When Normal Dog Behavior is Surprising

When Normal Dog Behavior is Surprising

Meet a dozen different dogs and you could easily encounter a dozen different personalities, with each dog having their own quirks and style.  Some dogs are super-focused. Some are barky, others quiet. Some are wiggly. Some don’t feel comfortable or safe until they...
What Should We Teach Puppies First?

What Should We Teach Puppies First?

As dog professionals, we are often asked for tips about puppies. We welcome these questions, because early life is a vital time for socialization and starting your puppy off on the right paw! We also understand how easy it is for families to become distracted by the...
Considering Labels in Dog Training

Considering Labels in Dog Training

Across the dog industry, it’s common to use labels to describe methods, practitioners, and philosophies. But what do those labels really mean? What’s in a Label? As dog training and behavior professionals, we purposely avoid labeling dogs with words like “bad”...
Making Accommodations When Training Senior Dogs

Making Accommodations When Training Senior Dogs

As dogs age, their needs change. Meeting those needs can require special considerations during private or class training sessions. Senior dogs may have physical limitations, cognitive decline, and different training and socialization needs compared to younger dogs....
Teach Your Clients to Speak Dog: 10 Ways Dogs Say Nope

Teach Your Clients to Speak Dog: 10 Ways Dogs Say Nope

The family dog is so closely involved in the everyday activities of a household that it’s easy for people to view them as a childlike family member. Unlike a child, however, dogs can’t say “no” when they are frightened or anxious, and their ways of expressing...