Helpful Pointers for Training Your Dog

Housetraining Your Dog and Putting It on Cue

Border CollieThere are times in life when I just don’t feel like standing around while my dogs find the perfect spot on which to relieve themselves. Like when the temperature outside is in the minus digits. Or, when I’m in a hurry to go somewhere and I don’t have hours for them to decide to do the deed. Or, when it’s late and I’m so tired that I’m not sure what’s holding me upright any longer. I’m sure you could think of a few circumstances to add to the list.

There’s a simple solution. You can teach your dogs to relieve themselves on cue. Yep, that’s right; they do their business on command. […]

By | June 19th, 2016|.My Dogs and Me, Dog Training, Dogs in General|1 Comment

Why I Don’t Use a Flexi-Leash

What’s the matter with using a Flexi-leash?

This quick video about covers it.

All kidding aside… (You don’t know what I’m kidding about? Go back and watch the video! It takes 2 seconds.)  Flexi-leashes require tension on the leash in order to keep the line pulled out and thus teach dogs to pull.

And if you already have a dog who pulls (because maybe you haven’t had the time to properly train him how to walk on a leash?) then a flexi-leash will ensure that you will always have a problem walking your dog. I know. Harsh, but true.

Here’s just one of the all-too-frequent occurrences that can run from simply dangerous to frighteningly deadly: When your dog is at […]

By | June 12th, 2016|.My Dogs and Me, Dog Training, Dogs in General|6 Comments

Is It Fear or Aggression or Both or Neither?

I have an adolescent male Aussie who, when on the leash, gets extremely worked up when he senses (hears, sees) another dog. All his attention goes straight to “I gotta get to that dog! I gotta get to that dog!”.

There are a lot of dogs in the neighborhood and thankfully most of them are leashed when their moms and dads walk them. However, Remy (my aussie) has a meltdown even if the dog is several blocks away.

We’ve tried treats (the good, better, best theory), his favorite toys, asking him to work (sit, down, heel, etc.), going the other direction (avoidance), but nothing seems to calm him down or works to redirect […]

By | February 24th, 2016|Dog Training, Dogs in General, The Mail Bag|0 Comments

How Many Dogs Old are You?

4dogsOver the years, many people have asked for help on how to pick the perfect dog. I’m always happy to assist when I can. I usually start by asking: How many dogs old are you?

Huh? you say.  Are you asking me how old in dog years I am?

No, it’s not a sneaky way to calculate your age. Rather, it’s a very important question in a list of questions that need to be asked to ascertain what kind of dog would make a good match for you.

Let me first explain what I mean by that question, which was first posed by renowned dog trainer, Suzanne Clothier:  How many dogs have you lived […]

By | January 16th, 2016|.My Dogs and Me, Dog Training, Dogs in General|13 Comments

How to Turn Any Stranger into Your Dog’s Friend

Dog Food DoorWith the holidays (and lots of company) approaching, if you want to enter our house in relative peace, it’s best to come bearing gifts.

Specifically, dog food treats are most welcome. But if you’ve forgotten yours at home, no worries. I’ve attached a container of kibble right at garage door knob level. You can’t miss it coming in.

Think of it akin to entering church, where you bless yourself with holy water before entering. Kinda like ensuring good luck–

Only, here, the good luck is that if you throw the kibble for Graidy before you enter, instead of being greeted with non-stop barking and rushing, you’ll be greeted with licks and wags.

If you have […]

By | December 10th, 2015|.My Dogs and Me, Dog Training, Dogs in General|0 Comments