Trade

Trade

For many pets, having a “Trade” routine is a great way to help reduce resource guarding and increase safety. Goal You say “Trade” and your dog or cat leaves the object and comes to eat the treats (or take the toy) you are offering in trade. You...
Spin

Spin

You can teach your dog to spin in a circle! Choose one direction and always go that direction 🙂 (You can teach the other direction later if you want.) Have several treats in your hand, and use it to guide them in a circle. Feed for little steps in the right...
Practice Separations

Practice Separations

One of the best ways to help dogs with separation distress feel calmer when left alone is to gradually desensitize them to it. We go at their pace and help them feel safe in “practice” separations!   Set Up A webcam that can be monitored via your phone is...
Wait at Doors

Wait at Doors

Wouldn’t it be great to have a dog who waited patiently in the car (or house) until you told him he could get out? Even with the door open? No more scrambling to get a hold of him before he launches out!   Wait is a great way to teach your dog not to pass through a...
Success Stations

Success Stations

Finding it hard to ignore your pup’s mouthing or jumping? A Success Station might be the answer!   What’s It For? For behaviors like mouthing and jumping, we often want to withdraw our attention. It can be hard to do this if our puppy is free to chase us...
Healthy Dog Play

Healthy Dog Play

It can be hard to tell when dogs are playing appropriately! Here are some top tips for helping your dog and his buddies.   Healthy dog play includes a balance of back-and-forth, and dogs responding to each others’ stress signals. Watch your dog and any playmate’s body...
Coming Inside from the Yard

Coming Inside from the Yard

Your yard is a doggie Disneyland of sights and scents! If you call your dog, close her inside and (unintentionally) ignore her as you go about your human business, she may quickly change her mind about coming in when you call.   You can help your dog start to come...