Mar 04

Teaching Our Children Basic Dog Safety

Kids and DogsDogs are typically peaceful creatures, unless they are taught otherwise. Most dogs don’t bite unless put in a situation that leaves them no other choice.  According to the CDC (Center for Disease Control), the rate of dog bite injuries is highest in children between the ages of 5 and 9 and is higher in boys than girls.

There are a number of reasons that children are bitten more often than adults. Many dogs are territorial and will protect food and possessions. They may also bite out of fear.  Many children will try taking away toys, or walk right into a dogs yard to see him.  People are unaware of the fact that dogs don’t like to be handled in a way that restricts them.  Read the rest of this entry »

Mar 01

Retractable Leashes – Good or Bad?

Dog LeashAre retractable dog leashes good or bad?  The answer really depends on who you talk to.  I have talked to a lot of people that just love them because it gives their dog more freedom on walks.  Most dog trainers don’t like them because of safety concerns.  I am a trainer and I not only have safety concerns, but I have seen some of those concerns become a reality.

While I understand wanting to give your dog more freedom on walks and allowing them to explore a little, please remember that Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 23

Teaching Recall – Does Your Dog Come When Called?

Does your dog get excited when you say “Let’s go for a walk” or “Let’s go for a ride” but doesn’t come running when you call him?  You are not alone! Many of my students experience the same thing.  Reward is the key.  When you ask your dog if he wants to go for a walk or ride, he is rewarded with a walk or ride. On the other hand, when you call your dog to come to you, his fun usually stops.  By stopping, I mean he has to come inside before he is ready or you put his leash on him to leave the dog park. There is no reward. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 21

I Love My Crate – Five Steps To Crate Training!

Crate training with healthy pet treatsI have been asked many times if dogs should be crate trained.  My answer has always been yes, if it is done correctly.  I say this because crate training done in the right way can be a great experience for your dog. When done wrong, it can be a very scary experience. There are many reasons to crate train your dog.  When he goes to the groomer or gets dropped of at the vet, they are normally put in crates.  This can be terrifying to a dog that has not been crate trained.  Housebreaking is much easier when a crate is used and it helps keep your dog safe when you are away. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 17

Dog Toys – Does Size Really Matter?

Kong Dog ToysWith the large number of dog toys available online and in pet stores, it’s difficult to know which one is right for your dog.  Dog toys don’t need to be “cute” or colorful, although it brings us satisfaction.  When I shop for toys for my dogs, I look for something interactive, fun, durable and safe.  Dogs love toys that make noise, toys they can shake, toys they can tear and toys they can chew on.

When considering which toy to buy size is extremely important.  Dogs love to chew, tug and fetch.  Dog toys such as Kong’s, Nylabones, flying discs and balls should be large enough to prevent them from becoming a choking hazard, but small enough for your dog to carry and chew. Read the rest of this entry »

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