The Importance Of Feedback For Your Pooch

Immediate, in the moment feedback is the key to a pup skipping a grade or two in the school of advanced good-behaviour. In fact, dogs respond just the same to current feedback as us humans. Positive and current feedback–that is. So why don’t’ we use it all of the time? Using verbal praise effectively in … Read more

4 Tips on Preparing Your Dog for Back-to-School Season

Back-to-school time is upon us, and that means 1 thing: Relaxing, lazy routines are going bye-bye (at least, until next summer rolls around). It’s time to start setting early alarms, packing school lunches and leaving the house quiet during the day. It’s also time to begin easing your dog into their own “back to school” routine. … Read more

Our Top 10 Summer Safety Tips for Dogs

1. Never, ever, EVER leave your dog in a hot car Okay, you’ve probably heard this one before, but it’s so important that we still decided to list it first. It can take minutes – yes, MINUTES – for a pet to develop heat stroke and suffocate in a car. Most people don’t realize how … Read more

Tips for Finding the Right Dog Trainer

Just like humans, dogs have their own personalities and quirks—and we love them for it. As a pet parent, you want to balance respecting your dog’s individuality with helping them become well-adjusted, well-behaved pets. There’s a lot of information about trainers out there, but how do you know if you’re choosing the right one for your dog? What … Read more

Why You Shouldn’t Give a Treat for Every Successful “Sit!”: The Pros and Cons of Fixed Versus Variable Reinforcement

While many dog owners think the best way to train their dog is to always reinforce a positive behaviour, we’ve found this is not necessarily the case. In fact, there are two main schedules of reinforcement that should be used at different points in training to achieve optimal results and a happy dog and handler. … Read more

Clicker Training Part I – Intro and Loading the Clicker

According to Karen Pryor: ”Clicker training” is an animal training method based on behavioural psychology that relies on marking desirable behaviour and rewarding it. Desirable behaviour is usually marked by using a “clicker,” a mechanical device that makes a short, distinct “click” sound which tells the animal exactly when they’re doing the right thing. This … Read more