Getting Creative

Being creative during reinforcement delivery is so important when working with a dog that is uncomfortable taking treats from a hand. Thankfully, we have this delicious tube of peanut butter that helps alleviate some of that stress. The dog doesn't have to feel uncomfortable taking a treat directly from the handler, it gives the handler… Continue reading Getting Creative

Not Everyone is a “Good” Citizen

This is an interesting perspective. I recommend this reading because you have to learn from or at least understand those that you don't always agree with. As a AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and a trainer that understands the complexity of a dog's emotional state, I see both sides of this. Although I don't agree… Continue reading Not Everyone is a “Good” Citizen

Management vs. Training

Originally posted on 1/4/19. Did you know there is a difference between dog training and behavior management? Dog training is teaching a specific behavior to be used at a specific time. It helps to improve communication and gives guidance to the dog. These are your obedience or trick training skills like sit, stay, shake etc.… Continue reading Management vs. Training

The Dreaded Doorbell

Originally posted on 12/30/18. A common issue pet owners have is the dreaded doorbell or someone knock. So much that, we have handout specifically for this topic. To help those with this issue, management can be used to help alleviate the excitement or stress when someone arrives. Consider putting sign up next your doorbell or… Continue reading The Dreaded Doorbell

Getting a Dog: Part 2

Selecting a Dog (or Puppy) Adoption vs. Breeder Adoption can save two lives. The first is the one that goes home. The second is the one that takes its place. Approximately 6.5 million companion animals enter U.S. animal shelters nationwide every year. Of those, approximately 3.3 million are dogs and 3.2 million are cats. Each… Continue reading Getting a Dog: Part 2