Your New Puppy: The First Night at Home – Starting Out on the Right Paw from Day One

Congratulations on your new puppy! As an inquisitive pet parent, you know that the first six months of a dog’s life are of critical importance. Right away, you might be wondering how you can help your sweet new family addition feel more relaxed and at ease.  Rightfully so. Change can be stressful, and puppies might be especially stressed when they’re first brought home. All … Read More

Your New Puppy: Planning Ahead Eases Stress for People and Pets

Kids and pets – just the thought can pull at your heartstrings, especially this time of year. But when kids ask for a dog as a holiday gift, do you hear alarm bells instead of jingle bells? In this installment of the “Your New Puppy” series, we start at the beginning – is a puppy the right choice for your family right now? And … Read More

Your New Puppy – A Resource for Pet Parents and Puppy Parents-To-Be

The Inquisitive Canine team is rolling out a series of blog posts dedicated to new puppy parents.  If you’re expecting a bundle of (inquisitive) canine joy, read on to get started on the right paw. Of course, opening your heart and home to a new puppy involves more than purchasing everything on the checklist and going through a few days of house training. So, … Read More

Keeping Halloween Safe and Fun for Dogs – Did Someone Say Treats?

With Halloween just around the corner, we can use this time to practice key skills with our inquisitive canines while having some fright-less fun along the way. Let’s make this celebration a real treat for our dogs by:  Teaching them to enjoy playing dress-up Reinforcing good greeting and leash walking manners And of course, keeping them safe! Dress(-up) Rehearsals We don’t want dogs to … Read More

Real-World Solutions to Dog Training Challenges – Resource Guarding

Guarding objects is a normal, common, instinctual behavior in all animals, including humans!  If we don’t take care of our stuff, our valued resources could easily be lost or stolen – which are outcomes each of us tries to avoid.  So, now let’s consider our dogs. In the wild, when a dog [any animal] is in possession of, and wants to retain possession of, … Read More

Real-World Solutions to Dog Training Challenges: Impulse Control (Part Two)

In Part One of this post on Real-World Solutions for Impulse Control, we explored a pawsitive approach to teaching your inquisitive canine polite-and safe- manners around an open door to prevent door dashing and described some training games to encourage Fido to take treats gently. In this next installment, we will walk you through training polite manners for greeting others while on leash. It’s … Read More

Real-World Solutions to Dog Training Challenges: Impulse Control (Part One)

Let’s face it, if dogs were born with a strong foundation of self-control, well, they wouldn’t really be dogs, would they? That said, darting out the door, bolting down the street, going after someone or grabbing food can result in catastrophic consequences! It’s important for us to teach our dogs that, in some situations, slow and steady pays off. In this two-part series, we’ll … Read More

Real-World Solutions to Dog Training Challenges: Begging

When was the last time you enjoyed a guilt-free snack? For us dog lovers, it’s not usually the guilt over calories that gets us; it’s those sad, sweet, pleading puppy dog eyes staring longingly in our direction.  We might interpret ‘that look’ (plus or minus varying amounts of drool!) as begging. But from a behavioral and scientific perspective, is that really what’s going on? … Read More

Real-World Solutions to Dog Training Challenges: Digging

Like all normal doggy behaviors, such as barking and chewing, digging can be seen in many (if not all) of our domestic dogs at some point or another. And like other canine species-specific traits, each of these characteristics can be more pronounced in some dogs than others; where one dog loves to chew, another loves to dig. However, these ‘hobbies’ are sometimes considered problematic … Read More

Real-World Solutions to Dog Training Challenges

Here at the Inquisitive Canine, we love and appreciate inquisitive people! You inspire us to explore practical, fun solutions to everyday challenges faced by pets and the people who love them. So, this month, we’re launching a new series of posts featuring easy-to-replicate techniques and skills that are sure to bring out the best in your best friend, whether at home or out in … Read More

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