Why You Should be Concerned About Ticks on Your Pet

Ticks carry a variety of very debilitating diseases.  They can carry Lyme Disease, Babesia, Erlichia, Bartonella and many other diseases that can make people and animals sick.  Although you may be careful when you hike or are out in “tick country”, your dog, cat, horse or other animals you are affectionate with may bring ticks into your home or they may transfer from your animal to you.  If you get bit by the tick, you are at risk of developing a painful, chronic illness. […]

By |2019-05-20T19:20:56+00:00May 20th, 2019|Blog of the Month|0 Comments

Make Play a Priority in Your Dog’s Life

Although we know that play is an important part of being a happy, healthy human, we often don’t make it a priority. Play is not only important for humans, it is also important for animals. If play is important for both humans and our furry and feathered friends, why not play together? […]

By |2019-04-18T15:44:24+00:00April 18th, 2019|Blog of the Month|0 Comments

Learning Cannot Happen When Your Pet is Under Stress

If you were in the ocean and were drowning, would you want someone to try to teach you to swim at that moment, or would you just want to be brought in, to safety? More than likely, you would be in “survival mode” and you want to be saved. Even if a person tried to teach you to swim, you would not be able to learn. When humans or animals are in “survival mode”, it is nearly impossible to learn a skill. When the brain perceives a situation as “life or death”, it completely focuses on surviving and cannot focus on learning new skills. […]

By |2019-03-27T15:18:32+00:00March 27th, 2019|Blog of the Month|0 Comments

Are Dogs More Reactive Than They Used To Be?

The American Psychological Association states that millennials are the most anxious generation to date.  With this information, is it a surprise that we are seeing more anxious dogs?  In most family’s dogs are no longer just pets, they are now family members. As family members, we often include our dogs in our everyday activities.  More and more people are taking their dogs to restaurants, on trips, on planes and into stores.  We often expect our dogs to adapt to our human lives (lives that are stressful for the humans themselves!) without any type of preparation. […]

By |2019-02-25T15:19:05+00:00February 25th, 2019|Blog of the Month|0 Comments

Teachable Moments

Behavior is always happening; therefore, our dogs are always learning.  With every action there is a positive or negative consequence.  When a positive consequence occurs, our dogs are more likely to repeat the behavior.  If a negative consequence occurs, our dogs are less likely to repeat the behavior.  Because of this, we can find many good opportunities to teach our dogs.  The problem is, as humans we often overlook the opportunities to reinforce a desired behavior, yet we are often keen to notice the undesirable ones.  Sadly, this often leads to our dogs experiencing far more punishments and far fewer positive reinforcements. […]

By |2019-01-23T19:47:52+00:00January 23rd, 2019|Blog of the Week|0 Comments

Why Pets are Not Good Holiday Presents 2

While we’ve posted this before, the message definitely bears repeating.  Before you decide to add a pet to your family over the holidays, please consider this post! Pets are a wonderful addition to our human families.  With the hustle and bustle of the holidays  in full swing and sometimes the idea of getting a loved one a pet may be considered.  People often think that giving a puppy, kitten or other furry critter at the holidays is a great way to celebrate and show their love for their loved ones.   Although these people have their heart in the right place, these cute gifts could end up being disastrous! (for the pet and the human). […]

By |2019-01-23T19:48:01+00:00December 4th, 2018|Blog of the Week|0 Comments

Unrealistic Expectations

Have you ever had someone have higher expectations for you than you could realistically fulfill? In our fast-paced world, this occurs often - in the workplace, in relationships, in school - it happens everywhere!  When the expectations are not met, you and the other person involved are disappointed and whatever you are working on suffers. Unfortunately, we also often have unrealistic expectations with our dogs. I see people having unrealistic expectations with their dogs in many of my training classes.  It is not uncommon to have a human-dog team that comes to class every week, but they do not practice the skills at all in between classes.  Obviously, these teams fall behind the teams that practice a little every day (even just 10- 15 minutes each day can make a dramatic difference).  In some cases, the person is compassionate and realizes that their lack of practice has caused the dog’s skills to fall behind.  However, there are cases when the person gets frustrated because the dog is not “performing” as well as the other dogs in class.  With these students, I have to remind them it is not realistic to expect their dog to improve if they do not [...]

By |2018-03-28T23:43:16+00:00February 7th, 2018|Blog of the Month|0 Comments

Helping Your Pets After a Disaster

As I write this, the Thomas Fire continues to invade surrounding cities.  Although it has left Ventura, we are still suffering from poor air quality.  Whether the disaster is a fire, hurricane, tornado or earthquake, it not only impacts people, it also impacts our pets.   It is important to recognize that our pets are affected by poor air or water quality and they are physiologically affected as well! […]

By |2018-03-30T05:22:40+00:00January 4th, 2018|Blog of the Month|0 Comments

Why Pets are Not Good Holiday Presents

Pets are a wonderful addition to our human families.  With the hustle and bustle of the holidays  in full swing and sometimes the idea of getting a loved one a pet may be considered.  People often think that giving a puppy, kitten or other furry critter at the holidays is a great way to celebrate and show their love for their loved ones.   Although these people have their heart in the right place, these cute gifts could end up being disastrous! (for the pet and the human). […]

By |2018-05-16T18:56:12+00:00December 6th, 2017|Blog of the Week|0 Comments

Understanding the History of Dog Training

Dogs have been companions to humans for thousands of years but we did not start officially training them until the early 1900’s.  Many consider the father of modern traditional training to be German trainer named Colonel Konrad Most.  He authored a book entitled Training Dogs a Manual in 1910.   Colonel Most had a military background.  He started training dogs while serving as Police Commissioner at the Royal Prussian Police headquarters in 1906.  He later trained military dogs in World War I and from 1919 to 1937 he was head of the Canine Research Department of the Army High Command.Access to this post requires a Gold, Silver or Bronze site membership. Click here to purchase

By |2018-03-30T04:43:58+00:00November 6th, 2017|Blog of the Week|0 Comments