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
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
“A rose is a rose is a rose,” wrote Gertrude Stein, but the same isn’t true for dog training classes.
There are classes just for pups, adolescents, or adults; in basic and advanced manners; to improve a particular skill like coming when called or loose leash walking; for shy or fearful dogs; for leash reactive dogs; specialty classes such as tricks, freestyle, agility, rally, nose work and treibball; and more!
With so many classes to choose from, how do you make sure a group training class is the right fit for your dog? Read on for some tips and important considerations. Continue Reading