Drop That!

    Stop Puppy Nipping in 5 Easy Steps! from Jude LeMoine Leave it!  Gimme that!  No!  “Oh You…!”  Get down! Supposing I were to tell you that the simple task of training your puppy to do all of the above could be accomplished by training him to understand that the word ’off’ means all of those things? Would that save you frustration and stop your yelling at the small creature who […] Read more »

Puppies Bite

"Oooh, puppy bit me!"

“Puppies bite and thank goodness they do.” That’s a quote from Dr. Ian Dunbar and one that initially puzzles people. Biting is normal dog behaviour. Our human job in the early weeks of owning a puppy is to teach him what he can and cannot bite. I give every new puppy I work with a stuffable rubber chewtoy such as a Kong™ to assist in teaching him what he can […] Read more »

Canine Hip Dysplasia – Chapter 2

The continuing story of life with a 4 year old Newfoundland with hip dysplasia. In my first notes on this situation I covered reasons to avoid surgery (except as a very last resort) and provided a list of alternatives that could be helpful. The most current alternative, which is enjoying great success, is the use of a bilateral hip orthosis (double hip brace) which was custom fabricated and supplied by […] Read more »

Canine Hip Dysplasia… what to do?

With this post, I’m departing  (just for now) from the puppy arena. My brother, after much research and the application of it,  has compiled:  Hints and Tips from the Owner of a 3 year old Newf with Hip Dysplasia. I hope it is of use. At some time in your dog owning future ,you may be faced with a diagnosis of hip dysplasia. Advice on what to do takes many […] Read more »

Training Puppies to Like, Accept, Tolerate, Everything!

Training your puppy to like everything… people, big and little, old and young and all manner of things…bikes, skateboards, vacuum cleaners, big trucks, coffee grinders, mixers, hats, big bags, masks, big dogs, tiny dogs, umbrellas and hats is not really ‘training’. It is exposure. It’s super important that you begin immediately – as soon as you bring your puppy home. The learning window in puppies that is wide open at birth […] Read more »

How to Train Your Puppy to Walk on a Leash

Start training your puppy to walk on a leash as soon as you get him home.  You don’t need a leash to begin… in fact, I recommend you simply teach him to follow you off leash. You will need a leash, of course, within the week, if you haven’t already got one. Retractable leashes are fine for a walk with an already leash-trained dog, but for training purposes, you need […] Read more »

When is Puppy Training Finished? Are We Done Yet?

The big world beckons. Are you and Bozo ready? His immunity is building, his people socialization is excellent, and his dog-to-dog socialization is up to par now that he’s in puppy class. Your wee, wiggly, sweet-smelling puppy is growing up. Doghood is just over the bridge of adolescence. Just as with humans, adolescence is a time of heightened interest in his own kind, a time to focus on what it […] Read more »

Choosing a Puppy Class.. Learning to be Dog/Dog Friendly

“But I’ve potty trained Bozo, taught him to ’sit’, ’down’, ‘come’ AND I’ve had people over to meet him. Now you want me to take him to class?” That’s right. I do. If indeed, you have done all those things, good on ya! All that, though, has been done in isolation because Bozo’s immunization protection was insufficient to expose him to other dogs and public places. Now that he’s three […] Read more »

Fun & Games…How to Make Learning Easier

It’s all fun and games, isn’t it? I mean, really, isn’t learning easier when you’re having fun? Every time you play with your dog, there’s an opportunity to teach him something new or reinforce something he already knows. Play, I believe, is essential to the bonding process. Bonding is essential to the training process… besides, if there’s no bond between you, why do you have a dog? “Bozo, ‘fetch’; Bozo, […] Read more »

Your Puppy’s Health…Vets & Other Healing Modalities

I have heard it said that vets are the most respected profession in the world. I know that I have great respect for their knowledge and dedication. I respect my own physician, as well, but I wouldn’t dream of handing over responsibility for my health to her. I like to do my own research, form my own opinions and then work in tandem with my health professional. I feel the […] Read more »