Tips from the Trainer

  • The key to having a well-behaved dog is to give him positive feedback in the form of praise, play, treats, and attention whenever he is behaving in a way that you like. It is very easy to fall into a pattern of only giving feedback to your dog when you see him misbehaving since that behavior catches our attention. In order for the dog to understand what good behavior is, and what you want from him, you will need to train yourself to be on the look-out for good behavior and praise it as soon as you see it.

  • Exercise Exercise Exercise! Many behavior problems stem from dogs not getting enough exercise, and many dog parents underestimate both the importance of this and how much exercise their dog actually needs. A short walk a few times a week is not enough for most dogs. When left to their own devices most dogs, even very energetic ones, will not exercise themselves enough, even if they have a large yard to run around in all day. A long brisk walk every morning can do wonders for improving a dog's behavior. Vigorous fetch games are also a good way to help your dog burn off excess energy and get the exercise he needs.

  • Try teaching your dog to catch a Frisbee® or take an introductory course to agility or flyball. Activities like these or other dog sports are a great way for you and your dog to learn to work together as a team, increase your bond to each other, and can help you both get exercise and have fun together. It is also an outstanding way to help your dog build confidence.

  • More tips and tricks from the trainer coming soon!