How to Get the Perfect Dog
(As posted in Monday Magazine February 2014)
Imagine taking your dog to the park or on a hike, letting him off leash and trusting him to come back when you call him? Or bringing him on your next family trip with... (continued)
Fun with Tricks: Teaching the 'Leg Weave'
Keeping your dog mentally and physically stimulated can be really challenging, especially if you have a high energy dog or one that is recovering from an injury. Teaching tricks is a great way to combat boredom while building a better... (continued)
Socialization Myths: Part 1
There are so many myths about socializing dogs, that it inspired me to create a 3 part video series to bust some of the most common ones I hear. Tune in for Part 2 this week!
Watch on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRYxouBpEFc
In this... (continued)
From Alpha to Understanding: A Dog Trainer's Journey
I used to be one of those trainers who taught using dominance as my base for all behaviour. Even after I transitioned into positive training, when a dog would act up I would still use that as my behavioural model,... (continued)
Teaching a Release Cue
As important as it is to teach your dog what sit and down mean, it's equally as important to teach them a release cue so that they know when those tasks are complete. Otherwise, how would they know when they... (continued)
Dog Park Etiquette: Are We Having Fun Yet? Understanding Body Language in Play
Let’s talk about play. What’s normal and what’s not? What’s okay and what’s pushing the limit of appropriate? How do I know if my dog is being too aggressive or if he is feeling uncomfortable?
Everyone you ask will have a... (continued)
Dogs Still Need to Be Dogs
I recently worked with the sweetest,... (continued)
Introducing a New Dog Into Your Home
It's SO EXCITING bringing home a new dog, right?! And we all hope that the new dog will get along beautifully with the dogs we already have, but that isn't always what happens. So to increase the chances of getting... (continued)
What's Your Dog's "Type"?
A friend messaged me the other day saying he noticed that one of his dogs seemed to have a preference for playing with little white fluffy dogs, both male and female, and he wondered if this was normal?
Dogs, like... (continued)
"Why?" And Other Questions To Ask When Training Your Dog
As a society, we are usually taught to follow what others tell us. Following the rules as they are laid out is favoured to critical thinking. When we're told that drinking two cups of milk every day is necessary for... (continued)
Three Easy Ways to Make Training Fun
Have you ever noticed that when you're having fun learning something, not only do you learn it faster, but you can't wait to do it again? Dog training is exactly the same - if either you or your dog are... (continued)
Five Tips to Stop Your Puppy From Biting
We all know that puppies have sharp teeth, but how do we teach them to be more gentle with them?? Here are 5 strategies to help you get through that nasty puppy mouthing stage without turning yourself into a human... (continued)
Should All Dogs Be Saved?
Telling someone that they need to euthanize their dog is the shittiest part of my job. I entered this career to help fix them, not to kill them, but once you’ve been in this career long enough you realize that... (continued)
Teaching "Go Potty" on Command
This week I'm sharing with you one of my FAVOURITE life hacks - how to teach your dog to go to the bathroom on command! This has saved me so much time in waiting for busy or distracted dogs that... (continued)
Is Your Dog's Collar Too Tight or Just Right?
Did you know….
....that a dog's neck can expand when they get hot? 🔥🔥
It can! Just like your feet, ankles and hands swell when your temperature goes up, your dogs neck can, too.
When blood flow increases to the large veins (like... (continued)
Tuna Fudge Training Treats
These are healthy, easy to make training treats that appeal to even the fussiest of palates and can cater to dogs with food allergies. They also taste good enough that if you get hungry while you’re training, you can snack... (continued)
Calm at the Coffee Shop
Imagine yourself sitting outside on the patio of your favourite coffee shop, enjoying a Double Double with a good friend, your dog lying quietly by your feet calmly ignoring the people and dogs going by. If not, then this exercise... (continued)
How To Resolve Fence Fighting
Fence fighting is what happens when dogs on opposite sides of a fence or other barrier act in a barking, aggressive frenzy when they see one another. This barking can start off friendly enough but over time the frustration of... (continued)
Puppy Socialization Tips While Social Distancing
If you’ve just brought a puppy home, you may be stressing out about how to socialize them right now with our current social distancing requirements.
The good news is your pup doesn’t need to meet hundreds of people and dogs... (continued)
The Key to Motivating Your Dog
If you find your dogs response to commands, especially around distractions, is lack luster at best, than take a look at what you're using for motivation. The type of rewards you use in training can make the difference between a... (continued)
Overcoming Fear of Noises
A few years back I got a toaster. When I first brought it out of the box, it had to be run three times in a row to get rid of any chemical residue left over from the factory. I... (continued)
Balance in Exercise
Lately, I have been spending a lot of time telling people to change how they exercise their dogs. It is a common misconception - and one that I, myself, used to perpetuate - that dogs need a good hour or... (continued)
Lessons From a Dog Trainer: How I Got in My Own Way
Some days when I am out with my dog, Cricket, I act like anything BUT a dog trainer. I repeat commands, I get angry and irritated and I lose all sense and reason.There have even been days when I've felt... (continued)
Who's the Boss?
No, I’m not talking about the 80’s TV show. I’m talking about the question I regularly get asked by my clients about my dogs’ relationships to one another.
My answer? All of them are.
Contrary to what some dog trainers might have... (continued)
How Taking Advice From Other Dog Owners Can Harm Your Dog
It doesn’t matter who you talk to, nearly every dog owner you meet is happy to give you training and behaviour advice about your dogs, even if you didn’t ask for it.
While everyone is well intentioned in doing so, the... (continued)
Get Your Socks On!!
