The Compassionate Dog Trainer

 In past articles we have shared the importance of patience and open-mindedness while training dogs.  If you would like to read those articles, visit https://wordpress.com/view/iscdtfordogtrainersblog.school.blog Today, we reveal the next trait: EMPATHY  Empathy is one of the most important skills we possess as humans. The ability to understand and relate to another person’s feelings from […]

Traveling with Your Dog Shouldn’t be Stressful

We want our dogs to travel with us, yet their presence can cause us to stress. What if they soil inside? What if they break something? What if they get loose and run away? Stress can cause us to fall back into bad habits of yelling at, or punishing, our dogs. In turn, the dog […]

Changing A Dog’s Name

Two questions we receive often are: 1. Is it possible to change a dog’s name after you adopt them? Answer: You can absolutely change your dog’s name. Many people change the dog’s name to represent a fresh start for the dog, especially if the dog’s past was negative. 2. How do you teach dogs their […]

Learn How Patience Will Improve Your Dog Training Prowess

Last Wednesday we kicked off our ten-week series on the “Traits of a Professional Dog Trainer”, with an article entitled, How Open-Mindedness and Flexibility Improves Your Dog Training Skill.  If you missed it, please click this link to read it: https://wordpress.com/view/iscdtfordogtrainersblog.school.blog In addition to educating yourself in the craft of dog training and working with […]

How Open-Mindedness and Flexibility Improves Your Dog Training Skill

There are ten traits that professional dog trainers should possess in order to provide exemplary service to their clients.

Four Tips to Improve Training Success

Do frustrated dog owners mention that their dog follows commands better when they know a training session is about to begin? Have them skip their normal routine of training. Here are some tips to help: 🐶 Ditch the treat pouch. Instead keep treats in your pocket 🐶 keep treat stations hidden around your home. You can keep […]

Why Puppies Bark at their Reflection

What do puppies see when they look in the mirror? Most will see a playmate, while some others view the reflection as a canine intruder. One thing dogs will never understand is that they are looking at THEIR OWN reflection. Their brains are not wired the same way human brains are, meaning unlike us, dogs […]

Why The Word “No” Rarely Works in Dog Training (and What DOES Work) 

Do you find yourself saying “NO” to your dog, rather than giving commands to stop a behavior? We are not opposed to using the word no, as long as it is used properly. Here is our philosophy on the word “no”. Imagine you are at work and make a mistake. Your boss screams “no”, glares […]

How to Console a Grieving Pet Parent without Trivializing Their Loss

Hint: Our pets are much more than animals! My dog Duke was one of the greatest dogs I’d ever met.  We enjoyed three years together before he succumbed to lung cancer at the age of six.  His first anniversary was this past Monday. I miss him and from time-to-time still feel angry that he was […]