Category: Positively Contributors

Blog entries created by our Positively dog training experts.

Are you teaching or testing?

Posted on: June 21, 2017 Diana Bird

They aren't the same thing. Testing MEASURES what the learner knows/ can do. Test: measure; check the quality, performance, or reliability of something; reveal ... capabilities by putting them under strain; evaluate the abilities, aptitudes, skills, or performance of an individual or group.  A test asks your dog the question; what can/ will you do right now in this situation? Read More

California May Ban Pet Store Dog and Cat Sales

Posted on: June 20, 2017 Steve Dale

California may be the first state to ban the sales of dogs and cats from pet stores. Lawmakers voted 44-6 to send the measure to the California state Senate. The bill from Assemblyman Patrick O'Donnell (D-Long Beach), notes that he is aware of that no responsible breeder ever sells to a pet store, and that Read More

Lyme is Spreading in America

Posted on: Steve Dale

Lyme disease is spreading in America. In fact, veterinary parasitologists refer to Lyme and other tick diseases as an epidemic. FACT: In most places where Lyme has been, it’s more abundant. FACT: In geographic regions with minimal Lyme; they are now seeing the illness far more often as it continues to spread. And it gets Read More

The Magic Hand Game For Focus And Concentration

Posted on: June 19, 2017 Tom Mitchell

The Magic Hand game involves placing food in the palm of your hand and gently pushing individual treats through your fingers for your dog to catch.   Focus and concentration win the day! The more your dog develops the ability to focus and concentrate, the more likely she will succeed in learning tasks involving moving Read More

Off-Leash Reliability? Recall? Leash Off Game On!

Posted on: June 13, 2017 Tom Mitchell

Your dog focusing on you off-leash, recalling them away from other dogs or even them just choosing to stick close to you can seem so daunting. All too often, our dogs learn that when the leash comes off… the game is on with everything in the world but us. We teach each of our dogs Read More

Boundary Battlefields: Dogs, Yards and Walks.

Posted on: June 12, 2017 Debby McMullen

Every responsible dog parent who walks their dog(s) in their own neighborhood has a mental list of houses that they strive to avoid. Either because a dog is alone in a fenced in yard barking like a fiend or because a dog is often loose (and unsupervised) in an unfenced or Invisible “Fenced” yard. Either Read More

CIV At Dog Shows

Posted on: June 8, 2017 Steve Dale

It’s nothing to sneeze at, an outbreak of dog flu affecting at least 11 states. After inundating Chicago with flu and bouncing around the country in 2015 into 2016, the H3N2 virus, which arrived from Southeast Asia, took a lower profile. Last month, the virus appeared on radar, and in a big way. The epicenter Read More

My Dog Doesn’t Like Other Dogs: 5 steps to Stop the Barking and Lunging

Posted on: June 5, 2017 Beverley Courtney

We’ve all seen it. Person and dog are walking along the street. Dog spots another person or dog and goes ballistic. Barking, lunging, ducking and diving, in a flurry of teeth and claws, looking for all the world as if she wants to eat everyone in her path. Then we see the poor owner trying Read More

Mighty Middle Game: Safety, Confidence, Control!

Posted on: June 2, 2017 Tom Mitchell

Protecting our dogs from the world and the world from our dogs can sometimes feel like a full-time operation. Not with middle! It’s the portable safe place that you can take anywhere and it’s the mainstay of our Leash Off, Game On off-leash reliability games that we show in our free DVD: https://game.absolute-dogs.com/leashoffgameon The benefits of Read More

Your new puppy – 9 steps to get it right from the start

Posted on: May 29, 2017 Beverley Courtney

“I wonder if I’ve done the wrong thing … Perhaps I’m not capable of looking after a dog.” I don’t know exactly what had caused such a devastating loss of confidence in what 30was clearly a capable individual. But Gwen voiced a sentiment I come across from time to time. Her family had left home Read More

The frustration of the Growly Dog owner: it’s NOT other folks’ fault that they don’t understand

Posted on: May 23, 2017 Beverley Courtney

  “Could he not SEE that my dog was upset?” “My dog was on leash and under control - it was his dog that was out of control!” “Why, oh why, do people let their ‘friendly’ dogs invade the space of my fearful, reactive dog, and then blame me for being a useless dog-owner with Read More

How to keep your dog happy and stress free whilst at a dog show

Posted on: Rachel Hayball

Family dog shows can be wonderful events to attend. They are great places to meet up with friends, spend time around lots of other dogs, show your own dog off and hopefully win some rosettes. Some dogs really enjoy these events and walk round the show ring with a relaxed body, bright eyes and a Read More

4 Ways to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with Your Dog

Posted on: May 4, 2017 Rachel Sheppard

Today is Cinco de Mayo! This holiday is in recognition of the Mexican Army’s unlikely victory over the French in the Battle of Puebla in 1862. While not a holiday commonly associated with pets, if you are anything like me, you are always looking for an excuse to celebrate any holiday with your dog.

