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