Kong Stuffing 101

Oh kongs, the real MVP dog ownership-dom. Kongs have saved my sanity time and time again, being there for me during family parties when I needed to make sure the thanksgiving turkey would be left alone, teaching Phoebe to really enjoy time in her crate, acting as the vehicle for all kinds of goodies, including at times my dog's entire meal. I probably talk about the kong at 99% of my training sessions and in my opinion, you can almost never go wrong with a kong! (Hey, Kong, put me on your marketing team! Did you catch that slogan?!) So, what's the lowdown on kongs? First things first, "Kong" is technically a brand of toy, not just the toy this post is about. They make all kinds of toys for f

Small dogs deserve to feel safe

Today's blog topic is one I feel very strongly about. AHEM *steps ceremoniously onto soap box*. Little dogs have got a bad rap, and I think it's pretty undeserved. I've seen and heard this as a trainer, as a dog owner, while volunteering in shelters, and just about anywhere else that dogs have come up. I hear it all the time, people refer to them as "nasty" and "yappy". While you might think that small dogs have earned this reputation, I really don't think it's a problem with "little dogs", but rather it's about untrained, under-socialized dogs who just happen to be little and their owners who are ignorant to dog body language. Look at youtube and you'll find hundreds upon hundreds of videos

"What do we do if we don't have treats?"

Today's topic is one that I talk about A LOT, and it's one major bump that people tend to run into when transferring their training to real life. What do you do if you don't have treats on you? First of all, if your dog needs to see the food upfront to comply with what you're asking them to do, it means your training mechanics and timing are off. In all of our training sessions you should be cognizant of what exactly you're doing and how well you're training; if you are showing the food before the dog has offered the behavior that's a bribe, not a reinforcer/reward. And if you're using the food to lure the position you MUST fade the lure after several successful repetitions so that your dog

New Years Resolutions with your dog in mind

2018 has come and gone. It's hard to believe, isn't it?! And we're already heading into the second week of 2019! I don't know about you, but every January I'm all about the resolutions. Maybe it's just to distract me from the fact that we're entering the dismal month of January (anyone who knows me knows I spend a LOT of time in January and February complaining about the weather... guess I just wasn't made for Chicago weather!), but I like to make goals for myself. I don't always follow through with them (being less attached to my iPhone has been on the list since 2015... guess whose iPhone is sitting next to her as she types this...) but one or two usually stick! Regis didn't understand why

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