My dog is a finicky eater

This topic comes up quite frequently with my private clients. Dogs of all ages and sizes can be finicky eaters. While I normally don’t like to contribute to “breedism” I have found in my experience that small breeds can be more finicky than large breeds.

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Dog grief strategies – help your dog

Recently one of my client’s dogs passed away, leaving an 11-month-old puppy lonely and distraught. He stopped eating, he was “mopy” and he wasn’t himself. Since 8 weeks old, Charlie was used to having another dog in the house and now his world was upside down.

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Feeling neglected by your dog? I can help.

Occasionally a client will mention that their dog pays attention to one family member more than another. The comments usually pertain to the fact that their dog gives one person more affection, follows the person around the house or listens better to training cues.

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Free Dog housetraining tip

Here is a quick housetraining tip that might make your life much happier!

Having housetraining regressions with a dog that was previously housetrained?

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How do you know if a dog has separation anxiety?

This is an excerpt from my EBook, “Separation Anxiety – Identification and Treatment”

Separation anxiety can be one of the most frustrating dog behavioral problems. It is important to understand how to identify the signs and address the situation as quickly as possible before it spirals out of control.

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What to do if you have a bored dog

Everyone is busy and can feel guilty for not spending enough time with their pooch. Here is one tip for giving your dog some much-needed fun.

My latest discovery is a variation of something that I have been doing for years: stuffing and hiding Kongs for my dogs to find. When I do this I often hide twelve Kongs for my three dogs with varying amounts of food in each one. I often wonder if they enjoy the actual discovery or the food more, because they seem to enjoy both aspects of the game.

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How to move away from treats in dog training

I hated baseball when I was young. My Mother signed me up when I was seven years old and took me to my first practice. I did not want to go. I did not feel comfortable playing the game. I wasn’t very good and I did not know my other teammates.

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How to practice for the Canine Good Citizen test

The Canine Good Citizen test is used to encourage the training of dogs to comply with guidelines that identify well-mannered dogs. Once a dog passes the test, they can receive a tag with the Canine Good Citizen designation. Sometimes landlords require this to live in their dog-friendly building. This is also the first step for dogs to gain the more advanced therapy dog certification.

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Tips for frustrated dog trainers

My client called me two days ago and she was almost in tears. Her 6-month old puppy was sick for a few weeks so we took a break from training, so we hadn’t talked in a few weeks.

“I think I ruined all our training!”

“What happened?”

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Don't ask an aggressive dog to sit

I work with dog-dog aggression a lot. I get lots of practice in the congested city of Chicago, and I use techniques that work. As with any training topic, there are many competing strategies out there, but I urge you to think about the psychology of anxiety and aggression. If an animal is not hunting for food (one form of aggression) if they show aggression towards another animal it is almost exclusively as a result of discomfort.

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