Expectations without Empathy

We live in a world of high expectations, many are often unrealistic.  We have to do lists that are not attainable, we expect others to perform at higher levels than is humanly possible and we often live beyond our means.  These unrealistic expectations have created increased anxiety and stress in our human world and we often pass it on to our dogs. […]

By |2020-11-04T20:36:58+00:00April 5th, 2017|Blog of the Week|0 Comments

Enjoy the Journey

In our world today we want instant gratification.  Life has gotten so fast that if our computer does not respond immediately we get frustrated.  These days, 15 seconds may as well be an hour!  If we have a question or want to learn about something we “Google It” and instantly we get what we were looking for.  Our current lifestyle has increased our stress, created distance with relationships and has changed the way we interact with each other.  Our human to human relationships are suffering due to our need for instant gratification and we are losing the skill to communicate.  If our human relationships are being challenged, what is happening to our relationships with our dogs? […]

By |2020-11-04T20:37:41+00:00February 1st, 2017|Blog of the Week|0 Comments

Socialize Your Puppy

In the past it was considered dangerous to take a young, partially vaccinated puppy out into the world.  We now know differently!  We now know that more dogs are euthanized each year due to behavior problems than puppies who acquire parvo virus.  Many of these behavior problems could have been prevented if the dogs had been socialized as a puppy.  Puppies learn about what is scary and what is safe during the first 4 months of life.  If a puppy is not exposed to new people, places and things the puppy may later develop strong fears to these things. […]

By |2020-11-04T20:38:30+00:00January 4th, 2017|Blog of the Week|0 Comments

Why Teaching Your Dog is Important

By law, humans go to school from kindergarten to high school.  School not only teaches us to read, write and solve math problems, it also teaches us how to interact with others and provides new experiences to enrich our lives. If we know that education is important for people to succeed in this world, why wouldn’t school be important for “man’s best friend”? […]

By |2020-11-04T20:39:02+00:00December 7th, 2016|Blog of the Week|0 Comments

Teaching Your Dog Everyday

Our lives are very busy and sometimes it seems like there is no time to train the family dog.  However, this does not need to be the case.  Studies have shown that dogs learn best with short (3-5 minute) training sessions.  With this in mind, there is no need to plan a 30 minute training session, instead just put training into your daily routine. […]

By |2020-11-04T20:39:20+00:00November 9th, 2016|Blog of the Week|0 Comments

Understanding Positive Reinforcement and Force Free Training

Many people think that positive reinforcement, force free training is all about bribing our dog’s to do things.  This is simply not true.  Unlike traditional, punishment based training, positive reinforcement training is science based.  Numerous studies have been done to show that learning is more effective when the learner is reinforced for desired behaviors. […]

By |2020-11-04T20:39:47+00:00October 5th, 2016|Blog of the Week|0 Comments

You Get What You Put Into It

Relationship experts Dr. John and Julie Gottman, as well as other well-known psychotherapists have spent years researching what creates happy marriages.  These researchers looked at many different aspects of relationships regarding age, personalities and a host of other factors.  However, at the end of the day, the most telling factors regarding the health of a relationship has more to do with the little day to day reactions between couples. […]

By |2020-11-04T20:40:55+00:00September 7th, 2016|Blog of the Week|0 Comments

Understanding Positive Reinforcement Training

It is a misconception that positive reinforcement trainers just give treats for every behavior.  This is simply not true.  With positive reinforcement training, we are looking to reinforce behaviors that we like, and ignore or redirect unwanted behaviors.  When behaviors are reinforced, they are repeated (if you did not get paid, would you still go to work every day?).  For example, if a dog is reinforced for sitting when he approaches a person, he is more likely to sit than jump. With “traditional training” the trainer is always looking for what the dog does wrong so it can be “corrected”.  The biggest problem with this method is that most people “correct” too late or when the dog is actually being good!  I was once at an event and saw a dog sitting nicely by his human and out of the blue the person “popped” his pinch collar!  That made the dog stand up, then “popped” again!  The poor dog was so confused he began to pant and cower from stress!  If I could not tell what the owner wanted, how could the dog? Positive reinforcement trainers spend their time setting the dog up for success.  They prevent or redirect [...]

By |2020-11-04T20:41:39+00:00August 2nd, 2016|Blog of the Week|0 Comments

Finding Your Dog’s “Niche”

Humans bring dogs into their lives for many reasons.  Some want companionship, protection or exercise partners, while others want a therapy dog, agility partner or other dog sport partner.  In many cases, the chosen dog can fit the desired “goal” but what happens when your dog is not interested in our “goal”. […]

By |2020-11-04T20:42:37+00:00June 7th, 2016|Blog of the Week|0 Comments



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