The Value of Certification

Why should I get certified? That’s a common question I hear as a dog trainer. After all, you have been training, you have some education, and very few of your clients ever seem to ask you about certification. So what’s the big deal? Why should you pay to take a test for certification?

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Peace Love Kids & Dogs

Summer break is right around the corner! My bet is, parents out there would rather see their kids engaged is some type of physical/mental activity rather than glued to their electronic devices for the next few months.  Summer break ALSO means that kids and the family dog will be spending A LOT more time together, enriching their bond, having fun, and doing all things kids and dogs should be doing together … like driving mom and dad crazy after the first day or two!

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What do Puppies Grow Out Of?

I was happily playing with a puppy the other day as I talked with its family. Puppies are adorable and cute, and NOTHING beats puppy breath! In between playing with the pup, I provided a few pointers on raising a healthy, happy dog. Unfortunately, most of my recommendations were met with “Oh, he’ll grow out of that, I’m sure.” Among the things the puppy would grow out of were: jumping on people, chewing up household items, and biting. Sigh. One of the most common misconceptions among pet parents is the idea that as dogs grow older, they will simply mature into the well mannered pets we love. Here are my thoughts on how dogs mature and what a puppy will grow “out of”.

French bulldog puppy. Top view

Why Lack of Behavior Isn’t the Goal of Training

Just this morning, my husband asked me, “What’s wrong?” To which I replied, “Nothing.” I was just thinking about my work, but the fact that I wasn’t showing much behavior caused my husband to wonder if I was ok. As I thought about this seemingly innocent discussion, I wondered why this same concern about lack of behavior doesn’t happen when dogs get quiet and seem fine. When dogs are doing nothing, most pet parents assume this is a good thing. They often don’t stop to consider whether the dog is ok. Many times, lack of behavior is viewed as the goal of training. But it’s not…or at least it shouldn’t be.

Simon and the pig