Tag: puppy training

The Importance of Puppy Socialization Through Dog Training Classes

Puppies Playing in Training Class

When it comes to training dogs, many people assume that obedience training is the most important element. However, something else that is equally important is socializing the puppy. Socializing is vital in creating happy and healthy dogs. Here are just a few reasons why it’s important to be mindful of it during your classes! It… Read more »

The Shy Puppy Myth

Myth:  A 6 week old puppy who is showing signs of shyness will outgrow that shyness as he gets older. Fact:  Probably not. Contrary to popular opinion, it is not normal for a puppy to be shy at 6-8 weeks of age.  It is something that – as a general rule – they will not… 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 »

Responsible Dog Breeders

Dog breeders can make a world of difference!  Both responsible dog breeders and puppy mills will influence the final product of the pet:  either good or bad. Dog breeders shouldn’t be breeding for money!  The love of money will convince a breeder to let things “slide,” either in the selection of the breeding stock, the… 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 »

Choosing a Dog from a Breeder

If you are planning on purchasing a puppy, we strongly recommend you buy directly from a breeder.  Choose a breeder who can answer your questions confidently; showing you they know the breed.  If you are buying a registered puppy, be sure the information you are given matches what is stated on the registration – date… Read more »

Puppy Socialization

It’s a beautiful day and you’ve decided to take your four-legged friend for a walk in the park. You meet several people and a few dogs on the trail and all is well. You’re enjoying the filtered sunshine through the canopy of branches overhead, breathing the fresh air and enjoying the day together. Then it… Read more »

House Training Puppies

The subject seems like such a daunting task! The truth is, if you will devote some time and effort, and be consistent, your puppy’s elimination problems may be an easier fix than you expect. Start the process as soon as your new puppy moves in. Consistency now will reap great dividends down the road. And… Read more »

Working prospect or companion puppy?

Occasionally the question arises, “What is the difference between a working dog prospect pup and a family companion pup?”  This is a very fair question indeed.  The answer is very more detailed than a simple article will allow, yet the following is a brief attempt to answer the question. Both working prospect and family companion… Read more »

Crate Training

Crate training is a dog-owner’s dream tool. When done correctly, it is a comfortable and humane means of confining a dog when she can’t be constantly observed. Whether it means preventing a house-training accident or chewed sofa, the rewards here are well worth the effort. At the onset, it should be said that the crate… Read more »