Dog Domestication

The Model of Success

Dogs are one of the most successful domestic animal species coexisting with human beings on this planet today. Dogs are the first and ultimate achievement in domestication, and the model upon which all other animal domestications are based. The popularity of dogs as pets is rivaled only by cats. As of May 2015 ASPCA Pet Statistics, the United States boasts 70-80 million pet dogs and 74-96 million pet cats. However, more U.S. households include dogs (37-47%) than cats (30-37%). Continue reading

Overnight Camp for Your Dog in Asheville

Training Immersion Program

Lucky Dog Training offers a Training Immersion Program similar to children’s summer overnight camps. Your dog will reside, play, train and experience Asheville with Lucky Dog Lead Trainer and her loveable canine training assistants. We guarantee lots of doggie fun, excitement and training! There will be no kennels or loneliness. Training will include daily walks, runs, obedience sessions, and more. We will visit exciting locations to challenge your dog’s behavioral training. Your dog will become part of our family during their stay. Training Immersion Program is scheduled in weekly sessions with future follow-ups included. Continue reading

Dock Diving Dogs Make a Splash in Asheville

Saturday, 4th of July 2015

Dogs of all shapes and sizes will be making a spectacular splash in downtown Asheville as part of Ingles Independence Day Celebration 2015 on Saturday, July 4th. Ultimate Air Dogs, the premier dock jumping organization in the United States, will host the events as dogs from all over the country practice, perform and compete in dock diving activities throughout the day. Continue reading

Fitness With Fido – Introduction

The Fitness Problem

We are a nation of overweight and obese humans and dogs. Seventy percent (70%) of Americans and fifty percent (50%) of our dog companions fall into this category. That is seven out of ten people and one of two dogs who tip the scales in this unhealthy, red-zone. Is there an easy, practical solution to this health epidemic? Continue reading

Spring into Walks in the Park

March to Fitness

March Madness is upon us. The Vernal Equinox is just moments away, with a solar eclipse and super-moon to boot. New Year’s Resolutions to improve fitness are a distant memory. Desire to improve personal fitness is key to improving health. Unfortunately, lack of motivation is often the cause of fitness program abandonment.

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Success at practically anything, including improving personal health & fitness, involves 5% talent and 95% motivation (including commitment and determination). Almost everyone has at least 5% talent. Many have overcome lack of super-abilities with an abundance of motivation to achieve success. Unfortunately, maintaining 95% motivation can be a challenge for many. Continue reading

The World According to DOG

For many of us, life with our faithful canine companions is the norm. However, imagine if dogs ruled the world and we were merely their faithful companions. Our world would be crazy different! Here are 10 changes we would need to adopt in a world ruled by dogs.

10 Changes in a World Ruled by Dogs

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How To Train Your Dog – Part 8

From The Dog’s Perspective

The most effective way to train dogs is from The Dog’s Perspective. By understanding how dogs think, human companions can learn what naturally motivate dogs to be canine good citizens. Training dogs using The Dog’s Perspective is superior to both the Wolf Perspective and the Human Perspective in many ways.

The Wolf’s Perspective, promoted by Cesar’s Corner, makes misguided assumptions about wolves, dogs and their social groupings. The Human Perspective, advocated by Positive trainers, focuses on human viewpoints, often at the expense of the dog’s perspective. Case in point, how dogs communicate with each other. Continue reading

Concierge Dog Training

What is Concierge Dog Training?

Precious Time Saver

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Concierge dog training teaches and develops human-dog communication skills when and where needed, achieving personal training goals quickly, effectively and efficiently. Concierge dog training is ideal for busy professionals and families with precious spare time but want their dog trained. Concierge dog training can turn ill-mannered dogs into canine good citizens in a fraction of time required with traditional dog training classes. Concierge dog training is an ideal method to focus on personal training interests, including advanced training and behavioral modifications. Concierge dog training meets personal dog training needs from the comfort of clients’ homes, neighborhoods and communities. In addition, concierge dog training is a viable option when traveling with dog companions. Continue reading

What the Dog’s Nose Knows

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The Dog’s Perspective

When it comes to dog training, there have been two popular, yet distinctly different, training philosophies. From Cesar’s Corner comes training from the Wolf’s Perspective, based on the pack mentality of wolf lore. At the other end of the spectrum is the Positive Position of training, the Human’s Perspective influenced by anthropomorphic ideals. Ironically, dogs are neither wolves nor humans – they are dogs. The most logical and effective training approach is from The Dog’s Perspective. Continue reading