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)
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)
"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)
What You Believe, You Can Achieve
If you can't imagine your dog behaving well, or even what it would look like if he did, getting the results you want from your training will be much more difficult and in some cases, impossible. Here I teach you... (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)
Week Three: Discouraging Jumping & Moving to More Distracting Environments
In week three of our training series with reporter Maggie of A-channel’s Breakfast Television and her 7 month old Labradoodle, Lucy, we talk about how to discourage your dog from jumping up on you. We also discuss why it's important... (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)
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)
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)
Three Steps to Living With a Problem Free Dog
We all want live with a dog that has no issues. While there's no such thing as the perfect dog, there are 3 simple things you can do to ensure that your puppy or adult dog develops into one you... (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)
How to Fade the Food Lure
Having a dog that "only works for food" or "only listens if he knows I have a cookie" is one of the most common complaints I hear. So today I want to teach you how to eliminate the food lure... (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)
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)
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)
Bark Box Halloween Fun
If you haven't heard of Bark Box, it's a monthly subscription of dog products that are sent directly to your door. Each box is full of toys and treats customised to your dogs size and each month offers a unique... (continued)
Should Dogs Be Left To 'Work It Out' On Their Own?
How many times have you heard someone say to you 'Let them work it out' when two dogs are in a disagreement with one another? This is not only terrible advice, it could potentially have serious consequences for one or... (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)
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)
Is Your Dog A Strong Puller? Try This
Head halters can be a really useful tool, especially if you have a powerful puller or a dog that is reactive when out on walks, as they give you way more control. The downside is very few dogs take to... (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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Week Six: A Wrap-up and Review at the Park
In week six of our training series with reporter Maggie of A-channel’s Breakfast Television and her 7 month old Labradoodle, Lucy, we wrap up our lessons with a quick overview of what we covered, a demo of Maggie's now excellent... (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)
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)
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)
Teaching Your Dog To Be Calm
Do you have a dog that can’t settle down, especially when there is a lot of activity going on around them? Or a dog who prefers to constantly play or be busy instead of calm and relaxed, regardless of how... (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)
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)
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 Visiting The Vet May Solve Your Dogs Problem Behaviour
Behaviour problems can have many root causes. Many years ago when I worked as a veterinary technician, a client brought in a new dog who hadn't been to a vet in many years. She was 7 years old, growled at... (continued)
Teaching Your Dog To "Find It"
It's that time of year where the weather is starting to become cold and gross, making the temptation to shorten your walks or cut the odd one out all together really high. But your dog still needs to exercise his... (continued)
Freedom is Earned, It's Not a Right
I know how important it is to you to be able to give your dog(s) off leash freedom. And as a trainer, I want nothing more than to help you teach them to listen reliably when they are off leash.
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)
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)
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
While there are no shortcuts to housetraining a dog or puppy, there are plenty of things you need to do to ensure the process doesn't take an unnecessarily long amount of time. Whether it's a puppy I am raising or... (continued)
Week Four: Road Test – Taking Our Leash Manners to the City
In week four of our training series with reporter Maggie of A-channel’s Breakfast Television and her 7 month old Labradoodle, Lucy, we take the show on the road and do our lesson in downtown Sidney. We talk about how to... (continued)
Choosing a Great Breeder
Once you decide on the right breed of dog for you and your family, choosing a great breeder to get your puppy from is the next most important step. Here I share a few benefits to purchasing from a reputable... (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)
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)
Building Comfort Around Your Dogs Food Bowl
True or False: You need to take your dogs food away from him while he's eating to teach him that you're allowed to do that.
This video answers that and gives you a two-part exercise on how to a) teach a... (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)
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)
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)
How To Measure Progress
How To Measure Progress
Success is not a straight road to the finish. It’s got ups and downs and often times setbacks along the way.
One of the best ways to measure progress is by gauging where you were at at your starting... (continued)
Socialization Myths: Part 2
This is part 2 of the series uncovering some of the more common misunderstandings about how and why to socialize your dog. This video will explain:
~ the behaviour changes you can expect as your dog grows up from a puppy... (continued)