Choosing the Right Dog Food For Your Dog

Finally there is a resource to help dog owners choose the right dog food for their situation and their dog! I am of the opinion that dry dog food (kibble) is the bottom rung on the ladder. Dogs bodies are not designed to eat kibble — they’re designed to eat raw meat.  Your dog doesn’t… Continue reading Choosing the Right Dog Food For Your Dog

Why Walking Your Dog Doesn’t Count as Exercise

Why Walking Your Dog Doesn’t Count as Exercise — No Matter How Much You Walk! One of the first questions I ask prospective clients is, “How much exercise does your dog get and in what form?” I start with this because dogs that don’t get enough physical and mental stimulation often have behavioral issues.Without daily… Continue reading Why Walking Your Dog Doesn’t Count as Exercise

Dog Relationships as a Gauge

Let’s shift our focus momentarily from how to train our dogs to how we pay attention to our dogs. The insight from this new perspective might surprise you, and may even help you find a more centered, deeper connection with your dog.  Keep in mind, dogs are often prescribed as therapy animals. They have an… Continue reading Dog Relationships as a Gauge

It’s All in the Details!

An article in “Cell Metabolism” last month talks about a recent finding that reminds me, in many ways, of my approach to training dog owners. The author writes that it’s not what we eat that matters as much as how we eat it! The study showed that mice can eat whatever they want and won’t… Continue reading It’s All in the Details!

Dog Behavior Simplified

Why do dogs behave the way they do? There are as many factors motivating dog behavior as there are dogs and situations. To complicate matters, every behavior your dog exhibits is motivated by many factors rather than just one. Understanding these motivations can be greatly simplified by grouping them into two categories — the “behavioral”… Continue reading Dog Behavior Simplified

Distinctive Dog Training

Happy holidays to all! I hope everyone is staying warm and enjoying the time of year — and especially getting outside with your dogs. As many of you know, I don’t have a dog at the present time. This surprises people more than any other fact about me. See my recent blog article titled “Dog… Continue reading Distinctive Dog Training

Be Reasonable

Be Reasonable — Especially in Dog Training   The most frequent dog training question I get asked is, “How do I change this behavior?” The behavior might be pulling on the leash, jumping on people, chewing, digging, aggression, etc. This seems like a reasonable question to ask, but I believe there is a more fundamental… Continue reading Be Reasonable

Dog Trainer, not Dog Owner

Clients often ask me what kind of dog I have. Most are quite surprised to find out that I’m not a dog owner. I’ve had a few over the years, but I don’t currently have one and have no plans to get another any time soon. When asked why, I offer one of the following… Continue reading Dog Trainer, not Dog Owner

Why I Would Never Get a Puppy

A client with two small children and an eight week old English Bulldog once said to me, “Puppies are much more difficult to raise than kids. It’s like having a baby that doesn’t wear a diaper.” Most people considering getting a puppy have no idea what they are getting themselves into. I often tell clients… Continue reading Why I Would Never Get a Puppy

Effective Corrective

There are many ways to train a dog to do anything you want him/her to do. The methods used by trainers reflect this and run the gamut. Some trainers use positive reinforcement only – they only reward desired behavior; while others use shock collars exclusively to discourage unwanted behaviors. I prefer a balanced approach that… Continue reading Effective Corrective

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