Category: Training

Teaching your dog to fetch

If your dog is a natural retriever, fetching might seem like the easiest thing in the world. Your dog does it without prompting and he’ll play fetch for hours (or days!) with you (or anyone). But fetching isn’t just a ‘natural’ game – it’s a skill that any dog can learn. To train this skill, I like to use toys… Read more →

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How do I get my dog to stop nipping and biting me!

How do I get my dog to stop nipping and biting me! It starts as play. It’s what puppies do with each other. It’s what puppies do with just about everything they encounter. And some adult dogs still do it when they want you to play with them. Nipping and biting might seem cute and playful at first. But puppies… Read more →

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Teaching your dog to go to bed

This is a skill that doesn’t sound much like a ‘skill’ at first but teaching your dog to go to his special place to lie down for quiet time will contribute to greater social opportunities and quality of life for both you and your dog. For example, if your dog is the type to exuberantly greet every visitor to your… Read more →

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Bringing a new dog home, the first few weeks

There are few things in life more exciting than bringing a new dog into your home. No matter where your dog comes from – breeder, shelter, rescue, stray, friend-of-a-friend – you’re always going to be over the moon about adding a new family member who’s going to join in your life and adventures. A lifetime of experiences and memories awaits… Read more →

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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 →

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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 →

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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 →

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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 →

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Being a therapy dog and what it takes

For the past few months, Maggie and I have been volunteering with a wonderful program called The Peacock Foundation.  The Peacock Foundation calls itself a ‘new breed of therapy’ – what it is is therapy sessions for at-risk children, with animals involved in the sessions.  Maggie and I can’t say exactly which location we go to because it’s a safe… Read more →

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We are all uncool project

Social media is a funny thing.  We are so grateful for all of the friends and connections Maggie and I have made due to social media.  Our circles of friendship and support would be much smaller without social media.  But the internet definitely isn’t our whole or ‘real’ life, and I admit social media can turn even a charmed life… Read more →

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