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.

How Do I Introduce a New Dog to My Current Dogs?

How Do I Introduce a New Dog to My Current Dogs?

If you are old enough, you will remember the ‘70s television show called “The Brady Bunch”.  It was about two families coming together and living as one.  One of the major plot lines focuses on how the kids have to work out the issue of “you” becoming “us”.

For us (humans), “family” is an extremely important bond.  “Family” means trust, support, safety, health, wellbeing, and much more.  When the makeup of your family changes, it can be a scary thing.

Our dogs have this same sense of importance in family (or pack) as do we.  They have established a pecking order and a sense of trust among the other dogs in the group.  This is even true if you only had one dog and were thinking of bringing in another.  A change is taking place and that could possibly be detrimental to your current dog or dogs.

We need establish appropriate preparations so that our dogs are comfortable with the arrival of a new dog before it even takes place.  Our dogs need to be reassured that we are their boss and everything we do is in their best interests.  The new dog is “no big deal” and will just be another great playmate for all of them.

As with most “social-related issues”, the most important thing to remember is that there should be no surprises.  We always like to say “Keep it slow is the way to go”…

Robin and I have a great dog training article that explains all of this.  Please check out our article titled “How Do I Introduce a New Dog to My Current Dogs”.

What is the best way to introduce my dog to the dogs already in the house?

What Should I Teach My Dog?

What Should I Teach My Dog?

Before we ask ourselves what we should teach our dog, we should first ask ourselves why we are teaching our dog.  Robin and I often get a blank stare from our clients when we ask them that question.

Why am I teaching my dog?  Well, you know, they should know how to come and stay and sit.  They should be able to go to their crate and stay in the yard and not steal stuff off the table…

That is all fine and dandy, but I still want to ask you, why are you teaching your dog?  The answer is that you want a great dog.  You want a dog that fits into your family life.  You want a dog that does the important stuff when you ask.  You just want a great dog.

So, what if your dog doesn’t stay when you tell him?  Does that make him a bad dog even though you love him and he never does anything that bothers you?  Interesting questions; aren’t they!

Having a great dog and teaching him to be a great dog is very personal and takes some careful thinking from the dog owner and the entire family.  Once you have come to this realization, you have only begun your journey.

You must also consider what you don’t want to inadvertently teach your dog.  What are behaviors you want to modify and actions you want to amplify?  Why are those things important to you?

So many questions.  Luckily, Robin and I have the answers. Please check out our dog training article titled “What Should I Teach My Dog”.

What should you train your dog

Should I Train My Dog on Wee-Wee Pads or Take Him Outside to Potty?

Should I Train My Dog on Wee-Wee Pads or Take Him Outside to Potty?

For most dog owners, the hardest thing they will have to do with their dog is to Toilet Train them.  Toilet Training offers a unique teaching problem.  If your dog doesn’t come to you or won’t sit, their immediate lack of ability to perform these functions, although annoying, is not a large dilemma.  If your dog or puppy is pooping and weeing all over the house, the problem is now.  You need to fix the problem right now.

Having poop and wee-wee all over your house can be very maddening and creates a great deal of anxiety regarding the proper solution.  What is the quick fix?  What is going on?  Let’s just do something!

The mistake that most dog owners make regarding Toilet Training is that there is no “one size fits all” solution to have their dog or puppy stop making accidents in the house.  There are multiple issues that need to be analyzed and weighed to determine the best solution.

I use the term “Toilet Training” when I want to discuss a dog’s going to the bathroom because there is more than one solution to the problem.  The issue is that these two solutions involve very different teaching methods.  Picking the correct solution will easily solve your problem and picking the wrong solution can make matters even worse.

Robin and I have a great Toilet Training article that helps you pick the Toilet Training solution that will be best for you and your dog.  Please take a moment to read our article titled “Should I Train My Dog on Wee-Wee Pads or Take Him Outside to Potty”.

Should you toilet train your dog on Wee-Wee Pads or to Potty Outside?

How Do I Tell My Dog that Christmas is Over?

How Do I Tell My Dog that Christmas is Over?

