National Dog Bite Prevention Week

In recognition of National Dog Bite Prevention Week (May 17-23, 2009), The Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) reiterates our belief in training dogs using positive and humane methods. Recent research has shown that the use of aversive training methods can increase aggressive behavior from dogs. The APDT urges dog owners to work with professional […]

Fun Interactive Toys

Interactive toy ideas to keep your pup busy! By Trainer, Stephanie Bennett

New Puppy Tips

It’s puppy season! Bringing home your new puppy is very exciting. There is so much work to be done! Be prepared for some sleepless nights, lots of patience, and some hard work. Two of the most common misconceptions that new owners have are: (A) The new puppy understands language and (B) The new puppy already knows how they are expected to behave in a home. A puppy, just like a human baby, must be taught everything.

A Tired Dog is a Happy Dog!

How many of you have resolved to get more excercise this year?  What about your dog?  Is possible that you both need more excercise this year?  Dogs are the greatest excercise partners you will ever find.  They are never too tired, they never complain, and they are always ready to go. It is absolutely true […]

Houston Dog Ranch Trainer “Advice”

An interview with Houston Dog Trainer and owner of Houston Dog Ranch, Tonia Whilden.

Use your brain!

As important as physical exercise is, mental stimulation is also critical. Most breeds of dogs were originally bred to do a job; they were created for a purpose.  As household pets, most dogs are never asked to herd the cattle, pull the sled, hunt for dinner, guard the sheep, or kill vermin on the farm! […]

Sit. SIT. SIT!! I said SIT DOWN this very minute!!!!!

I confess. I have done it. We are all guilty of it. Pet owners constantly say all kinds of things to their dogs; from commands, to baby talk, to full on monologues. But the thing is, no matter how soulfully they may look up at you, dogs are not born understanding English… or French, or […]

Dog Training Deconstructed

Dog Training Deconstructed by Michelle Mantor Whether you have a new puppy or a dog that has owned you for awhile, training may likely be on your mind because it is noted as one of the top concerns (along with nutrition) of pet owners. From house soiling to jumping on guests or not coming when […]

Introducing a New Cat

Adding a new cat to the family can be tricky business. Here are some tips!