Monthly Archives: July 2014

The all-important recall command

Without question the recall command is the single most important command you need to teach your dog. It can quite literally save their life, stop them from crossing a busy street or getting into something poisonous or dangerous. That should be

Posted in Basic Obedience, Health and Safety, Puppies, Rescues

How to Be a Good Dog Park Citizen

Having frequented dog parks all over the country for the last 30 years or so, I’ve seen most of what there is to see within these fenced areas of social interaction for dogs. Most owners are very responsible – making

Posted in Behavioral Issues, Health and Safety, Integration

Separation Anxiety

Why are some dogs perfectly relaxed and secure when left alone and others have almost a pathological fear and sometimes act out violently and destructively? As of now, all the research points to the bonding process between the owners and

Posted in Behavioral Issues, Crate Training, Health and Safety, Integration, Puppies, Rescues

Getting used to loud noises

Summer monsoons bring some much needed rain to the desert, but, for dogs, the thunderstorms that accompany that rain can be a source of severe anxiety and can cause everything from mild stress to paralyzing fear, and in some cases,

Posted in Behavioral Issues, Health and Safety

Adopting a rescue

When you decide it’s time to bring a new dog into your life and family, it’s always nice to consider getting a rescue. There are so many wonderful homeless dogs (of all sizes, shapes, colors and ages) just begging for

Posted in Behavioral Issues, Integration, Rescues