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Senior Dog Training – Is it too late?

It can happen to any pet owner: suddenly (or so it seems), we find ourselves with an older pet. Maybe we adopted a rescue or our long-time family dog has aged, as we all do. Another common situation? Our dog is no longer a puppy, yet he still has serious behavioral issues. We may begin to ask ourselves, is it too late for training? So, is it Too Late? The simple answer is no! Of course, you can teach an old dog new tricks. In fact, in many ways it can be similar to traininga stubborn dog of any age. The Impact…

Dog Training- How Long Will It Take?

How Long Will It Take To Train My Dog? When you come home to a yellow puddle on the floor or a new hole in the yard, it can be easy to ask: when will it end? When will my dog finally graduate to the “trained” category? Is dog training a never ending cycle? Unfortunately, the answer isn’t as simple as that. The Truth It may hurt to hear, but I’m going to dish it out anyway: you’re never done. Dog training is a lifelong process. You will need to continue to build your dog’s skills and reinforce behaviors in…

Make the Most Out of Dog Walks

The same old walk around the block can get boring not just for us, but also for our dogs. There are a few different things you can do to make a walk more exciting for your dog, and more productive for you. First things first, leave your phone at home and make sure you bring plenty of treats and bags. Dog walks can be mindless, but it should be a time that you use to connect and bond with your dog. Change Your Routine Up 1. The easiest way to make dog walks more exciting is to change up the…

What A Dog’s Body Language Means

Dogs, just like humans, have feelings. They surge with excitement, cower in fear, and give you a puzzled look when worried. Dogs emotions are ever changing – especially in new environments and situations. Knowing your dog’s body language will allow you to help your dog adjust throughout changing situations. I’ve found this out first hand, no dog is the same as the next. If you are a multi-dog family, you can probably relate. What scares my one dog nearly to death, doesn’t even phase the other. They have different temperaments, different needs, and different ways in which they cope with…

What’s Better for Your Dog? Crate Training or a Pet Gate?

The energy of a puppy seems to have no limits. If you’ve ever trained a pup, you understand the necessity of a watchful eye at all times of the day; making sure the wires remain unchewed, the cat litter remains untouched and the couch remains accident-free. But even the most attentive owners will recognize that sometimes you need an extra tool when training their dog. Common methods to keep your pup contained involve training with crates or training with barriers, such as pet gates. But which method should you choose? Here are ways to determine whether a pet crate or…

How to Get Your Dog Swimming and Comfortable with Water

One of the best parts about summer is taking a cool dip to escape the heat. While we’d love for our dogs to jump in and go swimming with us, some dogs would rather stay on shore, avoiding any contact with the water. My dog was terrified of water. If you got him anywhere need a body of water his eyes would get wide, he’d shiver, and all around just lose it. Determined to help my dog enjoy swimming, I introduced it slowly, using a lot of the techniques below. Then one day, it just seemed to click – the…

How We Learned to Train Our Dog With Separation Anxiety

Are you familiar with the non-stop barking that always seems to happen the moment you leave the room? Do you come home to little disasters such as knocked over furniture, scratches on the bedroom door, and a bathroom accident in the middle of the carpet? You might have a dog with separation anxiety. If you have a pup that loses their mind the moment you pick up your car keys, here’s few way to get them comfortable with being alone and help you better understand where their anxiety comes from. What Is Separation Anxiety in Dogs? Separation anxiety is more…