How to Choose the Right Dog Trainer

How to Choose the Right Dog TrainerHow did you go about choosing a trainer for your dog? Did you read reviews? Did you choose the trainer a friend recommended? Did you make your decision based on cost? We would love your feedback because choosing a trainer can be such an overwhelming process for new dog owners.

The following are some ideas from two professional trainers to hopefully help you make the best choice for your dog if you need help with training.

Also check out our post on common dog training mistakes.

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Clean Safely: products that do the job without harming your dog

dog via gratisographyThese days it seems like nothing is safe anymore. Artificial ingredients, chemicals and GMOs, report after report caution against the dangers in using many commercial items, from beauty products to food to medicine. While it’s important to be an informed consumer regarding the products we buy for ourselves, how it affects our pets is a whole other animal (no pun intended).

Many cleaning products that you can pick up at the store contain chemicals that are known toxins with a long list of dangerous side effects in both humans and animals. Since our furry friends tend to be curious creatures, they won’t know better to not get into them, so it’s best to store all cleaning products in a safe place away from them. Even then, once they’re put away, fumes can linger. When it comes to the products we use on our floors and carpets, our pets walk on the surfaces after we’ve cleaned them, and when they lick their paws, they’re ingesting that product. [Read more…]

Keep your dog safe in the dark

ScruffTag modelWhether it’s a long summer evening or a brisk winter walk after work, you and your dog like to spend time outside when it’s dark out.

You want to make sure you and your dog are visible to drivers when you’re out and about, so the following are a couple of safety tips to keep in mind, no matter the season.

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Tips for Preventing and Managing a Dog’s Food Aggression

How to stop a dog's food aggressionSome dogs have a tendency to guard their food, toys, bones or whatever they view as valuable. They may guard these “valuables” from other dogs, or they might guard them from people, too. Some dogs will just growl, while others will actually try to bite.

The following are some ideas on how to prevent and manage this type of aggressive behavior, often referred to as resource guarding. For the sake of this post, I’m focusing on one of the most common issues – guarding the food bowl.

As always, if you are even slightly concerned about being bitten by your dog, it’s a good idea to reach out to a professional trainer in your area for some help. Even one session with the right trainer can make all the difference.

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Tips to Consider if Your Dog is Scared of Children

Tips if your dog is scared of childrenChildren and dogs often do really well together. I always had a dog growing up, and our family golden retriever was very tolerant of us kids playing rough with her, chasing her, taking her toys and so on. She didn’t seem to mind one bit and likely enjoyed this kind of attention from us.

For other dogs, though, children can be stressful, annoying or even scary, especially if the dog is not used to them.

The following are some tips to consider if your dog is uncomfortable around kids.

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