Category Archives: Training

Ask the Trainer: Help My Dog Get Along With Other Dogs

Dear Kevin, Sophie is a great natured, well behaved 8.5 year old labradoodle. She has one problem …. she does not like other dogs (all sizes) and becomes aggressive with them if they try to sniff or get to know her. At first I thought she was just jealous if I paid attention but then…

Ask the Trainer: Helping a Puppy Mill Survivor Transition Into Life in a Home

Dear Kevin, My 8-year old mill dog rescue Pom, Sweetpea that we have had for 5 months, has two very challenging behaviors. #1. She barks constantly; sometimes hours on end. Particularly shrill when her “daddy” is around. #2 She will not sleep. We’ve tried crates, pens, allowing her free roam. Nothing helps unless I sleep…

What to Look For When Hiring a Trainer

Hiring a trainer can make life with your dog a lot easier. But how do you know you’re choosing the right one? The first thing I’d like to say is that anyone can refer to himself or herself as a dog trainer. Unfortunately there is no regulation requiring certifications. This means that someone can see…

Ask the Trainer: My Dog is Aggressive Toward Other Dogs During Walks

Kevin, My four year old Golden, Linus has recently shown “aggressive” behavior towards certain other dogs (a German Shepard and a Rottie in particular). He’s very gentle and sweet but during walks we will cross paths with certain dogs that he starts aggressively barking and lunging at. He never did this before, it’s only been…

VIDEO: Is Your Dog a Thief? Here’s How to Stop the Stealing!

One thing that can really stink is when you put your food down for a moment to go and grab something and you come back to a plate that looks like it was just ran through the dishwasher. Has this ever happened to you? This is a fairly common problem that can not only be disappointing,…

Ask the Trainer: Two Dogs in the Same Home Don’t Get Along

Dear Kevin, I have two male English bulldogs, a father and son. I did not neuter the son in time and he began to fight with his dad so I had both neutered in hopes the fighting would stop. They still are fighting, they live separated in my house. How can I get them to…

Dealing With a Dog that Digs

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Some dogs seem to just enjoy getting down and dirty by non-stop digging. Meanwhile, their owners are helpless as they watch their yard turn into a minefield. The solution for this unwarranted dog behavior depends on the reason behind why your dog scoops up soil in the first place. Causative Factors A lot of dogs…

VIDEO: Teaching Your Dog to Greet Houseguests Properly

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What is your dog’s typical response when a guest arrives? Is your dog very excited? Does he jump on the guest? If you answered, “yes” to either one of those questions continue reading. This article and video can help. The first thing we want to do is teach our dog the behavior we would like…

Ask the Trainer: Putting an End to Fearful or Submissive Urination

Hi Kevin, I adopted Stella, a 3 year old mixed breed, from a shelter. Possible Shiba Inu mix, approx 18 pounds, female. Someone may have used a shock collar on her, and she was physically abused. She is a fearful dog with a wetting problem. How can I stop her wetting issues? She did stop…

That’s it! You are in Time-out!

To some this may sound silly. A time-out? Really? What if I told you that this is a punishment method that you can have a lot of success with? What if I told you that you could take all human emotions out of punishment and still have success? Punishment by definition is something that decreases…

How to Safely Break Up a Dog Fight

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It’s a skill everyone hopes they’ll never need to use but should know, especially dog owners: how to safely break up a dog fight. Like humans, not all dogs simply get along. Even the most gentle mannered dogs are capable of a dangerous fight when provoked. During a scuffle, a dog owner’s first instinct is…

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