Dog Walking Etiquette

I live across the street from a busy park. This is not a dog park, and the park has very busy road on two sides. Since the mandated lockdowns due to COVID-19, I have witnessed some annoying and, on occasion, alarming things with dog owners. My Dog is Friendly – Your dog MAY be friendly…

Back to Work Plan for your Puppy

Many of us have been working from home for months. Our puppies and dogs have become used to having us around all the time. In most cases they have become less independent and, honestly more needy and reliant on our attention. Although we all enjoy the time with our pets, we need to ask ourselves…

Integrating a Second Dog in Your Home

When Joe Allen considered adding another dog to his canine family, he asked himself some pretty important questions.  Do I have the time to devote to another dog, am I willing to train another dog and do I have the financial resources to support another pet?  Joe’s resident dog, Bing, is a hound rescued from…

Social Distancing and Your Dog

Right now a lot of us are at home because of Covid-19 and our dogs love it! Their humans are around all the time, walking more, playing more and our pups are almost never alone. For many humans our pets are a much needed distraction and comfort now more than ever.There is a downfall to…

How to Teach the Social Butterfly Polite Greetings

Most puppies and dogs love to meet people. Whether it’s new people, friends or family, the social canine is always happy to see everyone! The trick is to teach your pup the polite way to greet people.  When a puppy or dog jumps on someone and is rewarded with attention – positive or negative –…

Socialization Tracker: How to

Updating your puppy’s social development tracker is a great way to see progress. The first step is to add skills to your social development dashboard.  Skills should make sense in your life with your puppy. This dashboard is located underneath your social development tracker in the training drop down menu. This dashboard is located underneath…

Training Past Puppyhood – Continued Education

One of the first things we figure out when we bring a new puppy home is that they are learning all the time. What they learn depends on how diligent we are at managing their environment and supervising. So, we get through the basics of house manners, walking on a leash, coming when called and…

Silly dog

Charming things dogs do

Let’s face it, one of the best parts of being a dog guardian is laughing at the crazy antics they get up to. I am not talking about canine behaviours that makes us crazy, like getting sprayed by a skunk or even extreme things like riding a skate board.  I am talking about sweet, charming…

Does your dog love their job?

“The only way to do great work is to love what you do.” – Steve Jobs Do you enjoy your job? What makes it fun or challenging? Chances are if you enjoy what you do you have a boss that motivates and supports you. The same can be said for dog training. Are you motivating…

Understanding Expectations

Inviting a new puppy, dog or any pet to share our life comes with a lot of different feelings.  Happy, excited, nervous, scared are all swimming around together.  Being kind to our new pets may seem obvious but it is only one part of the puzzle.  Kindness does not happen in a vacuum.  Pets act…