Feeding your dog Life’s Abundance Premium Dog Food is a great step in the right direction of providing him with the bond and safety he craves and needs.  In addition, obedience and behavior training is very important in assuring that you have a great dog for life and the proper companion for the entire family.

We would like to share some of the articles we have written over the years and continue to write regarding dog safety, obedience, and behavior.  We hope you enjoy them.

Should I Walk My Dog on an Extension Leash?

It is our job to always protect, comfort, and provide a positive environment for our dogs.  The same is true when we are outside walking our dog.  We need to let them know that we are keeping them safe and that we are in charge of everything going on around them.  This will comfort them and allow them to passively deflect almost all inappropriate distractions that may occur.

The only way that we can affirm our leadership with our dog is to have a way that will always allow us to maintain their focus while passively maintaining control.  Walking with an extension leash does not allow us to maintain control or assertive leadership.

Robin and I have a great dog training article that goes into more detail regarding dog extension leashes titled “Should I Walk My Dog on an Extension Leash”.  Please take a look at it and start having a happy and safe walk with your dog today.

Do not use extension leashes when walking your dog

What Are Some Traveling Tips for My Dog?

We all have been on vacation road trips and we all have probably experienced family members who have been “less than perfect” during the ride.  These moments can often last a very long time.  They are normally caused by boredom, not getting their way, misunderstandings, or simply not wanting to go where you are going.

We understand that these things happen with our family members and we do our best to prepare for them by bribing (new Gameboys), misdirecting (“we are almost there”), forcing (“this is the only hotel that has Netflix”, and many other tactics.  We have taken great care to prepare for these situations with our “human passengers”.

What about our “canine passengers”?  They are the ones who may have never been on a long car ride. They may feel nervous about the sights, sounds, and movements of the car.  They have no idea what is going to be in that hotel room.  They may need to go potty but you are too focused on the interstate.

You need to prepare your dog for the “road trip experience” before the actual event.  You need to have all their gear ready to go and easily accessible. You need to make sure that every bit of the trip is “dog friendly.

This sounds like a very daunting task, but Robin and I can help.  We have a great dog training article that will help you prepare and successfully engage in your road trip with your dog.  Please take a look at our dog training article titled “What Are Some Traveling Tips for My Dog”.

Prepare your dog for the vacation road trip

How Should My Dog Ride in the Car with Me?

We Americans love our cars and spend many hours each day driving from one place to another.  Our cars are great because they have been designed for our safety and enjoyment in mind.

The seats in our cars are really comfortable.  The sound system makes us feel like we are in the middle of an orchestra hall.  The temperature is perfect, and the big windows give us a wonderful view of the world whisking past us.

On top of all this, our cars are designed to keep us as safe as possible.  There are seat belts, air bags, shatter-proof glass, crunch zones, and much, much more.

None of these things were specifically designed to keep our dogs safe and happy.  That is our job. Robin and I have a great article that will allow you to keep your dog safe and happy in the car as you are doing the same. Please check out our dog training article titled “How Should My Dog Ride in the Car with Me”.

Have your dog safe and happy in the car

How Can I Stop My Dog from Counter Surfing and Stealing Food?

Dogs live in a world where they understand a hierarchy of leadership, responsibility, and privilege.  When their perception of leadership is properly established, they will naturally obey the rules and follow the appropriate protocols.

When it comes to food, a “follower dog” would never think of challenging the “leader dog” for their food.  Because they equate leadership with power, safety, and strength; challenging the leader for their food would only end up in a very bad situation for them.  I could end up from a few cuts and bruises to complete ostracization from the pack.  None of this is worth a piece of food.

The problem is that we often give our dogs signals that it is OK to go for the food.  We give off signals that “we don’t want the food anymore”.  It is no longer our food, so they can have it.  Remember, we don’t know we are doing this and, in reality, still want the food.

Our dog “swoops in” thinking he has the “green light” and that is where the problems start to escalate. Robin and I have a great dog training article that explains where the disconnect is taking place and what you can do to easily remedy the situation. Please take a look at our dog training article titled “How Can I Stop My Dog from Counter Surfing and Stealing Food”.

