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)
Picking the Right Dog
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We all go into purchasing or adopting a new dog with high hopes and expectations, but it doesn't always work out for the best. Here I explain how to determine what the best... (continued)
No more biting issues!
Charlie is doing great! The biting/mouthing is not really an issue any more. If it does happen, it ends pretty quickly without any drama- it’s great! I bought a 20ft rope which I let him drag around in the yard... (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)
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)
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)
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)
Five Tips for Sending Your Dog to the Sitter
Most of us leave our dog sitters with a pretty comprehensive list of our dogs care instructions. In addition to that, here are 5 simple things you can do to minimize everyone's stress while you are away, especially in the... (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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Socialization Myths: Part 3
In this third and final video debunking two more popular myths around socializing dogs, you'll learn:
~ the only thing you need to know when it comes to socializing any dog
~ why less can be more when it comes... (continued)
Come Command Do's and Don't's
'Come' is the one command that almost everyone struggle's with at some point and, for some of you, that struggle is a daily occurrence. Let's be honest, most of us (yes, even me) have had the experience of being left... (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)
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)
Dogs Still Need to Be Dogs
I recently worked with the sweetest,... (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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
How to Safely Introduce Two Dogs On Leash
The way dogs meet and greet each other when they are on leash can make or break their relationship and how much they like each other from the start. In this video, I share a really simple exercise to safely... (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)
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
Bringing Home a Rescue Dog
Adopting a rescue dog can be incredibly rewarding, but many people don't realize that many dogs don't come "move in ready." Here I share three important things to know about your new rescue, a common mistake I see people make... (continued)
Preparing Your Dog Before Your First Baby Arrives
For some dogs, transitioning into life with a new baby is effortless. For others? Not so much. So I'm sharing with you some of the most important things to start teaching your dog NOW, before that baby arrives, that will... (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)
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)
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)
Getting Your Dog Comfortable Being Brushed
For some dogs, regular brushing is a must, but often avoided because the dog is un-cooperative. Regular brushing not only helps to get rid of dead hair and skin cells, it keeps your house cleaner and also makes your groomers... (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)
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)
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)
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)
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)