Leadership and Friendship

  A common thing that we see as trainers are that people feel that they can’t be the leader that a dog needs because they don’t want to lose that friendship. Leadership is often thought of as no fun, strict, and sometimes has a negative association. When in fact it can be the opposite. An effective leader is a person …

Times With Little Hope

  We are often faced with times that make us feel as thought there is little hope. This is true in life as much as it is in dog training. There are times when you have had a long day, you get home and your dog has destroyed something or is just acting extra bratty. This is when you feel …

Having the right Foundation

Dogs that have a hard time out in the environment needs tons of exposure to the real world. It’s super important to lay down a good foundation as well as establish a strong relationship before you move on to taking them out in public. You want to make sure that the dog trusts you and knows that you are in …

Opening the Mind

The only thing stopping you from reaching your goals and dreams is you and the limits you set upon yourself. When you feel as though you have reached those limits is often when frustration builds. This causes resistance and conflict and the things that you want seem harder to achieve. Your mind acts like as an atlas. It knows the …

The Game of Chase

The Frustration A lot of dog owners are dealing with some very frustrating, and serious issues with their dogs. One of these issues is aggression towards cat’s, small dog/ animal’s and sometimes small children. When a dog sees a cat (etc) he/she will run after them barking, lunging and growling. Dog’s will look at the cat as if cat is …

Dangers of Loving Your Dog Too Much

Probably the most common reason people get dogs is for companionship, and they do make great companions. They’re always there for you. They give you unconditional love. They endlessly listen to your problems. They seem to make everything better for you, and you assume you’re making everything better for them. But that is likely not the case. Though your pampered …

Consistency Reduces Anxiety in your Dog

Fear and anxiety are two of the most common behavior problems we see in dogs. These issues not only strip dogs of any confidence, but they can also cause aggression. Though some dogs are born more timid than others are, fear or anxiety is often the result of negative training experiences. Inconsistent Expectations Cause Anxiety One of the biggest mistakes …

Adopt Your Dog’s Outlook to Be a Better Pack Leader

Dogs are instinctive creatures. They live in the present. The past means nothing to them, and they are incapable of anticipating the future. This is their survival mechanism. Because they are not dragged down by guilt and fear and stressful feelings, they react appropriately to threats. You’re different. You feel guilt or shame over things that happened yesterday, and you …

Puppy Socialization: The Key to Raising a Well-Adjusted Dog

Puppy socialization – exposing a puppy to everything in the environment they’re likely to encounter during their lifetime – is the most important thing you can do to help your puppy grow into a calm, happy, well-adjusted adult.  Because lack of socialization can turn your curious, excited puppy into a fearful, anxious adult dog. However, results in behavior problems that …

Reduce Anxiety in your Dog

Consistency Reduces Anxiety in your Dog Fear and anxiety are two of the most common behavior problems we see in dogs. These issues not only strip dogs of any confidence, but they can also cause aggression. Though some dogs are born more timid than others are, fear or anxiety is often the result of negative training experiences. Inconsistent Expectations Cause …