National Train Your Dog Month

January is National Train Your Dog Month .  

We have special days and weeks and months to draw attention to a particular cause that is in dire need for attention. Of course, obviously, Train Your

Housebreaking Tips: Does rubbing a dog's nose in it's mess teach a dog where to eliminate?

I received a question today from one of my Udemy SIRIUS® Academy students: “What do you say when a client tells you, in regards to puppy housebreaking, "Well I rubbed my dog's nose in his poop and he...

Puppy Classes And Canine Parvovirus

I have just read a paper in the March/April issue of the Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association describing a study that concluded, puppies vaccinated at least once prior to starting puppy...

Choosing Your Puppy


Choosing a puppy is a very important decision, and everyone who lives in the household should agree before any puppy is brought into the home. If the puppy is to truly become a member of the family,...

5.01 Puppy Husbandry Practices

 

In this episode we continue our puppy training  theme by talking about proper puppy husbandry procedures.  What exercises can you do with a puppy to prepare them for being groomed and treated by...

10 Tips For Current and Future Puppy Owners That Want to Train the Perfect Dog

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General Dog Training Tips 1. Choose Wisely When Selecting

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5.02 Beyond Puppy Classes

We’ve been talking a lot about puppy class lately, but the vast majority of any dog’s socialization takes place outside of classes.  It’s incredibly important that a puppy’s socialization and household manners training begins in the first few weeks of a pup’s life, and continues uninterrupted when the puppy is taken home by its new family.   Ideally, a puppy class should function as a place to check in with a professional trainer to make sure that your pup is progressing appropriately.  Of course, if a pup is has not been sufficiently socialized by the time they show up for their first puppy...

 
iWoofs Seas:  Season 5

5.01 Puppy Husbandry Practices

In this episode we continue our puppy training  theme by talking about proper puppy husbandry procedures.  What exercises can you do with a puppy to prepare them for being groomed and treated by veterinarians in the future?  Pet dogs will get petted, restrained and handled by strangers, whether  it’s by a groomer, a veterinarian or a neighborhood kid at the park.  If your pup has been properly prepared for this sort of handling it won’t be a problem.  If they haven’t been prepared they are likely to suffer anxiety in these sorts of situations, and they may react aggressively as a result.

 
iWoofs Seas:  Season 5

4.13 Are Puppy Classes Harmful? (Part 2)

For this episode we return to an article that was on the Kennel Club’s website which suggests that puppy classes and social play sessions are responsible for increasing reactivity and aggression in pet dogs.   The article focuses on poorly managed classes, and uses this as justification for condemning the whole concept.  The Dunbars explain how a well-run class or socialization session is actually the best way of preventing reactivity and aggression, and creating friendly, easy-to-handle and reliable adult dogs.  

 
iWoofs Seas:  Season 4

Give Your Dog The Gift of Sniff with Nosework!

It’s no secret what a dog’s nose knows. While we humans have only around 5 million scent receptors, dogs’ olfactory receptors number in the hundreds of millions! Dogs use their noses as a primary source of navigation and information gathering. They use scent-marking a source of communication. Dogs take in scent the way most people take in visual and auditory information.

 

Yet in our human-centric world, dogs are constantly thwarted or punished for gathering info/exploring/expressing themselves via sniffing and marking.

 

The human equivalent would be to live with blinders on, our

 

Pet Food and Canine Nutrition: Best Brands

I just read the Independent Pet Food Nutrition Research Study by John Martinez based on a modification to Goldstein’s Wellness & Longevity Program — Natural Care for Dogs & Cats.

245 pet foods were scored according to quality of protein, fats and carbohydrate (whole grain and grain-free), absence of additives & preservatives, with a premium based on uncooked foods and vitamins, presence of phytonutrients, antioxidants, probiotics, prebiotics and lecithin and absence of non-beneficial nutrients to help reduce gas and form stool. (Obviously, with a good diet, dogs have good-looking...

4.12 Are Puppy Classes Harmful? (Part 1)

In this iWoofs episode we address an article that appears on The Kennel Club website, by Robert Alleyne, a Board member of the Kennel Club Accreditation Scheme for Instructors.  As major advocates for puppy classes you can probably imagine that we have a few bones to pick with this article.  We find many of the assumptions to be flawed, along with much of the reasoning and the conclusions.  We do agree with the article that there are some puppy classes that are not as good as they should be, and we agree with some of the criticisms that are made of poorly managed classes.  However, we

 
iWoofs Seas:  Season 4

Why is training recall so difficult for dog owners?

As with any training, recall is all about putting a routine into your dogs day which he enjoys taking part in. Recall should never mean "if I run back to my owners, she'll put me back on leash" but always, "if I run back to my owner, it's usually worth my while". With adult dogs, all recall training is easier done using a long line, which is dropped on the ground & dragged behind the dog. Never go from a short leash, to no leash. Instead use a long line which gives your dog freedom, without you losing control. 

Here is my quick guide to recall training, both for use with young puppies

4.11 Ian's Fun & Games Training Workshops

It’s been awhile since Dr. Ian Dunbar has conducted dog training workshops in the United States, but that’s about to change.  Over the next few months Ian will be giving dog training workshops in locations all across America, starting in Texas, Rhode Island, New Jersey & Maryland.  In this episode Ian talks about how he structures his workshops to make them fun and informative for the dogs, the handlers and the observers alike.  Games make reliability testing incredibly enjoyable, while simultaneously providing for objective quantification, often while off-leash and surrounded by many

 
iWoofs Seas:  Season 4
Karlo & Taj dance

Dancing with the Stars Rhodesian Ridgeback Style

Socialization for your pup or dog is key to raising a healthy, stable animal. Socialization is exposure to SIGHTS, SOUNDS, SCENTS AND SURFACES paired with positive experience. Socialization is to people of all ages, other dogs (both on and the especially raucous off leash type of socializing), other animals and different places at different times of the day and throughout the year. Whether your plans for your dog include companionship, competition,  assistance or other types of work dog -- or all of the above and then some -- it is critically important to find time, make the effort and commit

Animal Shelter Team Gathered for a Meeting About Postivie Dog Training

Shelter Enrichment - Not Just For Dogs

Yesterday was a great day, a day when I felt like I had gotten in the game and put action behind my convictions. I’m passionate about keeping dogs in living rooms and out of shelters. I’m passionate about teaching people that behavioral issues can be solved humanely and positively. I’m passionate about spreading the word of positive training techniques far and wide. But passion is pointless when kept to yourself, and I honestly believe that actions speak louder than words.

When asked to put on a workshop about dog training for staff and volunteers at a local no-kill shelter, I wasn’t quite

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