July 30, 2018

Do you have a dog with boundless energy? Would you describe your dog as hyper active? Would he make a case study for dogs who might suffer from ADD? Have you tried rewarding him for calm behavior? Do you require down time or snuggle time and then make it worth his whil...

July 27, 2018

To enrich is to add greater value or significance to something. Enrichment for dogs can be anything that provides mental or physical stimulation for them. Providing this enrichment is important because it can help a dog learn to focus, develop impulse control and overa...

 We have all seen the funny videos and animated GIFs on the internet of dogs doing crazy things (or crazy things happening around dogs). Dogs and children. Dogs and adults. Dogs and cats. Dogs and the vacuum cleaner. We pass these “funny” or “adorable” pictures and vid...

July 1, 2017

The #1 concern of our doggie parents who come to our school is that their dogs will not come when called.

If this sounds familiar, the first thing to consider is whether or not the word ‘come’ has been poisoned by using it to stop something fun, for punishment, or if...

February 2, 2017

Obedience is defined as: the state or quality of being obedient. In dog world, obedience training consists of teaching a dog to obey commands to show good behavior. This may consist of things like sitting and lying down on command, or coming when called. This is all fi...

December 5, 2016

The holidays are in full swing with a lot of festivals, photo opportunities, and visits from our favorite holiday characters! While just about everyone likes Santa Claus, be sensitive to the fact that though he might look happy and jolly to you, to most dogs he is a co...

November 21, 2016

Happy Monday everyone! Hope your Thanksgiving holiday is shaping up to be more fun than stressful!

Wanted to quickly share a fabulous game to teach your dog that is also a great tool for him to have in his toolbox. It is the 'touch' game. Your dog can learn to touch y...


Good dog! Most of us have expressed our approval with a certain individual more than once in this way. Sometimes this phrase is used as reinforcement for desired behaviour and sometimes it is more of a general praise, not specifically linked to anything the dog is doi...

September 8, 2016

For the third and final segment of the 'Walk This Way To a Happier Dog' (the importance of groundwork exercises), I want to stress the importance of exposing your dog to new and novel surfaces to walk on. This may not sound like a big deal, but it can be! This is part...

September 3, 2016

Happy Friday Everyone! I really wanted my dog, Indy, to demonstrate this weekend's homework assignment but I could not get him to do a reliable sit/down/sit to save his life. I may include the video anyway on our blog since everyone likes a good blooper... ugh. Embarra...

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