“Random” Behavior – Understanding Trigger Stacking

Random. Out of the blue. Unpredictable. Inconsistent. It is stressful enough when your dog is behaving in a way you’d rather they didn’t. When you can’t predict if or when the behavior will happen, it can range from embarrassing to terrifying.  There can be many reasons why a dog’s behavior may be difficult to predict. … Read more“Random” Behavior – Understanding Trigger Stacking

The Disobedient Dog

Annoyance, frustration, embarrassment – the feelings that come from that moment when you ask your dog to do something and they ignore you. The world is full of obedience classes and quick fixes for the disobedient canine companion. What actually works? How can you deal with a disobedient dog? Disobedient or …? The most important … Read moreThe Disobedient Dog

Surviving Puppies: Play Biting or “Mouthing”

“How do I stop my puppy biting?” “Why does my puppy bite so much?” “What do I do when my puppy bites?” These are the top questions in my puppy classes. It’s an incredibly common behavior, in puppies as well as some teenagers and beyond!  What is “Mouthing”? For this article, “mouthing” refers to a … Read moreSurviving Puppies: Play Biting or “Mouthing”

Don’t Walk Your Dog?

Walking your dog can feel like a necessary chore, a part of being a responsible dog owner. But there are lots of reasons this task can become stressful, frustrating, or not possible. Good news! You don’t have to take your dog for that neighborhood walk, as long as you can meet their needs in other … Read moreDon’t Walk Your Dog?

Lessons From Aspen: New Dog Tips

Any new dog will present challenges to your household and routine. Often these disruptions and frustrations can be eased by taking small proactive steps. During their transition into your home, your new dog is learning what is expected, what gets rewarded, and what doesn’t work. Setting them, and yourself, up for success means preventing bad … Read moreLessons From Aspen: New Dog Tips