New Puppy? Remember These Pro Tips!

Despite the old adage, teaching old dogs new tricks is rewarding, enriching, fun and very, very doable. However, if you are (or will be) in a situation where you’re sharing your life and love with a new puppy, then you have the opportunity to get started on a pawsitive approach for positive results™ even earlier. Wondering where to begin?  Here are some of our … Read More

What are the Most Important Things to Focus on When Dog Training?

Dogs are always learning. They’re paying attention to their surroundings, trying to figure out how to get more of what they want or less of what they don’t want. So that means many times, even when you aren’t actively engaged in training classes or exercises, you’re passively training your dog.  As an outside observer, being both a dog mom and a trainer, I will … Read More

10 Productivity Tips to Use for Training Your Dog

Training your dog can be a simple process. In my years of experience as a certified professional dog trainer, and of observing inquisitive canines and working with their parents, I’d venture to bet that more often than not, in general, dogs enjoy “going to school” and participating in their lessons. Fun and games like tug, fetch, and other forms of enjoyable attention from humans, … Read More

A Pawsitive Approach to Recall: Teaching Your Dog to Come When Called

It’s best to teach your inquisitive canine a solid recall before you need the behavior – not when you need it urgently! There are definitely times when getting your dog to come to you is for his or her safety. If you’re interested in learning how to break down the skills needed to teach your dog to come when you call, how to “save … Read More

You Just Got a New Dog! What Do You Do Now?

Congratulations on your new pup! As a compassionate pet parent, you may be wondering how you and your inquisitive canine can start out on the right paw together. In our experience, the key to bringing out the best in your best friend is focusing on preventing problems, rather than having to solve them down the road. So, whether you are a new pet parent … Read More

Celebrate National Train Your Dog Month This January

Did you resolve to spend more quality time with your inquisitive canine this year? You’re not alone! In fact, January is National Train Your Dog Month. So if you’re looking to enhance the human-canine bond and interested in tips to make training your dog a breeze, you’re in the right place.  Last year, The Inquisitive Canine provided a series of posts, Fido’s Homeschooling DIY … Read More

Fido’s Homeschooling DIY Training Program: Loose Leash Walking

On leash walks, dogs often pull to get closer to things they’re interested in – ‘terrific’ scents, new places, other dogs, people to meet. They might even pull to prevent leaving a desired location or to escape something that scares them or that they don’t like. This is all normal! But it can be frustrating for us humans who might have a different vision of … Read More

Fido’s Homeschooling DIY Training Program: Leave It

The ‘Leave it’ cue is extremely versatile. It can be handy as you and your inquisitive canine prepare to enjoy a successful pawliday season together. And it can even be a lifesaving skill to have in your behavior toolbox! A very useful cue, ‘Leave it’ means, “Stop what you’re doing and check in with me for an incredible reward!”  Think about the times you would like … Read More

Fido’s Homeschooling DIY Training Program: Sit and Stay

Welcome back to Fido’s Homeschooling DIY Training Program! We left off with tips for training the ‘Go to Your Place’ cue and its many applications. However, what you really want in many of these situations is for your pup to ‘Go to Your Place’ and stay there. So, let’s back up for a moment and explore a pawsitive approach to the Sit and Stay … Read More

Creating a Successful Pawliday Season for You and Your Inquisitive Canine


This year, no matter what you have planned, we encourage you to enjoy pet-friendly holidays by preparing in advance. Your pawliday prep might include teaching new skills or refining existing ones, strategizing management of your dog’s environment, communicating pet safety guidelines to family, friends (and guests) and, most importantly, carving out some quality time to savor with your inquisitive canine. So, from The Inquisitive … Read More

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