by Claire Robertson, CPDT-KA, AD, owner of Candid Canines
When the term “nose work” is brought up, oftentimes we think of police dogs or search and rescue dogs, sniffing the trail of a lost person or looking for illegal substances in a car. But nose work can be applied to regular pet dogs as well. (more…)
by Andrea Marx CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA, CDBC, FDM
Dogs communicate with us and other dogs all the time. Unfortunately, if you aren’t trained to see behaviors that precede barking, lunging and biting, it can look to you like your dog just randomly acts aggressive. It’s always a good idea to consult your veterinarian when your dog is acting different or more agitated. Most aggressive outbursts don’t come out of nowhere. Lots of body language is used in dogs to tell us about how they are feeling about certain things. (more…)
by Kathryn Cockrell, Owner of Happy Hound Pet Sitting
We’ve all experienced that moment of panic—you walk into your house and immediately know something isn’t right. You spot your favorite book lying open on the floor with its beloved pages shredded and scattered around the entire house. The culprit? One very clueless pooch who has absolutely no idea why you’re mad. Your pup is doing his nightly happy dance surrounded by chewed up remnants of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire—happy as can be that his human finally came back home.
Even though you may not necessarily mind your dog in bed with you, certain trainers will advocate that dogs used to sleeping in beds are susceptible to behavioral problems. While there is no science to back this up, there are many reasons that owners choose not to have their dogs in bed with them. (more…)