Dog bites are a very common occurrence during the holidays. One key reason is that everyone—including your dog—is stressed. The disruption of routines, new people coming into the home, different or unfamiliar interactions, more noise, and often, less exercise cause stress in dogs. Stressed dogs are less tolerant dogs. Stressed dogs are more likely to growl and bite. Unfortunately, most.. read more →

Unfortunately there are still many trainers using aversive methods to train dogs. Adverse methods are focused on the end behavior and ignore the emotional state of the dog. Not only is it unnecessary, the emotional state of the dog should always come first. But when it comes to trying to deal with or treat aggression.. read more →

This is great! We all can participate anonymously in this study on how owner personality affects a pet dog’s behavior by filling in this online questionnaire.  The results will help dog owners understand the influence they are having on their dogs. Knowing this will allow us to modify our interactions in a positive way. This is particularly.. read more →

  Love is more than just a feeling. Love is also the actions we do and the consideration we show for those that we love. Since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, what better time to talk about just some of the ways we can love our dog? The Gift of Understanding This is a big.. read more →

Typically when a dog owner first researches whether medication could be used for aggression, they learn there are a number of medications that could be used.  Which medication is best? Which medication(s) your dog will best respond to depends on the diagnosis, because aggression is only a symptom of an underlying problem, not a diagnosis.. read more →

5 books for the dog lover on your list.  Yes, you can put yourself on that list! We talk a lot about dog-training on this site, but we wanted to offer a break from that to find books about dogs that would truly feel like a gift.  The following 5 books come from quite different.. read more →

5 Reasons Why Leash Training Dogs is So Important We all would prefer that our dog doesn’t pull us, but here are some reasons why training your dog not to pull on a leash – or more accurately – training your dog to walk with a loose leash – is actually important. 1. When dogs.. read more →

We would all like to walk our dogs without having them pull us.  But how many of us realize that it’s not all that natural for some dogs to walk as slowly as we do? And beside us no less? How many off leash dogs have you seen go for a walk side by side.. read more →

Feeding your dog once a day is common for many dog owners. It’s convenient for one thing. And when people think about how wolves feed in the wild: feast or famine, it’s easy to see how people might think that feeding once a day is perfectly acceptable. But dogs are not wolves.  Our dogs should.. read more →

How to Recognize if Your Dog Likes Tummy Rubs, Petting (and Other Helpful Tips)! Humans often misinterpret dog signals.  We think a tail wag means a dog is happy, that all dogs love to be petted, or a dog rolling over on his back wants a tummy rub.  Does your dog like belly rubs? Find out. Relaxed dogs look loose.. read more →