Leash Walking Your Pup…Pain? or Pleasure?

Not this!

Are you fed up with being towed down the sidewalk? Have you pulled and prodded a dog who refuses to move? Not at all what you imagined when you decided to get a puppy, huh? Changing your pup’s  behaviour is simple. It will take time and effort on your part though and the best way to change any unacceptable behaviour is by developing a relationship with your pup. You want […] Read more »

The 4 Keys to Success in Training Loose Leash Walking

Loose leash walking takes practice

Patience, persistence, clear communication and love… Following is a little story about patience. Discover all the tips you’ll need to train your new puppy to walk nicely on a leash on my FREE webinar I thought patience was simply about waiting for a desired result or outcome. I  have learned that patience is a lot more than merely waiting. I learned that patience is not passive. I believe that patience […] Read more »

“My Dog Won’t Share…”

That’s right. Dogs don’t share. Neither do they ‘borrow’ from one another as we humans do. Possession is 9/10ths of the law in the dog world. Even an adult dog will not confront a puppy with a bone and overpower the puppy to have the bone. Oh yes, the wanting dog may indeed distract the bone-holder and once the puppy or other dog is distracted, grab the bone. That’s the […] Read more »

How to Prevent Destructive Puppy Chewing

"Not my slipper!"

Puppies chew. Dogs like to chew.  Humans don’t.  Is that why we  get so angry when we find our favourite pair of sandals in tatters? Or a new pair of hiking boots with gnawed tops? I often say to new puppy clients with children, “Your puppy will teach your kids to put their things away faster than anything else I know!” Puppies explore with their mouths; their noses are super […] Read more »

Prevention Trumps Fixes…train your puppy early

"Nooo... don't leave me!"

  Would you rather prevent or fix? Prevention trumps fixes every time! Puppies are so darn cute! If they will be small dogs fully grown, somehow that seems reason enough not to train them to do anything…including potty outdoors. Funny though how the cleaning up of tiny piles of poop becomes tiresome over time and the small yellow spots on your carpet eventually become an eyesore. I haven’t ‘got it […] Read more »

Puppies, Pools & Pupsicles

Ahhh...feels good!

Puppies, Pools & Pupsicles…beat the heat! from Jude LeMoine   I wonder if dogs enjoy summer as much as we do?  We anticipate summer holidays, travel, perhaps, time at the beach, cooling in a pool, longer days, more visitors…the halcyon days of   summer. This year the little yellow balls that show up in my online forecast  have not been much interrupted by those grey puffy shapes. Both sunshine and […] Read more »

4 Reasons Why Puppies Need Toys

Frisbee™, squeaky toy, ball, stuffable chew toys & tug toys all have their uses

1.Toys provide mental stimulation 2.Toys can calm and settle 3.Toys can enhance training 4.Toys can build the human/dog bond I remember when dog toys were limited to balls, squeaky rubber toys and maybe a Frisbee™. Visit any pet supply store on the ground or online today and prepare to be overwhelmed with the vast variety of toys designed just for our furry companions. Is this just crazy? Perhaps, but many […] Read more »

“Don’t Wait. Anticipate.” Training Your Puppy to Walk Nicely on a Leash

Definitely don't want this!

You’re still practising leash walking with your puppy in your back yard. 1-2-3-4 steps, change direction. 1-2-3 steps, stop and wait for puppy to ‘sit’. It’s all going well when without warning, puppy bolts to the end of his leash and you find yourself teetering to maintain your balance. Whoa! Then you see the cat now sitting primly atop the fence. That kind of startle is annoying to say the […] Read more »