You can easily train your dog not to counter surf or steal food

Isn’t It Mean to Put a Muzzle on My Dog or Any Dog?

Many people hear the term “dog muzzle” and start to get all agitated about being mean and trying to scare and hurt your dog.  In reality, this is not the case.

Our dogs want to be safe, secure, healthy, and part of a group.  It is our job to provide these things to our dogs in a way that is easy for them to understand and quickly learn.  We must keep them healthy, safe, and secure.

If our dogs are nipping or biting, it is our duty to create an environment that will allow them to stop these actions.  Our methods can not be hurtful, scary, or confusing.

The Baskerville Muzzle is a tool that we can easily use with our dogs.  It does not hurt or scare them.  It does not put their health at risk.  All it does is to calmly direct them to the right decision.  That is what a good teacher always tries to accomplish.  To learn more about this topic, please read our dog training blog titled “Isn’t It Mean to Put a Muzzle on My Dog or Any Dog?”

The Baskerville Muzzle is a great training tool for you and your dog

What Can I Do About My Dog’s Separation Anxiety?

It is pretty easy to spot your dog’s separation anxiety.  You come home after a long day at work and find your house all torn up.  The base boards and door frame are all chewed up, your sofa pillows look like they were hit with a shot gun, and papers are scattered all over the place. You then notice a nasty note from your next-door neighbor on your front door about your barking dog. It is a pretty good bet that your dog is experiencing separation anxiety.

The bad news is that it is difficult to understand why your dog may be experiencing separation anxiety.  The good news is that there are systematic, dog training steps you can take to modify your dog’s behavior and direct them away from this fear.

The first step you must take is to identify the trigger of your dog’s present actions.  Once this is accomplished, you need to create a plan to mitigate the trigger and redirect your dog to a more appropriate focus.  Robin and I have a great dog training article that can help you accomplish this.  Please read our article titled “What Can I Do About My Dog’s Separation Anxiety”.

Separation anxiety requires simple steps to redirect your dog's misplaced focus

Feeding your dog Life’s Abundance Premium Dog Food is a great step in the right direction of providing him with the bond and safety he craves and needs.  In addition, obedience and behavior training is very important in assuring that you have a great dog for life and the proper companion for the entire family.

We would like to share some of the articles we have written over the years and continue to write regarding dog safety, obedience, and behavior.  We hope you enjoy them.

Should I Walk My Dog on an Extension Leash?

It is our job to always protect, comfort, and provide a positive environment for our dogs.  The same is true when we are outside walking our dog.  We need to let them know that we are keeping them safe and that we are in charge of everything going on around them.  This will comfort them and allow them to passively deflect almost all inappropriate distractions that may occur.

The only way that we can affirm our leadership with our dog is to have a way that will always allow us to maintain their focus while passively maintaining control.  Walking with an extension leash does not allow us to maintain control or assertive leadership.

Robin and I have a great dog training article that goes into more detail regarding dog extension leashes titled “Should I Walk My Dog on an Extension Leash”.  Please take a look at it and start having a happy and safe walk with your dog today.

Do not use extension leashes when walking your dog

What Are Some Traveling Tips for My Dog?

We all have been on vacation road trips and we all have probably experienced family members who have been “less than perfect” during the ride.  These moments can often last a very long time.  They are normally caused by boredom, not getting their way, misunderstandings, or simply not wanting to go where you are going.

We understand that these things happen with our family members and we do our best to prepare for them by bribing (new Gameboys), misdirecting (“we are almost there”), forcing (“this is the only hotel that has Netflix”, and many other tactics.  We have taken great care to prepare for these situations with our “human passengers”.

What about our “canine passengers”?  They are the ones who may have never been on a long car ride. They may feel nervous about the sights, sounds, and movements of the car.  They have no idea what is going to be in that hotel room.  They may need to go potty but you are too focused on the interstate.

You need to prepare your dog for the “road trip experience” before the actual event.  You need to have all their gear ready to go and easily accessible. You need to make sure that every bit of the trip is “dog friendly.

