To Be or Not to be…a dog’s dog

To Be or Not to be…a dog’s dog

We all want our dogs to be friendly to other dogs—and shouldn’t it come naturally? Dogs are social, after all. So why
does an otherwise sweet-natured canine buddy turn into a killjoy at the park? One reason is that dogs can be introverts, too. Like humans, they can have bad days and they occasionally form instant dislikes to certain dogs, or feel uncomfortable meeting strangers. But we get to choose our friends and are free to avoid anyone we can’t stand. Dogs pretty much have to go wherever we take them.

Five Keys to a Safe Halloween

Five Keys to a Safe Halloween

I asked my students in class last night: what’s your plan for your puppy on Halloween? I got 6 blank stares. No one had thought about what to do with the dog! And because most of the dogs were new to their homes, owners and dogs had no experience with the perils of Halloween. Here are five tips to have a safe and happy Halloween with your dog:

Top 5 Tips for Dog-People Greetings

Top 5 Tips for Dog-People Greetings

It’s holiday season and that means lots of visiting and visitors. Follow these tips so that your dog is welcome to say hi to anyone on the street or at home.

1. No pulling to say hi.

The goal is a polite, composed greeting, so it won’t do to rush in like a sled dog crossing the finish line at Iditarod. Insist on a loose leash approach.

Nosework FAQs

Nosework FAQs

Nose work, scent work, scent detection, sport detection…..

…..It doesn’t matter what you call it – it’s a sport for pet dogs, based on real life bomb, drug or contraband detection.

What are the dogs searching for, if it’s not bombs or drugs?

In this sport, dogs search for specific essential oils. Each trialing organization in nose work has their own preferred oils – birch, wintergreen, anise, clove, pine and thyme are just some of the oils that dogs learn to search for.

3 Simple Fixes for Food Training Gone Wrong

3 Simple Fixes for Food Training Gone Wrong

I love using food in training.

Close up or at a distance, it’s dead easy to deliver as a reward and dogs generally love it and want to work for it. 

Some dogs will do cartwheels for cheerios (can anyone say “Labrador Retriever”)?  

Food can be used not only as the perfect reinforcement  for good behaviour, but it can also be used as a lure. Luring with food, i.e. getting a dog to target a food treat with his nose, can be used to elicit an amazing array of behaviours.