Author: Nicole Ellis

How to prevent your dog from jumping on you and house guests when you walk through the door

One of the training questions I get asked most often is ‘How do I stop my dog from jumping up on people when they walk in the door?’ Most dog owners know this situation well – your exuberant dog jumps up on you when you get home from work or he jumps on your guests when they come over. We… Read more →

Holiday gift ideas for pets and the people who love them! 

The holidays are quickly approaching. Have you finished your shopping for everyone on your list – pets included? If you’re still looking for those last few must-haves, I got together with Maggie and Rossi to make a list of our favorite products for pets and the people who love them.     Wearables: KoKoLati Collars and Leashes.  I recently got… Read more →

How do I get my dog into show business? All about acting, modeling, the working dog and the production world

It seems like a crazy proposition, that your dog or any dog could not just be a dog, but also play one on TV. But when you live in Los Angeles like Maggie, Rossi and me, this is our normal. Maggie loves to do production work, I enjoy training on sets and in studios, so the showbiz life is another… Read more →

Dog DNA test comparison and what you can learn from DNA tests

What kind of dog is that? If you have a mixed breed dog, or anything that looks slightly less typey than a Dalmatian, chances are you’ve been asked that question. About a million times. You might have some ideas about your dog’s breeding, for those of us who’ve found their dogs or adopted from rescues or shelters, you really just… Read more →

Our latest favorite dog products and gifts for the holidays

How wonderful is it that new pet products come out so often? And how even more wonderful is it that pet owners have a great excuse to shop for more stuff for their pets under the guise of the holiday season? There’s always so much to choose from: a plethora of organic healthy treats, balls that bounce higher, toys with… Read more →

Pet car safety – How safe is your dog harness?

Several years ago, I was in a car accident. It wasn’t my fault. My injuries weren’t that serious. But working out compensation and resolution took on a life of its own, a years-long process (about which I’ll say more in future posts) that was life-changing and eye-opening. I got a thorough education in everything from lidar devices to police procedure… Read more →

Our big list of tips for traveling with your pet

Traveling with your pet: what you need to know, the dos and do nots… Romping through the fields in Nashville, making friends with a mule in Canada, filming a Shiseido commercial in Nevada.  I have so many memories on the road with Maggie.  Traveling with your pet is more possible than you know — and it can be stress free… Read more →

Training your pack to play with the iFetch and other toys together!

Playtime in a group!  In collaboration with iFetch we did the following post on training your pack to play together, found on their blog or below.   More dogs = more excitement = more cuddles & bellyrubs = more memories = more fun! This equation sums up the endless cuteness of all of your dogs playing with the iFetch together. The… Read more →

Is it worth it to get pet insurance, what to know, and company comparison

Pet health insurance. Like everyone else who’s been in and out of the veterinarian’s office with their pet, I’ve heard of it.  But is it worth it?  Does it make sense? What exactly does it cover? Is it crazy to buy my dog insurance?  After pondering these questions myself, I went in search of answers.  In the end, I did… Read more →

Does training your dog make you a lazy human?

Does training your dog make you a lazy human? That might seem like a strange question at first glance but, much to my surprise too, it’s one that’s come up a number of time in my adventures with Maggie. Yes, Maggie can get a DVD out of the Playstation. Yes, Maggie can turn off the lights. Yes, of course, Maggie… Read more →