• Introducing Your Dog to the Crate! (Video)

    Using a crate (small safe place) to have your dog remain while you are gone should only be done to protect your dog, or for a dog who gets very nervous when left alone.  Confinement to a crate should NEVER be used as punishment.  A nervous dog should love being in their safe small place. [...]

  • How to keep a dog off kitchen counters

    Sometimes as a new puppy grows up, they suddenly reach a size where they realize if they stand on their back legs, they can help themselves to those delicious-smelling things you put on the counter for them! Of course you don’t really leave it there for them, but for a puppy or dog to understand [...]

  • Pay Attention to What You Want – Not What You Don’t!

    Too often, we pay attention to our pets when they’re exhibiting the behavior we don’t want them to do.  It’s important to keep in mind that any time you look at, talk to, or touch your pet — meaning any time you pay attention! — you are reinforcing the behavior they’re participating in at that [...]

  • Teach your dog not to jump up on people

    It’s natural for a puppy to jump up on other dogs to say hi, and some dogs might be trying to make themselves taller than another dog to show a higher status in the social pack. Dogs may jump on people either as a friendly greeting, or when trying to establish dominance too. Many people [...]

  • Stop singing the Housebreaking Blues

    Are you at the end of your rope (um, leash?) cleaning up from your new dog’s housebreaking accidents inside? Feel like you’ve tried “everything” and your new furry family member still can’t seem to figure out that going to the bathroom on the rug is fraying your nerves ragged? Not to fear, potty busters are [...]

  • How to Raise a Friendly Puppy

    How do you raise a friendly puppy? Puppy socialization is key! That means exposing your puppy or young dog to a variety of people and situations so he or she becomes accustomed to them. For young puppies, between four and twelve weeks is a critical stage for socialization, and is a period when they quickly [...]

  • Housetraining Your Dog or Puppy

    Happily, housetraining your new dog or puppy can take patience and time, but it is usually not complicated! We have lots of experience from housetraining many foster dogs and puppies, and helping new adopters to easily and kindly train their new canine family member to take care of ‘business’ in the appropriate potty spot. We [...]

  • Top Reasons to Spay or Neuter your Dog or Cat

    For those of us who understand the benefits of spaying and neutering our dogs and cats, it can be hard to comprehend why anyone wouldn’t get their their pets fixed. Those in the know can help by sharing knowledge of the benefits, and debunking the all-to-common myths that are still believed by too many pet [...]

  • How to Crate Train your Puppy or Dog

    Crate training your new puppy or dog can be a wonderful way to help them become housebroken, while keeping him and your household belongings safe! If the introduction to the crate and use of the crate is done properly, most puppies and even older dogs will enjoy spending time in their special “den”, as can be [...]

  • Puppy Basics – tips for a good start

    Getting ready to adopt a new puppy? These guidelines are not a complete guide to raising a puppy (there are entire books devoted to that topic!) but will give you some of the basics, to help you prepare for the arrival and first few months of your new puppy. This basic training, socialization, and guidelines [...]