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Crate Training 101

By |2023-04-10T07:53:46-07:00January 12th, 2017|Training|

Why Use a Crate? Crate training a dog taps into a dog’s instincts as a den animal. The notion is that the crate becomes your dog’s “den” and allows him to have a place to take refuge, relax, and sleep.  Due to this “den” effect, crates can be used effectively to assist in house [...]

Session 92: The “Down” Command (part one)

By |2024-06-02T00:32:15-07:00April 22nd, 2020|podcast|

In this episode we're going to jump into another obedience skills challenge. This one is focused on the 'down' command. This is an important lesson for small puppies as they develop, and even rescue adult dogs in instances where they may not have received much training, or were last trained years ago when they [...]


By |2017-07-30T21:06:05-07:00March 30th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Many people describe to us that the first few days (and particularly nights) at home with a new pup are difficultfor the whole family (pup included). Your puppy has likely been with litter mates and mom 24/7, and has been used to a certain schedule and surroundings, while whelping. There will be a little transition [...]

Sean’s Top 3 “Go To” Dog Toys!

By |2017-07-30T21:06:06-07:00February 18th, 2016|Dog Excercise, Dog Toys, Tips|

I’ve had tons of emails asking what I personally do to entertain my canine friends, and what are the best dog toys for 2016. Well, here’s my top three “go to” dog toys. EXERCISE: THE CHUCK IT It’s not novel but it’s really effective at getting fetchers more exercise and it prevents me from having [...]

SESSION 43: How to Focus Your Puppy Before Group Class

By |2024-07-02T19:54:41-07:00January 18th, 2016|podcast|

In episode 43, I answer a question from a listener about how to prevent your puppy from “losing their mind” when you get to group obedience class.  One the podcast listeners sent me an email describing that their 5 month old puppy just can’t focus on them when they arrive at their puppy kindergarten class [...]

SESSION 37: Improve Your Dog’s Behavior with Visitors!

By |2024-06-02T00:20:57-07:00November 25th, 2015|podcast|

In episode 37, I give you a training “game plan” to change your holiday visitor’s interactions with your dog from “train wreck” to training opportunity!  I walk you through how to use a secluded area to give your dog a break from the action and how to think like a trainer during your holiday visiting.  [...]

Does my dog have separation anxiety?

By |2017-07-30T21:06:07-07:00November 19th, 2015|Tips|

Does your dog seem to get really worried when you’re about to leave the house? Does he follow you around from room to room when you’re packing up your suitcase? What about when you’re away? Does he tend to act abnormally and seem to misbehave when he’s left alone? Does he "go crazy" when you return and [...]