Wag & Train’s Dog Blog

Bone Broth for Dogs

One of the easiest things to make for your dog is bone broth, and you can use it for many different things: ~ Pour over meals/Use as a topper ~ Pour it cold into water bowl on a hot day ~ Use to rehydrate dehydrated raw ~ Freeze in a lickmat ~ Make doggie ice cubes for treats There are many health benefits for bone broth, too. ~ Improves Digestive Health ~ Heals Gut READ MORE

Is online dog training and behavior modification really that effective?

Unequivocally, Yes! I have found it to equally as effective as in-person learning, and sometimes even more so.  Virtual learning has become the norm in nearly every industry. And effective online dog training is no exception. If there’s a skill I want to learn, I have the ability to choose the most qualified teacher no matter where they are. In this case, you are lucky to have the option to find a trainer that best READ MORE

A Tribute to My Dessert Dog

1/1/2010 - 1/23/2021 Paisley Junebug My ride or die. My beautiful perfect brown dog. My dessert dog. Paisley survived being abandoned and landing in the shelter in the overnight drop-off kennel at the DDFL when she was 7 weeks old, being labeled vicious and unadoptable at 9 weeks by the foster (wth?!), and found me through Safe Harbor Lab Rescue by chance. She was traumatized by a dog attack at 12-weeks old that broke READ MORE

My Dog is Such a Sweetheart… but He Bites People

My dog is such a sweetheart…but he bites people! If I had a nickel for every time I heard someone say that, I’d be able to retire. Much of the time I spend with clients includes talking about why dogs are so sweet sometimes and then aggressive and fearful at other times. In the industry, we call it “The 98% Rule,” because we all get those phone calls where the pet parent says that 98 READ MORE

I Went Back to Work and my Puppy has Separation Anxiety

This year, many people adopted puppies while in quarantine. They are known as ‘Covid Puppies’, and dog trainers have been anticipating an influx of emails and phone calls regarding separation anxiety. Because these puppies have grown up with their parents working from home, plus staying home all the time, they are not used to being left alone.  Now, parents are starting to go back to work, and these puppies are panicking. Here are some common READ MORE

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

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