Why Dogs Wag

All animals communicate with energy and body language, and it’s easy to tell just from body language whether they’re fearful or aggressive. But, beyond body language, for many animals there are three important body parts with which they communicate. Animals’ primary methods of communicating are through eye contact, their ear position, and their tails. When […]

Do dogs dream?

Most Pack Leaders have experienced this before: You’re watching TV to unwind after a long day when suddenly you hear whimpering and scratching. What’s going on? Is your dog okay? You race to check on him only to discover that he’s fast asleep — he must have been having a dream! But is that really […]

Signs Of Dog Diabetes That You Should Never, Ever Ignore

If you have a precious pooch in your life, there’s a good chance you’ll do just about anything to keep him healthy or happy! That’s why it’s so important for all dog owners to know how to spot the signs of diabetes in their pets. After all, there are lots of people illnesses that dogs […]

6 odd things that puppies do

Dogs are odd. You know this, and we know this. But if you really want to see some odd behaviors, watch a puppy for a day or two. There are all kinds of funny things puppies do without even realizing it. Some of these behaviors can be maddening, some hilarious, but they’re all head-scratching. Out-of-water […]

Allergies: What you need to know

By Henry Cerny, DVM, MS What causes allergies? Whether we are talking people or pets, the culprit is an overactive immune system. The immune system is designed to protect us, but when it mistakes non-harmful environmental substances (allergens) as threats, then allergic reactions occur. For example, if your dog comes across rye grass or ragweed, […]

Permission-Based Training: How And Why It Works

One of our primary goals when training and rehabbing dogs is to shift them out of auto-pilot, reactionary, impulsive mode, and get them into a listening, processing, thinking mode. What does this auto-pilot/reactionary/impulsive behavior mode look like? It’s the mode where the dog sees, hears, smells something and instantly reacts to it. No asking for […]

Natural Dog Law 4: A dog’s senses form his reality.

Humans and dogs experience the world through a very different combination of senses. To most humans, sight is the most important sense, followed by touch, sound, and smell. For dogs, the order is smell, sight, sound, and then touch, with a dog’s sense of smell being by far the most important. The easy way to […]

Natural Dog Law 3: Dogs are animal, species, breed and name

We humans think of ourselves in a way that dogs would see as exactly backwards. To us, the most important thing is our name. It’s how we sign documents, how we introduce ourselves, and how we know other people. Next, we focus on ‘breed,’ which for humans is a group identifier like race, religion, or […]

13 Fun Facts About Your Dog’s Paws

You see them every day, and perhaps haven’t given them much thought–but what’s up with your dog’s paws? For starters, there are all sorts of different types: big and small, webbed, wide, and dainty, and there’s reasons behind why certain traits belong to certain breeds. Here’s a baker’s dozen of fun facts about your dog’s furry […]

How to create a puppy schedule

When you get a new puppy, it’s only natural to want to simply hang out with them and play and cuddle all day. Unfortunately, there are a number of things that you need to do in those first few days and weeks — both to make sure that your new pup stays healthy and to […]

Veteran dogs suffering from PTSD

Like their human counterparts, the dogs of war also undergo rehabilitation for their scars. While having risked their own lives and bearing witness to the casualties of war, many of the returning dogs from Iraq have been diagnosed and treated for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Dogs have been increasingly used in military conflicts. Because of […]

Take your dog to work

Look who’s bringing dogs to work! Recent research seems to confirm what dog owners have known all along — that dogs in the workplace can lower stress and absenteeism while increasing employee productivity. Companies are beginning to take note. The benefits of having dogs at work have become so widespread that, for an increasing number […]

Pack Leadership Technique 2: Provide exercise, discipline, affection

A balanced dog is one that is fulfilled in all three aspects of its being: body, mind, and heart. In nature, dogs instinctively find that balance. When dogs live in the human world, however, it’s up to us to ensure that they get that balance. Humans and dogs both have instinctual, intellectual and emotional dimensions. […]

Speed eater

We have had issues with our 7-month old puppy, Philly, and her eating…she always seems nervous when she eats — tail tucked between her legs and she will consume her food very rapidly. She often eats her breakfast and within 10 minutes will throw it all up. We have taken her to our vet and […]

Natural Dog Law 5: Dogs are social pack animals.

As descendants of wolves, dogs are instinctual pack animals. They instinctually seek to join whatever pack is nearby. This explains why dogs can get along so well with so many other animals, especially other pack or herd animals like horses, cows, and sheep. There’s even at least one case of a dog and elephant becoming […]

5 Halloween dangers for your dog

There are some scary Halloween dangers for your dog that you need to watch out for. 1) Halloween candy can be toxic to your dog Don’t let your dog eat Halloween candy. Chocolate is toxic to dogs and tin foil and cellophane wrappers can be hazardous if swallowed. Seal your child’s stash and keep out […]

The trick to training a dog

In a few sentences, I’m going to give you a command and I want you to do it. It’s nothing complicated or too physical, so don’t worry. This is just a test. Are you ready? Okay, here we go: Besloor. Did you do it? Come on, it’s easy. Anyone can do it. Besloor! You’re not […]

5 Ways To Tell Your Dogs You Love Them In Their Own Language

Pup parents know that our dogs love us deeply, even though they do not express it in the same manner as humans do. Recently, behavioral research saddened dog lovers when it showed that most dogs don’t like to be hugged. That’s not to say that our pups don’t enjoy receiving affection; they live for our love […]

Weathering the storm

Perhaps you know the drill: A flash of lightning, a clap of thunder, and your normally calm dog is off whining and wildly searching for a hiding place. Animal behaviorists call this reaction “storm anxiety” or “noise phobia.” And while it’s pretty common in dogs, it’s hardly easy to watch — or cure. But don’t […]

Healthy dog treats: What to look for, what to avoid

Providing a treat is one way that many Pack Leaders enjoy rewarding their pups — whether for learning a command, maintaining calm-submissive energy, or simply being a good companion. While many Pack Leaders spend time selecting the right dog food, you may be less choosy when it comes time to selecting a treat — after […]

7 Things You Should NEVER Do to Your Dog

Don’t Ever Do These Things to Your Dog By Carol Bryant Dedicated dog parents are some of the most incredible people in the world. But even the most caring dog moms and dog dads sometimes do things that just aren’t in the best interests of their four-legged companions. Do you do any of these things? Read […]

Well-trained but not well-behaved

A lot of people think that I’m a dog trainer, but that’s not what I do. I’m a dog behaviorist, which means that I rehabilitate dogs, and I train people. It’s an important distinction, and one that can be hard for people to understand. But people say, “You get the dog to behave. Isn’t that […]

Montreal Law Enforces Death Sentence For City’s Pit Bulls

On Tuesday, September 27, 2016, Montreal passed legislation to ban all pit bulls and pit bull-type dogs from their city. Legislators voted 37 to 23 in favor of breed-specific legislation. This has outlawed all dogs that resemble pit bulls unless their owners meet strict terms and conditions. The owners of these dogs must undergo a […]

6 steps to teaching your dog to fetch

Teaching your dog how to fetch seems like it should be one of those things that’s so simple it requires no real thought or effort. After all, dogs love both playing and pleasing their humans, and fetch involves both of these things — you should just be able to do it, right? Short answer: nope. […]

Natures Natural Pest Repellant

Put peppermint in your home and say goodbye to spiders, mice, and other unwanted pests Peppermint has definitely made its name not only for its amazing smell, but also for all of its amazing household benefits. Keeping a few peppermint plants around your home can keep pesky pests from sneaking in, or just to keep […]