This sounds like a very daunting task, but Robin and I can help.  We have a great dog training article that will help you prepare and successfully engage in your road trip with your dog.  Please take a look at our dog training article titled “What Are Some Traveling Tips for My Dog”.

Prepare your dog for the vacation road trip

How Should My Dog Ride in the Car with Me?

We Americans love our cars and spend many hours each day driving from one place to another.  Our cars are great because they have been designed for our safety and enjoyment in mind.

The seats in our cars are really comfortable.  The sound system makes us feel like we are in the middle of an orchestra hall.  The temperature is perfect, and the big windows give us a wonderful view of the world whisking past us.

On top of all this, our cars are designed to keep us as safe as possible.  There are seat belts, air bags, shatter-proof glass, crunch zones, and much, much more.

None of these things were specifically designed to keep our dogs safe and happy.  That is our job. Robin and I have a great article that will allow you to keep your dog safe and happy in the car as you are doing the same. Please check out our dog training article titled “How Should My Dog Ride in the Car with Me”.

Have your dog safe and happy in the car

How Can I Stop My Dog from Counter Surfing and Stealing Food?

Dogs live in a world where they understand a hierarchy of leadership, responsibility, and privilege.  When their perception of leadership is properly established, they will naturally obey the rules and follow the appropriate protocols.

When it comes to food, a “follower dog” would never think of challenging the “leader dog” for their food.  Because they equate leadership with power, safety, and strength; challenging the leader for their food would only end up in a very bad situation for them.  I could end up from a few cuts and bruises to complete ostracization from the pack.  None of this is worth a piece of food.

The problem is that we often give our dogs signals that it is OK to go for the food.  We give off signals that “we don’t want the food anymore”.  It is no longer our food, so they can have it.  Remember, we don’t know we are doing this and, in reality, still want the food.

Our dog “swoops in” thinking he has the “green light” and that is where the problems start to escalate. Robin and I have a great dog training article that explains where the disconnect is taking place and what you can do to easily remedy the situation. Please take a look at our dog training article titled “How Can I Stop My Dog from Counter Surfing and Stealing Food”.

You can easily train your dog not to counter surf or steal food

Isn’t It Mean to Put a Muzzle on My Dog or Any Dog?

Many people hear the term “dog muzzle” and start to get all agitated about being mean and trying to scare and hurt your dog.  In reality, this is not the case.

Our dogs want to be safe, secure, healthy, and part of a group.  It is our job to provide these things to our dogs in a way that is easy for them to understand and quickly learn.  We must keep them healthy, safe, and secure.

If our dogs are nipping or biting, it is our duty to create an environment that will allow them to stop these actions.  Our methods can not be hurtful, scary, or confusing.

The Baskerville Muzzle is a tool that we can easily use with our dogs.  It does not hurt or scare them.  It does not put their health at risk.  All it does is to calmly direct them to the right decision.  That is what a good teacher always tries to accomplish.  To learn more about this topic, please read our dog training blog titled “Isn’t It Mean to Put a Muzzle on My Dog or Any Dog?”

The Baskerville Muzzle is a great training tool for you and your dog

What Can I Do About My Dog’s Separation Anxiety?

It is pretty easy to spot your dog’s separation anxiety.  You come home after a long day at work and find your house all torn up.  The base boards and door frame are all chewed up, your sofa pillows look like they were hit with a shot gun, and papers are scattered all over the place. You then notice a nasty note from your next-door neighbor on your front door about your barking dog. It is a pretty good bet that your dog is experiencing separation anxiety.

The bad news is that it is difficult to understand why your dog may be experiencing separation anxiety.  The good news is that there are systematic, dog training steps you can take to modify your dog’s behavior and direct them away from this fear.

The first step you must take is to identify the trigger of your dog’s present actions.  Once this is accomplished, you need to create a plan to mitigate the trigger and redirect your dog to a more appropriate focus.  Robin and I have a great dog training article that can help you accomplish this.  Please read our article titled “What Can I Do About My Dog’s Separation Anxiety”.

Separation anxiety requires simple steps to redirect your dog's misplaced focus