Let Sleeping Dogs Lie

  Is this a good or bad premise?     The training climate today is that you should be able to do anything to a dog without a bad reaction.  Well I do not agree.   There are definitely times to ‘Let Sleeping Dogs Lie’     So many people post pictures and videos of their children doing things to dogs that are very dangerous.  Children riding, hugging and kissing dogs are all potentially dangerous. 

Hidden dangers for your pets this Christmas.

Holiday times are full of joy and laughter, having get-togethers with friends and family. Don’t spoil your Christmas with an expensive trip to the veterinarian. Note: If your pet has consumed a dangerous item, or is acting abnormally, contact your veterinarian immediately. Here are some dangers that can ruin a holiday: Most people know that the bones from your chicken and turkey are not good for pets.  The cooked bones

How to make a dog pay attention

  Have you ever had that sinking feeling when you call your dog and it just keeps walking away. Sometimes they look at you and decide that something else is worth their attention, and they ignore you.   You are calling their name shouting and screaming and still they ignore you.    Well that can all change. You don’t believe it would happen with your dog.   Well try this simple technique. Do

                                                                                         Petting a dog is usually pleasurable for both you and the dog.  In fact studies have shown that just by petting a dog a human’s blood pressure will decrease.  This is a great benefit for both you and your dog. Sometimes brushing or combing a dog is not pleasurable, because the dog has mats and knots.  This means it hurts when the comb or brush gets stuck and

First Time Every Time Come When Called

Coming when called is one of the most misunderstood ’command’ in the dog training world. First of all it should not be a command but and invite. Come over to me and good things are going to happen is how the dog should perceive the word come. Loose dogs learn early on that when they come close to you after being called they are going to be put on a

Pee and Poop...what to do about it when things go wrong!

  Getting a puppy is a wonderful thing.  Teaching your pup that the correct place to relive himself is outside is relatively simple, But there is a lot of misinformation out there and this can go horribly wrong.   Dogs that go for two hour walks and without a pee or poop and then come into the house and immediately “go”.   It is so frustrating.  Then there are those that hide

So you got a puppy!!

What a wonderful addition to your family. But make sure that you will not be one of those terrible people who after a few weeks give the dog away ‘to a good home’. few simple techniques will help you in the early days so that your dog becomes the best dog anyone could ever have. Ignore all unwanted behaviour as far as possible, and only reward things you want to

Keeping your pets Safe during the Holidays

Sometimes we can forget that some things in the house at this time of year can be toxic to our furry friends.   Poinsettias are toxic and can easily be left where the animals chew on leaves.  Chocolate also has a toxic effect and a small dog can become very sick, even die with ingestion of chocolate.   Other plants that are in the home at this time of year are Holly

Pets as Gifts

Pets as gifts sounds like an awfully good idea.. actually it is an awful idea most of the time.  The giver of the gitt may think that the person, especially a child, will love the new “furbaby” and initially this may be so.   But a pet is at least a 10 yr commitment, with a lot of expense to the owner.  Can the person receiving the pet afford this expense? 

Dog Guru

    People often ask me how is that dogs obey me almost instantly. It is simple. I give undivided attention and positive feedback to dogs.   What this means is that when I meet a new dog I look it in the face and say to it “What a good dog “ And then caress behind the ears and on the chest. I then hold something that they want in such a