Tips for Pet Preparedness Month and Fire Season

June is National Pet Preparedness Month. While we sincerely hope you’ll never have to face an emergency or disaster, we know that being prepared is the best way to safeguard you and your loved ones, whatever may come your way. We also know your pets are family and you’ll want to include them in your household’s preparedness plans. As you do, consider the following tips: # 1 … Read More

Dog Training Skills for a Fun-in-the-Sun Summer!

Long holiday weekends.  Summertime. Finally!  After a very long and trying year, people- and their pets- are more than ready for some outdoor adventures, including heading out to the beach, hitting the trails, and best of all, visiting friends. Before lacing up those shoes and leashing up your dog, we think this is a perfect opportunity to share some helpful and fun tips to … Read More

Five Ways Our Dogs Rescue Us

As National Rescue Dog Day approaches on May 20, let’s flip the script, and think about the ways that sometimes our dogs rescue us: Inspiration – Little did I know when we adopted a dog in 2003 that my life would soon go to the dogs! The original Inquisitive Canine, Poncho Gonzales Hunter Mayer sparked my interest in understanding the science of animal learning. … Read More

A Pawsitive Cultural Shift in Dog Training

The Inquisitive Canine is a force-free zone.  Albert Einstein once said, “Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.” We agree – and find that training your dog is a fun way to strengthen your bond through collaborative understanding. We are proud to be part of the pawsitive cultural shift in dog training, using methods that enhance the human-canine … Read More

Should You Let Your Dog Sleep in Your Bed with You?

In my 16 plus years’ experience as a dog trainer and behavior consultant, there’s a hot topic that pet parents often ask me about: “Do you think it’s okay to let dogs sleep in bed with you?”  My answer? “It depends.” When deciding what’s best for you and your inquisitive canine, some considerations include: Age of the dog: Young puppies (or new dogs who aren’t … Read More

Unleashing Good Manners: How to Teach Your Dog to Greet Politely – Part Two

A composed dog greeting, be it at home or out and about, is one skill that is of the utmost importance in our human world. Everyone appreciates a polite pooch — us included! Below, we outline how to teach your dog that sitting to say hello gets tons of attention – petting, praise, food, play – while on the flip side, jumping up gets … Read More

Dog Training Tips for Great Greetings – Part One

So many of us have been there. The end of a long day. You take a step inside your front door and are greeted by a happy, bum-wiggling, tail-wagging, exuberant ball of love and adoration – simply because you are you and you are here. And the stress of day is instantly forgotten, at least for a moment. That moment is one of the … Read More

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

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