Puppies are such a wonderful life force! Almost nothing is as cute and full of life and energy as a new puppy! Personally, I love young puppies and old dogs. Young puppies are experiencing the world and life each exciting event at a time. And, old dogs are full of all of those experiences. I had a discussion with a new potential client just a couple of days … [Read more...] about 5 Top Lessons to Teach Your New Puppy
Leashes provide us with a means to communicate and control our furry friends. I love leashes! But, not all dogs or puppies love leashes...at least, not in the beginning. How Do You Deal With a Puppy or Dog That Doesn't Like Leashes? One of my veterinarian friends just got a puppy that hated her collar! She spent close to 3 weeks throwing herself on the ground and … [Read more...] about Dealing with Puppies And Dogs That Don’t Like Leashes
There are a few things that pretty much everyone does, but your puppy kind of wishes that you wouldn’t. The truth is, these things that you do make it more difficult for him to learn and grow up to be a good canine citizen. Here Are the Top 5 Things Your Puppy Wishes You Wouldn't Do: #1. Expect Him to Grow Up Overnight I just got done answering an email from a client who … [Read more...] about The Top 5 Things Your Puppy Wishes You Wouldn’t Do
“Leave It” is one of the most important commands you can teach your dog! When teaching my puppy class just last week, we were discussing “impulse control”, and teaching the dog not to steal things from your hand (close to a “leave it” but without the preemptive command) which is also very important. I was describing how, when I teach my dogs, I stack treats up their legs … [Read more...] about How and Why to Teach Your Dog “Leave It”
It is amazing how many people teach their puppies and dogs the exact opposite of what they think they are working toward! We think in human terms. We don’t take time to consider how dogs learn, and how terribly inconsistent we are as humans. Honestly, if we saw these things through our dog’s eyes, I think we would be much better trainers and owners. You May Actually … [Read more...] about Actually, You Have Taught Your Dog To NEVER Come When Called!