Best of the Barking Butler

Posted on March 19, 2020August 31, 2020Categories Assistance Dog Skills, Great Tricks, Training Methods, Uncategorized, VideosTags , , , , , , , , ,

Have you ever wished your dog could pass your husband that wrench? Or that you could send your dog to the garden with a note for mother? One of the best tricks you can teach your barking butler is to deliver objects to targets. In this article, we will go through the 3 simple steps it takes to teach your dog to deliver an object to another person. Teach ‘take it to mom/dad’ Pre-requisite training: Retrieving is required, knowing names … Continue reading “Best of the Barking Butler”

Therapy Dogs and Service Dogs Are Not The Same: A Helpful Guide

Posted on May 21, 2018September 15, 2020Categories Assistance Dog Skills, FeaturedTags , , , , ,

One of the more difficult aspects of our job is trying to identify what people mean when they call us and say they want their dog “certified as a PADS dog”. Pacific Assistance Dogs Society is a Burnaby-based service dog charity recognized by Assistance Dogs International. They specialize in dogs for the Deaf and disabled, and they also provide facility therapy dogs for organizations like the RCMP, Canuck’s Place Children’s Hospice, and local schools. Wag the Dog cannot get your … Continue reading “Therapy Dogs and Service Dogs Are Not The Same: A Helpful Guide”

Teach your dog to do ‘laundry’

Posted on June 13, 2016Categories Assistance Dog Skills, Dogs, Great Tricks, Kids and Pets, Please Share, Videos

This article will describe how simple it is to teach your dog to put laundry into a basket, or toys in a box, or trash in a can. If your dog already loves to retrieve, you could teach this trick to your dog within a week, training for just a few minutes a day! When we teach dogs to retrieve, we begin with soft, easy items like socks, and advance to leather, wood, plastic, and finally metal items. Helping with … Continue reading “Teach your dog to do ‘laundry’”

Teach Your Dog To Dress Themselves

Posted on May 27, 2016Categories Assistance Dog Skills, Dogs, Great Tricks, VideosTags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Your dog might not ever be ready to move out and go to college, but teaching this easy trick will make your life a little smoother, on a daily basis, which adds up. Most importantly, giving your dog this responsibility will make their life more pleasant. Teach The ‘Dress’ Cue Ensure your dog’s collar, bandana, harness, or backpack is oriented so that large or dangly parts hang down, rather than looming over your dog’s head, hitting them in the face … Continue reading “Teach Your Dog To Dress Themselves”

Teach your dog to retrieve their leash

Posted on April 18, 2016March 21, 2020Categories Assistance Dog Skills, Dogs, Great Tricks

This is one of my favourite tricks! I drop my leash, but my dog doesn’t run away, he politely picks up the leash and places it back in my hand. Nice! Thanks Doug! If your dog already loves to retrieve, you can teach them to fetch their leash in just a few steps. Teach this trick immediately after a short session of playing fetch with items your dog already loves to retrieve like toys. Teach ‘Get Your Leash’ Pre-requisite training: … Continue reading “Teach your dog to retrieve their leash”