The Dog Blog

POLICIES AND TERMS OF SERVICE ON TIME START We strive to start and end our classes on time. If you arrive early for your scheduled class, please wait patiently, without entering the facility, for your class to begin. If you arrive late, please ensure your dog is under control prior to entering the building so…

Invisible Fences? Yay or Nay?

  The question has come up several times recently, “What are your thoughts on invisible fences?” Even the afternoon radio talk show hosts of New Jersey 101.5 talked about it this month and I just had to call in and offer my perspective.Invisible fences, if you aren’t familiar, are an electronic fence where a line…

Don’t Punish a Growl

  If I’ve seen it once, I’ve seen it a dozen times. Heck, I’ve even done it before I knew better. A dog growls and immediately gets told off or punished by their person, vet, groomer, or handler. It seems like a natural gut reaction; a bit like slapping a hand over someone’s mouth when…

I don’t walk my dog every day

There is a long-standing myth that taking a dog for a walk is the best way to exercise them. I whole heartedly disagree. While it can be a great way to exercise a dog, it is certainly not the best or even a requirement of dog ownership. Plenty of dogs cannot enjoy walks. This might…

Spring Cleaning – make way for better training

  If you’ve taken classes with me, you know that I am a big proponent of using a lot of vocalization with our dogs. Your voice can indicate so many things to your dog if it is used properly. If I am working on a relaxing behavior, my praise will be slow and often in…

Multiple Event Registrations

  If you need to register a group of people (3 or more) for our event from one account, please use the form below to reach out to our staff. If you only need to register one or two people, please use the REGISTER HERE button on the previous page.  

My dog doesn’t understand, “no.”

Being a dog owner can be really frustrating at times. The dog does something you don’t like, and it is absolutely infuriating when you can’t seem to get them to stop doing it. Without even intending it, you find yourself yelling “No!” at the top of your lungs, desperate for some reaction, some inkling of…

Management = Success

I truly believe that the key to a successful relationship between humans and animals is proper management. The things we humans find distasteful are often second nature to our animal counterparts. This is why the large, dangerous carnivores are behind steel bars or reinforced glass at the zoo. We humans don’t particularly want to be…

How to pick a kennel or dog walker

When it comes to service providers for your pets, how do you choose? How do you find a good boarding facility or dog walker? While there is no perfect answer, I want to share some questions you might use to help interview a business. The new trend in boarding is that many boarding facilities also…

Your dog is an Investment

Speaking with my friend and training assistant, Sheryl, we got into a discussion on the value of our dogs. We talked about how much we have put into our beloved four-legged family members and what it would mean to us if something happened to them. And I don’t mean death. Your dog’s whole world can…

Howl-O-Ween

October is here and that means Halloween is only a few weeks away. For many dogs, this is all their worst fears wrapped into one: Creepy noises, lawn decorations that move and cackle as you walk past, strangers coming to the door and people acting and appearing TOTALLY WEIRD. From many dog’s perspectives, Halloween is…

Back to School Shopping 2018

It’s that time of year again! The stores are suddenly flooded with back to school supplies, Halloween decorations and (I can’t even stand it) CHRISTMAS decor! UGH.  Although I’m definitely not ready to give up summer, I always look forward to spending a little more time outdoors with my dog this time of year as…