- Keeping the Peace in a Multi-Dog Home
Ever wonder how some people can live with a pack of three, four, or even more dogs who all get along? Maybe you’re reading this article because you have a dog and are wondering how you can adopt or foster a new dog and be sure that they will get along well, if not become [...]
- Clicker Training 101
Clicker training is an effective and fun training technique used to shape a desired behavior without the need to force, intimidate, or punish dogs while they learn. Small, easy to carry clickers are used to mark and identify a desired behavior from your pet, and the “click” is often followed by a treat or praise. [...]
- Stop Your Dog’s Territorial Marking Inside
When a new dog moves into your home, it is not at all uncommon for him or her to feel the need to “raise the yellow flag” and claim their new territory as their own by marking it with some urine. Since many newly adopted dogs are already housebroken, this may just be a one-time [...]
- Does Your Dog Use His Mouth Too Much?
Woof University is our series of pet-related training tips, and this week we’re focusing on what to do if you have a dog who uses his mouth too much! Commonly referred to as “mouthing“, this is not to be confused with biting or aggression. Mouthing commonly occurs during play, times of excitement, or sometimes during [...]
- Overcoming Your Dog’s Fear of Riding In a Car
Most dogs love car rides! But what if your dog turns into a terrified trembling drooling mess the moment you open the car door? Here are some helpful tips to overcoming your dog’s fear of riding in a car! Start with baby step building blocks, using rewards for each step if performed without fear. Can [...]
- Resource Guarding: What Is It & How A Good Trainer Can Help
One of our wonderful Facebook fans wrote in to ask the following question: ”What is the best way to handle ‘resource guarding’? My puppy recently bit my husband while he was trying to retrieve part of a dead bird from her mouth. She has never been deprived of food or mistreated in any way but seems [...]
- Create a Greeting Ritual For Your Dog On Walks! (Video)
We received another #AskKatya question on our Facebook wall! Kari wrote in to seek help with her dog’s tendency to lunge and bark at other dogs while on walks and on leash, even though he gets along great with dogs off leash. This Woof University training video is dedicated to answering that very question! Leash [...]
- 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. [...]
- My Dogs Don’t Like Strangers Coming Over!
As you may have heard our resident behaviorist, Katya, has been taking pet-related questions from you all! Recently, Celia, one of our awesome animal-loving fans posted her question and asked for a little guidance. Celia wrote: “We rescued two small dogs who had lived their whole lives in a hoarder house with 18 other dogs. [...]
- How Can I Help My Dog Learn To Play?
You may be surprised to learn that not all dogs know how to play. Some pets were not given exposure to play as puppies and therefore might not know what to do with a ball or toy. Other dogs may not have ever been given proper socialization, and might be overall timid, uncertain, or fearful. This [...]