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”

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”

Can Your Child Walk The Dog?

Posted on July 25, 2012Format VideoCategories 100 Reasons To Love Wag The Dog, Dogs, Kids and Pets, VideosTags , , , , , , , ,

Walking safely on leash is one of the most important forms of controlling your dog. A dog who tugs and pulls at the leash is not only annoying, but a danger to himself and others. Even a small dog can yank a leash out of his unsuspecting owner’s fingers and dash in front of a car. A large dog can do the same, but can also pull his owner right into the road with him. Owners of large dogs can … Continue reading “Can Your Child Walk The Dog?”

Solve Your Dog’s Behavior Problem With One Easy Step

Posted on May 13, 2012Categories 100 Reasons To Love Wag The Dog, Animal Behavior, DogsTags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

We see dogs with a variety of behavior problems: Anxiety Aggression Barking Destructive Behavior and many more. All of these problems require different approaches, and every dog requires his or her own unique set of steps to achieve a solution. But there is one thing that almost all of our cases have in common: Exercise. Many of the dogs we see are under exercised. Others dogs get a lot of one kind of exercise but not enough of another. One … Continue reading “Solve Your Dog’s Behavior Problem With One Easy Step”

Common Mistakes Dog Owners Make: Coming When Called

Posted on February 2, 2012Categories Animal Behavior, Common Mistakes Owners Make, Dogs, Training MethodsTags , , , , , , ,

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”

5 Clicker Training Myths

Posted on January 31, 2012Categories Dogs, Training MethodsTags , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Clicker Training can be a controversial topic in the dog training world. Some trainers heartily endorse it as a positive and fast way to interact with your dog, while others call it “bribery” and accuse clicker trainers of being unable to deal with behavior problems effectively. What is Clicker Training? “Clicker Training” is another term for “Using A Conditioned Reinforcer To Positively Reinforce Desired Behaviors.” Most people find that “Clicker Training” rolls off the tongue more easily. All it means … Continue reading “5 Clicker Training Myths”

That Was Easy! How To Train Your Dog To Push A Button

Posted on January 26, 2012Categories Dogs, Great Tricks, Training MethodsTags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Watch as our trainer Carol Millman demonstrates how quick and easy it can be to teach your dog a new skill in a matter of minutes! Using clicker training, she trains her Sheltie, Odin, to push a button with his nose in a single 5 minute session. The video footage is one continuous take to prove that we aren’t using any editing tricks. If you live in Greater Vancouver, the Tri-Cities, or the Fraser Valley of BC and you would … Continue reading “That Was Easy! How To Train Your Dog To Push A Button”

What Dog Trainers Don’t Want You To Know:

Posted on December 16, 2011Categories Animal Behavior, Dogs, Training MethodsTags , , , , , , ,

There are many different schools of thought on how to train dogs. Ask three different dog trainers how to teach a dog to retrieve, and you’ll likely get three different sets of answers. One trainer will advocate pinching the dog’s ear. Another will advocate using a clicker and a bag of treats. The third will say that the only way is to use the dog’s natural prey drive, and that neither treat rewards nor negative reinforcement are the answer. All … Continue reading “What Dog Trainers Don’t Want You To Know:”