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Owner/Trainer Lisa-Anne Manolius, an honors graduate of the renowned San Francisco SPCA's Academy for Dog Trainers, works with you and your dog privately to bring out the best in your dog.

How to Train Your Dog NOT to Come When You Call

By Lisa-Anne Manolius | July 08, 2015 ~ Be the 1st to Comment

How to Train Your Dog NOT to Come When You Call

Make sure Jed isn’t getting enough off-leash exercise so he has a constant surplus of energy.

Don’t bother training him to come when you call (aka, “recall”), OR,

How NOT to train this

How NOT to train this

Train recalls with Jed only in boring low distraction spots like the kitchen, the house, the backyard. Don’t practice recalls at parks or other lively public places.

Occasionally reward him for coming when you call. Give him a bland hard dog biscuit, (which he sometimes spits out).

Every now and then, do a recall to get Jed to come for stuff you know he hates, like baths. Continue Reading

Dogs Just Want to Have Fun

By Lisa-Anne Manolius | January 07, 2015 ~ Be the 1st to Comment

Dogs Just Want to Have Fun

Ever since he was a pup, Vinnie has loved the beach. His routine is the same at every beach we visit. He races to the water as fast as he can until he’s knee deep in the Pacific. Again and again he leaps over the waves dolphin-style, arcing his body up and down in a U-shape. Then he runs back to his humans to get us to chase him back into the ocean so he can do it all over again.

Vin ocean

Day of Fun at the Beach

At the beach, he is jubilant. You can see it in every jump, in his springy gait, in the huge doggy smile on his face, in every giant play bow he presents to dogs he meets. A beach day is a super day of fun for him so I try to make it happen as often as I can.  When I can’t get to the beach, I make sure his days include other fun stuff, like playtime with other dogs, Vin’s version of soccer, tug matches and scenting games.

I know. You probably came to this blog for serious science-based information on doggy behavior and training. So why the emphasis on fun? Continue Reading

Cherishing Our Pets

By Lisa-Anne Manolius | December 30, 2014 ~ 2 Comments

Cherishing Our Pets

This past August, my cat Ted turned 17. He is – and has been for some years now – an Old Man Cat, although I prefer to think of him as a Distinguished Feline Gentleman.

The past year and a half have been his roughest. He’s endured dental surgery, two hospitalizations, multiple ultrasounds, countless trips to the vet, too many blood draws, and a months-long bladder disorder, resulting in anemia, weight loss and a very poor appetite. Early this year after having exhausted several rounds of painkillers and antibiotics, I began to resign myself to his passing. I did not think he would last the calendar year.

Younger Ted basking

Younger Ted basking

After all, Ted has a triple threat of a heart murmur, chronic kidney disease and hyperthyroidism. His once robust 13 plus pound body is skinny and frail.  Strength and athleticism have been replaced by ginger and sometimes stiff movements due to arthritis. He no longer jumps up onto anything. His explorations of the urban wilds of our yard are a thing of the past. He has become even grumpier and even more vocal, meowing loudly, persistently and obnoxiously when he wants something.

And yet. . . Continue Reading

Road Trippin’ With Rover

By Lisa-Anne Manolius | July 10, 2012 ~ Be the 1st to Comment

Road Trippin’ With Rover

Since I adopted my dog Vinnie, a vacation doesn’t feel like a real vacation unless he goes too. Over the last few years, that’s meant far less plane travel and more road trips to dog-friendly destinations. Do I miss traveling to faraway places? Absolutely. But you know what they say about silver linings. I have two. Continue Reading

Getting The Most From Dog Training Classes

By Lisa-Anne Manolius | January 25, 2012 ~ Be the 1st to Comment

Getting The Most From Dog Training Classes

Trainers and other dog behavior experts urge people to enroll their dogs in group training classes, and with good reason. Group classes are a fine way to teach most dogs basic manners they need to thrive in human society and homes. Puppy classes that include plenty of off-leash playtime are essential for teaching pups bite inhibition, polite play skills, dog-dog communication skills as well as manners. Specialty classes like doggy dancing/canine freestyle, agility, and nose work ramp up the fun factor, and provide additional energy outlets for dogs. And all group classes are excellent opportunities to give dogs much-needed mental workouts, as well as practice in responding to their humans amidst abundant distractions.

How do you and your dog get the most out of dog training classes? Read on for some tips. Continue Reading