Dogs – The opportunistic thief

Dogs – The opportunistic thief

Ok, I was going to call this post "My Dog Ran Off With The Turkey," but that sounded like the dog and turkey eloped. No, what I'm talking about is theft. During this busy holiday season, many dogs will be stealing food. Food will disappear from counters, tables,...

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Dominance – Busting the Myth

Dominance – Busting the Myth

What role does dominance play in dog training? As a professional dog trainer, I get calls from people worried they wouldn't be able to train their dogs successfully. Much of the time, someone told them they "need to be more forceful" or "dominate." And that is not who...

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Come Racing To Me

Owning a dog that does not come when called can be inconvenient, severely limit the amount of fun you can have and be extremely dangerous.  My goal, when I call my dog is that it comes racing to me. Do you think these dogs can learn to come when called?   Neither...

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Fireworks – Dealing with scary sounds

Fireworks – Dealing with scary sounds

Fireworks make the 1rst of January and the 5th of July the busiest days of the year for animal shelters because dogs that are sound phobic will do anything to escape the sound of fireworks. Escaping causes many dogs to get lost, hit by cars, or traumatized, but owners...

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