Dear Dog Trainer, I See You

Posted on: May 2, 2017 Alex Andes

Dear Dog Trainer, I see you. I see you caring for everyone around you, sometimes forgetting to care for yourself. You're a caretaker, a teacher, a guiding light - sometimes a therapist - to your clients. You then go home and provide the same nurturing care to your own family and friends.

Lyme Disease: A Very Real Threat to People & Their Pets

Posted on: May 1, 2017 Steve Dale

Veterinarians have known about the increasing instances of many tick diseases, including Lyme, for years. In fact, many veterinary parasitologists call the situation at epidemic or near epidemic proportions.

Tips to Help with Your Allergies to Animals

Posted on: April 5, 2017 Tim Link

In addition to daily over-the-counter antihistamines, which I’m not a big fan of, here are a few tips to controlling allergies to animals that have worked for us...

Raising Awareness About FIP in Cats

Posted on: Steve Dale

“The time is now because we’re at a turning point, with an excellent understanding of the disease process,” says Gingrich. “So much has been discovered over the past couple of years. We’re so close. But still so far.”

Get a whiff of nature’s science

Posted on: Sarah White

Essential oils are effective, natural substances which are ideal for pet grooming. What are essential oils? Essential oils have been used for more than 5,000 years around the world. There’s evidence that the ancient Egyptians, Chinese and Greeks, among others, used essential oils for cosmetic, medicinal and ritual purposes. With the rising popularity of natural Read More

Value = Love

Posted on: April 3, 2017 Tom Mitchell

Does your dog value you = Does your dog hate you? Big question, right? It’s at the root of so many of the struggles with dogs and relationships that we’ve come across. It’s the question we have to think about when there may be a recall problem, struggles with chase, lack of focus or even lack of self-control.

New Baby, “Bad” Dog, and Behavior Modification

Posted on: March 29, 2017 Erica Lieberman

As a trainer I have helped many clients prepare for their coming baby, but in going through this myself, I have adjusted my expectations, and also what I will be teaching from now on.

4 Dog Park Alternatives for You & Your Dog

Posted on: March 27, 2017 Alex Andes

Does your dog really love going to the dog park? In some cases, the answer is yes! For highly social pups, the dog park can be a mostly fun and stress-free experience. But if you've noticed that your dog spends most of his time at the dog park glued to your side or pawing at the exit door, it's worth considering some other alternatives.

What You Need to Know About Toxoplasmosis

Posted on: March 21, 2017 Steve Dale

Should you be concerned about toxoplasmosis in your cat? Steve Dale debunks common myths about the disease and where the real concerns lie.

17 Homemade Dog Treats Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day

Posted on: March 17, 2017 Jessica Shipman

Your dog will feel the Luck of the Irish if you make one of these 17 DIY St. Patrick's Day dog treats. Choose from frozen, baked, and even doggy drink treats!

What It Means To Be Your Dog’s Leader

Posted on: Renée Erdman

We’re told as dog guardians that we need to be the "leader of the pack" and let our dogs know who runs the show. But, being a true “Leader” when it comes to our dogs may be very different than what you’ve been led to believe.

How We Can Make the Vet Office a Less Scary Place for Pets

Posted on: March 4, 2017 Steve Dale

Imagine being hung half way out a window by your suspenders 30 stories up, or being held up at gunpoint. That’s actually how I believe many of our pets feel at the vet office, or even before they arrive, as they realize that’s where they’re headed and fear begins to ramp up.

Finding a Truly Dog Friendly Home in a Non-Dog Friendly World

Posted on: Laura Brody

Here are some pointers for dog owners about finding a home that doesn’t create problems and some ideas to prevent barking if you already live in a house with an “un-dog-friendly” yard.

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.