Dogs can show resource guarding over almost anything they value — meals, treats, toys, and even sticks or rocks. When dogs are guarding their food, this is called food aggression and can range anywhere from a minor annoyance to extremely scary and dangerous. Whether your dog shows resource guarding or food aggression towards humans, other dogs, or both, it is important to learn how we can set our dogs up for success rather than making their behavior worse. …

Just like humans, dogs are happiest when they have a mentally balanced environment. As their caretaker, we are responsible for showing them right from wrong, providing a healthy routine, and making sure they get the mental and physical stimulation they need. In our last blog we touched on the top three mistakes that you may be making with your dog at home, so let’s jump into 3 more common mistakes that can mess with your furry friend’s mental and physical balance.

As always, these mistakes are easily trainable once you can identify them and correct them!

1. Only reinforcing the positive, but not addressing the negative

We all want to have a long, happy, and trusting relationship with our dog. But as we know, no matter how much we love our dogs, they often do things that frustrate us. Behaviors like excessive jumping or barking, being reactive on leash, and ignoring our commands can come seemingly out of nowhere.

After working over 3,500 hours with various owners, dog breeds, and behavioral issues, I have found 3 common mistakes that lead to most of this frustration between owners and dogs. The good news is that all of these mistakes are easily trainable! …

At one time or another, almost every dog will experience some separation anxiety, aggression, reactivity, or will not listen to you. Left unaddressed, these behaviors can turn into frustrating habits.

After working as a dog trainer and behaviorist for over 4 years and amassing over 3,500 hours in behavior modification, I have found relationship-based training to be the most effective tool raise a happy, well-mannered pup.

What does relationship-based training mean?

Relationship based training is all about having a trusting and cooperative relationship with your dog. …

While humans primarily use words to communicate, dogs use energy to communicate, expressing it through body language. In order to effectively communicate with our dogs and be good leaders, we need to learn how to read and communicate with their language, rather than expecting them to learn ours.

One way to learn how to speak their body language is by remembering that:

energy = emotion + intention.

A dog’s “energy” is essentially intention and emotion working together in order to communicate with other dogs and humans. The better you are able to read and interpret these signs, the more you…

Let’s face it, we have all been walking or running around with our dog when suddenly they take a detour to the nearest patch of grass. Yet, instead of smelling it or peeing on it, they decide to chow down on it as a snack!

What is going on in our dog’s brain that possesses them to gobble down some grass whenever they get the chance? And worst of all, what happens when they vomit it up a few minutes later?

Let’s first talk about why your dog is exhibiting this behavior so we can understand the psychology:

Dogs eat grass because they are omnivores!

If you are having issues walking your dog, then chances are you might have already tried a multitude of different methods in order to solve this problem. Teaching a dog to walk on a loose leash requires patience from the owner and obedience from the dog. In addition, there are many different ways to train a dog to walk on a loose leash, so the amount of information and techniques that exist can become daunting or confusing.

For this reason, today we bring you a simple blog on how to use the gentle leader appropriately and how to help your…

When introducing a new member of the pack to your family, it is crucial to plan ahead and have the knowledge of how to navigate issues as they present themselves. A simple way to understand this process of getting your rescue dog adjusted and comfortable in its new home is called the 3–3–3 rule. This rule will help you understand the decompression process that your new furry friend will go through in the first 3 days, 3 weeks, and 3 months at a new home.

When searching for different training programs for your furry friend, I’m sure you have come across a multitude of different options. Whether it is private training, group classes, or DIY lessons, there is always a way to be improving your dog’s skillset. However, there are many different ways to train, and not every dog learns and processes information the same. Therefore, while certain training methods may work for one dog, it may not resonate with another.

It is important to find what works and what doesn’t, so that you do not waste time or get discouraged from ineffective training methods…

There a load of different trails to explore with your furry friend in San Diego, but some of my favorite hidden gems are all located near me in the Poway area. These top 5 best hikes were chosen because they have low foot traffic, plenty of open space, and a clear path to make it easy to navigate. Taking your dog on hiking walks and/or runs is so beneficial to their mental health because it provides both stimulation and exercise. Being able to incorporate these together allows you to fulfill your dog’s senses far more than a normal walk around…

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