There's no trick to maintaining your dog's behavior even when he isn't wearing a leash. If you have a dog that takes off as soon as you remove the leash you're using it wrong! Recently I was in a conversation where someone was inquiring the best way to go about off leash training. Everyone except me said “tab on the pinch collar”. I was the only one who said “long line”. It's just what makes the most sense to me.
 
 
I don't often splurge on any "extras" but I knew I had to order tags for my dogs the instant I saw these.  I was not disappointed and they were even better than I had expected. Not only are they unique ad creative, but they are the highest quality I have ever seen in dog tags. You're not only limited to dog tags. Devi will make any kind of pendant you want, from dog tags to jewelry. 
 
 
Buying a puppy from your local pet store may seem like a great idea. Perhaps you've seen a cute face and couldn't resist holding him for just a couple minutes. After that it's fruitless to attempt to tear yourself away  from those adorable puppy eyes, even if the price is more than just a touch over-the-top. If you're just out looking on a weekday night it's one-stop-and-shop for your new puppy, as well. All the supplies and toys and the puppy all in one place. There are some things you may not be aware of when buying your puppy from a store, though.
 
 
One of my previous trainers told me his motto on in-board training: "You can pay for a trained dog; you can't pay for an obedient dog."

How true is that! I train smart, but not necessarily for a long time. On average I can get the same training accomplished in fifteen minutes that my clients can in a week or more. I don't say this as a brag; I'm saying it as a simple fact. There is a reason I can train a dog to complete obedience in two weeks while they live with me and the lesson packages are spread out over five or more weeks. It comes down to mechanics. I have already  learned the dog training mechanics and that is what allows me to handle dogs.
 
 
In previous posts I detailed criteria for calling yourself a dog trainer, including certifications and various schooling options. But there are other things when I look at a "professional" trainer's merits for teaching me and/or my dogs.
 
 
Whether you'd starting a new puppy or retraining an adult dog, this should be all the information you need to house train your dog.  If you have any questions please leave a comment and I will go my best to help.
 
 
A couple weeks ago I heard a heated debate between Dr. Oz and the FDA about America's contaminated apple supply. The story goes that our apple juice, even the 'brand names' have growing amounts of arsenic due to imported apples. Foreign countries don't always have the same strict regulations for food manufacturing that we do here. While I can't comment too much on the human consumption side of this, it's something I've been aware of from the pet industry. Do you know what your pets might be exposed to by eating imported foods? The food recalls of 2007 were 100% caused by imported wheat gluten from China.
 
 
If you're anything like me you probably think there's a little hoodoo with this stuff, you're not sure if it does anything, and maybe a little dab of snake oil is mixed in. The next time you're driving someplace, I don't care how long the trip is, it could be even five minutes, take a look at the stores you're passing. Watch how many chiropractic offices you pass. If your area is anything like mine you could drive ten minutes and pass as many offices.I find it hard to believe that many offices are thriving, in a down economy no less, if there is nothing about chiropractic. Out of desperation I took Abner to a veterinary chiropractor back in March and we've been going ever since. In retrospect I wish I could have his story on video. Even though I saw it first hand it's still hard to believe the massive difference in my dog.
 
 
If you're looking for the perfect training treat I have found it! This is the stuff that makes nearly every dog go crazy!
 
 
This is yet another one of those topics I feel extremely strongly about, and with good reason. In the end this goes back to dogs not being people. They don't think like people, they don't act like people, and we should stop expecting them to. Prozac is a drug that works to correct chemical imbalances, mainly to help treat the "common cold" of mental illnesses: depression. Fortunately, dogs don't get depression. They can be depressed, but it's not really something you diagnose and treat through group therapy. There are many drugs that both dogs and people can benefit from. Prozac is just not one of them! As a matter of fact, a dog on prozac is the only client that I will immediately refuse for training.