Oh Behave! Would you like your dog to walk politely on a loose leash? To come when called? Need help with puppy training? Do you have a fearful or anxious dog? Is your dog suffering from separation anxiety or home alone distress?

Worry no more. Oh Behave! can help with all that and more.

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. She specializes in puppy training and socialization, fearful and anxious dogs, and separation anxiety/home alone distress.

In Search Of The Ever Elusive Perfect Dog

By Lisa-Anne Manolius | October 06, 2009 ~ 5 Comments

In Search Of The Ever Elusive Perfect Dog

In the midst of grocery shopping the other day I stole a few minutes to browse the magazine aisle. One headline jumped out at me. “HOW TO TRAIN THE PERFECT DOG,” it read, against a slick color close-up of a certain celebrity dog trainer.

“Ahh, the Perfect Dog,” I sighed as I moved on in search of apples. It wasn’t the first time I’d heard of this creature. Loads of people are convinced he or she exists. You know, the dog who never barks, digs up gardens, or chews stuff. PerfectDog never jumps on people or pulls on leash or begs, and wouldn’t dream of raiding kitchen counters or garbage bins. PD loves other dogs, plays perfectly with all dogs, and adores everyone all the time, vets and groomers included. PD never gets scared or growls or whines. PD stays, sits, lies down, leaves things alone and comes when you call, anywhere anytime, even if gophers are salsa dancing in front of his nose — and he does all this the first time you ask. Continue Reading

Chew The Right Thing

By Lisa-Anne Manolius | October 01, 2009 ~ Be the 1st to Comment

Chew The Right Thing

Chances are every dog owner knows first hand the havoc those canine teeth can wreak on your stuff. I’ve taught training classes where some owners have muttered sheepishly that the dog ate last week’s homework handout, while others have lamented the destruction of their favorite shoes, the legs of their heirloom coffee table or their kids’ favorite toys.

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Dog Parks Are For Dogs, Not Puppies

By Lisa-Anne Manolius | September 29, 2009 ~ Be the 1st to Comment

Dog Parks Are For Dogs, Not Puppies

This week I saw something that set off my alarm bells — a 4 month-old puppy at a local dog park. As soon as the human guardian took the puppy off leash several big adult dogs bounded up to the pup and surrounded it. The puppy retreated behind the person’s legs. The person pushed it towards the dogs gently and told it to go play. Whenever the puppy ventured onto the field, a big dog charged after it barking, other dogs joined in, and one of them inevitably tackled the pup. Each time, she yelped and scurried back to her person with her tail between her legs only to be told again to go play.

She certainly wasn’t the first person I’ve seen bring a pup to a dog park. I’m sure she meant well and thought she was doing the right thing. She probably thought it was a good way to exercise and socialize the puppy to dogs. Well-placed though those intentions may be, bringing a puppy to a dog park isn’t a good idea. Continue Reading

Beyond Sit, Stay & Down

By Lisa-Anne Manolius | September 23, 2009 ~ Be the 1st to Comment

Beyond Sit, Stay & Down

Have you ever wondered just how far you could take your dog with positive reinforcement training? Can a clicker and some treats really teach your dog anything more interesting than sits, stays and downs?

The answer is a resounding yes. A clicker and some treats can take your dog further than you may have realized. In addition to the typical line-up of class offerings – puppy kindergarten, puppy intermediate, adolescent manners, basic manners – there’s a tantalizing selection of positive training classes, some all about having fun and some more serious. Continue Reading

Herding Tales

By Lisa-Anne Manolius | September 21, 2009 ~ 2 Comments

Herding Tales

When people ask me what my dog Vinnie is, I say he’s a herding mutt, a term that up until this summer I’d been using loosely. When we adopted him from a shelter, all we knew of his past was he was found on a dairy farm and his mother was an Australian Kelpie. But as for the rest of his DNA, who knew?

Border Collie herding

As he grew, I became convinced that he was mixed with another herding breed because he acts like one. He’s got their intense energy, smarts, focus and drive; he LOVES to train; and well, he herds. He’s tried to herd our cat and sometimes rounds up other dogs. When he’s out for a hike with his humans and one strays, he runs back and loops around the person until he/she rejoins the group. If given the chance, he’ll also “herd” moving vacuums, mops, brooms or rakes. That’s funny stuff! Continue Reading