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.

10 Reasons to Train Rover Now

By Lisa-Anne Manolius | February 18, 2011 ~ Be the 1st to Comment

10 Reasons to Train Rover Now

Whether you’ve just adopted a puppy or an adult dog, or you’ve had a dog in your family for years, here are 10 great reasons to train your pooch now:

  1. Get your dog started (or keep him going) on the right paw. Training will teach him good manners from the get-go, maintain good manners and prevent the development of bad habits and behavior problems. Continue Reading

Woof Up on the GGNRA’s Proposed Doggy Bans

By Lisa-Anne Manolius | February 15, 2011 ~ Be the 1st to Comment

Woof Up on the GGNRA’s Proposed Doggy Bans

On January 14, 2011, the GGNRA released its Draft Environmental Impact Study (DEIS) and proposal to drastically limit dog-accessible areas throughout the Bay Area. Beloved leash-free areas like Fort Funston will limit unleashed dogs to small patches of land and beach, require dogs to be leashed on most trails, and ban dogs from the majority of the park. Other areas will ban dogs altogether.

Like many Bay Area dog guardians, I’m very upset about the proposed changes. Continue Reading

January is Train Your Dog Month

By Lisa-Anne Manolius | January 03, 2011 ~ 2 Comments

January is Train Your Dog Month

It’s that time again when the new year stretches out shiny, new and full of promise. January also happens to be the APDT’s second annual National Train Your Dog Month (TYDM), which is a wonderful coincidence because training your dog the positive way promises to yield happy results for you and your pooch.

Whether you have a newly adopted dog, a bouncing –off-the-walls adolescent dog, or a senior dog, ongoing positive training is essential for polite doggy behavior. Teach your new dog good manners from the get go, polish up Rover’s rusty recalls and other important behaviors, take a class, or train your dog to do a snazzy trick.

Reward-based training is easy and fun for you and your dog.  And that’s not all. It builds doggy confidence, ensures that your dog will engage more often in behaviors you like, gives her mental exercise and helps prevent boredom.

Love your dog? Then train him!

Love your dog? Then train him!

Who cares if your dog is bored? Well, it’s a good bet that your dog does. Being perpetually bored is no way for a critter to live. (I don’t know about you, but boredom drives me positively bonkers.) Aside from the fact that boredom is a serious drag, a bored doggy is very likely to get into mischief like chewing up your stuff, digging in your houseplants, or barking all the time.  

Problem behavior that could have been prevented or resolved through positive training is one of the leading causes of dogs losing their homes and ending up in shelters. If you love your dog – and I know you do – and you want a long happy life together, a lifetime of positive training is one of the best gifts you can give her and yourself.

Check out the TYDM website for free training tips or to enter this year’s Photo/Video contest. And check out my blog for upcoming posts on useful and cool stuff you can teach your dog.

Happy New Year! Happy Training!

Write a Blog Post, Feed a Shelter Dog

By Lisa-Anne Manolius | September 17, 2010 ~ Be the 1st to Comment

Oh, shelter dogs! How you’ve stolen my heart again and again!

I still remember the first shelter dog I ever trained. A big handsome super friendly Catahoula hound mix named Bear. He loved people so much he’d jump all over anyone who went into his kennel. My assignment was to teach him to sit and stay when people entered the kennel.

I cried tears of joy when a couple weeks after I began working with Bear, a young man entered the kennel, and Bear sat, stayed and showed off his best behavior. He didn’t jump once and the guy adopted him that very day.

Every year, 4 million dogs in the U.S. end up in shelters. Pedigree wants to raise awareness about shelter dogs and help them in a meaningful way. That’s where you come in. Continue Reading

When Rover Gets Rusty

By Lisa-Anne Manolius | September 09, 2010 ~ Be the 1st to Comment

When Rover Gets Rusty

I’ve been off the web for a little while. As much as I love blogging about dogs and dog training, major taxing life events have interrupted. Now that I have a little more time on my hands, writing feels like a task I’m not quite prepared for. The ideas don’t flow like they used to when I was blogging regularly. Sentences feel awkward and strained. The words on the screen don’t seem to fully capture what I want to say. . . I’m rusty.

You may be wondering what any of this has to do with dog training. Good question. Continue Reading