Puppy Not Listening to You? Here’s Why and What to Do!
If puppies are teething, or experiencing growing pains, they can find it hard to focus or listen to you as they’re just feeling quite sore!
Ask a Trainer: Help for a Dog Who Growls at Strangers
Never punish her for growling or snapping; those are the only ways that she is able to tell you that she is uncomfortable with what is going on.
Top 5 Stress Busters for Pet Parents
It’s so easy in everything we do and care about to overthink and fixate when something goes wrong or isn’t going as we hoped. Look at the bigger picture and turn your attention to what’s going well with your pet.
Animal Training Foundations for Future Success
We call these ‘clicker savvy’ horses. They know the training game so well that they can easily figure out what the “hot” behavior is and will repeat it with confidence, allowing you to build upon that foundation and get your goal behavior within a very short amount of time.
House Training 101: Tips and Tricks for a Mess-Free Home with Your New Puppy
Remember, house training is a learning process for both you and your puppy. Patience, and consistency are key to successful training.
Shock-Free Snake Safety for Dogs
Here are the general steps to teach your dog to safely move away from a venomous snake and alert you that a snake is nearby.
How To Prepare Your Pet for Smoother Vet Visits
If you are worried then your pet will sense this apprehension, so do what you can to manage your own emotions; deep breaths, meditation, exercise or a calming tea before your appointment can help.
Fear Is an Emotion, Not a Behavior
Certainly, dogs will learn to avoid things that have frightened or harmed them in the past... But fear itself is not a learned behavior that the animal can choose to “perform” or not—it is a neurobiological and involuntary response.
Dog Training Tip: Build Trust by Creating a Reinforcement History
When we start looking for opportunities to reward our dogs, we also start understanding them! We become more observant and mindful of our dogs, their environment and their responses to it.
What is a “Positive” Dog Trainer?
In psychology, and in the concept of operant conditioning in particular, the term “positive” has a specific meaning.