October 21, 2012
This is Boudicca doing “Up.” It’s a common trick some dogs are capable of doing. That’s great, she’s too cute, but the point here concerns dog learning and building foundation skills. The fountain in the background is located at Island Park near downtown Sarasota, across from Marina Jacks Restaurant and fueling docks. The fountain is […]
August 5, 2012
It’s all about boarding safely! If you’re thinking about boarding your pet it’s a good idea to check out the boarding location thoroughly. The following article provides useful information on what you should expect in addition to the type of housing and care your dog will be receiving. http://www.responsibledog.net/choose_a_kennel.html The following are videos that might […]
December 16, 2009
Training is a quality of life issue for pets…What training tools are recommended and should be avoided? I’ve included in the following a list of recommended dog training tools and dog-training tools that should be avoided. The recommendation was published in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior (2006) and presented at the Advanced Behavior Course at the North American Veterinary Conference, Post Graduate Institute However, many dog owners are unaware of these recommendations and continue to use Flexi-Leads even though professional dog trainers do not use them. However, given the right instruction, proper size Flexi-Lead, owners can learn to navigate their dog effectively. I have created the following video demonstrating how a professional trainer can use them. If you still prefer using this tool but still struggle to manage your pulling dog, you can get help from a professional dog trainer. However, these devices can be very problematic, dangerous and not used properly do encourage inappropriate dog manners and behavior.