How to Put a Collar on an Aggressive Dog

how to put a collar on an aggressive dog

Whether your dog is aggressive, anxious or just being difficult, here’s how to put a collar on.  I recommend starting at the beginning, just like you would when getting a puppy used to a collar for the first time. For example, sit on the floor near your dog, put the collar on the floor, let … Read more

Helping Your Dog Adjust to a New Baby

Helping your dog adjust to a new baby

Most expectant parents have a lot of time to adjust to the thought of having a new baby. Over the course of many months they prepare not only emotionally, but also practically to all the impending changes. That’s wonderful, but how do we help our senior dogs adjust?     The best way to help a … Read more

5 Ways to Teach Your Dog Leave It

5 ways to teach your dog leave it

Teaching your dog “leave it” is an important cue, and should be practiced often. It’s a wonderful lesson in impulse control and could, literally, save his life one day. Whether it’s food he finds on the street, broken glass, anti-freeze in a puddle, a dog you’re concerned about or a child headed your way, knowing … Read more

How to Stop Your Dog Eating Poop

How to stop your dog eating poop

Have you ever noticed your dog sniffing something in the grass, then on closer inspection discovered he was snacking on poop! Yes I know it sounds disgusting, but it’s not that uncommon. The “official” term for poop eating is Coprophagia, and there are various reasons why a dog might do it. Cushing’s, pancreatitis or intestinal … Read more

Is Your Dog Aggressive Around Food?

Is your dog aggressive around food

If you’ve ever tried taking the food bowl away while your pup is eating, and he’s tried to take a bite out of your hand, that’s a food aggressive dog. It could also mean your dog is having trouble seeing and got scared!  Varying feeding times and changing the location of where your dog eats, … Read more

How to Walk an Aggressive Dog

how to fix your dogs leash aggression

If your dog goes after people and other dogs while out on a walk, you need to read this article. The best way to help a dog that goes after people and other dogs on a walk is through desensitization and counter-conditioning. Desensitization involves gradual exposure to whatever brings on leash aggression, and counter-conditioning means … Read more

What to Do If Your Dog Hates the Vet

Essential things to do if your dog hates the vet

What do you do when your dog hates the vet, but a health condition makes frequent appointments necessary? To help reduce anxiety, drive to the vet, park far enough away so your dog doesn’t react, give her treats and drive home. Try that a few times. If that went well, next step is walk her … Read more

Should You Get Rid of a Dog That Bites?

Should you get rid of your dog for biting

There’s a difference between a puppy nipping because he hasn’t learned bite control yet, a dog aggressively going after someone and biting them, and an old dog that bites due to stress, anxiety, pain or vision loss. Should you automatically get rid of your dog because he bit you or someone else? No. Just because … Read more