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Be a Change Agent!

There’s an old saying: “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” Fortunately for our beloved dogs, that’s not necessarily the case...

Counter Productive: How to Keep Your Dog From Stealing Unattended Food and Other Edible...

One of the hardest canine behaviors for some dog owners to understand (or forgive) is counter-surfing – when your dog helps himself to some...

How to Teach Your Dog to Be a Good Dining Companion

These days, thanks to coronavirus, more and more restaurants are offering outdoor dining, and many are allowing dogs to accompany their humans,...

How to Teach a ‘You Choose’ Cue

Introduce choice to your dogs by teaching a 'You Choose' cue.

Life Lessons Learned From Training Dogs

When I first started to learn about training, it was in the world of competitive dog obedience. In that specialized niche, dog training was...

Crate Expectations: What You Need to Know About Your Dog’s Crate

I first learned about crate-training for dogs in the early 1980s and have been a big fan ever since. There are many advantages to having...

Why It’s Important to Teach Your Dog to Trade

Sometimes we need to take things away from our dog and that’s when the trade trick becomes vital. Here’s how to teach your dog to trade.

The Play Way for Shy and Fearful Dogs

Play is a widespread feature of social animals. Humans play. Dogs play. Maybe our shared need for and love of play is part of...

How to Teach Your Dog to Wait

Old-fashioned training (the kind I grew up with) was mostly “don’t do stuff” – as in “Sit, Stay, Behave!” – where “Behave”...

Protocol for Teaching a Safe “Trade” With Your Dog

Start with your dog on a leash and either stand on the end of the leash or tether him to something solid so he...

The “I Come In Peace” Guarding-Modification Protocol

This guarding-modification protocol, created by my friend and fellow trainer Kelly Fahey, owner of The DogSmith of Hunterdon in Pittstown, New Jersey, is a...

Latest Blog

A Diagnosis for Foster Puppy Coco’s Strange Gait

Since I last wrote about Coco, the little dog with the strange gait (her front feet move normally, but she can only...

We wish you peace and plenty, wherever this week finds you ...

Four alumni of our local shelter. Grateful that all my friends adopt from the Northwest SPCA ...

“He’s big and warm and makes me feel safe.” ...

It’s a little chilly in my office this morning. Good to have a cuddle buddy. ...

New day, new band, new album cover ...

Getting the band back together ...

The Nut Wizard! Thanks to the readers who suggested this! https://www.whole-dog-journal.com/blog/acorns-can-pose-a-danger-to-dogs/ ...

Coco is doing aridealong with my friend’s GWP, Luke. That’s a couple of great faces. ...

Her DNA test results are back... any guesses? Wisdom Panel says 40% American Staffordshire Terrier, 38% Weimaraner, 15% Labrador. I admit I did not expect AmStaff in such a little pinhead. Well, as my brother-in-law said, 100% cute! ...

Top models are born, not made. Apparently. ...

Samson doesn’t enjoy temps below 70. ...

Vet visit for Miss Coco; Woody tagging along as canine security blanket. (OMG, you guys, a vet who will let us come into the clinic! I am so excited!) ...