Got a leg? Then teach your dog to jump over it! This trick is easy, fun, and will burn energy almost anywhere. Teach your dog to jump over your leg Jumping over and over isn’t for puppies, wait until your dog is at least 1.5 years old, 2 for giant breeds before teaching this trick. Begin with your foot against a wall, fence, or tree. Save your hamstring the trouble and keep your foot low, it will help your dog … Continue reading “Jump Over My Leg”
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”
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”
If you looked at Martin, you’d say he was a perfect English Bulldog. His muzzle is long enough that he can breathe relatively comfortably. He’s lean, he’s fit, he’s adorable. But after they brought him home, Martin’s proud owners began to notice that their puppy didn’t seem to be responding to sounds. A trip to the vet confirmed their fears: Martin was deaf. Their vet put them in touch with our trainer, Carol, and over the next couple of months … Continue reading “Martin The Deaf Bulldog: A Deaf Puppy Can Be A Wonderful Gift”
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”
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”
More and more families are waiting to have children, and often their dog is considered to be their furry first-born. When a baby comes into the picture, the family dog often finds himself shunted to one side. Walks are curtailed and the family’s attention is eaten up by a wailing, squirming little creature who looks nothing like a normal human being. Some dogs adjust easily, and some adjust with difficulty.
In this series we will discuss some of the most common errors made by dog owners, and how to address them. Training The Dog To Run Away When Called This seems like a no-brainer, but you would be surprised how many pet owners accidentally train their dog to run away from them! Coming when called should always be a happy occasion. Once your dog is off-leash, the only control you have over him is your past history of rewarding him … Continue reading “Common Mistakes Dog Owners Make: Coming When Called”