Helpful Pointers for Training Your Dog

Is My Australian Shepherd Puppy’s Energy Level Normal?

running aussie with grass in mouthFrom the Mailbag: Stacie writes: My daughter brought home a 2 month old Aussie pup. I had never had one or didn’t know anything about the breed. I have 2 dogs that got along great and just need affection and some backyard time and they are fine. I have some major medical challenges and am trying to make this work with the new pup. He ,as everyone says is super smart but I’m just not sure I can provide what he needs in energy. We are working with a trainer and he knows tons of stuff. But his energy is killing me! I can only walk him […]

By |2019-01-17T21:09:01-05:00January 8th, 2012|Dog Training, Dogs in General, The Mail Bag|4 Comments

10 Steps to Puppy-Proof Your Home

Australian Shepherd Black Tri PuppyYou’ve wanted a dog since forever. You’ve wished, and researched, and compared, and dreamed, and looked and looked, and finally found your perfect 4-footed companion.

Since you’ve taken the time to educate yourself, you know how important establishing a good bond  and training is for long-term mutual enjoyment. So you’ve planned to bring home your bundle of joy when you have the time to give it consistent attention for the best start.

Summertime, especially, is a great time to bring home your new puppy or dog because the kids are out of school and you can take some vacation time to get your puppy off on the right […]

By |2016-10-24T09:56:34-04:00July 17th, 2011|Dog Training, Dogs in General|0 Comments

How to Choose and Introduce a New Dog to an Old Dog

From the Mail Bag: Renee asks: I have a mini Aussie a little over a year old. I’ve been thinking of getting another dog as a companion for her. I am home most of the time, so I have time for two. I play with Sierra a few times a day throwing Frisbee, etc. but she still badgers me to play at times when I’m busy. I thought having another dog may be good for her. My sister visits every once in a while and brings a much smaller dog and Sierra LOVES having the company. Sierra is a very sweet dog who loves all people and all dogs. She […]

By |2017-07-23T08:36:18-04:00December 10th, 2010|Dog Training, Dogs in General, The Mail Bag|18 Comments

Dog Separation Anxiety– How to Help

One of my blog buds has asked about Separation Anxiety, so I thought I’d share some info on what has helped two of my dogs who had Separation Anxiety.

First, let me state, I am neither a professional trainer, behaviorist, nor vet. Anything shared here should be run by your own team of professionals. It’s also just plain helpful to include their support and knowledge in your program.

Depending on the severity of the Separation Anxiety (SA), there are several approaches that may help. First and always, get your dog checked out by a vet to make sure there’s nothing physical that could be causing the SA. A full thyroid profile (not just the T4) is often telling. You can have your […]

By |2016-10-24T09:56:35-04:00November 20th, 2010|Dog Training, Dogs in General|4 Comments

How to Find a Good Dog Trainer

There are lots of trainers out there. Some certified, some not. Some positive, some traditional. Some good, and some bad. So how do you go about finding a good one that meshes with your values on dog rearing and training protocols?

If you’ve been a regular reader of this blog, you know that I favor relationship-based training. And you also know that I don’t think very much of Cesar Millan’s, or Jon Katz’s approaches to training. Just stating my biases upfront for the sake of disclosure.

On that same note, I should tell you that I started out with traditional training, and moved on to positive/clicker training when I got my deaf Australian Shepherd. When I had to deal with […]

By |2016-10-24T09:56:35-04:00October 10th, 2010|Dog Training, Dogs in General|11 Comments