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 Random thoughts from a Dog Trainer

Incompatible Behavior…What?

What is an Incompatible Behavior? The simple answer is a behavior that is taught, so the learner cannot do a less desired behavior. Let's think of a few examples of when this might be true. This works in every day life just like it works in dog training, so we will...

Fussy Eaters Anonymous

Most dogs will eat their food happily and readily, but what about our dogs who are a little fussier about eating? Do you have a dog who is a little reluctant to eat? Have you decided to switch from free feeding to set meal times? We may never know why some dogs are...

Bringing Home Puppy

New puppies are so much fun, but they can be a ton of work!!! I brought home a puppy a little over two years ago and the months and weeks leading up to bringing my little bundle of joy home were full of excitement and planning! So much planning and prep was going on...

Parasites & How to Prevent Them!

When we ring in a new year, many of us make pledges to live a healthier lifestyle. But what about a healthier lifestyle for our furry friends? Many pet owners take their dogs and cats to a veterinarian for annual wellness exams, and during those visits vaccinations...

Veterinary Waiting Room Etiquette

As a pet owner, dog trainer, and part-time veterinary assistant, I have spent a fair amount of time in the waiting room at the veterinarian's office. While in the waiting room, I have seen some close calls between dogs which were scary for someone who is fluent in dog...

Wildly Friendly Dogs

Let’s take a deep dive into why dogs jump up on people, how to prevent it, and how to retrain our dogs to not jump up. For many people a wildly friendly dog can be dangerous. Grandma cannot withstand the impact of Fido’s exciting greetings with his sharp nails and...

House Training Troubleshooting

House training, or teaching your puppy where you would like him or her to eliminate, is one of the most important skills a puppy can learn. Learning this skill can have a huge impact on the puppy's quality of life. If a puppy is unable to consistently eliminate...

Confessions from a Dog Trainer – Sit Fido Sit!

It never fails. Every new class session, every new private lesson, and every time I go to dog owners' homes, I generally hear the same thing. Frantic owners saying "Sit! Sit Fido Sit!!!" and "I promise Fido knows how to sit!" I am not entirely sure what is going on in...

When Saying Goodbye is Hard Enough

As an animal lover and pet owner, it is likely that you have experienced the difficult decision of having to say goodbye to your pet. The toughest part is when we, humans, must make that decision for our animals by choosing humane euthanasia. It might be an older dog,...

Surviving the Termite Phase of Puppyhood

One of the most common "problems" I get asked about as a dog trainer is how to keep puppies from chewing on anything and everything they can get their little puppy teeth on. I like to refer to this as the "termite phase." I started calling it this when I noticed a...
Incompatible Behavior…What?

Incompatible Behavior…What?

What is an Incompatible Behavior? The simple answer is a behavior that is taught, so the learner cannot do a less desired behavior. Let's think of a few examples of when this might be true. This works in every day life just like it works in dog training, so we will...

read more
Fussy Eaters Anonymous

Fussy Eaters Anonymous

Most dogs will eat their food happily and readily, but what about our dogs who are a little fussier about eating? Do you have a dog who is a little reluctant to eat? Have you decided to switch from free feeding to set meal times? We may never know why some dogs are...

read more
Bringing Home Puppy

Bringing Home Puppy

New puppies are so much fun, but they can be a ton of work!!! I brought home a puppy a little over two years ago and the months and weeks leading up to bringing my little bundle of joy home were full of excitement and planning! So much planning and prep was going on...

read more
Parasites & How to Prevent Them!

Parasites & How to Prevent Them!

When we ring in a new year, many of us make pledges to live a healthier lifestyle. But what about a healthier lifestyle for our furry friends? Many pet owners take their dogs and cats to a veterinarian for annual wellness exams, and during those visits vaccinations...

read more

Veterinary Waiting Room Etiquette

As a pet owner, dog trainer, and part-time veterinary assistant, I have spent a fair amount of time in the waiting room at the veterinarian's office. While in the waiting room, I have seen some close calls between dogs which were scary for someone who is fluent in dog...

Wildly Friendly Dogs

Let’s take a deep dive into why dogs jump up on people, how to prevent it, and how to retrain our dogs to not jump up. For many people a wildly friendly dog can be dangerous. Grandma cannot withstand the impact of Fido’s exciting greetings with his sharp nails and...

House Training Troubleshooting

House training, or teaching your puppy where you would like him or her to eliminate, is one of the most important skills a puppy can learn. Learning this skill can have a huge impact on the puppy's quality of life. If a puppy is unable to consistently eliminate...

When Saying Goodbye is Hard Enough

As an animal lover and pet owner, it is likely that you have experienced the difficult decision of having to say goodbye to your pet. The toughest part is when we, humans, must make that decision for our animals by choosing humane euthanasia. It might be an older dog,...

The Myth of a Sniff

We all grew up being told "hold out your hand, so the dog can sniff you." I have always wondered where this practice came from, and I am sure there are a number of dogs that would prefer people to not do this. Dogs have an AMAZING sense of smell! They do not need a...

Nom-Nom-Nom – Cookie Use in Canine Fitness

When I'm developing Canine Fitness plans, teaching group class, or presenting at a workshop, I always tend to get the same reaction at the amount of cookie/treats I'm encouraging my students to use: Why do you want me to feed my dog so many treats? or My dog knows how...

Let’s Go for a Ride…or NOT!

When going for a ride isn’t nearly as fun for your dog. Over the past few months I have had a number of clients who have had puppies that get car sick. Often the puppy will grow out of it, but sometimes the puppy will need a little bit of help to overcome it, and...