Blog Topic: Dog Training

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 ~ 2 Comments

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

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

The Right Group Training Class for Rover

By Lisa-Anne Manolius | January 19, 2012 ~ 1 Comment

The Right Group Training Class for Rover

“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

Happy 2012 & Train Your Dog Month!

By Lisa-Anne Manolius | January 05, 2012 ~ 1 Comment

Happy 2012 & Train Your Dog Month!

January is National Train Your Dog month – a grand kick-off to another year with your best furry friend. If you haven’t heard, positive reinforcement training is one of the best ways to enhance your relationship with Rover.

Relationship: the way in which two or more concepts, objects or people are connected, or the state of being connected.

Some may think true relationships exist only between humans, but we do indeed have relationships with our dogs. Continue Reading