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...

Own and Embrace Mistakes as Learning Opportunities

In my training, I WANT my dogs to make mistakes. I embrace them. I believe that dogs learn just as much from getting it wrong as they do from getting it right; they learn what doesn’t work! I want my dogs to be able to learn that, for instance, the reward doesn’t come...

Do You Train Children Too?

It’s interesting how you hear some comments over and over. Most are meant in jest, but I suspect there is some desire hidden in them. Here are a few that I hear often from my clients: “I wish you could move in for a month and train my puppy!”  Wouldn’t that be great;...

Parvo vs. Aggression

I was working with new clients the other day. A really nice family with a very high energy puppy! When we started talking about exercise, walks in particular, I was told that their vet advised them not to take the puppy out of the house until 2 weeks after finishing...

Service dog? Therapy dog? Emotional Support dog?

The other day a friend of mine asked me what the difference between these 3 was. I figured if she was confused then there were probably a lot of other people out there that are confused as well. So let me clear things up for you! Service dogs are trained to perform a...