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

Dog Training: Cookies vs. Corrections

Whether you’ve just acquired a new dog, have been a longtime dog parent, or are growing your family with a furry addition, you might find yourself seeking practical dog training solutions to everyday challenges. And if you ask around, you’ll receive many opinions. Sadly, dog training is a completely unregulated industry. That means when making decisions about pet training and management, we have to rely … Read More

Before You Foster or Adopt a Dog, Read This

Did you know that June is National Foster a Pet Month? If you’re considering opening your heart and home to an inquisitive canine, we’re here for you! Whether your new foster – or furever – family member will be a puppy or adolescent, an adult or a senior, we want to take a minute to walk you through some of the initial planning and … Read More

Dog Training Dilemma – To Treat or Not to Treat?

Since launching The Inquisitive Canine, I’m often asked about a somewhat meaty topic in the field of dog training and behavior – using food in training. So I thought I’d serve up a heaping helping of expertise in dog behavior with a side order of pawsitivity, discussing the who, what, how, when, and where of using food for training your inquisitive canine. Q: Should … Read More

Let’s Celebrate Pet Appreciation Week

Cheers and woofs! Pet Appreciation Week is June 6–12! Here at The Inquisitive Canine, we’ve come up with four pawsome ways we can all show appreciation for the pups in our lives: Be Their Voice Dogs have a lot to say, but oftentimes no one is listening. Go beyond the bark to become proficient in the verbal and non-verbal ways canines communicate. You can … Read More

Celebrate National Best Friends Day with Your BFF – Best Fur Friend!

Sure dogs are humans’ best friends, but are you a BFF to your dog? Of course you are! And here are some more ways to celebrate that most sacred dog-hooman bond: Enhance your relationship by creating opportunities to unleash adventures and harness fun from your inquisitive canine’s point of view. How about a Sniffari? Explore dog-friendly places in your own town and neighborhood. Yes, … Read More

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

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

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

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