We recently had the great privilege to work with an adorable family, teaching their dogs to respect their one-year-old twins. They gave us a call when the twins began crawling. Their favorite place to dart was right toward their dogs to pet them. The older lab wasn't fond of this and would start warning growls when the kids were near. Since the babies were too young to understand the rules about dogs - not getting in a dogs face, no pulling or tugging on a dogs body or ears,
When this couple adopted a lovable, deaf German Shepherd (GSD), no one could have prepared them for the destruction that ensued. Because of his severe separation anxiety, he was using everything as a chew toy: the couch, items in the home gym room, walls and molding, carpet and dining room table legs. What they didn't know until we got there was that the real cause of his poor behavior was not his lack of hearing but their other dog's frenzied state of mind rubbing off on his
Some of the most common myths or misconceptions about dogs are simple things like misreading body language or being taught incorrect information. We are here to help make sure you have the facts about dogs and their behavior. If you missed Dog Myths Part 1, read it here!
Myth #5 Some dogs are more intelligent than others. In reality, a dog is only as "smart" as his human helps him become. When there is a human faithfully teaching the dog tricks and commands, of course it wil
Some of the most common myths or misconceptions about dogs are simple things like misreading body language or being taught incorrect information. We are here to help make sure you have the facts about dogs and their behavior.
Myth #1 Holding your hand out for the dog to sniff your scent is the best way to greet them. Dogs do not react well to something coming straight at their face for any reason. It's comes off as threatening to them. If you are nervous or hesitant around
When there was a sudden change in their dog's behavior, these owners were baffled and called us for help. Their Lhasa Apso was used to visiting their groomer on a regular basis but one day he created a habit of growling and snapping at the groomer when the trimmers were on. So much so that it frightened their usual groomer and she refused to work with him anymore. The pup also had some poor habits at home. Though the owners loved to take him on walks, it would quickly turn in
Becoming a new parent is a beautiful yet stressful time of learning and bonding as a family. As the parents are adjusting to their new way of life, so also must any fur babies in the home. Luckily, we were able to help one amazing family make this transition by working with their bulldog and ensure harmony. They had already completed traditional dog training with him but were still struggling to keep his high energy play and habits in check. Knowing safety and respect were th
This summer our focus has been helping owners learn more about pet safety both inside and outside the home. If you have just one dog, leaving his collar on all day isn't necessarily an issue. When there is more than one dog in the family or a pup friend comes to visit, we have to be more vigilant about safety for everyone. Typically, we don't consider a collar as dangerous but have seen far too many accidents happen as a result of leaving them on while dogs are playing with e
This week we got the privilege of working with a pup named Sonny and his owner Mary and her family. We were called in to help them introduce a new, younger dog to Sonny and their home since the family would be watching her while the pup's owners were on vacation. Starting the session by having the owners make a list of the things they would like fixed with their dog's behaviors, we worked with Sonny first by taking them for a Respect Walk and everyone did wonderfully. Sonny v
After an incident of your beloved dog biting a stranger, it is expected for you to be a little shocked and unsure of how to handle the situation. This type of situation isn't rare. Luckily, with a little help and education, both owner and dog can get back to life as usual once we find the cause and address the factors leading up to the bite. The owners we worked with today were walking with their pup, just like they do daily. When another dog and owner approached and the dogs