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Why You Should Use a Dog Trainer

Even when there are no behavioral issues Most Americans don’t hire dog trainers until things have gotten out of hand with their dogs. Unfortunately, this makes things harder in the long run because it’s far easier to prevent a problem than it is to fix one. We’ll discuss why you should use a dog trainer, even when there are no behavioral issues. In fact, studies show that attending puppy classes can help puppies stay in their homes and are more trainable as adults. Working with a dog trainer when your dog is just a puppy or a newly adopted adult…

What do I do for my dog who is seemingly aggressive or reactive to other dogs?

Aggressive or reactive behavior is one of the most common dog behavior issues I see in my work as a dog behavior consultant. This is likely due to our increasingly restrictive urban environment. Many dogs are frustrated, excited, or even fearful at the sight of other dogs. These strong emotions can manifest as barking, lunging, and generally behaving aggressively towards other dogs. So, what do you do when your dog is seemingly aggressive or reactive to other dogs? The first thing to understand when dealing with a leash reactive dog is that they are really struggling emotionally in most cases.…

The Psychology of Your Dog

And the importance of understanding them Dogs are a truly fascinating species. Many experts agree that they’re self-domesticated. They’re uniquely skilled at reading human expressions and understanding our gestures. Humans routinely both over- and under-estimate their cognition: we attribute simple foraging behaviors to spite, we assume that their tendency to learn context-specific behaviors is actually stubbornness. However, the psychology of your dog is important! The reality is, studies into dog psychology are actually quite new. Up until recently, dogs weren’t considered worthy of rigorous scientific study because they’re not wild animals. Researchers like Patricia McConnell, Clive Wynne, Adam Miklosi, Bryan Hare,…

Should I Train My Dog to Protect Me?

Many people get dogs for their companionship. We love dogs because they’re always happy to keep us company and they cheer us up with their goofy antics. But what if you’d also like your dog to protect you? This brings up the question ‘ Should I train my dog to protect me?’ Generally, I don’t recommend training a dog to protect you. Most dogs will bark at intruders. Dogs are highly attuned to change in their environment – especially change that feels very unusual. For most intruders a simple bark from your dog is sufficient. You can rely on your…

Top 5 pet training accounts

Who to Follow and Why It’s easy – and fun – to fill your Instagram feed with gorgeous dogs romping along mountain ridges or through the forest. What could be better than that? As a matter of fact, if you truly love dogs and want to use your social media scrolling as a way to learn, there are great Instagram accounts for learning more about dog training and dog behavior. Check out these top 5 pet training accounts that are some of our favorites to follow and why. All of these offer sound training advice using science-backed positive reinforcement training…

Puppy Behaviors to Look Out For

Bringing home a puppy is a time of joy and apprehension! When I brought my new puppy home a few weeks ago, I spent a lot of time and energy scrutinizing his every move. Was this behavior normal? Would he grow up to be a happy, confident dog? Did I need to worry about anything? What are the behaviors to look out for in a new puppy? It was exhausting. There are certain problem behaviors that are incredibly common and normal puppy behavior: chewing, crying when alone, having potty accidents, and biting at hands, to name a few. But there…

How to train your dog to stay in the yard

If you’re lucky enough to have a yard, it’s only common sense to have your dog use it! But what if you don’t have a fence? Or what if your dog jumps over your fence and escapes? Can you train your dog to stay in the yard? My first suggestion to keep your dog in the yard is always going to be to improve your fence. No matter how much training you do, if there’s no physical barrier in place, you’re taking a gamble. Most dogs can’t overcome a six-foot fence with coyote rollers. This has the added benefit of…

Top 5 questions a dog trainer receives

Being a dog trainer is one of those jobs where everyone has a question to ask or a comment to make. Many professional dog trainers quickly learn to dodge the question if they don’t want to be inundated with queries and stories from surrounding strangers at the supermarket. When I’m not in a rush, I enjoy answering many of the questions that a dog trainer receives. Here are the top 5 questions a dog trainer receives and that I’m asked most frequently as a dog trainer. Of course, this is a very short overview of the training plan you’ll need…

How To Train Your Dog to Stop Jumping

Many dogs like jumping up on people. While this may be cute for puppies or small dogs; most people would rather train their dog to stop jumping. This habit can be painful, embarrassing, or even dangerous in the case of a big dog! While training your dog to stop jumping isn’t difficult, many people struggle because it requires consistency. Here’s an easy step-by-step plan for how to train your dog to stop jumping. Start with these training steps Don’t reward jumping at any age. Giving your dog or puppy attention – any attention – when she jumps up only rewards…

How to Train Your Dog To Greet Guests

Even dog-lovers agree: it’s no fun to have an overly-enthusiastic dog knock groceries or toddlers from your arms when you come into a friend’s home. We love our pets, but it’s embarrassing and can be annoying or even dangerous for your dog to be a rude greeter so it’s important to train your dog to greet guests properly. @marandabrakenhoff Dogs naturally want to jump up on people to lick our faces and get our attention. And we often accidentally reward our dogs for this behavior because it’s so cute when they’re puppies! Even scolding a jumping dog can backfire because…