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Adolescence: What Happened to My Puppy?!?!

All animals, including dogs, grow through developmental phases. The adolescent phase begins at around seven months of age and can continue until around 18 months of age. Early training and behavior management makes an enormous difference in adult behavior outcomes. Puppy training is a great beginning. Consistent use of learned obedience cues along with behavior […]

Clicker Training: What Is It? And How Does It Work?

Clicker training is a method initially used to train marine mammals. The clicker sound functions as a reward marker. It provides essential feedback for an animal’s correct response to a learned cue or offering a desirable behavior. The sound of the clicker quickly becomes relevant to the dog when it is followed by a reward, […]

Barking. Make It Stop!

Barking happens for various reasons.  What is the purpose of your dog’s vocalizing?  Understanding the purpose behind any undesirable behavior is the first step in changing it. The Attention Seeker Dogs learn quickly that barking at a human can result in obtaining his attention.  Remember that simple eye contact qualifies as attention in the dog’s […]

So Many Toys and Chews!! What to Buy????

Sorting through the quagmire of toy and chew options can be confusing…not to mention, expensive. The choices are overwhelming. The true test for great “dog stuff” involves productive, constructive FUN, safety, and durability. Toys vs. Chews It helps to separate your dog’s playthings into two categories: toys and chews. You and your dog play together […]

Handling Tolerance: How to Install and Maintain It

Some dogs are snuggle-bugs. Some really are not; they prefer limited touching and a wider “zone”.  Regardless of your dog’s preference, it’s important to install and maintain his appreciation of petting and demonstrations of physical affection.  Too much of a good thing is often de-valued and too much unwelcome attention sets up for avoidance.  Either […]

Multiple Dog Households: Is This For You? Or Done Deal.

Dog are social animals, with a group mentality. For some individuals, this group includes both humans and other dogs.  But, many dogs thrive best as an “only”, preferring to share their home environments solely with humans.  Should yours be a multi-dog household?  Carefully consider your motives and the impact on your already-established canine friend.  Perhaps […]

Let Sleeping Dogs Lie… But Not on the Sofa

It’s easy to take the favorite chair, sofa, and other human resting spots for granted. It is, simply, furniture.  There’s a broader import from the dog’s perspective, though.  The sofa, upholstered chairs, and the bed appear to be the safest and most comfy resting areas in the environment, aka your home.  This is a “resource” […]

The Trouble with Expectations

I’ve heard it said that expectations are pre-meditated disappointments and frustrations. It’s natural to have expectations when a new dog arrives in the home.  Perhaps you have owned dogs in the past or spent time in the presence of friends’ dogs.  We all want the idyllic and harmonious companionship we imagined when the decision was […]

Doggy Gift Guide for Savvy Shoppers

T’is the season to buy gifts for our loved ones.  Do you know anyone who doesn’t include the dog on the holiday gift list?  Sorting through the quagmire of treat and toy options can be confusing…not to mention, expensive. Toys vs. Chews It helps to separate your dog’s playthings into two categories:  toys and chews.  […]

Get Ready for Guests

As the holiday season descends upon us, along come family and friends.  It’s a fun and busy time of year.  If you have confidence in your dog’s hosting qualities, hats off to you.  If you have a few nagging doubts, here is a pre-season checklist to consider. Guest and Party Basics Let’s start at the […]