Wag & Train’s Dog Blog

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

Day Training: Teaching a Puppy to Sit for Greetings

Happy National Puppy Day! I have been working with Dutchess, a 17-week old black lab for about 2 weeks. Her mom, Gretchen, is very dedicated to helping the both learn and communicate effectively.  She hired me to come once or twice a week to work with Dutch on a few behaviors, and at the top of the list is No Jumping.  When Gretchen is gone, Dutch is kept in the back hall with READ MORE

Day Training: Working on Down Stay for Impulse Control

Luna and I have been working together since she was 8 weeks old. For a doodle, she is actually fairly calm, but sometimes, she has what I call 'Doodle Brain'. She gets over-the-top excited when people come to the door, and is so amped up, it's difficult for her to calm down so she can focus on what she should be doing.  Of course this is common for many puppies, not just Doodles. Last READ MORE

Growling is Good

It's National Dog Bite Prevention week, and my discussion continues with a review of the different body language and vocalizations that dogs elicit when they are fearful or anxious. First off, I want everyone to know that growling is good! Growling is a definitive warning that a dog is scared and it is meant to create distance.  If a dog growls at you, it means he or she is uncomfortable and potentially afraid and it READ MORE

Always Ask the Dog!

It's National Dog Bite Prevention Week again, which is a subject near and dear to my heart. Would you believe I have never been bitten by a dog? I work with dogs who are aggressive towards me every single day, but I work very hard to prevent anything from happening. There are many reasons why I haven't been bitten, and luck is just one of them. This week, I'll be blogging about those reasons and help READ MORE

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