Road Trip! Taking Your Dog on Vacation

Taking your dog along on vacation can be great fun for many families. If you hate the idea of boarding your best friend while you motor off for distant fun, including her in the vacation plans may be a great idea. But it should never be a spur-of-the-moment decision. Plan ahead to ensure you and your dog enjoy the…

Lures and Rewards and Bribes . . . Oh My!

If you’ve ever done any positive reinforcement dog training, you know that food plays a big part of the training process. Most dogs are highly motivated by food. They will happily engage in learning new behaviors with the promise of getting a yummy bit of something in exchange. But where the use of food in…

What is Normal Puppy Behavior?

You’ve decided to adopt a puppy. Congratulations! Puppies are wonderful additions to your home. They are an endless source of entertainment . . . that is when they aren’t making you crazy. If your prior dog lived a good long life, chances are pretty good that dog’s puppy behavior has long receded into the fog…

In Praise of Good Leash Manners

Dogs that enjoy inclusion in their families’ activities usually share one characteristic: good leash manners. Think about those summer dog festivals or kids’ soccer and baseball games. For the most part, the dogs that get to join their families for these events walk nicely on a loose leash. Sure, we all see those dogs who…

Lessons Learned Backstage

Rosanne Hall, CPDT-KA, trainer at Cold Nose Companions shares this recent experience with her own dog: My deaf English Bulldog, Finnegan, recently “starred” in a play!  My husband spotted the post on Facebook.  “Chagrin Valley Little Theater needs a bulldog for Legally Blonde the Musical.”  My reaction?  Same as yours:  oh, that would be so…