OH BOY!!! THE TREAT LADY IS HERE!! Throw in an adorable four-footed furry wiggle-wagging at my feet and you have a pretty good picture of a typical greeting when I arrive at client's homes. We should all be so lucky to get such a warm reception every time we show up for work! But reward-base training isn't as simple as having pockets full of turkey jerky. Over the years … [Read more...] about training with treats: facts and fallacies
Of all the questions I get, the toughest may just be 'can you recommend a good dog walker?' In an ideal world, everyone would make the time to take their dogs out daily for some play and/or a walk together. A dog walker isn't a replacement for this but can be a great help in breaking up a long day or supplementing your daily walks for a young dog with energy to … [Read more...] about How to choose a dog-walker
Fear of thunderstorms can be incredibly stressful on both the dogs who suffer from it and the people who live with them. Symptoms can range from mild panting to hours of uncontrollable trembling. In severe cases, mounting panic can cause some dogs to claw and chew their way through walls or jump high fences to escape, injuring themselves, getting hit by cars or winding up … [Read more...] about The thunder-phobic dog: tips for weathering the storm
Kong stuffing as art form? Really??? Absolutely. This wonderful stuff-able little rubber toy has transformed many a dog's life. Almost every pet store carries it. Many informed dog owners have one. But not everyone uses it to it's maximum benefit. Here is how you can turn that unassuming little rubber cone into a most-treasured prize and training tool: Start with the … [Read more...] about The Art of Kong Stuffing
You walk in your front door and instead of the usual full-body-wag greeting you're accustomed to, Rover appears at your feet, head bowed, shoulders hunched, ears back. You glance around and notice the contents of your garbage strewn about. You assume his greeting is because he feels guilty for this egregious misdeed and that he knows he did wrong, but are you right? Science and … [Read more...] about Innocent until proven guilty: do dogs feel guilty?