Sit and Stay!

Fluffy SIT! SIT! SIT! STAY Fluffy! SIT, STAY! Do you ever have trouble getting your new puppy to sit still for a photo? Unless they are sleeping or chewing it seems like they are on the move. If you are feeling frustrated with your pup’s poor performance you may be too focused on static behaviors… View Article

When The Dog Bites

Sing it! When the dog bitesWhen the bee stingsWhen I’m feeling sadI simply remember my favorite thingsAnd then I don’t feel so bad I’ve been thinking a lot about the words Julie Andrews croons in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s beloved song from the Sound of Music. Specifically, the line “when the dog bites“. Imagine if all… View Article

Dodge the Doggy Doldrums

Saint Bernard puppy looking bored

There is an excitement and optimism surrounding newness. In contrast, we come to enjoy a shorthand and unspoken understanding with what is established. Puppies are a fresh start, like the first day of a new healthy routine or a new piece of furniture we plan on keeping spotless. I’ve got a Vitamix that I love… View Article

Can your puppy handle it?

Here a puppy is lying on a mat. This is the puppy handling station where you will do the work.

My mom has a love affair with Pomeranians. She has had poms for years. She has shown them in both obedience and confirmation and enjoyed the grooming and training required when competing with these lively little dogs. Pomeranians require a lot of brushing and scissoring. Never one comfortable not understanding ‘the details’, (she’s one of… View Article

3 Tips To Take Your Socialization Strategy from Blah to Brilliant

What Does It All Mean? It seems like most folks have a vague idea about what socialization is. More people are enrolling in puppy class and this is a great thing. But what is it really and why does it matter? What does it mean specifically for a new puppy person and the dog now… View Article