Change Your Dog’s Behaviour With This One Simple Step

Posted on September 26, 2016Categories Animal Behavior, DogsTags , , , ,

If I was ever held at gunpoint and ordered to give one piece of dog training advice to fix an unknown dog’s unknown behaviour problem, I know exactly what I would say. No matter why I have been called in to see a dog, I always end up giving this piece of advice, because it solves such a wide variety of behaviour problems. Want to know what it is? Reward Eye Contact Just give your dog treats, praise, pats, and … Continue reading “Change Your Dog’s Behaviour With This One Simple Step”

Hoop Jump

Posted on June 22, 2016Categories Dogs, Great Tricks, Please Share, VideosTags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Teach your dog to jump through a hula hoop! You probably have one lying around, and if not, they aren’t hard to come by, which makes this trick an easy bet for summer fun! What you’ll need: A hula hoop large enough for your dog to jump through, treats, and an adult dog. You can find hula hoops at toy stores and dollar stores. Make sure that the hoop isn’t designed to make noise,  drain any noisemaking beads if necessary … Continue reading “Hoop Jump”

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”

This Is Why Your Dog Is Hooked On Treats

Posted on March 7, 2016June 7, 2019Categories Common Mistakes Owners Make, DogsTags , , ,

We use a lot of treats when teaching dogs a new skill, for several reasons: Treats are highly motivating, quick to deliver, and easy to carry. But once your dog has learned that skill, treats should be phased out. And yet we meet so many people whose dogs obey them “only when I have a treat in my hand”. There are three main reasons why dogs get hooked on treats. Reason 1: Your Dog Only Gets Treats If You Are Holding … Continue reading “This Is Why Your Dog Is Hooked On Treats”

Group Classes at The Bark Lounge

Posted on February 8, 2016Categories 100 Reasons To Love Wag The Dog, Dogs, News And UpdatesTags , , , , , , ,

Have you heard of The Bark Lounge? It’s a 24 hour dog daycare/indoor dog park located on Barnett Highway in Coquitlam, next to Trail Appliances and across from Bosley’s, and we think it’s great. They have several rooms for the dogs to play in, and they take the dogs out for active urban agility hikes. They are a great option for folks who work night shifts because they have staff there overnight. You should check it out, especially if you or … Continue reading “Group Classes at The Bark Lounge”

You Don’t Need Treats Forever: How To Give Your Dog A Gambling Problem

Posted on March 13, 2013Categories Animal Behavior, Common Mistakes Owners Make, Dogs, Training MethodsTags , , , , , , , , , , ,

Are You Hooked On Treats? When we come to your home and say that we want to teach your dog to sit, lie down, stay, and heel (as well as play dead, close your cupboard doors, ring a bell to go outside, spin in a circle, fetch your keys, jump over your leg and so on…), the first thing we will do is ask you to bring out the high value treats. Many owners are reluctant to give their dogs … Continue reading “You Don’t Need Treats Forever: How To Give Your Dog A Gambling Problem”

Why Everyone Should Own A Long Line

Posted on February 12, 2013Categories Dogs, Training MethodsTags , , , , , , ,

If you own a dog, you should own a long line. This is true especially if your dog is a young puppy just learning how to walk off leash and come when called. Short leashes tempt people to drag their dogs around. Not only does this teach the dog that a tight leash is normal, but the dog doesn’t learn anything. Even worse, a tight leash can cause behavior problems, especially when encountering other dogs. And why use a short … Continue reading “Why Everyone Should Own A Long Line”

Common Mistakes Dog Owners Make: Not Watching The Puppy!

Posted on January 16, 2013Categories Common Mistakes Owners Make, DogsTags , , , , ,

In this series we discuss some of the most common errors we see owners make, and how to address them. Letting The Puppy Discover How Good It Is To Be Bad Puppies are constantly learning about the good and bad the world, and unlike you and me, their definitions of “good” and “bad” don’t involve morality. Dogs don’t understand right and wrong. If a dog gets to eat food, and it tastes good, then that is good. If they try … Continue reading “Common Mistakes Dog Owners Make: Not Watching The Puppy!”

Deconstructing Dominance: The Science Behind Wag The Dog

Posted on September 29, 2012Categories 100 Reasons To Love Wag The Dog, Animal Behavior, Common Mistakes Owners Make, Dogs, Training MethodsTags , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Is Your Dog Fighting For Dominance? Perhaps one of the most commonly touted tenets of dog training is “be the leader”. Whether the family dog is jumping up, growling, biting, or tugging at the leash, owners are advised by professionals and dog hobbyists alike to “lead the pack”. It sounds good, and it’s an easy line for lay people to take – “Oh, your dog is misbehaving? You need to be the pack leader and be more dominant.” Advice for … Continue reading “Deconstructing Dominance: The Science Behind Wag The Dog”