It can be very surprising (and even scary) if your dog growls at you over something like food, a bone or chew, or a toy. Rest assured, there is help! As a dog trainer along the CT shoreline, I love to address this topic in our puppy classes, because at that age, we are
Summer has arrived in full force, and it's hot and humid out there. Dogs don't tolerate heat as well as humans. Be sure to follow these 5 rules as you're getting your dog their daily exercise. LEAVE your dog at home. It may seem like a good idea to include your dog in your
Having a dog who will come when called is often top of every dog owners list. Not only is it convenient to have a dog who will come but it could save your dog's life. How do you get your dog to come bounding towards you when he hears his name? You train it.
(adapted from Whole Dog Journal article, Five Steps to Unwanted Behavior by Mardi Richmond, CPDT-KA) Is your dog counter surfing? Chewing? Digging? it might be instinctive to should "No!" when your dog is doing something that you don't like, but at best, this might interrupt him for a moment. It doesn't do anything to
Adolescence, or your dog's teenage years, usually begins between 9-12 months, although smaller dogs will start earlier and large breed dogs will start later (and end later, even up to 2 years of age). The first year of a dog's life is equivalent to the first fourteen years of life for a human.
Tick numbers are on the rise! Are you doing everything you can to protect your dog from tick-borne diseases? The most common tick-borne diseases are Ehrilichoisis, Anaplasmosis, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Hepatozoonosis, Babesiosis, and, of course, Lyme disease. Many diseases found in ticks can be transmitted to both dogs and humans. So how can you protect yourself
Having a dog growl at you can be a surprising experience. Having your dog growl at you can be downright upsetting. Many people think you should punish your dog when they growl. I am here to tell you NOT to!! Growls are Communication Dogs growl as a means of communicating that they are upset.
Teaching your puppy to use her mouth gently is an important part of raising your puppy - perhaps one of the top two most vital skills you'll teach (the other being positively socializing them to our human world). As a "clicker trainer", we always focus on creating clear communication with our dogs to communicate
Want an awesome, well-behaved dog? You have to start early! We love this list of tips on how to raise a rock-star puppy, to grow into a well-behaved adolescent dog and an awesome adult dog! Check out the full article here. Tips for building your puppy’s confidence: Have play dates with fully vaccinated, confident dogs of all
Separation Anxiety or Boredom? Have you ever had the experience of coming home to a clawed up couch or a new installation of "artwork" courtesy of your dog, medium: brand new expensive shoe, favorite pen, and TV remote? Or are the areas around your windows or doors being clawed to shreds, your neighbors tell