Tuesday, August 9, 2022
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Why do dogs tilt their heads?

Why do dogs tilt their heads?

Does your dog tilt his head when you talk to him? Here's why.  Many people report that when they talk to their beloved canines, the...
off-leash

3 steps to off-leash training

Safety and reliable recall are the two most important factors when training your dog off-leash. Letting your dog off-leash is fun and exhilarating for both...
Treibball

Give Treibball a try!

Sometimes referred to as urban herding, Treibball (pronounced “try-ball”) combines herding and obedience, but instead of using live animals like sheep or ducks, participants...
Oops! 12 mistakes most dog parents make

Oops! 12 mistakes most dog parents make

As dog parents, we strive to do the best for our canine companions. But we may overlook or misunderstand some aspects of canine care....
dog greeting

Are you greeting your dog correctly?

Scientific studies reveal how our dogs feel about the way we are greeting them. Sooner or later, it seems science gets around to answering those...
4 top behaviours every dog should know

4 top behaviours every dog should know

Training your dog starts with knowing the most important things to teach him. “Stay”, “come”, “leave it”, and “heel” top the list of behaviours...
jump

How to train your puppy not to jump on you

Puppies and puppy breath are two of my favourite things in life. A happy and healthy puppy is full of life, fun and energy....
fussy

How to turn around a fussy eater

Fussy dogs can drive us crazy. We might try 20 different foods, we beg and cajole…but sometimes nothing seems to work. While most dogs eat...
how to car train your dog

How to car train your dog

As soon as you get ready to leave the house, your dog wants to tag along. Many of your trips together will include a...
tips for multi-dog walking

Multi-Dog walking

Multi-dog walking is a lot of fun, but can also be challenging. Here’s what you need to know before heading out with your pack. Why...
crate train your dog

How to crate train your dog

A crate is the perfect place for your puppy or dog to sleep and spend quiet time. It can be his personal property and a...
10 ways to build a bond with your puppy

10 ways to build a bond with your puppy

Establishing a healthy bond from the start will ensure a meaningful friendship that lasts a lifetime. Forging a healthy bond with a new puppy is...
training

Bringing up baby: training tips for your new pup

Advice on potty training, chewing, walking and more! That sweet face, those adorable kisses, that unmistakable puppy breath! A new puppy brings so much joy...
positive training for dogs

Why positive training works for your dog

What’s the best way to train a dog? Is it okay to resort to punishment, or should you use only positive, reward-based techniques? These differing...
Step-by-step training tips

Step-by-step training tips

Bringing a new puppy home to join your family is an exciting time. A time full of laughter and fun. A time full of...
why dogs stretch

Why dogs stretch

Pay close attention to how your dog stretches. Does he do both “upward dog” and “downward dog”? Is the depth of the stretch equal...
homemade training treats recipe

Homemade dog training treats

Using treats to reward your dog during training sessions is a great way to positively reinforce good behaviour – and make sessions more enjoyable! We...
How does your dog behave when you're out?

How does your dog behave when you’re out?

“Ever wonder what pets do when we’re not home?” This tagline from the animated movie The Secret Life of Pets poses a question we...
Can dogs read faces?

Can dogs read faces?

Dogs can discern different facial expressions and actually study faces much as we do, according to research published in Plos One.* Scientists used gaze-tracking...
body language

Understanding “dog talk: how animals communicate through body language

Dr. Dolittle was famous for befriending animals and learning to speak and understand their language. His animals were happy because they never experienced any ...
dock diving

Making a splash with Dock Diving

Calling all water babies! If your dog enjoys the water, Dock Diving, aka Dock Jumping, might tick all the boxes for you and your...
Tips on preventing dog bites

Tips on preventing dog bites

All canines can — and will — bite humans or other dogs in certain circumstances. Here's how to prevent a dog bite incident from...
learn

Can dogs learn by just watching and listening?

At a small reception following a talk I gave on dog communication, one of the university hosts introduced me to a developmental psychologist who...
How to choose a dog training class

How to choose a dog training class

Know what to ask and look for when choosing the right training class for you and your dog. Most of us recognize the importance...
how to be a strong leader for your dog

How to be a positive leader for your dog

Leadership is defined as the ability to guide, direct or influence. Nowhere in the definition does it mention domination, intimidation or control. Yet many...
best city dogs

Keep your dog safe in the city

Urban environments can be fun for animals. There’s plenty to see, other animals to meet, and endless streets, parks and gardens to explore. But...
dog park

4 essential rules for the dog park

Whether your furbaby is a seasoned socialite or new to hanging around other dogs, here are 4 essential rules you need to know before...
Teaching your dog the “Name Game”

Teaching your dog the “Name Game”

Want to challenge your dog's mind? See how many objects you can teach her to identify by name!  Who doesn’t love dog tricks? They’re such...
small dog syndrome

Small dog syndrome

Little dogs make wonderful companions, so why do some people still think of them as yappy ankle biters?  “Small dog syndrome” is a term that...
dog bite

5 tips for dog bite prevention week

Each year, dogs bite more than 5 million people in the U.S. and Canada. This is an astounding statistic, but it is also one...