Jan 042017


New year, new puppy?

Check out this video which is one module contained in a new online course which is launching shortly.

Get started off with the right toys and healthy chewing to satisfy your dog and you for years of contentment. You will help your pup decide what to choose to chew.  Hint: it’ not your kids toys, your clothing or shoes, the furniture, walls or rugs, or you.  Here are helpful training tips to ensure your dog has great chewing manners.

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Oct 202016
Hikes are a great reward for many dogs.

What’s in a reward? It is key to a vibrant and happy relationship for all.  Here’s a quick look-

Examples of a prized reward

Freeze-dried Beef Liver (AKA Doggie crack)
Dog park
Playing in the water
Grooming love fest

Here’s a recent client’s list of her dog’s valued items/activities:

Diego’s List – (in order)

– Hikes
– Car Rides
– Walks
– Treats

Taija shares “Knowing and using Diego’s valued rewards has added greatly to quality training in creating a happy and bonded team.”

It’s good to have a list and post it so others can know your dog’s valued  motivators.

Good use of rewards can make the difference between “I don’t think so” to your request and turn it into stellar performance with enthusiasm! Joyfully, easily and with a desire to repeat again and again is the way to train!

Please share your dog’s list.  We may get new ideas for our dogs 🙂

Oct 132016

If your dog is walking away before licking the bowl shiny clean, he is sending a message. Let’s explore some possible reasons dog food is left behind:dog-food-bowls

The food is junk and tastes horrible.
Invest in quality food and your dog will love you for it.  (And your wallet long-term from fewer vet bills) Poor quality food can actually make your dog ill.

The food smells rancid and is rotting in the bin (and the bowl.)
Yeah, you see a value in the the giant bag for a couple bucks savings.  But the dog food begins going rancid the moment you open the bag (and often before that).  Select the bag with the longest “best by” date and keep the bag size under what your dog will consume in 3 weeks.

Your dog is allergic to the food and knows it.
The fewer ingredients, the better the chance it will suit your dog’s body.  Be willing to try something else to account for taste preferences as well.

Portion sizes are too high.
Feed your dog appropriately for his individual needs.  As a basic rule of thumb when you look down over your dog’s body there should be curves following their frame and muscles.  And their ribs do not want to be showing (for most breeds).  Stop the running buffet.  Put the fresh delicious food down and allow your dog to eat up to 20 minutes.  After that or when they leave, pick up the bowl and discard what is left.  Modify portion sizes to maintain a good weight.  Ideally feed adult dogs two times a day.

There is much to be said for giving your dog a great diet of fresh, even raw, foods.  Each family has to look at what is feasible for them in time and budget.  It’s good to revisit your dog’s diet and health regularly.

Keep food in the bag to keep oxygen away from the kibble.

Keep dog food in the bag to keep oxygen away from the kibble.