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

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

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

What’s In (A Dog’s) Name?

By Lisa-Anne Manolius | April 19, 2010 ~ 2 Comments

Max, Lola, Roxie, Charlie, Pancake, Izzy, Suki! . . . When it comes to dogs, what’s in a name?

As it turns out, with the right training, quite a bit.

Your dog’s name can be a lot more than just the word you use to refer to him. With the right training, your dog’s name can serve as a cue to look at you. Getting dogs to pay attention to their humans around lots of distractions is one of the most common dog guardians’ challenges. Name training is the first step to teaching your dog to attend to and focus on you no matter where you are. Name training is also a terrific building block for teaching your dog to come to you when you call him. Continue Reading