1. The Importance of Object Socialization

    Behavioral issues in dogs can range from quirky things, like a pup that incessantly barks at the hair dryer – to more serious behavioral concerns, such as a dog that reacts aggressively when their owner picks up a broom. While the specific cases can seem very different, they are actually surprisingly similar: they are the result of poor object socialization during puppyhood. Our clients reach ou…Read More

  2. Dog Parks: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

    Dog owners, now more than ever, are taking to dog parks as a way to socialize and engage with their pet. Dog parks offer a safe and fun way to get outdoors and spend time with our furry friends, as well as meet other dog-lovers in the community. According to a study by the non-profit Trust for Public Land, dog parks are the fastest-growing segment of city parks". Most dog parks offer enclosed area…Read More

  3. Advocating for your Dog

    When you adopt a dog, you acquire a best friend. With the loyalty and companionship you’ll receive from your new furry pal, it is only fair to reciprocate by being just as devoted to them. Advocating for your dog is the one of the most compassionate decisions you can make, as it will not only strengthen your bond, but will ensure a safe, healthy, and happy lifetime for your pet. Pet advocacy mea…Read More

  4. The Importance of Socializing Your Dog

    Does your dog bark at people or other dogs when you’re taking a walk? Does your dog get skittish when new friends come into your home? Does your dog show signs of aggression or fear around other animals? These can all be signs of poor socialization and training. Whether you have a puppy or an adult dog, it is important that they are properly socialized. Dogs that have not been socialized are mor…Read More

  5. How to Tell if Your Dog is Stressed

    It is important to understand how your dog is feeling. Dogs communicate their emotions through behavior and body language. By recognizing signs of stress in their early stages, you can take control of the situation to ensure their behavior does not escalate to one that is potentially dangerous. Dogs react to fearful situations with fight or flight. Your response to their behavior can have long-ter…Read More

  6. Halloween Pet Safety

    Halloween is here! The spooky decorations, haunted houses, and trick-or-treaters in creepy costumes are all of the things we love about this fun holiday. These festivities, however, can make Halloween a stressful night for your dog if you’re not prepared. The changes in sights and sounds can disturb your dog’s sense of security, as they tend to thrive on routine. The commotion of the night can…Read More

  7. Do You Really Need A Dog Trainer?

    Training a dog is essential to a quality life and happy bond between owner and pet. Attempting to train your own pet is an option, sure, but it can be a lengthy, arduous feat. There is a necessary commitment of time, patience, and consistency that most pet owners struggle to balance. Even if you have read every dog-training manual, magazine article and web site, it isn’t that easy. Dogs’ abili…Read More

  8. Dog Meets Dog: How To Ensure A Safe Introduction

    Much like humans, dogs have different personalities. Every dog has a varying degree of enthusiasm when it comes to socialization. Some breeds are outgoing and playful, while others are more introverted or subdued. Although breed plays a part in their behavior, there are other factors that influence a dog’s response to socialization. There is a period in the first four months of every puppy’s d…Read More

  9. Dog Meets Baby  

    Expecting a child is an exciting time! There are so many things to think about in preparation for a new addition to your family. Amongst the joy of setting up the nursery, stocking up on diapers, and picking out the perfect name … don’t forget about your dog! There are some things you’ll want to do to brace your furry friend for the arrival of your new baby. General obedience training is cru…Read More

  10. Dog Aggression Sarasota Dog Trainer

    Dog aggression can be extremely frightening. It puts a pet owner in a serious predicament, challenged with the possibility that their beloved pet could cause harm to another human being or animal. Aggressive behavior can result in a dog having to wear a muzzle or remain in solitary confinement. These are ‘band-aids’ that do not treat the issue and makes it an emotional experience for the pet o…Read More