Tag: Conifer Canine

The Human Side of Dog Training

When a dog is taken into the home as part of the family, it is only one half of that relationship.  The other half if the human side.  When a you take your four-legged friend to a dog trainer and he receives training, just one side of the partnership has been improved.  There is also… Read more »

Helping Dogs Manage Big Crowds

Tips on Training Dogs

If you’ve ever been stuck in the middle of a crowd, you’ve probably felt anxious about dealing with them at some point and you’re not alone! Many dogs also tend to feel anxious in crowds and struggle to deal with a large amount of unfamiliar people.  Their natural instinct is that this number of strangers… Read more »

A Quick Guide to Separation Anxiety in Dogs

A common problem for many dog owners is separation anxiety.  This is when a dog whines or barks almost incessantly, or gets into mischief while the human/s are away.  This behavior sometimes doesn’t show itself until adolescence. It is easier to prevent this problem than to fix it but it can usually be fixed as… Read more »

Dog Shedding Tips

Shedding can be a cause of frustration for many dog owners.  Dogs shed for a number of reasons.  A common reason is simply the change of seasons.  The amount of daylight and the temperature affect shedding.  Indoor dogs will usually shed more regularly with less seasonal shedding. Stress is another factor to shedding.  Many dogs… Read more »

How to Choose a Dog Food

We often get asked, “What is a good dog food?”  Or, “how do I choose a dog food?” First, you have to realize that the dog food industry is a huge marketing endeavor.  Millions of dollars are poured into TV and magazine ads that pull at the dog owner’s emotions.  You see the little dog… Read more »

Service Dog Teamwork

Having a service dog is a team effort.  The dog is not to be looked upon as an instrument or a tool.  He/she is an extension of yourself as a disabled individual.  He opens the door – he is an extension of your legs.  She retrieves the phone when it rings – she is an… Read more »

A Protection Dog is an Investment

Most items that are high dollar are considered investments.  This could include a house, car, boat, education, etc.  The same can be said of protection dogs.  Now, these dogs need not cost what most of the above items would (however there are some sellers out there charging astronomical prices). A personal protection dog is an… Read more »

Housetraining Headaches

One of the major concerns of pet people is house-training their dog/s.  Some dogs naturally make it an easier experience.  Some breeds are more prone to house-training problems than others.  Smaller dogs tend to be harder to house-train (as a general rule) than larger ones. Puppies who have been raised on puppy pads, newspapers, or… Read more »

Dog Trainers are not Miracle Workers

Dog trainers can accomplish some amazing things.  In a matter of just a few weeks an unruly dog can be transformed into a well-behaved animal that fits comfortably into the home.  Yes, some issues can take longer – much longer, sometimes.  But behavioral issues can be modified and more pleasing behaviors put into its place…. Read more »

Problem Solving

Just like in any other unit in law enforcement, problems can arise with K9 teams.  It could be the dog or the handler, or even an ignorant, bull-headed, anti-K9 Chief or Sheriff.  Let’s look at some problems, particularly that may show up in the dog’s behavior. One of the common areas of need in many… Read more »