How to Use Rewards for the Best Trained Dog

How to Use Rewards for the Best Trained Dog

  It is absolutely possible to have a well-trained dog without the use of choke chains or shock collars! My current dog, who is now 4 years old, hikes off-leash and comes when called. Normally, I do not carry treats with me. Do I sometimes have to “tune him up”...

Fighting Pack-Mates, Oh My!

A veterinarian asked me one time if I handled inner-pack aggression. I winced, took a deep breath and said something non-committal. I’ve given a lot of thought to that over the years. Dogs usually don’t fight in a vacuum. The humans are part of the mix....
Overly Reactive Dogs

Overly Reactive Dogs

What is really happening when your dog loses his mind. “Reactive” as it relates to dogs, simply describes dogs that “lose their mind” in certain situations. The behaviors associated with reactivity can involve barking, lunging, barking, screaming, barking...

New Dog Adjustment Period

New dogs need time to adjust. The rule of thumb is four to twelve months. It does not matter if the dog’s background was bad or pretty good, nor does it matter that your home is wonderful. Change is stressful for most dogs. It will take four months for them to begin...