I’ve been finding it hard to blog lately. I’m not sure exactly what it is, because I always have a ton of ideas, fun stories, cute photos, tips, how-to posts and more in my head, but it always ends up being easier to post in the moment on social media, like Facebook or Instagram, instead… Continue reading Life Update: My Adorable Agility Dogs’ Progress
These chicken, blueberry and oat meatballs are perfect treats for dog training! I started making my own treats for dog training purposes last year while taking agility classes with Maddux. While he is food-motivated, he gets bored with the same treats all the time. During class they gave me frozen meatballs to use, and he… Continue reading Chicken, Blueberry and Oat Dog Training Meatballs
I couldn’t have gotten through Toby’s cancer diagnosis without Maddux. I should probably change that tense, because we are still going through it. Maddux has been both a comfort and a much need distraction, especially when Toby was first diagnosed. I love to take my dogs with me places. Toby wasn’t allowed to do much,… Continue reading I Couldn’t Have Gotten Through Toby’s Cancer Diagnosis Without Maddux
We spent the majority of yesterday — five hours to be exact — at the local kennel club at a tricks class. What a ball! But, also a lot of work. I know my brain hurt by the end, and I am pretty sure Maddux felt the same way. He is used to being around… Continue reading Dog Training: Tricks Training
Earlier in the week, this Facebook post showed up on my timeline from an eco-lifestyle website : “Crate training is cruel. How did you break your dog(s)?” I reread it. Yup, I did read it correctly. My blood started to boil, because my initial thought was that this was posted by someone just trying to… Continue reading Is Crate Training Cruel?
Our post yesterday about a news story on barking generated a lot of interest in ways to help control your dog’s barking. So, our resident dog behavior specialist, Trainer Dan whipped up this column for us with some tips. Thanks, Dan! 🙂 Problem barking is a common concern for pet owners. With some dogs in… Continue reading Ask Trainer Dan: Tips to Control Barking
One of the biggest myths I run into when talking with pet owners is that only large dogs need to be trained. All dogs, regardless of size, would be well served by getting training. There are a few reasons for this, but in essence, your dog will only behave as well as you require her… Continue reading Ask Trainer Dan: Size Doesn’t Matter
My Tail Hurts From Wagging So Much is pleased to introduce our readers to Dan Cicio – a dog trainer at My Doggies Daycare in Southern California. He started there as a kennel supervisor and quickly realized just how much he enjoyed working with the dogs, to the point that he knew it would be… Continue reading Ask Trainer Dan: Good Recall Methods