The benefits of teaching your dog to be crate trained

A crate is an indispensible management and safety tool for your dog. The most familiar use of the crate is for travel. But, it is also a most useful aid for housetraining puppies and adult dogs and for helping to prevent and resolve separation issues. • As a housetraining aid as short term confinement in […]...

Chew on this! Teach your dog to have a chew toy habit

Your dog’s tendency to chew on anything he can sink his teeth into is a pretty normal canine behavior. However, like many normal, natural and necessary dog behaviors, unfocused chewing (i.e. chewing on things you don’t approve of) is not likely to win your dog many household fans. When dealing with a chewing problem, it […]...

Dog park and play group etiquette

Several times a week we offer small dog socials and puppy play groups at different locations in Manhattan. These trainer moderated groups are a wonderful way to allow dogs under 20 pounds (for the small dog socials) and pups under 5 1/2 months old (for the puppy play groups) an opportunity to socialize with other […]...

How to train a dog or cat to let you clip their nails

My little dog Nora and I were spending the day working at Animal Haven Shelter (OK, I was working and she was romping around interspersed with periods of lounging), when I decided to take a break and spend a bit of time on grooming her. She likes to stick with the scruffy, little terrier look, […]...

Food bowl guarding

Some dogs, like people, learn to live by the code that what is theirs is theirs and what is yours is theirs as well. Resource guarding exists because the dog sees a vital resource and is attempting to keep it for himself. It also exists because it is, in great part, a learned behavior. While […]...

Mixed menagerie: happy like cats and dogs

The old saying fighting like cats and dogs has been played out time and again in cartoons. But, in real life you are likely to walk into most cross-species pet homes to find a dog and a cat resting contentedly next to each other on the couch. The path to these happy relations usually begins […]...

Could your dog be a therapy dog?

As dog lovers we all know how wonderful it feels to come home to a dog who is thrilled at our arrival. I admit I am flattered by my dogs’ enthusiasm. As their bodies wiggle with excitement and they ‘wooo’ hello I can’t help but smile, no matter how awful my day may have seemed […]...

Why do dogs roll in poop and other smelly stuff?

Anyone who has spent a Summer in New York City can understand why most urban dwellers anxiously await the coveted invitation to visit a friend in the country for a weekend. While the drive out of the city is sure to be a test of mental stamina for even the most experienced city driver, the […]...

Stereotypes and generalizations of the pit bull

Generalizations are a tricky business. On the one hand, they are necessary in order for us to more easily understand our complex world. On the other hand, by definition, generalizations don’t provide detailed information, nor are they always accurate. When it comes to dogs, people seem to be wildly fond of generalizing. Trainers frequently hear […]...

Benefits of being calm and quiet when teaching your dog

Group dog training classes are a superb environment to learn about human behavior. Most run for 6-8 weeks, during which time the ebb and flow of the class dynamic changes dramatically. In the first week or two the enthusiasm and anticipation of both dogs and owners is palpable. Of course, there is often also a […]...