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As a professional dog trainer, I have had the privilege to work with many dogs over the past

30 plus years.  It is my opinion that attitude is one of the most important tools to have when heading into a training session.  If your pup perceives training as a grind or be...

March 20, 2020

Can dogs contract COVID-19?

Dogs can contract certain types of coronaviruses, such as the canine respiratory coronavirus, but this specific novel coronavirus, aka COVID-19, is believed to not be a health threat to dogs. 

The World Health Organization has stated, “There i...

            In this segment of training tips I will offer helpful hints for teaching the down command. This command is a very useful tool in advance training and will also provide opportunities for human and K9 relationship as the down position serves as a submissive b...

            Seats and treats, it’s a great learning tool with many valuable uses. I guess you’re wondering what I’m talking about when I say seats and treats. I am referring to a raised platform for a seat and a reward or lure. (typically this can be a treat or a game...

             In our last session we discussed how to prevent jumping. When teaching a dog to not do certain unwanted behaviors you will want to have a new behavior that you can redirect your dog to. A natural redirect would be to sit as that requires no movement which...

For many people, Halloween marks the beginning of the holiday season. What is an exciting time for you and your family can be an absolute nightmare for your pets. While dressing them up and including them in your spooky holiday plans may seem like fun, save the costume...

For a lot of dog owners jumping is a major problem. Most dogs jump up on you to re-create a

rewarding experience. Often times when they are small puppies we either lift them up to our faces

and talk sweet to them in a high happy voice, or we get down low with them. We...

June 6, 2019

Summer isn't always just a walk in the park for pets. 

Skyrocketing temperatures can make the world a harsh place for our animals, especially for dogs, who can be very sensitive to the heat.

Because dogs don't have the convenient (smelly) sweating mechanism that humans d...

As loving pet parents, we often take our dogs with us on roadtrips. Whether across the country or just across town, we need to think ahead about the trip and how well our dogs will fare. Should I feed him before we go? How often should I stop for potty breaks? From foo...

Every dog can develop a pollen allergy. Some are more likely to do so, due to their living environment, breed or exposure to pollen. Since the peak allergy season is coming soon, make sure you know everything you need on dog pollen allergy and how to best protect your...

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