Most of the time when we humans interact with our dogs we have the mindset that what we say goes. The dog must comply with our wishes even if it is something that the dog dislikes. This especially applies to things we HAVE to do to our dogs such as vet visits, nail clipping, grooming,… Read More Teaching Your Dog A “Consent” Behaviour
The most recent behaviour I have started working on with Ira our new puppy is being comfortable with the grooming table. We have only had two sessions on this and he is now standing on the table. To get him to do this, I am using shaping and a TINY bit of luring. Training with puppies… Read More Training Your Dog To LOVE Being Groomed
A dog’s coat is an important part of his identity. More importantly, for many dogs, it is part of their health. The state of a dog’s coat can be a factor in several aspects of well-being, one of these being actual survival. A properly cared for coat will protect a dog from sunlight, wind, heat… Read More A Dog’s Coat Is His Identity — Three Reasons NOT To Remove It
The Problem: Recently I took a webinar from The Pet Professional Guild called “How To Manage And Prevent Compassion Fatigue While Working With Animals” by Dr. Linda Harper. The reason I took the webinar was because in the past year I have noticed a gradual decline in my interest in working with dogs and an… Read More Compassion Fatigue WhenWorking With Animals
Thanks to Rumpydog for posting on this topic recently. http://rumpydog.com/2015/05/01/malamute-coat-care-for-summer/ With the coming of spring, many dog people start thinking about how a dog needs to stay cool in the hot summer weather. Some people in my rural area shave down their dogs in the summer, and sometimes in the winter. This is not a… Read More Don’t Shave Down A Double Coated Dog!