Essential Skills and Safety Tips for Long Leashes

In a previous blog post, I explored how decompression walks can benefit your dog. Here, I'll dive into more practical tips regarding the leash skills you might need for these types of walks. How do you do a "decompression walk" when being off-leash is not a suitable option? While you can take a decompression walk … Continue reading Essential Skills and Safety Tips for Long Leashes

Fido and Friends: Why Changes in Dog Sociability are Normal

I could sense the woman’s exasperation over the phone. “I don’t understand it,” she said. “Max* used to LOVE doggy daycare. He’s been going to daycare three days a week since he was a puppy. Now, within the last few weeks, he’s been in several scuffles, and today, he got in a big fight where … Continue reading Fido and Friends: Why Changes in Dog Sociability are Normal

Why your Dog needs Decompression

In my last blog post, I explored how regular enrichment helps to prevent or reduce common behavior problems in dogs. This month, let’s explore another method for helping dogs achieve a happy, relaxed state of being: decompression walks! What’s a decompression walk? Let me start by saying that I am not the first trainer to … Continue reading Why your Dog needs Decompression

My #1 Tip for Behavior Problem Prevention

If I told you that there was an ethical method that prevented many behavior problems in domesticated dogs…would you use it? The Animal in the Zoo I was introduced to this thought exercise in a podcast by Sarah Stremming. You can find her Cog Dog Radio podcast here. It’s one of my favorite things to … Continue reading My #1 Tip for Behavior Problem Prevention

But my dog isn’t like the ones in the dog training videos…

I was watching a dog training video yesterday. The dog being trained was a bright, determined German shepherd. Focused and driven, she performed “sits” and “downs” for the trainer again and again. If she made an error and did not receive her treat, she might give a bark of frustration, but then immediately persevered, offering … Continue reading But my dog isn’t like the ones in the dog training videos…