How coffee made me think about setting up easy-peasy dog training

How coffee made me think about setting up easy-peasy dog training

My kitchen is a decent size but not the most efficient.

A couple of years ago when I started drinking more coffee at home, my kettle was in the northeast corner of the counter, my coffee paraphernalia was to the west of that in a cupboard, and my compost pail was in the south east corner…the sink was in the middle of all that. But the whole ‘system’ wasn’t working. You know where this is going, right?…

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.

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.

5 Keys to a Safe Halloween

5 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...