• New Beginnings

     April 10, 2023 ·

    3 Things to Teach a New Puppy

    Getting a new puppy? How exciting!  When I ask people what goals they have with their puppy, most respond with a list of obedience behaviours. I view puppy training as an opportunity to prevent future issues and to lay the foundation for our relationship. 

    Read More

  • Diggin' It

     December 28, 2022 ·

    What to do if your dog loves to dig

    Our new puppy Quincy LOVES to dig! Once she gets involved in an interesting hole, she could be at it for a long time – and she’s fast and very efficient when she gets going. She’s also very difficult to stop once she gets into a digging frenzy!

    Read More

  • Welcome Home!

     November 08, 2022 ·

    Bringing a new dog into your home

    It's important to put some thought into bringing a new dog into your life. These are some of my top tips for helping a dog get adjusted to their new life in your home and for setting your new dog up for success moving forward.

    Read More

  • Dog Parks

     October 20, 2022 ·

    Should you go to the dog park?

    It’s a great benefit to have a dog park in your city if you’re fortunate to have one or more than one.  If you’re lucky, you may also have a variety of mountain trails to take your dogs to like I do in my town.

    Read More

  • On Guard!

     October 07, 2022 ·

    What is resource guarding?

    One of the more challenging behaviour issues for dog owners to modify is Resource Guarding. It’s also probably one of the most commonly misunderstood or misdiagnosed issues by dog owners.

    Read More

  • Shaping Up The Recall

     August 05, 2022 ·

    Teaching your dog to come

    Learning a really reliable Recall (come when called) is one of the most important things you dog can learn.  Getting that training to be successful most of the time and in most circumstances is a really big challenge for a lot of dog owners.  

    Read More

  • Stop!

     February 20, 2022 ·

    Using Positive Interrupters

    With all the dogs we’ve had and all the training and learning I’ve done over the years, there are certain cues that stick out as particularly valuable. Every class I teach – Puppy, Teens, Manners and Reactive Dogs – Stop! is always a cue I include in my curriculum. 

    Read More

  • Ruff Housing

     February 20, 2022 ·

    Dog-Dog Play

    Do you know what good play between dogs looks like?
    There’s nothing dog owners love more than watching their best buddy happily romping and playing with another dog. It just seems right and natural for dogs to have play buddies and to have many opportunities to play.

    Read More

  • Ready Baby?!

     January 24, 2022 ·

    Preparing Your Dog for a New Baby

    I get a lot of calls for help from families who have welcomed a new baby into their lives only to discover that their dogs are less than thrilled about the new addition.  Our goal is to reach people who already have dogs and are planning a family.

    Read More

  • Terrible Teens

     January 24, 2022 ·

    Training Your Adolescent Dog

    How did my friendly puppy become a reactive dog?!

    It’s not uncommon for young dogs to start displaying some reactivity on leash as they leave puppyhood and enter adolescence. It’s also common for them to start being slow to return when you call them.

    Read More