One of the questions I’m asked most often is how old should my dog be before I start formal training. As far as I’m concerned that’s an easy answer, 4 month (16 weeks). At four months old your puppy is like a blank canvas waiting to be painted with all the training you want for your new family member. At four months your dog hasn’t developed a bunch of bad habits and he’ll never be easier to physically manipulate because he’s getting bigger everyday.Continue reading
It can be very helpful to teach your dog to “go to bed” or to learn the “place” command. Many times a dog may hang around the door when you have visitors going in and out, or he may be under foot in the kitchen or when you’re doing something else. Being able to send your dog to “his place” is a good way to handle these situations. Here are a couple of ways to train this command.Continue reading
Have you ever wondered why your dog sometimes sits on your feet? There can be several different reasons for this behavior and I bet if you ask 10 people you’re probably get 10 different answers. In this article will discuss some of the reasons.Continue reading
Quite often I will have a client with a young dog that that is suffering from submissive peeing. This can usually be a huge concern for a new dog owner that has not had any experience with this in the past. I hope this article will give you a few tips if you have a dog that is suffering from submissive peeing.Continue reading
If you’re a dog owner then you have probably had the pleasure of buying toys for your dog. It’s fun to pick out a great new toy and bring it home. What’s not fun is watching your dog destroy it in 30 seconds! There are lots of toys that claim to be “indestructible” but are there really indestructible dog toys? It depends.Continue reading
It’s hard to imagine, but at one time there were no structured dog training methods. Today, of course, we have lots of dog trainers and several different approaches to training dogs. The Koehler method of dog training is the oldest formal method of dog training, based on the traditional dog training methods that were used […]Continue reading
Recently I received a call from a lady who told me about her dog showing aggression toward another dog in the family and being so fearful that it WOULD NOT leave the yard to go for a walk. We scheduled an appointment for me to take a look and here is what I found.Continue reading
If you’ve ever wondered why some dogs are submissive, as opposed to dominant, the short answer is because somebody has to be. Dogs, like wolves, have a pack social structure. This means that there is a hierarchical social order, with a dominant leader at the top and other wolves/dogs filling other roles in the order below.Continue reading
Some dogs can be allergic to mosquitoes. However, it’s not always easy to know if this is what your dog is allergic to or not.
Mosquito bites on a dog generally look like lots of other insect bites. They may appear as a tiny bump. The bite may or may not get any larger. It may linger for a day or for several days.