This post is a little different than my others because it's a giveaway!
Ever wanted to put your dog on a pair of socks? Now's your chance, but only if you act quickly!
The first 10 people to follow the steps below... (continued)
Teaching Your Dog to Drop A Toy
Now, be honest. How many times has your dog picked something up that he shouldn't have or stolen a ball from another dog at the park and then, for the life of you, you couldn't get it back from him?... (continued)
Week Two: Learning the Come Command
In week two of our training series with reporter Maggie and 7 month old, Lucy, of A-channel's Breakfast Television, we reviewed last weeks loose leash walking lesson with and introduced the come command. Plus, we talked about the importance of... (continued)
Trail Etiquette: 5 Ways to Share the Trails
We undoubtedly live in one of THE. BEST. places to walk our dogs in all of Canada, but sometimes we share very different views on how to best share our walking spaces. Here are 5 simple etiquette tips for you... (continued)
Four Simple Ways to Stuff a Kong
I am ALL about problem behaviour prevention. After all, it's usually easier to prevent them than to fix them. Giving your dog something productive to focus on, like chewing on a well stuffed Kong, is one way to keep them... (continued)
My Top 6 Must Read Dog Books
As winter approaches, there's no better time then the present to curl up on your couch with a warm blanket, hot cup of tea and a great book to learn more about the dogs you love and share your life... (continued)
Dog-to-Dog Introductions: The Fearful Dog
When you have a fearful dog, introducing it to other dogs isn't as simple as it is for an outgoing dog. Here I teach you a really simple approach to help give your dog exposure to other dogs without stressing... (continued)
Walking Made Easy: Teaching Your Dog To Wear A Head Halter
If you have a hard time walking your dog on a leash due to mobility issues or you have a dog that is far too powerful to be walked on a leash with a collar or harness, this video is... (continued)
Teaching Your Dog To Love Being Caught
If you have a dog who refuses to be caught when he is off leash, always running away every time you reach for him, this video is for you. For some dogs, playing the Gotcha Game alone has completely curbed... (continued)
Thank You Communicanine!
Thank you so much for taking on the challenge of training our little girl, Tia. You are the only one we had total trust and confidence in.
Ulla, Doug & Tia the Soft Coated Wheaton Terrier, 5 1/2 months old.... (continued)
Tips For Safe Playtime
Something I have been seeing quite a bit of lately are dogs who are getting really aggressive with their owners when they are playing with them or refusing to play altogether. A case in point was a puppy I... (continued)
The Key to Successfully Training Your Dog
We all admire those well trained dogs at the park or out walking with their owners and wish ours listened like that, too. Well, yours CAN listen like that and all it takes is doing this one simple step.
Until next... (continued)
You Have To Listen To Be Heard
Continuing from last weeks video, here is another simple but powerful exercise that will impact your relationship with your dog (and everyone else) in a positive way without having to do any training with your dog. It all starts with... (continued)
When Is Rehoming Your Dog The Best Option?
Rehoming a dog is a very taboo subject. After all, dogs are for life, no? For me that’s a definite yes……but…..sometimes circumstances dictate that rehoming is actually in the best interest of everyone involved, especially the dog, and we’d be... (continued)
Pulling on Leash
One of the biggest complaints I get from owners is that their dogs pull on leash. Here I explain why your dog still pulls despite any training you may have done and a simple exercise to start teaching your dog... (continued)
Week Five: Teaching a Dog Not to Jump Up
In week five of our training series with reporter Maggie of A-channel’s Breakfast Television and her 7 month old Labradoodle, Lucy, we not only talk about how to discourage your dog from jumping up on you when you come home... (continued)
Getting the right focus
As I have a high drive dog, I have had many challenges curbing her energy and focusing her on a goal that is mine, not hers. Darcie is right on top of Sam's every move, never missing a prick of... (continued)
Quality Canadian Dog Collars and Tags
If you're anything like me, you want sustainable products for your dog that you know will do the job, last a long time and make a positive impact. As a dog trainer for well over two decades, I have run... (continued)
Cleaning Dirty Paws Made Easy
With terrible weather comes the need to wipe a lot of wet, muddy paws. A lot of people have trouble wiping their dogs feet because either the dog won't stand still or constantly pulls their feet away while you are... (continued)
The Journey Is the Destination
I was talking to a client after class the other night about some of the challenges he’d been having with his young pup, the biggest of which being that she wouldn’t come when he called her. He mentioned that he’d... (continued)
Halloween Safety Tips
Although tonight is going to be a fun night for most of the kiddos, for many dogs it’s going to involve a lot more stress. People moving around in strange looking costumes, non-stop strangers at the door and, the... (continued)
3 Tips to Help Reduce Barking When Your Dog is Alone
We all know what a nuisance barking can sometimes be (especially if you own a Terrier like I do!), so to help you maintain a good relationship with your neighbours, I'm sharing a few simples strategies about how to help... (continued)
Positive change to positive training
Thanks for all your help with Charli and being so patient with us (mostly me!) as we transition to this new style of training. I found your advice really helpful, and we both saw the wisdom in it. We're both... (continued)
Teach Your Dog To 'Get Dressed'
Does your dog play keep away when you want to put his collar, harness or head halter on? Here’s a simple hack: teach them how to co-operatively suit up to make heading out the door a hundred times easier.Please note:... (continued)
Week One: Learning Loose Leash Walking
In week one of our training series with reporter Maggie of A-channel’s Breakfast Television, we introduce Maggie, her 7 month old Labradoodle, and teach the fundamentals of loose leash walking.
Week 2 – Learning the “Come” Command