I’m My Dogs Caregiver, Not Their Alpha

By Tori Ganino In a world full of punishment-based training and television quick fixes for dog behavior problems, clients often tell me that they are concerned that their dog is trying to be the “alpha” in the home, or that their dog must obey because the owner is the...

Dogs dont grow out of bad behaviour

04JAN By Tori Ganino, BS, CDBC, CPDT-KA A dog is never too old to learn; however, it is much easier to teach him before bad habits have the chance to develop. With that being said, you will still find that your dog regresses in training if you are not consistent with...

Six Steps to Muzzle Training

Teaching your dog to love the muzzle. Please refer to the blog “Changing the Stigma of Muzzles” if you have any concerns about why muzzle training is beneficial. Here are a few important reminders before you begin training: Make sure that you are in an area with few...

Can Doggy Day Care or ‘Pack Walks’ Do more harm than good?

By Angela Pitman © Dec 2018 MAPDT 00385 MIACE MICB MICAN There has been a massive increase in the business of Dog Day Care and ‘Pack Walks’ over the last few years, but is this the right thing for your dog? We would need to look at several things before coming to a...

Dog Training: Its not opinion, its science

By Tori Ganino, BS, CDBC, CPDT-KA As a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant, I talk with many people about different methods used to train their dogs.  Being a trainer that works on scientifically supported methods of building confidence, creating replacement behaviors,...

Rescue Dogs from abroad

By Lyn Fleet There is increasingly a growing trend for people to adopt/rescue dogs from various countries abroad; Romania, Greece, Spain, France and others. Personally I’m not in favour of this because there are thousands of dogs in this country, languishing in rescue...