Chewing Frustrations?

Is your floor littered with stuffing? Does it look like it just snowed in your living room? Are your rugs sporting tufts? Well, congratulations - it sounds like you’ve got yourself a dog! All dog lovers know this: when dogs are bored or puppies are achy, they do what comes naturally—they chew! 

Like kids, puppies like to investigate anything new. Kids use their hands (usually) to pick up, feel and move objects whereas puppies use the

Is your floor littered with stuffing? Does it look like it just snowed in your living room? Are your rugs sporting tufts? Well, congratulations - it sounds like you’ve got yourself a dog! All dog lovers know this: when dogs are bored or puppies are achy, they do what comes naturally—they chew! 

Like kids, puppies like to investigate anything new. Kids use their hands (usually) to pick up, feel and move objects whereas puppies use their mouths. It’s actually a good sign of normal development. 

Even as your puppy matures, he’ll investigate new things by picking them up in his/her mouth. 

ir mouths. It’s actually a good sign of normal development. 

Even as your puppy matures, he’ll investigate new things by picking them up in his/her mouth. 

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House training a new puppy or rescue dog!

If you’re new to dogs, you’re likely enamored and baffled by your new baby’s routines and behaviors. House training might seem like an unfathomable goal, but I’ve got a perfect remedy that is both simple and positive.

Think of your dog like a toddler: a toddler who speaks a slightly different language but who can still learn to go to one area to do his/her business. Consider the similarities -

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Games That Train! Teach Your Dog & Puppy Good Manners The Fun Way

I don’t know about you, but when it comes to my kids, (both four-legged & two-legged) home is not school. I never sat down and made my kids study the alphabet; sure we read books and played letter games like I Pack My Grandmother’s Trunk, but I didn’t spend tons of time quizzing them. I left that for their teachers.

In my mind anyway, home is a place I want everyone to feel valued, safe and respected.

In my work, with dogs and other pets, I help my clients see that raising a dog (or any other animal) right can be fun and should never feel like a battle. Most animals, and especially dogs, can learn routines and words.

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Is Your Dog Feeling Sibling Rivalry? Getting A Dog Trainer’s Perspective When Your Dogs Fight.

The other day a client called, wanting my perspective on a problem she just couldn't solve. Two years ago she'd adopted two Labradoodle puppies, and together we potty trained Ruby and Rosco and taught them good manners with fun & enthusiasm. Within months, they responded to all the basic directions - including sit, stay, come, go to a place and leave it. They were model family dogs, happily walking on a loose leash with the family's six-year-old daughter, Becky.

On the phone, Sue, AKA Ruby & Rosco's mom, outlined her aggravation.

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Training the Good Enough Dog or Pup Positive DIY Lessons That Make Learning Fun and Problems Disappear!

Your dog doesn't need an Advanced Agility title or a Pet Therapy certification to be special, any more than a child needs to be a concert pianist or star athlete to earn their parent’s respect and adoration. The "Good Enough Dog", like a "Good Enough Child", makes every day a pleasure.

But how do you get there?

For starters, be a "Good Enough Parent". Someone who teaches your dog words and habits so she knows how to act in all situations. A "Good Enough Dog" knows to keep four paws on the ground, bark only long enough to alert her family and put her parents’ voice above all other distractions. She doesn’t pull on the leash, comes when called & sits down for greetings. 

So, where do you find a "Good Enough Dog"? She’s right at the end of your leash. You just need to encourage her consistently with love, patience, and reinforcement. With simple words and clear direction, your dog will soon be "Good Enough". And a "Good Enough Dog" is great!

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Quick DIY Dog Training Tip for Greeting Enthusiasts (including jumpers, crotch sniffers or barkers)

Young kids get excited when someone new comes to the house. They like to see who's visiting - to check them out. Some kids will even ham it up, hungry for attention and determined to be center stage.

Here in Doglandia, dogs are just like kids! When somebody comes into your home, he/she is entering what your dog considers her den. Your dog will naturally want to come and see who’s visiting.  

But here is where chaos can erupt...

