Adoption Counseling

Adoption Counseling

We have a new dog in the family! I had the privilege of accompanying my cousin to our local animal shelters to find his new best friend. He’s never lived with a dog, his parents didn’t have dogs growing up so he only had my train wrecks to play with. (I...
May the Reinforce be with you

May the Reinforce be with you

I think that was a title from a class I took recently. Reinforcement is a big word for a very easy concept. But one that is usually overlooked. Reinforcement in dog training simply means pay your dog. Dog does something, reinforce it. If your dog sits during a...
Adding a dog: the Multi-dog household

Adding a dog: the Multi-dog household

This is a popular time of the year to think about making the jump to a multi-dog household. Is it the right time for you and your family? There are a few things you should consider before you bring home another 4 legged friend. Is your current dog...
Medicine and Behavior: The two go hand in hand

Medicine and Behavior: The two go hand in hand

Every so often I meet clients who believe that their dog is “stubborn” or has “selective hearing” when given cues. Sometimes the issue is lack of training, which I addressed in a previous blog: here! Occasionally there is also an underlying medical issue that also...