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Watch Me, Walk With Me: Loose Leash Dog Walking 101

November 1, 2016

Watch Me, Walk With Me: Loose Leash Dog Walking 101

Everyone knows you walk with your feet (or paws, depending on your species), but did you know that the secret to successful loose leash dog walking begins with a mutual connection that comes from the head and the heart? With any DIY dog training, you have to start with an understanding of inquisitive canine behavior. Put your pup on a leash, and s/he’s not going to stop doing what s/he’s wired to do: sniff, explore and investigate. The pull to examine everything that catches your dog’s eye is powerful… literally. This is why so often we see dogs walking their owners, and not the other way around. As a certified dog trainer, I appreciate when inquisitive canines trust their humans … Continue reading »


Back to School for Dogs Too – Homeschooling session 2

October 1, 2016

Back to School for Dogs Too – Homeschooling session 2

Hey there inquisitive dog lover! Welcome to session 2 of our Back to School for Dogs Too homeschooling series. If you’re just joining us, check out session 1 for tips and lessons on getting started. If you’re continuing on, we say “Yay!” click-treat, and thank you for participating. For this specific installment, we will be focusing on “Sit” and “Down.” As a certified trainer, I have come to lump these, along with eye-contact, as the main trifecta of dog behaviors. If your inquisitive canine can master these, then you will not only set yourselves up for success, but will also create a solid foundation for many other behaviors and situations. Here we go! Sit Wait for your dog to sit. … Continue reading »


Back to School for Dogs Too – Homeschooling session 1

September 1, 2016

Back to School for Dogs Too – Homeschooling session 1

Welcome! And thank you for checking out the Canine Back to School series. Over here at IC HQs we realize that transition periods between vacations and reality can sometimes impact our canine companions too, so we wanted to help ease everyone back into a schedule that includes some home-schooling, ensuring they develop the life-skills us humans appreciate.  As a certified professional dog trainer and behavior consultant, one of my main goals is to teach you to teach your dog the skills to become a well-behaved family member and companion. We’ll start by setting down some fundamentals. Then, over the coming weeks, we will build upon these initial behaviors in subsequent posts so you can learn how to get your dog to work … Continue reading »


Searching for a lost dog

August 1, 2016

Searching for a lost dog

I can think of only a few things more traumatic than searching for a lost pet. The trauma is most likely a two-way street, as awful for the lost pet as it is for the frantic owner. A lost dog is not a lost cause, however, and the chances of being reunited are pretty good, as least according to the 2012 ASPCA study. As a certified professional dog trainer and behavior consultant, I encourage you to take action immediately, should you find your inquisitive canine missing. Be sure to enlist the help of family and friends to ensure as much ground can be covered in the shortest amount of time as possible.  The Humane Society of the United States offers tips … Continue reading »


Creating a dog-friendly Fourth of July celebration

July 1, 2016

Creating a dog-friendly Fourth of July celebration

Happy July and here’s to wonderful Fourth of July! It’s a fun and festive time for our country and local communities. While humans are reveling in picnic games, barbecue menus, and colorful theatrics in the sky, the holiday can be a totally un-celebratory experience for our inquisitive canine family and friends. As a certified professional dog trainer, I know how terrifying a thunderous fireworks display can be for pets or how a quick sniff of meat in hot coals can turn into a painful burn on a cold nose. With some preparation and environmental management, the Fourth of July can be a star spangled holiday for all family members. Here are a couple of previous patriotic posts that readers have found … Continue reading »


Basic Dog Training – Step #1

September 14, 2015

Basic Dog Training – Step #1

Chances are good you are reading this because you have a new family member – an inquisitive canine. Congratulations and welcome to your new family member!  As a certified professional dog trainer and  behavior consultant, I take a pawsitive approach to dog training as an easy, simple, and fun way to enhance the everyday relationship between dogs and their guardians. Dog Training Step #1 is a super-simple activity. (Maybe you are already doing it.) Gaze into Each Other’s Eyes  Have fun teaching your dog to look you in the eyes. Reward your dog with high-value yummy treats, petting and praise whenever s/he looks into your eyes. Start out with a quick glance and then increase the duration to a few seconds. Prompt your dog … Continue reading »


Dog Training – The Basics Simplified

May 18, 2015

Dog Training – The Basics Simplified

It’s common to lose sight of the bigger picture of how great inquisitive canines are when it comes to dog behavior and training. In general, people tend to focus on the irritating things their dog does, even though these are often the behaviors that drew them to their pooches in the first place. As a professional dog trainer, I like to remind dog training students that for everyday life, keeping it simple and focusing on the positive can help guide training, as well as enhance the relationship with a dog. There’s a time and place for structured action plans, but for the overall, ongoing, every day stuff I suggest a few of the following: Keep a more optimistic and positive outlook on … Continue reading »


The Door Dashing Dog – DNA or Training?

April 6, 2015

The Door Dashing Dog – DNA or Training?

Is your inquisitive canine a door dasher? A dog who enjoys the sport of running out the front door, with an emphasis on running? As a certified professional dog trainer, I hear this from many clients, and I’d have to agree, that this is one canine sport that is common to the species overall. From Chihuahua to Great Dane, dogs love door dashing. Door dashing is yet another reason I created the Out of the Box Dog Training Game – so people can train their dog’s behaviors they want while making it fun! What’s an inquisitive canine guardian to do? Based on our Inquisitive Canine Top-10 Dog Training Tips, the following few suggestions will help teach important, and sometimes life saving, door etiquette. First, the mastery of overall … Continue reading »


Coming When Called and Making Sure Your Dog Does

March 23, 2015

Coming When Called and Making Sure Your Dog Does

My dog loves to play off-leash in our neighborhood park. I’m becoming more and more reluctant to let him go leash-less as he’ll ignore my calls and sometimes it takes forever for him to come. Who knows how long I’ll have to spend calling and waiting. I get annoyed. He doesn’t understand. We’re both frustrated. The main thing is his safety. My happy off-leash dog wanders far and wide, out of my sight most times. I’m afraid he’ll run into the street and get hit by a car. Or someone might dognap him. Please help. Owner of a Wandering Woofer Dear Wandering, Sounds like your inquisitive canine has a bad case of “selective hearing.” My mom, a certified professional dog … Continue reading »


Jack Russell Superstar: The Amazing & True Tale of Jesse the Jack

March 9, 2015

What’s your Inquisitive Canine’s favorite thing to do? Sniff? Explore? Agility?  Maybe yours is more of the eat, pray, love type. My sidekick Poncho enjoys a lot of different activities, and he’s very good about any work-related task I request of him. I’m bringing this up because of one of my favorite videos. Just Jesse the Jack stars Jesse, a Jack Russell Terrier, and Heather, his genius handler. Heather honed in on Jesse’s natural abilities and taught him amazing things by capitalizing on behaviors she liked and putting them to good use. I know you’ll enjoy and appreciate Jesse. While watching the video, zero in on how Heather adapted his innate canine skills to our human environmental needs. For example: … Continue reading »