Habits and Predictability in Dog Training

Two Australian Koolies running through a field

“Habits are simply reliable solutions to recurring problems in our environment” -James Clear “Atomic Habits” If you haven’t read the book “Atomic Habits” by James Clear, I strongly recommend it! James Clear, one of the world’s leading experts on habit formation, reveals practical strategies that will teach you exactly how to form good habits, break […]

Preparing Your Dog for Fireworks: Tips for a Safe and Calm Fourth of July

The Fourth of July, New Year’s Eve, and other festive occasions often bring dazzling firework displays that fill the night sky with bursts of color and sound. While humans may find them awe-inspiring, many dogs experience anxiety and fear during these explosive celebrations. As responsible pet owners, it’s crucial to prepare and support our canine companions during these events.

In this blog post, we delve into effective strategies to help you prepare your dog for fireworks. We’ll explore various steps you can take to ensure their well-being, comfort, and overall safety. By implementing these techniques, you can create a peaceful environment and minimize your dog’s stress levels when the skies light up.

Let’s Talk About Resource Guarding

A brown and white dog growls at the camera

Recently I saw in a dog trainer’s facebook group a discussion surrounding the causes of resource guarding. One poster stated in that discussion:“Resource guarding usually stems from an insecure unstable temperament” I have seen similar sentiments across the internet at various times throughout my career and I have to tell you that it always grinds […]

Pro Tips to Potty Train Your New Puppy

Frequently I receive calls from clients, totally frustrated with potty training their new puppies. Here are a few pro tips for successful potty training. Manage Your Pup’s Access Puppies don’t start off knowing where you want them to go to the bathroom and where you don’t. By managing where your pup has access to, you […]

5 Tips to Teach Loose Leash Walking

Does your dog pull you all over on walks? Do you have a new puppy and want to set them on the right path? Here are some of our best tips to keep your shoulder from dislocating! First…what is the function of pulling? Ah yes, it gets the dog where they want to go! It […]

Fireworks, Thunderstorms, and Scary Noises Oh My!

It’s that time of year here in Upstate New York where fireworks start being lit left and right. It seems every neighbor has invested in them. To top it off, the weather is also not being very cooperative as of late and we’ve had multiple thunder storms. With July 4th quickly approaching I thought this […]