I field a lot of calls for reactive dogs; one of my favorite issues to work on. I really love to watch dogs relax, build confidence, and gain more public access as their reactive behavior subsides. Very often, a reactive dog’s life gets smaller and smaller, depending on what is causing the reactivity, and how […]
9 Reasons NOT to free feed your pet.
Unless there is a medical reason, leaving food out for your dog all the time can create training and behavioral issues for your dog. This is true for cats also. As a professional dog trainer, and someone who has lived with multiple pets for 50 years or so, it’s not likely to be an option […]
Fostering Animals: 6 Reasons to Foster!
You are a retiree that travels a lot, but when home you miss having furry (or scaly) companions around. You want to teach your children about responsible pet ownership but don’t have the time/resources to commit to a forever pet. Your job has weird hours (gone for a few weeks to a few months/home for […]
If you are like me, you have hundreds of dollars invested in a wide variety of toys and enrichment for your best buddy. Sometimes, your pet seems bored anyway. Instead of spending money, take a look inside your recycling bin. There you are likely to find a free and fun enrichment activity to do with […]
Training Tip: Using Meals As Training & Enrichment Opportunities.
I’d like to preface this article by stating I do NOT advocate making your dog (or cat) work for every bit of their meals. First, no one works well when hungry. Second, it can lead to frustration in your pet. What I am suggesting is that, meal times can be a great time to practice […]