Category: Positively Contributors

Blog entries created by our Positively dog training experts.

Why did my dog’s reactivity get worse, when I’m trying my best?

Posted on: February 23, 2017 Beverley Courtney

Does your reactive dog seem to be getting more fearful, anxious, or aggressive? Here are key strategies for change that you can put in place very easily.

What You Can Do to Prevent Compassion Fatigue

Posted on: February 22, 2017 Steve Dale

Following the suicide of my friend Dr. Sophia Yin (in 2014), and several higher profile veterinarians – the profession, in unison, said we need to do something about this. It’s out of the closet and I believe that is a good thing.

Is Your Dog Optimistic or Pessimistic?

Posted on: February 17, 2017 Tom Mitchell

When presented with something new or slightly unusual, does your dog respond positively, presuming it to be good (optimism), or negatively, presuming it to be a bad thing (pessimism)?

Dog Reactivity – what actually is it?

Posted on: Beverley Courtney

Got a reactive dog? A fearful, anxious, or aggressive dog? A dog who barks and lunges at everything she sees? This is just for you!

Create Your Dog’s Security Zone Today

Posted on: Tom Mitchell

We can actually make our dog’s feel both calm and confident about their surroundings AND teach them a better way to cope when they do experience those emotions of overexcitement and overarousal.

Real-Life Impulse Control For NBN Dogs: “Whip-It” Game!

Posted on: February 14, 2017 Tom Mitchell

The whip-it game involves building real desire and harnessing your dog’s desire to chase, using a horse lunge whip with a toy attachment! We then apply real-life impulse control to it! We show you how to play it in our latest training video.

“Reactive” dog? It’s time to turn struggle to strength!

Posted on: February 7, 2017 Tom Mitchell

Naughty but nice dogs are often termed aggressive, reactive, angry, overconfident, EVIL - but - you know your dog isn’t any of those things really, they just need to be taught to make better choices and be happier about the things in their life! In fact, many of the things that NBN dogs do are often motivated by FEAR!

Consent: It’s Not Just for People!

Posted on: Debby McMullen

Consent is a right of every living being. We expect to be asked prior to being touched. But we give consent to strangers to touch our dogs without asking the dog.

5 Ways to Show Your Dog Training Clients Some Love This February

Posted on: February 6, 2017 Ines Gaschot

“Should I send previous clients thank you cards?” “How often should I send them?” “What should I say in a thank you card?” I often hear these questions from new or even experience dog trainers. While they are well intentioned, we can and should strive to create better ways of showing our support than a thank you card every once in a while.

Creating a Kinder Future for Elephants

Posted on: January 31, 2017 Steve Dale

Is it possible that that today’s elephant species – long persecuted by man – will one day go the way of the mastodon? Sadly, the answer is yes.

What Are You Teaching Your Dog?

Posted on: January 30, 2017 Diana Bird

That 'training sessions must be huge, long and totally organised' way of thinking is what STOPS a lot of us training at times, so what can we do to clarify and simplify the whole training thing?

Why I’m a Good Dog Trainer and Made It to 39 Years of Marriage

Posted on: January 12, 2017 Laura Brody

You may ask, “Why is that fact in a dog training blog?” Good question. Even better answer coming.

Understanding Diabetes in Pets

Posted on: January 9, 2017 Steve Dale

The bad news is that diabetes is way up in dogs and cats. The good news is that diabetes is considered treatable (as mentioned, cats may even go into remission). However, in order to treat, appropriate diagnosis is necessary.

8 Reasons Why Birds Are Incredible

Posted on: January 5, 2017 Laurie Hess

Birds are amazing for many different reasons, and National Bird Day is one day each year that we can acknowledge some of the reasons these creatures are so amazing. What makes birds so incredible?

Groundhog Day: Why Client Compliance is Important to Dog Trainers

Posted on: January 3, 2017 Debby McMullen

As a dog trainer, what I can do is teach you how to set your dog up so that the right choice becomes more obvious and comfortable to him. What I need for this is your help.

8 Pet Safety Tips for Christmas Day

Posted on: December 23, 2016 Steve Dale

Some quick & easy tips to make Christmas a safe, fun day for you and your pets.

Helping Your Dog Feel Safe During the Holidays

Posted on: December 14, 2016 Maureen Backman

The holidays can be an exciting and festive time for humans, but for many dogs, they can be a cause of anxiety. It’s important not to forget your dog’s behavioral health during this time.

A Puppy Under the Tree

Posted on: Lorena Patti

A puppy for Christmas is a gift that, as a professional trainer for over 10 years, I strongly encourage to be planned so that the entire family understands the commitment that gift comes with. Have no doubt: the pup will not be for the kids. The pup will be the responsibility of the adults in the family, and she will depend on them for her care.

Humane Solutions for Controlling Feral Cat Populations

Posted on: November 29, 2016 Steve Dale

Feral cats aren’t a new issue; they existed for thousands of years – likely since the domestication of cats somewhere between 5,300 to 9,000 years ago.

Tips For Decreasing Reactivity in a Competition Dog

Posted on: November 27, 2016 Bobbie Bhambree

In the competition sport of agility, there are many variables to manage. When I created a behavior modification program for my own dog, here were some of the things I considered to help set him up for success.

These Three New Dog Breeds Will Make Their Debut This Week

Posted on: November 22, 2016 Steve Dale

“The winner is always that dog sitting on the couch with you while you’re watching the dog show. Your dog is always Best in Show.”

How and Why to Adopt a Senior Pet

Posted on: November 7, 2016 Jennifer Kachnic

The ageism that causes seniors to be passed over is a prejudice without merit, as oftentimes it’s the older dog that is best suited for a happy household and a lasting marriage of dog and family. Here’s why...

Planning: A Valuable Skill in Dog Training [Videos]

Posted on: October 25, 2016 Jo Pay

Planning in dog training is an important skill to master; this skill applies to basic life skills, to obedience, to behaviour modification and also fun tricks.

Rescuers or Fanatics? The Dark Side of Animal Rescue

Posted on: October 17, 2016 Debby McMullen

Say the phrase "animal rescue" in any given circle of people and watch for a variety of reactions. Some people’s eyes will light up with hope and delight and others will start backing away with narrowing eyes, faces drawn with suspicion. The latter is unfortunate, but the truth cannot be denied that some of the Read More

Don’t Overlook Your “Easy” Dog

Posted on: Alex Andes

Have you ever seen a parent in the supermarket with two children - one perfectly behaved, and one throwing a tantrum? Which one is typically getting the attention while the other stands quietly by?

What to Expect When Adopting a New Dog

Posted on: October 12, 2016 Laura Brody

Adopting a dog can be a wonderful and challenging experience. The dog will be confused, excited, anxious, worried, fearful and/or elated. Here are a 9 tips to help you through the first month.

Why Montreal’s Pit Bull Ban Won’t Reduce Dog Bites

Posted on: September 30, 2016 Steve Dale

Breed bans do nothing to enhance public safety; they ignore the real reasons why dogs of any breed attack. So where there are breed restrictions and bans – bites happen anyway.