The work starts immediately upon bringing your puppy home. No puppy should leave it’s mother or litter mates before 8 weeks of age. Of course there will occasionally be exceptions with rescue puppies. There are crucial social interactions that are needed prior to that time with their puppy family. It is important that their next … Continue reading Puppies! Let the fun begin!
We Are Force Free Canine Professionals
This is a good share and so true today. We humanize our dogs and expect them to be perfect and never display dog behaviors. They are after all dogs and it is our job to help them cope in our human world. Our private in-home consults help you gain the exact help you need. A … Continue reading We Are Force Free Canine Professionals
Dangers of Positive Punishment
“I’ve witnessed firsthand the destructive power of shock collars in dog training. Shock collar and electric fence companies will tell you they’re not harmful when used ‘correctly,’ but this is false. What they don’t tell you about is the damage these devices can do, both to the human/canine bond and to a dog’s emotional stability. … Continue reading Dangers of Positive Punishment
Effective Use of Management and Training
(Great tips for the Holidays!) When work with clients one of the first things we talk about is proper management. That is the use of management so dogs can’t practice behaviors we don’t want. What our dogs practice, they get better at! Until consistent training can occur management is very helpful. An example of this … Continue reading Effective Use of Management and Training
Do you trust your veterinarian?
Of course you do, and that is the best place to find your dog trainer. In fact the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behaviorists has made the following recommendations to veterinarians about dog training: Does reward-based training mean that dogs are allowed to do unwanted behaviors?Use of reward-based methods does not mean dogs are allowedto … Continue reading Do you trust your veterinarian?
My Dog Pulls, What Do I Do? We can help you have a dog that walks nicely on a leash. Unfortunately we often inadvertently reward pulling by following our dog. In other words pulling never happened until we connected the human to the other end of the leash! Different equipment, such as no-pull harness can … Continue reading
Weather Safety with Dogs
Dog safety in hot weather is important! Since their only method of cooling is thru a nose and their feet they struggle more with hot weather than some of their humans. Here is some good information courtesy of a course I took with PetTech: Rule of 120. This is a number based on temperature plus … Continue reading Weather Safety with Dogs
Compassionate Training Solutions
We use only the most current science-based training methods. We want to insure you get the very best training possible. Our mission is to help initiate the changes and teach you and your dog how to maintain the work. Here is some great information from the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior on dog training:“Many … Continue reading Compassionate Training Solutions
Training Should Be Fun!
I had a new private client today. She has previously hired a non-force free trainer to help with her 8 month old German Shepherd Dog. After a couple of sessions the dog started to try to hide from the trainer. The training was not enjoyable to the dog. The dog was failing at recalls, probably … Continue reading Training Should Be Fun!
How to Pick the Right Dog Trainer
Dog training is an unregulated industry. In most states in the U.S. anyone may call them selves a dog trainer. As a dog owner it is up to you to find the right trainer to help you and your dog. So what should you look for? Here are some essential dog trainer requirements: 1. Knowlege. … Continue reading How to Pick the Right Dog Trainer