My town has a leash law. I think it’s relatively new, but we do have one. Now that doesn’t mean that everyone keeps their dog under control. As a matter of fact, it’s not uncommon for me to have an encounter with a strange dog when I’m walking Belle. Now if you’ve been reading this […]
Since Belle was an outdoor dog before I became her owner, she really likes to spend time out-of-doors. We built a nice large pen for her outside using welded wire fencing that connects to metal posts. We built a wooden gate that could swing open and shut with a latch at the top to keep […]
Just like humans, dogs are prone to forgetting things, or even testing boundaries. Thus, it is important to refresh your dog’s training “memory.” Dogs that respond to a given command for a long period of time can suddenly start acting like they don’t know what the command means. For example, it took me quite a […]
Many dogs are afraid of storms. But when that behavior becomes harmful to the dog, what do you do? My dog Belle was always afraid of storms, but it got much worse. And unfortunately, my attempts to comfort her actually reinforced her negative behavior. After speaking with a friend who is a dog training expert, I started crating her during storms and covering the crate with a sheet. This helps her to feel safer and keeps her from hurting herself during her panic.