Choosing a Crate for Your Dog


Crates range in price from under $20 to as much as $200, depending on the size, type and source of purchase. Not using a crate to help your dog learn good house manners may mean your dog destroys your shoes, table legs, chairs and sofas, flooring, telephone and computer wires amongst many other items. Obviously, this can become quite costly and so the investment in a crate is a worthwhile expense. However, the real cost of not using a crate is risking your dog’s safety. If you let your puppy or as of yet trained adult dog run free throughout your house, there is an endless list of trouble he or she can get into including: • Eating houseplants • Chewing electric cords • Scavenging in the garbage • Chewing your shoes and clothing • Many more potentially dangerous and damaging situations too numerous to mention There are lots of.

The Benefits of Teaching Your Dog to be Crate Trained

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A crate is an indispensible management and safety tool for your dog. The most familiar use of the crate is for travel. But, it is also a most useful aid for housetraining puppies and adult dogs and for helping to prevent and resolve separation issues. • As a housetraining aid as short term confinement in the crate allow you to more accurately predict when your dog needs to eliminate so you can take them to the right spot and reward them. • The prevention of destructive chewing and costly damage to your home • Safeguarding a puppy or new dog from potentially dangerous household items such as poisonous cleaning chemicals and electrical wires • The prevention of separation stress. A crate provides your dog with a secure retreat and teaches him to learn to tolerate and even enjoy quiet time by himself. • Creating a dog that can stay with.

How to Help Your Dog Develop Impulse Control

How to Help Your Dog Develop Impulse Control

On Animal Planet’s Underdog to Wonderdog people were introduced to Brutus, a 1 and one-half-year old Labrador Retriever. Brutus was surrendered to a shelter because his family said that once their daughter went off to school they didn’t have the time to care for him. But, once we met Brutus it seemed that this owner surrender was probably due to the family becoming fed up with Brutus’ behavior (albeit behavior they had allowed to develop). While we have certainly worked with dogs who are larger than Brutus, I have to give him credit for being a dog who has just about as much energy and muscle mass as seems possible in one canine entity. Even our rescue coordinator, Ryan, who is in pretty great shape, was out of breath after walking Brutus a short distance. Add to this strength and energy an almost complete lack of impulse control and you.

Collars and Harnesses and Head Halters, Oh My!

Collars and Harnesses and Head Halters, Oh My!

Yesterday I had a conversation with a client with a lovely 8 month shepherd mix named Addie. She was adopted from a shelter in upstate New York at around 4 months old and her new family contacted us for training shortly thereafter. In addition to typical puppy training (housetraining, manners, learning to spend time quietly alone, etc.) we worked to help Addie’s new Dad resolve some fear issues Addie was suffering from when out for a walk on the busy streets of New York City. The loud noises of trucks and buses and the endless stream of people and other dogs were things Addie had not been exposed to at all during the first four months of her life. In addition, Addie seemed temperamentally inclined to be cautious and concerned. After a few weeks, Addie’s Dad had made great progress with her in regards to housetraining and basic manners, and.

Is Your Dog a Canine Good Citizen?


Whether or not you are interested in teaming up with your dog to potentially win awards, titles and ribbons, looking to formally structured and organized events such as obedience, agility, herding and field trials can be a terrific way to set goals for you and your dog to achieve together in order to improve your dog’s manners, mental and physical well-being, and their relationship with you. One of the first challenges of this sort that many pet parents aspire to is earning a Canine Good Citizen (CGC) award. Established in 1989, the CGC program was launched by the AKC to help encourage people to help their dogs learn the manners required to be appreciated and respected members of society. The CGC evaluation is a ten part test which includes the following: 1. Accepting a friendly stranger: This test demonstrates that the dog will allow a friendly stranger to approach it.

Dog Training Should Be…


With so much conflicting advice out there, choosing how to teach your dog can be a daunting task. When choosing an approach to dog training keep these tips in mind: EASY The most salient feature of up-to-date, modern, science based dog training is its ease. Everyone should be able to do it – you, your family, friends, and even adult supervised children. Modern methods make it easier for you to teach other people to train your dog with you and that means a positive side effect is positive social experiences for your dog (and you!). EFFICIENT We are all on tight schedules, so it’s essential that learning how to teach your dog take very little time to master. If it is a difficult, lengthy process, no one will bother – not you and certainly not your family and friends. ENJOYABLE Why shouldn’t training be enjoyable? Your dog’s education should be.

Give ‘Yes’ a Full Time Job: The Power of Praising Your Dog


An article in the March 21, 2010 New York Times magazine titled “No, A negative word that is doing battle with its positive counterpart” about politics, health care reform and other initiatives is a valuable read. While it was probably not the author’s intent, it is especially so for anyone endeavoring to teach dogs. It can be difficult to rid ourselves of using the word ‘no’ on a regular basis during our interactions with our dogs. Maybe due in part to the fact that ‘no’ is often one of the first and most commonly used words for children and is therefore a habit that is hard to break and since we, unfortunately, tend to be a culture very much focused on the negative. The writer of the article, Ben Zimmer, discusses the Democrats labeling of the Republican Congressional minority as “the party of no.” I think there is a “party.

Ivory: The Underdog to Wonderdog


Being a part of Animal Planet’s show Underdog to Wonderdog has been one of the best experiences of my career with animals. Not only do Ali, Ryan, David and I get to rescue dogs who might otherwise not find a home, but we also got the opportunity to meet amazing families who opened up their hearts and homes to these dogs in desperate need. Ivory was the first dog we rescued in season two. A pit bull who was the result of an irresponsible and cruel person who bred her mother for profit and kept her and Ivory in a concrete yard for their entire lives. Human contact seems to have been very limited and as a result Ivory came out of this small world with an intense fear of just about everything, especially people. At our first meeting, Ivory’s entire body was shaking and we realized quickly that she.

Mixed Menagerie: Happy Like Cats and Dogs


The old saying fighting like cats and dogs has been played out time and again in cartoons. But, in real life you are likely to walk into most cross-species pet homes to find a dog and a cat resting contentedly next to each other on the couch. The path to these happy relations usually begins when the animals are quite young so they can grow up together. Young animals are often more likely to easily accept other animals and in many cases to come to consider them close companions. However, carefully planned and supervised introductions are always advisable, and the cat’s welfare should be of the utmost concern since, as in the case of a problem, the cat is generally in a more vulnerable position. If you are considering introducing a new animal of a different species to your family, consider that success is most easily attained with either two.

Tips for Safe and Mannerly Walks with Your Dog


Having the pleasure of sharing my life with two dogs of vastly different size and type has provided me with an opportunity to see the dog world from varying perspectives. My dog Nora is a 10-pound, scruffy, little terrier with a jaunty spring to her step and an almost constantly wagging tail. Approachable is her middle name. Moka, the Doberman Pinscher, makes about as opposite a first impression as you can imagine. All 70-pounds are carried about with a regal and somewhat intimidating bearing. In reality, she is a sweetie. But, most people judge a dog book by its cover. When I walk little Nora, I find that many people permit their dogs to charge at her to say hello. But, they seem to see Moka from blocks away and head to the other side of the street. I’ve even seen a few people make a run for it. For.