Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Home Training

Training

Positive Dog Training means acknowledging that your pet is a living being that experiences a range of emotions. By using positive reinforcement, you can establish a bond with your friend that is built out of love instead of fear. As one of our Pillars of Animal Wellness, Positive Training will help your companion adopt positive behaviours.

Successful dog training with treats

Successful dog training with treats

Treats are important rewards during dog training sessions, but you don’t want him to become dependent on them. Learn to make training treats work...
Dogs that don't like to play

Dogs that don’t like to play

You’d think that dogs and play would go together like apples and cinnamon, and in most cases, they do. But depending on how a...
Understanding your dog's mind and emotions

Understanding your dog’s mind and emotions

How smart is your dog? How many emotions does he have access to? Recent research into canine behavior and cognition is yielding some surprising...
Solutions for dogs that chase cars

Solutions for dogs that chase cars

Does your dog chase cars or “attack” certain vehicles while you’re out on a walk? Here’s how to combat this dangerous behavior problem. Most...
4 reasons to enroll your new puppy in a training class

4 reasons to enroll your new puppy in a training class

You adopted a puppy – congratulations! Once you’ve gotten a chance to get to know one another, consider enrolling him in a training class....
Biking and jogging with your dog

Biking and jogging with your dog

Biking or jogging with your dog can be excellent exercise and lots of fun, but remember to keep his comfort and safety in mind. Spring...
how to select a dog training class

How to select a dog training class

Know what to ask and look for when choosing the right training class for you and your dog. Most of us recognize the importance...
Harnesses for dogs

Harnesses for dogs

Take a look at the “who, why, what and where” of dog harnesses, and how easy they are to use! Walking offers multiple benefits to...
video

How to put on your dog’s harness

Do you struggle to get a harness on your dog? The very mention of going for a walk can send dog into an excitable frenzy....
training your dog to walk on a leash

Leash-walking basics for you and your dog

Is your dog an unruly leash-walker? Does he pull you off your feet every time something distracts him? These tips will help transform him...
dogs learn through observing

Can dogs learn by observing?

Studies are showing that dogs are a lot smarter than we might think, and that they can learn a lot of words just by...

Natural help for anxiety

Anxiety can impact your dog’s quality of life and result in a variety of troublesome behaviors. The good news is that there are many...
housetraining dogs

When dogs “forget” their housetraining

Even the best-behaved dogs may sometime start messing in the house. Find out what can cause housetraining regression, and how to address the problem. One...
cats poop outside the litterbox

When cats poop outside the litterbox

The “other” litterbox problem – causes and solutions. Urinating outside the litterbox is a fairly common issue in cats, so it gets the most attention....
body language

Understanding your dog’s body language

Animals communicate through body language. You can learn how your dog is feeling just by observing him. Animals talk with their ears, tails and...
aggressive dog

Reactive vs. aggressive dogs

A dog displaying signs of reactivity isn’t necessarily aggressive. However, it’s important to understand the difference between these two states, and to prevent a...
Train your dog not to chase wildlife

Train your dog not to chase wildlife

Wild animals such as skunks, coyotes and coons are common in and around most communities. Protecting your dog from a confrontation with local wildlife...
kitten

Adopting a kitten into a senior cat household

Cats can get set in their ways. And the older they are, the truer this becomes. If you have an older cat, and are...
dogs and kids

Top tips for dogs and kids

Have you ever heard the phrase, ‘never work with kids or dogs’? I always giggle when I hear people say that, because I love...
3 tips to stop begging

3 tips to stop begging

Is your dog's begging driving you crazy? Follow these tips to curb this annoying behavior. One of the biggest training-related complaints I hear is about...

Playing with your dog

Playing with your dog is an extraordinary way to build a wonderful relationship. Numerous studies have shown that a good play relationship also equals...
basic behaviors

Top 4 basic behaviors every dog should know

Training your dog starts with knowing the most important basic behaviors to teach him. Here's why “stay”, “come”, "leave it" and "heel" top the...
puppy training

Step by Step Training for Pups

If you’re adopting a puppy from your local shelter, one of the first things you need to do is start training him so he’ll...
paw language

The secret language of dogs: from paw to tail

Dogs have a rich secret language that is only just being discovered, and research results shine more light on just how incredible our canines...
calming activities for a hyperactive dog

Calming games for a hyperactive dog

Over-excitement can be a problem if you can’t get your hyperactive dog to settle down. These 3 games help by rewarding relaxed behavior. Identifying a...
addison's disease

Canine Compulsive Disorder or CCD

Does your dog seem obsessive-compulsive? Does he do the same strange things over and over again, without apparent reason? He could have Canine Compulsive...
cats knocking things down

Why do cats knock things off shelves?

Anyone who has cats has seen them jump on a shelf, desk or table, only to start methodically knocking everything onto the floor. From...

Building a bond with words

Teaching your dog the meaning of a range of words strengthens your bond through communication and collaboration. One of the first things I learned about...
Top 10 training tips

Top 10 training tips

Set your dog up for success with these suggestions for positive training. Training simply means educating your dog in a safe and loving environment, and...
Teaching good behavior through games.

Transforming behavior with games

From begging to pulling on the leash to getting overexcited during play, any dog can develop unwanted behaviors. Here are four common behavior problems and...
Mentally stimulating dog toys

5 steps to greater enrichment

Circling through these five themes of environmental enrichment can help keep your dog physically and mentally stimulated as well as happy, content and well-behaved. As...
Acupressure-massage for puppy mill survivors

Acupressure-massage for puppy mill survivors

Combining veterinary care with acupressure-massage can help heal these dogs, both physically and emotionally. Pet shop puppies are adorable. Your heart melts and you have...