December 8, 2016

Give your puppy a toy to play with, then call your puppy over to you & exchange toys. (Make sure the toy exchange is of equal value or greater). 

Usually puppies or dogs will drop what they have in their mouth for another toy. 

This will show your puppy that giving...

December 8, 2016

Bite Inhibition or Puppy Nipping

Puppies nip for several reasons.  Teething, playing, exploring and getting attention.  Like human babies, puppies explore everything through their mouths.  Teaching your pup that nipping is not polite can be frustrating.  Puppy teeth are...

October 20, 2016

Ways to effectively introduce your dog to other dogs.  What to look for to ensure a successful encounter.

  • Meet nose to rear, avoiding direct eye contact.

  • Keep encounters to 3 seconds for the first few meetings.

  • Maintain a close eye on the other dog’s body...

June 6, 2016

A friend of mine has a cat that hisses and scratches people he doesn't know.  This is a sign of fear.


Other signs of being scared for cats are:

  • ears flat back

  • leaning backwards

  • dilated pupils

  • fluffed out tail

  • "trying to get away" (flight or fight...

May 4, 2016


Patience is the key to success If you are patient and are ready to accept that perfect house training takes time, even months sometimes, you will end up having a good house trained dog. Commitment, consistency and intelligent use of positive re-enforcement will make y...

February 22, 2015

Client/Pet Parent:  I hired a trainer to come in my home and train my dog for me on a daily basis Monday through Firday for one hour a day.  After three weeks my dog still won't listen to me.  I have follow up lessons, but I’m not going to call her back.  This person d...

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