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Training Dogs & Children to the Dangers of Thin Ice: Plus A Happy-ending Video

We teach our children water safety, to never go out on the ice alone and to watch for signs of thin ice. Ever wonder, "Can I teach my dog water & ice safety?". You sure can! A recent outing brought this lesson home, and thankfully had a very happy ending!

This past weekend was a beauty: the weather app promising sunny Spring-like weather, though the calendar still read mid-February. I packed leashes, snow boots, sled and grabbed my husband for an excursion to one of our favorite hiking spots. Driving north, past lakes, reservoirs, streams, and rivers I couldn’t help noticing the most dangerous signs of rising temperature: thin ice.   

“We packed Tally Ho’s drag leash right?” I called back to my kids. Thumbs pointed up, “Roger that!”. Although our other dogs avoid wet like the plague, Tally is a curious 100-pound water puppy, who though schooled to the properties of ice and water, is like other young, energetic dogs, who race around first and think later.

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Gift Splurge For Dogs & Puppies and the Parents Who Love Them So Dear!

How’d we end up on December 21st? I’m still getting over the election! 

While my two-legged puppies gift list is satisfied, I haven’t gotten a thing for the plethora of fur children who ornament my home with their unconditional adoration and good cheer. Bad Mommy!

I know I can count on local shops, and Chewy.com in a pinch, but I do have some picky pets & pet parents who won’t be satisfied with any generic Kong toy, catnip or ball. For these picky-uns, I had to dig a little deeper.  

Below I’ve compiled a list of unique finds, that I have discovered through hip clients and creative sellers. Anything strike your fancy? Please share with us & add it to the list!  

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What’s the Best Harness to Use to Walk Your Dog? Choose the Front Clip Chest Harness - It’s A Walk In the Park! (And a great stocking stuffer too!)

If you’ve ever walked a dog, chances are you’ve been pulled by a dog too. Now that winter is here, it’s more important than ever to get your dog’s leash walking skills in shape. Familiar with this situation? Dog pulls on the leash in an effort to increase meandering. Human pulls back to increase restriction. This combination of pulling away and pulling back puts pressure on the dog’s collar and he starts to choke & feel very anxious, and more times than not human lands hard on their behind!

In an effort to stay on my feet and more so for the beautiful benefits a cooperative walk can bring to both myself and my furry kids, I’m a big fan of the front clip harness. Most harnesses encourage a sled dog mentality: with the leash clipped across the shoulder, dogs forge ahead when they feel a tug. No-pull harnesses, however, restrain dogs across pressure points, which prevents pulling. It’s magical! 

Not only do I suggest them for clients, I’ve got my own personal collection: a red one for Boozle - my little pirate; a pink one for Hootenanny, who is, well, a Hootenanny & our girly girl, and a striking royal blue one for Tally Ho, my 100-pound baby! 

Recently, when my schedule blossomed with Daucsies, Bulldogs & Mastiffs, I set out to discover the variation of front clip harnesses on the market to see which ones work best for specific breeds & body types.  

After hours of reading and note taking, I struck gold!

A true expert - Meet Samantha Randall from Top Dog Tips! After speaking with me at length, I asked her if she would be so kind as to write a guest blog. Lucky me and lucky you, she said yes!  

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Why Bulldogs and Other Flat-face, Brachycephalic Breeds (French Bulldogs, Pugs, Etc.) Show Aggression towards Visitors and Strangers

Have you ever raced up to a bully breed only to have it stiffen up, turn away or lunge at you. Love a bully but wonder why they suddenly adopted stranger danger and visitor violence at about a year of age?  I have some insights that might help.  First I'd like you to meet a friend of mine.  His name is Sal.

Monday morning came, and I couldn’t wait to see Sal!  

Sal is one of my square-faced, saddle back puppy clients - a sweet, chubby faced bulldog who I almost packed up in my training bag when it came time to leave. 

But wait! Seven months had passed since our puppy series ended. Sal isn't a pudgy, roly-poly pup anymore. Sal is a big adolescent boy. And true to adolescents of all species, it not a pretty time. Although he is as cute as ever!

While all young dogs do something naughty, tree the neighbor's cat, dig up the flower garden, or eat the couch, Sal had just started to lunge and bark at people who approached him. Aggression in the dog world is a four letter word.  

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