Housebreaking

Housebreaking

Crate training is the best method we have found for housebreaking a dog or puppy. It is NOT putting your dog in jail, and you are NOT being cruel if you follow these tips. Dogs feel secure in small, enclosed spaces, like a den. Dog crates make excellent dens and can...
Communication

Communication

Our dogs want to please us. If we can communicate what we want clearly to them, they will almost always do it. Most trainers think that dogs understand tone of voice, body language and eye contact, so we need to learn to use these tools effectively to talk to our dogs...
Biting and Chewing

Biting and Chewing

Dogs need to chew to relieve stress and excess energy. In fact, puppy teething is a natural part of development. Our job is to make sure that they have appropriate things on which to chew. Just as you baby proof your home before bringing home a new baby, you must...
Excessive Barking

Excessive Barking

Barking is your dog’s method of communication–he’s telling you he’s bored, he’s lonely, he needs to go out, he’s scared of something or he’s alerting you to the presence of another animal or person. Barking is not bad behavior, but if we want to reduce the amount of...
Exercise and Socialization

Exercise and Socialization

Exercise and proper socialization of your dog will have a big effect on how your dog behaves. We have our jobs, our friends, our hobbies to keep us entertained. Our dogs have only us. If we don’t provide them with some form of entertainment, they are going to get...