We all know how useful treats are when teaching your dog certain behaviors, but have you ever noticed that your dog likes one treat at home but could care less about it when out and about? Or maybe after 10 minutes of training they lose interest in their favorite treat? When it comes to treats, variety is the spice of life! I have no less than 3 types of treats in my treat bag at any given time. I use treats with different flavors and textures so I can keep the dogs interested throughout the entire training session.
So what treats do I use and recommend?
If you have ever had training session with me, you have probably heard me talk about using food that seems like treats...
The quick answer? Immediately! But it's not what you think.
Training your dog is not just getting your dog to sit. When I talk about training, I am talking about your day to day interactions with your dog.
As soon as you bring a dog into your home, you need to lay out the rules. If you don't, they have no idea what is expected of them. If you aren't clear about what is right and wrong, you set your dog up to fail. And in turn you get frustrated because your dog is being a "bad dog", when in their mind they are just doing normal dog things like chewing, barking, etc.
The behaviors that you allow to happen become a habit. So if you don't like that behavior, don't allow it to continue. How do you stop the beh...
Group classes focus on obedience, socialization, and listening to owners in the midst of distractions. Obedience training involves teaching your dog to reliably respond to commands that you give them. AKA what most people think of when they begin the process of training their dogs. Common commands are sit, down, stay, come. They help your dog see you as someone to take direction from and it also helps you bond with your dog because obedience training is fun.
Group classes are beneficial because they help build a working relationship between you and your dog. The commands taught can be very useful in everyday life to manage your dog. I sprinkl...
I often get asked what I feed my dogs so I thought I would write a blog post about it. First let me start off by saying that proper nutrition is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT for the health and longevity of your dog. Many health issues are rooted in bad nutrition and putting your dog on good, high quality food makes a world of difference.
Currently I am feeding my dogs and 50/50 split of kibble and raw food diets. I feed them kibble for their morning meal and raw for their evening meal. I like to feed the kibble and raw separately because there is research that says kibble and raw food digest at different rates so it is best to feed one type of food at a time (I've also heard that it is really not a big deal to mix the...
Over the past few weeks this has come up so often that I feel I need to make a public service announcement. Your dog might be the best dog that ever lived but you could be making him look bad. I would like to think that most dog owners have the best intentions but are just uninformed about proper dog protocol. So, I have come up with a short list that will keep you from ruffling the feathers of other dog owners and keep everyone happy and safe.
1. Keep your dog on a leash when approaching other people or dogs.
I am not telling you that you can never have your dog off leash, I am just telling you to be smart about it. Make sure you have proper off-leash control of your dog (extremely reliable recall). When yo...
Did you know that dogs tend to misbehave and get into trouble when they are bored??
Here are some easy to make boredom busters you can give your pup when you need some quiet time or plan to leave them home alone.
Just take some fillable chews, fill them with wet food and put them in the freezer!
*Remember to always supervise your dog when giving them new treats and chews...while most dogs can chew these safely, there is always that one dog that manages to bite off big pieces and can't be trusted to chew alone.*
The Kong is best for the super aggressive chewers, the bone will hold up to strong chewers, and the hoof is best for lighter chewers.