Our new puppy, Pogo, is settling right in! Pogo is a puggle, which is a Beagle/Pug cross. He seems to idolize his big brother, Thor. Thor is our 10 year old English Mastiff, who puts up with his puppy antics fairly well and even breaks down and plays with him occasionally!! Pogo came home at … Continue reading Pogo Is Settling In!
Okay, you have made the first two big decisions: 1, to get a dog and 2, you chose between selecting from a reputable breeder, a rescue group or animal shelter. Now it is time to look critically at yourself, your lifestyle, your family and your home so you can determine what type of dog to … Continue reading Getting a New Dog (Part 2): Size and Breed
Creating a healthy pack is essential for having one or more happy, balanced and well behaved dogs. It doesn't matter if you have one dog or 20, a pack is the foundation upon which to build all of your training, discipline and family. For a dog, the pack is everything. This is how it is … Continue reading Creating a Healthy Pack
Yes, dogs have emotions! They are creatures of instinct but they also have emotions and can have strong emotional ties to their pack and human family. Before you can help your dog to be a truly happy and balanced animal, you must first understand their instincts and emotions. By understanding why your dog does what … Continue reading Doggie Emotions, Nature & Instincts
In this installment of the "Getting a New Dog" series, we will go over the first big decision, after the decision to get a new dog of course! This could be the biggest decision that you make: Should I go to a rescue group or animal shelter for my new dog or should I go … Continue reading Getting a New Dog (Part 1): Rescue or Breeder?
The first step to dog training or therapy is obedience training. I get asked by a lot of people how to teach their dog to sit, how to teach their dog to walk on a leash, etc. While there are some tried and true techniques for these tasks that I will share, I will also … Continue reading Dog Training “General Technique”
Even puppies may have some behavior issues and without a doubt, most older dogs do as well. When you raise your dog from a tiny puppy, it is usually pretty easy to recognize behavior problems early on and nip them in the bud easily before they become a real problem. I will discuss puppy training … Continue reading Intro to Behavior Issues in Dogs