of sheer excitement to see a visitor, while others do this as a way of protecting their family and home. Regardless of the reason, this should not be how visitors are … [Read more...]

Doorway Manners

  Do you have issues with your pup diving through your doors?  Here is a simple video demonstrating how to get your pup applying some solid manners at the door.  Make sure you have taught your dog to sit before starting doorway manners. Even if you don't have problems with doorway diving, it is a great exercise to teach any dog some self control. … [Read more...]