Nowadays if seems like the Christmas Season starts just after Labor Day.  In reality, the “rubber hits the road” or “the egg hits the nog” when your out-of-town family members ring the doorbell and put their suitcases in your guest bedrooms.  At that point, Christmas day is normally about a week away and you are in high gear for Christmas.

Being a good dog owner, you have already prepared your dog for the onslaught of guests and have “Rover-proofed” all the things your mischievous puppy may find.  Life is good and Christmas is ready to happen at your house!

As always, Santa comes and goes and you are now making that list of New Year’s resolutions.  Your out-of-towners are still in the family room watching TV and playing with your dog.  Your kids are in and out, playing with all their new goodies and chasing your puppy around the tree.

Here comes New Years Eve, you raise a toast and are really happy that 2020 is finally behind us.  New Years day comes and your out-of-town family are out the door to catch their flights.  A few days later the kids are back in school and you are back at your nine to five job.  Life is “back to normal”.

Why is your dog all of a sudden misbehaving, barking, jumping, nipping you, an showing an unusually high amount of anxiety?  Life is back to normal, right?  The question you need to ask yourself is “What is normal for my dog and when is normal?”.

Dogs often “act out” when they experience unexplained change and inconsistent environments.  We need to calmly direct them towards safety as we did with our children.  Although this is not difficult, it is often overlooked when it comes to our dogs.

Robin and I have a great dog training article that explains all of this and will help you keep your dog safe and happy, no matter when or where.  Please take a look at our dog training blog titled “How Do I Tell My Dog that Christmas is Over”.

Tell your dog that Christmas is over

What are Some Last Minute Tips to Keep My Dog Safe for Christmas?

What are Some Last Minute Tips to Keep My Dog Safe for Christmas?

Christmas… If you are old, like me, you will remember that Andy Williams told us that “it is the most wonderful time of the year”. And you know what? It normally is a magical time of friends, family, and good times.

By now we have been preparing our Christmas plans for weeks or even months.  The tree is up, the lights are strung outside, and the refrigerator and freezer are filled with turkey, fixin’s, and all the other Holiday goodies.  Our out-of-town relatives are packing and getting ready to fill our guest rooms and UPS has been leaving “Christmas Surprises” at our front door for the last several weeks.

Christmas is just a few days away and it feels like all we have to do now is pour the Eggnog. But still, there is something going on in the back of our heads that is telling us that we have missed something.

We then notice our doggie. Is he ready? He is a dog, why does he need to “get ready”?  We have plenty of dog food while the stores are closed over the Holidays. We bought him some toys from the pet store. What else?

Well, there is a good amount of “What else”.  It is our responsibility to keep our doggie safe and happy during Christmas in the same manner that we are preparing to keep our family and guests safe and happy.  Our doggies have special requirements that we need to address.  Robin and I have a great dog training article that explains all of this. Please take a moment and read our article titled “What are Some Last Minute Tips to Keep My Dog Safe for Christmas”.

Some Last Minute Tips to Keep your Dog Safe Suring Christmas

How Do I Prepare My Dog for a Christmas Visit Plane Flight?

How Do I Prepare My Dog for a Christmas Visit Plane Flight?

Visiting your parents or going to your brother’s house over the holidays can often be a fun time.  You haven’t seen them for a while and there may be a lot of things you like to do together.  Sparking old memories and even seeing other friends are always exciting possibilities.

But, as we all know, with every good thing there is always a not so good thing.  Many of these family members may live thousands of miles away.  That is normally way too far to drive and nobody takes trains any more.

That means that we are going to have to fly “the friendly skies”. The only problem is that unless you own a private jet or always travel first class, those skies aren’t so friendly anymore.  Let’s face it, flying is not the fun and exciting event it used to be many years ago.  There is trying to find a parking place at the airport, the security and check-in lines, large crowds of people, flight delays, lost luggage, and much more.

It that isn’t bad enough, you want to take your dog on the plane trip to see your family.  He is going to have no idea what is going on.  Putting him in such an unknown and scary environment is not fair to him and will probably get you kicked off the plane.  So, what can you do?

Robin and I have a great dog training article with proactive steps that you can take to prepare your dog for the flight.  Please take a moment to read our dog training blog titled “How Do I Prepare My Dog for a Christmas Visit Plane Flight”.

How Do I Prepare My dog for a Christmas Plane flight

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.

