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.

Happy Holidays!

By Lisa-Anne Manolius | December 29, 2009 ~ 2 Comments

Happy Holidays!

I hope you’re all enjoying your holiday season and getting lots of quality time with family and friends, two-footed and four-footed alike.

I leave you with a few holiday images of my own critter crew. Introducing Vinnie as Reindeer, or the “Vin-deer” . . .

Vindeer

Here’s Ted hanging out under the Christmas tree, one of his favorite spots to perch during the holidays. (I think he’s particularly fond of his lair under the tree because it’s a Vinnie-free zone!)

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Here’s one more of Vinnie all set for some serious fun with his new doggy Frisbee, a very welcome gift from Santa Paws. This Kong Frisbee is super tough and seemingly impervious to the teeth of Vinnie, our resident power-chewer!

vin with frisbee

Happy New Year!

Giving Thanks for Dogs, Our Everyday Miracles

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

Giving Thanks for Dogs, Our Everyday Miracles

The other day a young boy asked me if I believe in miracles. After I said yes, he asked if I’d ever witnessed one. I told him I’d think about it and get back to him.

I have thought about it and yes, miracles surround me every day – they’re called dogs! Dogs help people in a myriad of ways and have done so for eons. Continue Reading

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Indoor Doggy Fun & Games

By Lisa-Anne Manolius | December 10, 2009 ~ 6 Comments

Indoor Doggy Fun & Games

Brrrr! We’ve been having a cold snap here in the San Francisco Bay Area and rain’s expected for the next several days. At times like this, exercising my dog Vinnie outdoors can be a pill. Vinnie is a wet weather wimp. He hates going out in the rain. He’d rather hold it for hours than venture out into a drizzle. We’ve tried putting him in a raincoat and enticing him with meatballs to no avail. I haven’t worked to resolve this as hard as I could have because I haven’t been very motivated. I can’t stand cold wet weather either.

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A Better Way To Walk Your Dog

By Lisa-Anne Manolius | November 30, 2009 ~ 6 Comments

The other day as Vinnie and I waited to cross the street, an out-of-breath woman caught up to us. She had an exasperated look on her face and no wonder. She’d been hauled to the corner by Mindy, her medium-sized doe-eyed retriever mix.

“She’s so strong and I just haven’t had time to teach her to heel,” the woman said. She was thinking of outfitting Mindy in a prong collar, hoping that would curb the leash-pulling.

I’m not in the habit of offering unsolicited advice but I couldn’t bear the thought of metal prongs digging into Mindy’s soft neck. Actually, I don’t like the idea of prong, choke or pinch collars on any dog. Those devices use pain and force to control dogs, can cause serious injuries to doggy tracheas, can create on-leash behavior problems, and aren’t necessary, as I’ll explain shortly.

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Saving Dogs’ Lives One Click At A Time

By Lisa-Anne Manolius | November 10, 2009 ~ Be the 1st to Comment

The other day I told the kids in my humane education class that they’re not just training shelter dogs, they’re saving lives. At first blush, that may sound like an outlandish claim. On closer examination, it really is true.

One of the primary reasons dogs are relinquished to shelters is due to behavioral issues that could easily have been prevented or curbed with positive training. Continue Reading