The American Kennel Club (AKC) has a new Trick Dog program! This program is for dogs that are AKC registered, enlisted with the AKC PAL program or signed up with the AKC Canine Partners. Titling is available to both purebred and mixed breed dogs. This is a chance for dogs and handlers of all ages and abilities to show off their training skills and earn titles for their hard work! AKC offers the following Trick Dog titles: Novice (TKN), Intermediate (TKI), Advanced (TKA) and Trick Dog Performer (TKP). Novice through Advanced titles may be......
We’ve all been there before. We train our dog to an impeccable level of obedience – first time obedience, great focus, solid eye contact, bombproof training – and then, well, life gets in the way. This happens…that happens…and before you know it it’s been six months and you find yourself repeating commands, your dog has become complacent and sloppy, and you’re frustrated that all your hard work has been for ‘nothing.’ Or so you think. Yes, your dog’s training has gone down the toilet, but the good news is that it’s really easy to get your dog......
If you’re like me, you love taking your dog places. Having an obedient, confident and well-mannered dog opens up so many doors for fun adventures and experiences. Last year, I took Havok downtown for the fireworks show, and he did great. I first exposed him to fireworks when he was just 9 weeks old, and thanks to solid conditioning and exposure as a puppy, he’s what I call ‘bombproof.’ Nothing phases him. In fact, all four of my dogs have solid nerves and do well in all situations. Unfortunately, many dogs are not so confident, so if......
Hi everybody, Amy here! I want to briefly tackle a MYTH in dog training that confuses people ALL.THE.TIME. That is, “Should dogs be allowed on the couch?” The big misunderstanding is that people think they’re breaking all the rules by letting their dogs come up on the couch. They say things like, “I know you’re probably going to tell me not to, but I let my dog on the couch.” The truth is, there’s nothing wrong with letting your dog on the couch. In fact, I break all the so-called “rules” – but here’s the......
Congratulations on your new puppy! Adopting a puppy is always very fun and exciting. Here’s a list of what you’ll need to buy for your furry kid: Crate When it comes to a crate, you’ll need to find out what size your puppy is going to be when you pick him up. The problem most pet owners make is that they purchase a crate that’s too big for the puppy, and it makes house breaking difficult. You need a crate that allows your puppy to stand up, sit and lay down comfortably, but isn’t......
A ‘reactive dog’ is a term used to describe a dog that reacts to certain stimuli or triggers in the environment: adults, kids, other dogs, cats, squirrels, you name it. Some dogs react by growling, barking and lunging. Other dogs whine, yip, howl and pull on the leash when they encounter the same stimuli. Some dogs are reactive because they’re excited, oftentimes a result of too much uncontrolled socialization or high prey drive, and other dogs are reactive based on fear, previous bad experiences, lack of socialization and so on. If you have a reactive dog, and......
You just found out you’re pregnant, and you’re not sure how your dog will react to a new tiny human. First, ask yourself a few questions. Has your dog ever been around infants or young children? If so, how did he handle this, what were those experiences like? Having a baby is a big change for you and your dog, so setting your dog up for success is imperative. Here are five tips to prepare your dog for Baby. -Teach your dog boundaries. There is no need for your dog to go......