How Do I Introduce a New Dog to My Current Dogs?

How Do I Introduce a New Dog to My Current Dogs?

If you are old enough, you will remember the ‘70s television show called “The Brady Bunch”.  It was about two families coming together and living as one.  One of the major plot lines focuses on how the kids have to work out the issue of “you” becoming “us”.

For us (humans), “family” is an extremely important bond.  “Family” means trust, support, safety, health, wellbeing, and much more.  When the makeup of your family changes, it can be a scary thing.

Our dogs have this same sense of importance in family (or pack) as do we.  They have established a pecking order and a sense of trust among the other dogs in the group.  This is even true if you only had one dog and were thinking of bringing in another.  A change is taking place and that could possibly be detrimental to your current dog or dogs.

We need establish appropriate preparations so that our dogs are comfortable with the arrival of a new dog before it even takes place.  Our dogs need to be reassured that we are their boss and everything we do is in their best interests.  The new dog is “no big deal” and will just be another great playmate for all of them.

As with most “social-related issues”, the most important thing to remember is that there should be no surprises.  We always like to say “Keep it slow is the way to go”…

Robin and I have a great dog training article that explains all of this.  Please check out our article titled “How Do I Introduce a New Dog to My Current Dogs”.

What is the best way to introduce my dog to the dogs already in the house?

What Should I Teach My Dog?

What Should I Teach My Dog?

Before we ask ourselves what we should teach our dog, we should first ask ourselves why we are teaching our dog.  Robin and I often get a blank stare from our clients when we ask them that question.

Why am I teaching my dog?  Well, you know, they should know how to come and stay and sit.  They should be able to go to their crate and stay in the yard and not steal stuff off the table…

That is all fine and dandy, but I still want to ask you, why are you teaching your dog?  The answer is that you want a great dog.  You want a dog that fits into your family life.  You want a dog that does the important stuff when you ask.  You just want a great dog.

So, what if your dog doesn’t stay when you tell him?  Does that make him a bad dog even though you love him and he never does anything that bothers you?  Interesting questions; aren’t they!

Having a great dog and teaching him to be a great dog is very personal and takes some careful thinking from the dog owner and the entire family.  Once you have come to this realization, you have only begun your journey.

You must also consider what you don’t want to inadvertently teach your dog.  What are behaviors you want to modify and actions you want to amplify?  Why are those things important to you?

So many questions.  Luckily, Robin and I have the answers. Please check out our dog training article titled “What Should I Teach My Dog”.

What should you train your dog

Should I Train My Dog on Wee-Wee Pads or Take Him Outside to Potty?

Should I Train My Dog on Wee-Wee Pads or Take Him Outside to Potty?

For most dog owners, the hardest thing they will have to do with their dog is to Toilet Train them.  Toilet Training offers a unique teaching problem.  If your dog doesn’t come to you or won’t sit, their immediate lack of ability to perform these functions, although annoying, is not a large dilemma.  If your dog or puppy is pooping and weeing all over the house, the problem is now.  You need to fix the problem right now.

Having poop and wee-wee all over your house can be very maddening and creates a great deal of anxiety regarding the proper solution.  What is the quick fix?  What is going on?  Let’s just do something!

The mistake that most dog owners make regarding Toilet Training is that there is no “one size fits all” solution to have their dog or puppy stop making accidents in the house.  There are multiple issues that need to be analyzed and weighed to determine the best solution.

I use the term “Toilet Training” when I want to discuss a dog’s going to the bathroom because there is more than one solution to the problem.  The issue is that these two solutions involve very different teaching methods.  Picking the correct solution will easily solve your problem and picking the wrong solution can make matters even worse.

Robin and I have a great Toilet Training article that helps you pick the Toilet Training solution that will be best for you and your dog.  Please take a moment to read our article titled “Should I Train My Dog on Wee-Wee Pads or Take Him Outside to Potty”.

Should you toilet train your dog on Wee-Wee Pads or to Potty Outside?

How Do I Tell My Dog that Christmas is Over?

How Do I Tell My Dog that Christmas is Over?

