Between working as a dog walker for years, owning two dog walking companies and teaching countless dog owners how to leash train their pups, I've learned a thing or two about how to solve leash-related problems and improve the walk experience. If your walk could use a little work, read on 'cuz this one's for you! 1. Treat walks as a training session, not a free for all. Your dog is always learning - learning how to do things you like, or learning to do things you don't lik
One of the first changes I make when working with a new client is I have them switch from bowl feeding to hand feeding. To a lot of people, it can seem like a tedious switch to make (aka a lot more work!) but there are so many advantages to adopting this routine with your dog. First of all, hand feeding reinforces a leadership dynamic and teaches your dog that all good things in life come through you. This has nothing to do with outdated ideas about the domination/submissio
Unreliable recalls are a common complaint among dog owners. Generally speaking, there are two primary reasons for this.
One - rock solid recalls require a tremendous amount of training. Most dogs will come when called inside the home, but get the dog outside in a high-distraction environment and all bets are off. It is absolutely crucial to train your recall amidst all kinds of distractions once your dog has learned the command in a low distraction setting. This is not a
I love marker training. It's great for teaching obedience commands and it is incredibly helpful for behavioral modification. Using markers in your training will help your dog learn faster and will streamline the training process. A marker indicates to the dog when the desired behavior has been offered. Many trainers use clickers as markers (of which I am a big fan), but a simple word (such as "yes") used consistently every time the dog gets it right will do just fine. The
Are you feeling restless? Do you need more fun in your life? Do you feel like you're losing that spark that you once had? When was the last time you laughed together...REALLY laughed together? I'm talking about you and your dog, of course! Daily play time is essential for your dog, but it doesn't have to be boring for you. Hide-&-go seek is one of my all time favorite games to play with dogs...and here's why! 1. It helps cultivate a killer Sit-stay. This game involves p
Over the weekend, I met with a new client whose recently adopted Terrier mix is terrior-izing (haha new word) her two cats. His high prey drive makes him want to chase anything that wriggles, squiggles, runs or jumps. This can create a lot of stress in a household with more than one animal. Fortunately, there are many ways to work with this drive so that you can bring more peace and harmony into your life and your dog's too. Here are some tips for all you humans with high