When training a dog, every great trainer needs three things: Timing, Consistency and Motivation. What do I mean about motivation? I mean the thing that makes your dog WANT to work. For you, it’s your paycheck. Regardless of the amount of love you have for your job, the one thing that keeps you going back … More Working with Non-Food Motivated Dogs
I’ve talked to a lot of families about how to potty train their puppies (and even adult dogs). There are some things that make different families’ situations unique, but here are a few mistakes that nearly everyone makes: Not letting your puppy out at the right moments or often enough. Whether it’s been 5 hours, … More Why Your Dog Isn’t Potty Trained Yet
Thinking about getting a puppy is super exciting but takes a lot of planning. It should not be an impulse decision. After deciding what kind of puppy will be best for your family and lifestyle, your next decision is where you should get the puppy from. There are a handful of places where puppies come from, but be warned – not … More Where Do Puppies Come From?
If you’ve ever been to one of my classes, had a private lesson with me or even read one of my other blog entries, you know that I LOVE talking about mental stimulation. Mental stimulation is simply working out your dog’s brain with training or other activities. This is a very important piece of the puzzle when … More Mental Stimulation Pt. 2
This article was featured in the May 2017 issue of SA Amigo- San Antonio Bilingual Pet Magazine. Check out the digital copy here. You’re very aware of your mental state-sometimes you’re happy, angry, anxious or nervous- but do you give your dog’s mental state much thought? Probably not. While we humans can talk about how … More What is Mental Stimulation?
Let’s clear up what the term “aggression” means As a professional in an industry that unfortunately has many schools of thought as to training methodology, I have to be careful about the specific words I use when explaining behavior to non-positive reward based trainers. I hear from clients every single week that their dog is … More Aggression Set Straight
As a pet professional I frequently get asked about what I feed my dog or for recommendations on pet food brands. Everyone has two things in mind when deciding on what food to purchase: quality of food and price. But not everyone knows what makes a quality food. When I begin training with a new … More How I Picked My Dog’s Food
Getting a puppy is a fun and exciting time. But if this is your first puppy ever, or it’s been a while, you may have some questions. These are the questions I get asked the most as a trainer: When can I start training? RIGHT AWAY! Whether you think you’re actively training or not, your … More FAQ: All About Puppy
So you’ve decided to get a puppy. Congratulations! You’re about to embark on the best and most fun 10-16 years, give or take a few. Let’s talk about some things to prepare you for the journey, especially if you’re a first-time puppy owner. Have you decided what kind of dog to get? You may have … More Before You Get Your Puppy
It’s no coincidence puppy season falls at the beginning of the New Year. A lot of families get puppies as Christmas presents. Puppies are a lot of fun and may seem like a great gift for your significant other or kids, but there are many important things to consider before rushing out and getting a … More ‘Tis the Season for Puppies