Strangers with Candy

Strangers with Candy

I encounter a lot of scared, stressed dogs in my work as a professional dog trainer.  I recently received a call from a woman who was trying to help her shy dog get more comfortable in the presence of new people.  When I went to meet her for the first time, it was...
Won’t He Grow Out of It?

Won’t He Grow Out of It?

As a professional dog trainer, I hear this question a lot this time of year.  The holidays are a very popular time of year to bring home a new puppy.  The first few days and weeks can be overwhelming (puppies are A LOT of work!), but then most pet owners...
How to Train “Stubborn” Dogs

How to Train “Stubborn” Dogs

“My dog can’t be trained.  I’ve tried everything and nothing works with him.  He’s just a stubborn dog.”  Most dog trainers hear some version of that story pretty frequently.  While it’s completely understandable for dog owners to be frustrated, especially when they...