By Hannah Stein The winter holidays are only a few weeks away and family is coming to town, so you've got to impress. Try showing off your dog's smarts by teaching your pup these fun tricks! Here are some tips before we begin: 1. Make sure your dog has a motivator. For some dogs it's treats, a clicker, or a toy, while for other dogs, it's their special bond with you. 2. Keep training sessions short and brief. It's difficult for a pup to learn if they are tired or frustrated.
By Hannah Stein Crate training is based on a dog's natural instinct to create a den. As a training tool, crates are a great way to potty train, set up house rules and manners, and give your dog a safe zone. Before we begin, keep these thoughts in mind: 1. The crate is NOT a punishment, it is their safe space and home. 2. Dogs should not be crated for too long. Make sure your dog is getting proper exercise and social interaction on a daily basis. If you are keeping your dog in
By Hannah Stein Does your dog bark every time the doorbell rings? If so, then you know how difficult it is to celebrate Halloween at home. Trick-or-treaters travel from house to house enjoying the festivities. When they get to your home, they are frightened by your pup’s defensive howl. You may be dreading the constant headache from a yappy dog, but you can use this holiday as a valuable training opportunity. Here are a few of the best ways to train your dog to remain calm at
By Emily Schultze It’s every pet owner’s nightmare. You hear the creak of your front door and suddenly notice that your dog is nowhere to be found. You dash out to your front yard, but it’s too late— your dog is having the time of their life running down the street. If you ever have had this experience or are just looking to avoid it in the future, you probably are wondering how you can get your dog to come back to you. In this training tip video, New Life K9 educators go ove