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Do The Work To Keep Your Dog Comfortable During New Experiences

In November, I went to a seminar about dog behavior and training and, for the first time in my life, brought a dog so...

Is Your Dog Reluctant to “Go” Outside in Winter?

It’s fairly common for dogs to decide that it’s just not worth the trouble of dealing with rain, snow, or freezing temperatures in order...

Ways to Keep Your Dog Active During Winter

It can be very challenging to keep your canine family members happy during the ravages of winter. Even those who live in the warmer...

“No-Look” Reinforcement Training

Remember when you were a kid and your mom would catch you doing something you weren’t supposed to be doing, even though she wasn’t...

If You Are Angry, It’s Not Training

Not long ago, I got to take a weekend off in San Diego. On the first day, quite by accident, I ended up at...

Haptic Cues

I recently learned a new word: haptic. It refers to any technology involving the sense of touch, so vibration collars are technically “haptics,” and...

Vibration Collars: What You Should Know

Vibration collars are frequently suggested as a good tool for communicating with hearing-impaired dogs. I hadn’t had much experience with them, so when I...

Wolfwill Vibration Collar: The Negatives

I found the concept of a vibration collar potentially useful. But in practice, there were a number of things I didn’t like about the...

Understanding Your Dog’s Nose

All dogs have noses – and they all know how to use them. Our awareness of our dog’s nose capabilities is nothing new. We...

How to Teach Your Dog to Play “Nose Games”

If competition isn’t your thing, you can do a simpler activity at home with your dog that we call Nose Games. You can do...

Tips on Living With and Training a Blind Dog

When Orbit came into one of the classes I offer for puppies and their owners, in Santa Cruz, California, he was in most ways...

Kids and Dogs

These days, it seems that every time someone posts a picture on social media of a child with a dog it is immediately followed...

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It’s Tick Season!

One minute, my husband and I were having a perfectly ordinary conversation in the kitchen. In the next moment, I was ripping off...