Nowadays if seems like the Christmas Season starts just after Labor Day.  In reality, the “rubber hits the road” or “the egg hits the nog” when your out-of-town family members ring the doorbell and put their suitcases in your guest bedrooms.  At that point, Christmas day is normally about a week away and you are in high gear for Christmas.

Being a good dog owner, you have already prepared your dog for the onslaught of guests and have “Rover-proofed” all the things your mischievous puppy may find.  Life is good and Christmas is ready to happen at your house!

As always, Santa comes and goes and you are now making that list of New Year’s resolutions.  Your out-of-towners are still in the family room watching TV and playing with your dog.  Your kids are in and out, playing with all their new goodies and chasing your puppy around the tree.

Here comes New Years Eve, you raise a toast and are really happy that 2020 is finally behind us.  New Years day comes and your out-of-town family are out the door to catch their flights.  A few days later the kids are back in school and you are back at your nine to five job.  Life is “back to normal”.

Why is your dog all of a sudden misbehaving, barking, jumping, nipping you, an showing an unusually high amount of anxiety?  Life is back to normal, right?  The question you need to ask yourself is “What is normal for my dog and when is normal?”.

Dogs often “act out” when they experience unexplained change and inconsistent environments.  We need to calmly direct them towards safety as we did with our children.  Although this is not difficult, it is often overlooked when it comes to our dogs.

Robin and I have a great dog training article that explains all of this and will help you keep your dog safe and happy, no matter when or where.  Please take a look at our dog training blog titled “How Do I Tell My Dog that Christmas is Over”.

Tell your dog that Christmas is over

What are Some Last Minute Tips to Keep My Dog Safe for Christmas?

What are Some Last Minute Tips to Keep My Dog Safe for Christmas?

Christmas… If you are old, like me, you will remember that Andy Williams told us that “it is the most wonderful time of the year”. And you know what? It normally is a magical time of friends, family, and good times.

By now we have been preparing our Christmas plans for weeks or even months.  The tree is up, the lights are strung outside, and the refrigerator and freezer are filled with turkey, fixin’s, and all the other Holiday goodies.  Our out-of-town relatives are packing and getting ready to fill our guest rooms and UPS has been leaving “Christmas Surprises” at our front door for the last several weeks.

Christmas is just a few days away and it feels like all we have to do now is pour the Eggnog. But still, there is something going on in the back of our heads that is telling us that we have missed something.

We then notice our doggie. Is he ready? He is a dog, why does he need to “get ready”?  We have plenty of dog food while the stores are closed over the Holidays. We bought him some toys from the pet store. What else?

Well, there is a good amount of “What else”.  It is our responsibility to keep our doggie safe and happy during Christmas in the same manner that we are preparing to keep our family and guests safe and happy.  Our doggies have special requirements that we need to address.  Robin and I have a great dog training article that explains all of this. Please take a moment and read our article titled “What are Some Last Minute Tips to Keep My Dog Safe for Christmas”.

Some Last Minute Tips to Keep your Dog Safe Suring Christmas

How Do I Prepare My Dog for a Christmas Visit Plane Flight?

How Do I Prepare My Dog for a Christmas Visit Plane Flight?

Visiting your parents or going to your brother’s house over the holidays can often be a fun time.  You haven’t seen them for a while and there may be a lot of things you like to do together.  Sparking old memories and even seeing other friends are always exciting possibilities.

But, as we all know, with every good thing there is always a not so good thing.  Many of these family members may live thousands of miles away.  That is normally way too far to drive and nobody takes trains any more.

That means that we are going to have to fly “the friendly skies”. The only problem is that unless you own a private jet or always travel first class, those skies aren’t so friendly anymore.  Let’s face it, flying is not the fun and exciting event it used to be many years ago.  There is trying to find a parking place at the airport, the security and check-in lines, large crowds of people, flight delays, lost luggage, and much more.

It that isn’t bad enough, you want to take your dog on the plane trip to see your family.  He is going to have no idea what is going on.  Putting him in such an unknown and scary environment is not fair to him and will probably get you kicked off the plane.  So, what can you do?

Robin and I have a great dog training article with proactive steps that you can take to prepare your dog for the flight.  Please take a moment to read our dog training blog titled “How Do I Prepare My Dog for a Christmas Visit Plane Flight”.

How Do I Prepare My dog for a Christmas Plane flight