Why People Should Train Their Dogs – But Don’t

Often dog owners forego training because they don’t like the way they think the training makes their dog feel…

Rosie (Cleo) has found her forever home!

Rosie has been adopted! I could not be more thrilled to pass on the news that Rosie has a new daddy and a beautiful new name (Cleopatra or Cleo). Thank you so much to everyone who passed around the blog helping in the search for Cleo’s forever home. Her new home is perfect for her. […]

Please help Rosie! (: She comes with free training! :)

Friday night I came home to this beautiful girl sitting in front of my apartment. She was just sitting there calmly as if she had come to visit me on purpose. My heart sank when I saw her because I knew immediately that she was homeless and that I would not be able to turn […]

Clicker Training

The clicker is widely regarded as the greatest breakthrough in modern animal training. Clicker training evolved from the training of marine animals. Since marine animals are usually at a distance (and in the water!), trainers found it difficult to instantly reward them for correct responses. While Marine animal trainers usually use a whistle to mark […]

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 […]

Basic Cat Training

No, this is not about Kitty Boot Camp! If training your cat to sit, stay and heel is your goal, perhaps you should get a dog. This article is about training cats to use the litter box instead of the carpet and a scratching post instead of the stereo speakers. If you’re like me, you […]