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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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
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)
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)
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)
"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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.
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)
How To Stop A Dog Attack
Have you ever been charged at by an aggressive dog? If it ever happened to you, would you know what to do?
Yesterday, my own dog was attacked. Well, almost attacked. But only because I knew how to stop it from... (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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Because Of A Dog
My first dog was a black and white Springer Spaniel. A very regal and handsome looking boy who was more like a stately gentleman than a dog.
When he and I were out together, people used to come up to me... (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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)