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Colorado is famous for their daily thunderstorms. For many dogs, these storms can create stress and sometimes even panic. Why are dogs afraid of thunderstorms? A better question may be “why not?” Dogs can go for years having no ...

Are you living with a land shark? When you give your dog a treat does he take a finger with it? There are several reasons dogs take treats too hard; they haven’t been taught not to, they are overly aroused or anxious, or you are simply holding ...

Teaching your dog to be successful when left alone (Part2) In Part 1, we discussed using strict supervision to teach your pup proper potty and chewing behaviors, and the importance of confining your pup to a crate or puppy safe room when ...

Teaching a dog to be successful when left alone (Part 1) Once upon a time, dogs spent their days outside as their people went to work (many times they were actually working side-by-side with their people on farms, ranches, etc.). These days, ...

Just like human children, our dogs go through that dreaded period of social development that strikes fear in the hearts of all parents – adolescence. This is a period where individuals will test boundaries and assert their independence. ...

This is the first of several blogs about multi-dog households. As I sat down to write, I realized many factors are involved, and they cannot be wrapped up neatly in a short blog post. For the first part, we will look at the question of whether ...

Make the most of your Halloween, while still keeping your dog healthy, happy, and safe. I often hear comments from people about the great costume they got for their dog, and how they can’t wait to take him out Trick-or-Treating. I have ...

In addition to teaching puppy and obedience classes, solving behavioral issues are a big part of my job. Most often these problems are not necessarily with the dog but with clients having chosen the wrong dog for their lifestyle. If I am lucky a ...

While preparing for my monthly email I often look around on the internet for topics to discuss in my training tip. This morning I came upon a facebook post that included a video of a dog bloating. I’m not sure how many of you know about ...

Does your dog make a mad dash for freedom every time he sees an open door? Door Dashing strikes fear in the hearts of most dog owners, as every dog will try it at least once. Knowing what to do could save your dog’s life. First let’s ...

There is much confusion about appropriate and effective training techniques and methodologies in the dog training world today, therefore dog owners must become educated consumers when hiring a dog trainer. So how do you choose the best trainer ...

The Waldo Canyon wildfire has made the past week extremely difficult for all of us here in Colorado Springs, and that includes our dogs. In addition to the physical discomfort due to the high heat and smoke filled air, we have experienced ...

For my Training Tip this month I had to look no further than the internet. It amazes me the things that dogs do that people think are funny, until they are not. For those who missed it, check out this video that went viral of Yogi the Corgi ...

Part of the definition of loving someone, whether that someone is a spouse, sibling, child or friend is getting to know their likes and dislikes, their wants and needs. It also helps to learn about what makes them feel loved. I think the same ...

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE! In our busy daily lives it’s very easy to become focused on all the things we have to do, and forget about all the things we like to do. And while I’m the first to point out how important it is to spend time ...

It’s that busy, crazy Holiday time of year again! Here are some Holiday Training Tips for your dog: 1. Maintain as normal a schedule as possible for your dog, including feeding, walking, and quiet or naptime. 2. Make sure your dog is ...

To Punish or Not to Punish Corrective, or punishment based training has become a very controversial subject over the last ten to twenty years. When I began training my first dog, in the mid 1970’s, the only training classes available were ...

Over the next few months my training tips will address common dog behavior problems, and what you can do to prevent them. Most often behavior problems are normal, natural, and often necessary dog behaviors that are simply being expressed in ...

When I bring this subject up with most dog owners, their mind immediately goes to their dog’s relationship with other dogs. Often they respond: “we have another dog at home, so do I need to socialize him?” or “We’re ...

My training tip for this month is: Helping Your Dog Through the 4th of July. Between the heat, the crowds, and the noise many dogs find this a particularly difficult holiday. So here are some tips to help keep your dog safe and happy while you ...

Dogs jump up on people for two reasons. Jumping begins because it is s normal greeting behavior among dogs, especially for puppies greeting older “pack members”. It continues because it works. Dogs always get attention for jumping. ...

In the past few weeks I have seen a disturbing trend on facebook and You Tube that I wanted to address. Several “funny” videos have been posted and shared showing dogs “acting guilty.” What disturbs me is both the ...

The concept of dog leash manners is really simple, but to be successful you must consistently follow these rules: 1.  Don’t pull on your dog. Many people try to use their leash to control, and to communicate with, their dog. If you ...

I talk a lot about socialization with young puppies both in my seminar Understanding Your New Puppy, and in Puppy Kindergarten class. But even after laying a firm foundation in early puppyhood socialization is an ongoing process, as Karl ...

As we find ourselves in the middle of holiday crazy time, I thought I’d help out with a Holiday Survival Guide for you and your pets. 1. Maintain as normal a schedule as possible for your dog, including feeding, walking, and quiet or ...

I often hear comments from people about the great costume they got for their dog, and how they can’t wait to take him out Trick-or-Treating. I have several concerns about this practice. First of all, how well do you know your dog? Is he ...

We’re in the dog park, so now what? Once you’ve entered the dog park, move quickly with your dog away from the gate area. Excitement and anxiety levels can be very high at the gate, especially if the area is crowded, causing spats ...

Making the Most of Your Dog Park Visit! Before you get into the park: Are you prepared? Do you have all of you supplies, clean up bags, water and bowl (if necessary), treats and clicker for training. Take care of all you “business” ...

Recently, many of my clients have asked my opinion of Dog Parks, so I thought I’d share some of my tips and concerns about dog park use. I personally am a fan of our dog park here in Briargate, and take my dogs there regularly. I have also ...

Please make sure that your dog has proper identification at all times. As I write this, I have a cute little stray resting at my feet. He was found this morning outside of the dog park, and of course, he has no ID. All dogs should wear a flat, ...

What does “Be a good dog” mean, really? During my first contact with a client, either on the phone, or in class, I always ask “What are your goals?” I usually receive one of two answers. Either they reply “I just ...

Often clients will ask me, “My dog growled at (me, another dog, my neighbor, etc.), what should I do?” By growling, your dog is trying to tell you, in the least threatening way possible, that he feels uncomfortable with what is ...