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Wag & Train’s Dog Blog

Counter Surfing

The best way I’ve found to extinguish counter surfing is to reward your dog for keeping his nose on the floor.  Instead of teaching her what NOT to do (get on the counter), teach her what TO do (stay on the floor), i.e. differential reinforcement of an opposite behavior. I recommend spreading his dry kibble or high value treat on the floor under the toe kick at every meal for two to three weeks.  The READ MORE

Crate Training

Crate/Confinement Training Crate Training is a process of desensitizing your dog to staying in his crate while you are gone, for potty training, or even when you are home and need a place to keep your puppy while you take a shower.  It can help a dog feel more comfortable at home because it acts like a den and provides safety from the outside world.  Most dogs actually love their crate and can’t wait to READ MORE

My Dog is Allergic to Minnesota: My Path to Treating Her Allergies Naturally

In 2017, Paisley and I moved from Denver, CO to Minneapolis, MN.  She was 7, and was born and raised on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. During our first spring here, Paisley developed horrific skin allergies. She itched/scratched constantly and had huge blisters all over, along with red patches and she lost a lot of her hair. It was apparent that she was allergic to Minnesota, because she never had issues in Colorado. READ MORE

It’s So Gross! Why Do Dogs Eat Poop?! Tips for Eliminating Coprophagia

In August, I adopted a little brindle puppy from a local rescue, and her name is Turtle.  She is in training to be a gluten-detection service dog, and has a wonderful temperament. Like all dogs, she is well-behaved 98% of her life, with the exception of one thing: She eats poop. And she LOVES it. In veterinary behavior terms, poop eating is called ‘coprophagia’ and it’s very common. I also have a 10-year old Labrador, READ MORE

AVSAB’s Position Statement on Using Punishment for Behavior Modification in Animals

Question: Would you purposely hurt your dog? ........ Many people purposely hurt their dog in the name of ‘training’ and it saddens me. I feel so badly for dogs who are subjected to pain because they bark, jump, or pull. ...... Lately I have had several calls from pet parents whose dogs have become aggressive due to shock collar training and want me to help. These dogs are now reactive to other dogs or biting READ MORE

Puppies are CRAZY: How to survive your puppy’s Witching Hours

There is no way to sugar coat the fact that puppies are crazy.  They can be down-right nuts!  And puppies are especially crazy during the Witching Hours: roughly between 5-8pm every night.  It's 100% normal and common.  Most people think their puppy is the devil at one time or another, but if you are proactive about diffusing his biting, and have a plan, the Witching Hours don’t have to leave you with bloody scratches READ MORE

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