I’ve been a dog trainer for almost 20 years. In that time, I’ve been thrilled to see a growth in the awareness of the need for dog socialization. Twenty years ago you rarely heard anyone talking about socialization. Now it’s heard fairly frequently. This is great news because socialization, when it’s done right, can have a dramatic impact on a dog’s life. But the key is…”when it’s done right.” There are two common misunderstandings about socialization that sometimes get in the way of doing it right.
Do you know the number one concern of new dog owners? The one thing that worries most pet parents? The one issue that causes many to give up on their dog? House training. Not aggression. Not jumping. Not pulling on leash. The biggest question I get from new pet parents – regardless of the age of their dog – is how to teach their dog to go to the bathroom outside.
Puppies are the cutest, aren’t they? And that’s a good thing because they’re also a bit, um, challenging. I should know. I recently brought home a new puppy – an impossibly cute yellow Lab named Ranger – who is full of puppy kisses, adorable antics and a whole lot of mischief.
The holidays are a great time for giving and being grateful for all that we have been blessed with. Many people volunteer and/or donate to their favorite organizations, which inspired me to create this Random Acts of Kindness Calendar specifically for our furry friends. Kindness is contagious, so please feel free to share!
Happy Holidays Friends!
I have been involved in the dog daycare industry for over 20 years. When I first opened my daycare people had no idea what daycare was, or why a pet parent would want such a service. Over the past two decades I have seen that change to the point that many pet parents think it’s unusual if their dog doesn’t want to play with other dogs, and dog daycares are a growing part of many pet businesses.