Author Archives: Mark Mansfield
Author Archives: Mark Mansfield
When beginning obedience training there is quite often one request from my client. They want the dog to be able to work for all members of the family including mom, dad as well as the kids. I always explain that it is a very reasonable request and after the dog is trained we will teach the entire family how to work with the trained dog.Continue reading
Believe it or not there are a bunch of dangerous things for your dog right in your own backyard. Everything from poisonous plants, choking dangers and even a fence that isn’t adequate. In this article we will discuss some of those dangers so you can watch out for them.Continue reading
I get calls quite often from people wanting to know what would be a great dog to get for the family since they have children. They’re looking for a dog that is kid friendly and will make a good addition to the family. Of course there isn’t one particular breed that’s the best for everybody but I do have four of them that I usually recommend. Let me tell you about them now.
Let’s start off with the Labrador Retriever. To put it simply I love labs. Labs are great dogs and they usually love everybody. The fact that they have a short coat means they are easy for grooming purposes, however keep in mind that they do shed quite a bit.Continue reading
Having a dominant puppy can lead to all types of problems as your puppy grows into an adult dog. Being able to identify these dominant signals is important so that you will be able to correct the problems before they become habits. Training your puppy should start at 4 to 6 months of age and the earlier the better to keep from developing these bad traits.Continue reading
The question is, should I take my puppy to kindergarten classes? The answer is, maybe and maybe not and let me tell you what I mean. There are a lot of pros and cons on whether a young puppy should be socializing with other puppies and running the risk of catching a disease such as Parvovirus. Let’s talk more about it.
When I talk about a puppy I’m talking about a dog younger than 16 weeks of age. Usually puppy kindergarten classes are for dogs from 8 to 16 weeks old. The main purpose of a puppy kindergarten class is for socialization because at that age there are actually two young to do any formal obedience training.Continue reading
OK, let’s be honest what isn’t there to like about a lab. If you’ve ever owned a lab you know what fantastic pets they make and if you haven’t owned a lab previously I hope this article will help you decide to choose a lab for your next pet.
I think one of the things I like best about labs is their friendly nature to people and other dogs as well. Now don’t get me wrong just like with every puppy it needs to be socialized so it stays friendly as it gets older.Continue reading
For some people having a well-trained dog is a must. For other people having a well-trained dog would just be nice. No matter which way you look at it however there are two commands that are absolutely essential for any dog. These are commands that could save your dog’s life.Continue reading
Adopting a dog from a shelter or a breed rescue is an excellent way to get a dog and in the process you’re saving a life. However there are a few things that you should avoid when adopting that new dog for your family. This article is going to touch base on some of the things that you should avoid and watch out for.Continue reading