January is National Train Your Dog Month!!

Hundreds of thousands of dogs have been turned into animal shelters because their owners didn’t know how to deal with behavior problems and couldn’t find a reliable resource to help them. The Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) has selected January as the perfect...

Do You Recognize This Plant??

It has spiky leaves and a trunk that looks like a Pineapple. It’s a Sago Palm, a member of the Cycad family. Its hardy, easy to grow and drought tolerant, which makes it a popular ornamental plant for homes and yards. It’s also toxic to pets! While all parts of the...

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...

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...

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...