Me and my shadow: my newly adopted pet follows me everywhere

Does your newly adopted shelter pet shadow you and stick to you like Velcro? Relax, and learn from star dog trainer Andrea Arden of Animal Planet and Discovery Channel fame how to help your adopted pet calm down as well. Active and retired service members know all too well how stressful their departures and absences can be on their […]...

Q&A: How do I stop my dog from jumping on people?

Our new Pets for Patriots rescue has been with us for three weeks now. He is very well behaved, except he likes to jump up on people when he gets excited. He is approximately 12-15 months, chocolate lab/pit mix. I am embarrassed when someone comes to the door, and he jumps on them. Albeit to kiss them, but still inappropriate. 

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What is a working dog?

Anyone who is passionate about helping dogs live long, happy and healthy lives would say that all dogs should have some sort of job. Giving a dog a job they enjoy can help to prevent an almost endless list of potential behavior issues (such as excessive barking, inappropriate chewing and digging, separation problems, and more). […]...

Teach your dog to drop items on request

Dogs are superbly investigative creatures who glean valuable information by ‘testing’ objects in their mouths. Most dogs also find great pleasure in chewing. So, it should come as no surprise that many, even the most well mannered, might occasionally get a hold of something to chew that you consider inappropriate or that might be dangerous […]...

Pet travel tips

For most people, pets aren’t just companions, they’re members of the family. So, it should come as no surprise that more and more people are choosing to bring their pets with them when they travel. Joining us is pet expert Andrea Arden with some tips on how to make travel with your pet as safe […]...

The Honeymoon Period with Your New Dog

We have all heard the term ‘The Honeymoon Period’ used to describe the first, deliriously happy months of a relationship. Everyone is on their best behavior and feeling giddy and optimistic about the future. Unfortunately, this time of what seems to be limitless joy usually comes to an end. A similar, albeit usually much shorter, […]...

Puppy Mill Puppies

I had a dog training lesson recently with a family that purchased their 5 month-old Havanese puppy from a pet store in New York City. They have had the pup for a few weeks and during that time have dealt with what seems to be more than their share of puppy issues. This little pup […]...

Dogs and doorway etiquette

Today I made a quick trip across the street to get a delicious cafe con leche from Despana, the lovely little shop with delicacies from Spain. As I went up the two steps to enter a gentleman was on his way out with his hands full, a tray of coffees in one hand and a […]...

Does your dog think its name is No?

I usually begin classes and private lessons with an introduction to the many benefits of taking a positive, dog friendly approach to teaching. I am always pleased to see nods of approval from students as I explain how punishments more often than not result in a dog engaging in owner absent behavior problems (i.e. I’ll […]...

How to introduce your dog to crate training

In order that your dog associate his crate with comfort and security, it is important that his initial experiences be pleasant. Rather than simply putting your dog in his kennel and expecting him to “get used to it,” spend some time helping him to gradually become accustomed to it and you will be rewarded with […]...