Help! My Dog is Crazy!

Is your dog just over the top hyper? We’ve all heard that a tired dog is a good dog, but what if the more you exercise your dog, the more energetic he is?  Then it’s time to stop increasing the exercise and teach your dog to “DO NOTHING”! The common thought is that...

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5 Dog and Baby Myths Debunked

Are you ready to prepare your pooch for a new baby? Make sure you know the myths from the facts when it comes to dogs and babies.  Dog and Baby Myth #1: Bring a blanket home for Fido to sniff. Many experts advise letting your dog smell a blanket that your baby has...

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Teach Your Dog to Swim

With a few exceptions, most dogs are natural swimmers. However, that does not mean all dogs like to swim. But, with a little patience, and some tasty treats, you can teach your dog to enjoy swimming. At the very least, it is important to teach your dog how to get out...

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Positive Does Not Mean Permissive!

Just because I train my dogs using positive reinforcement does not mean I am permissive. I do not simply ignore "bad" behavior, I address it. In my training, I choose to use a mix of acceptable reinforcers and acceptable punishers. However, that never includes...

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Is It Play or Something Else?

Safe, healthy play between dogs can provide exercise, fun and help build social skills. Puppies need play to learn proper dog – dog communication and how to get along with others. Rough or inappropriate play can cause more harm than good. “Bad” play can leave a dog...

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Is Your Dog Afraid of Fireworks?

For many of us the 4th of July means fun, friends, food and fireworks. But it may not be so much fun for our dogs. Fireworks can be terrifying to some dogs! Shelters report that the 5th of July is the one of busiest days of the year. More dogs are...

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