Dog Walking, Running & Pet Care Services

Are you strapped to a demanding work schedule? Do you feel guilty not having enough time and energy to exercise your beloved canine companions on a daily basis? Did you know that daily exercise and engaging activities will often alleviate or cure many doggy behavioral issues? Have you considered doggy daycare, but getting your pets to and from daycare facilities just adds to your already hectic schedule? Do your believe your pets would prefer hanging out in the comfort and coziness of home instead of a kennel environment? We have a great solution for all these questions and more………. Continue reading

Inside or Outside Dogs

The Dog’s Perspective: Inside or Outside Dogs

The primary needs of every living being – including humans and dogs – are Food, Water and Shelter. These are vital for long-term health and survival. Before getting a dog, the first question that needs to be addressed is where your dog will reside? Will your dog be an inside dog or an outside dog? There are short-term and long-term advantages and disadvantages to both scenarios. Of course, where your dog resides should best suit your individual needs. Nevertheless, please consider all the possibilities and their ultimate outcomes before making this crucial decision of where your dog will live. Keep in mind that a little extra effort in the front end, during the initial year with your dog, will reap a lifetime of invaluable benefits. Continue reading

Paint Your Pet – Asheville

Asheville Wine & Design

Asheville Paint Your Pet - Foxy

Paint Your Pet is a wildly popular event hosted every 3rd Thursday at Asheville’s Wine & Design. Before the event, your pet’s photograph is mounted on a canvas, allowing you to paint the most glorious pictures of your beloved fur babies. The most recent Pain Your Pet event was on the rainy evening of 24 September 2015. Continue reading

The Right Start

Ten Fundamentals of Dog Training

Do you have a dog or considering getting a dog? Do you love your dog to the moon and back…..and even more? Do you want to have the best relationship with your dog ever? Do you want your dog to be safe? Do you want your dog to be a loveable, all-around awesome dog? We would be foolish not to want the best dog ever. Continue reading

2nd Annual Asheville Doggie Dip – Dog Swimming Event

Have you ever wanted to take your dog swimming, but just did not know where to go? Do you think your dog would like to swim and may even be a natural water dog? This Saturday, let your dog take the plunge and become that water dog he/she has always dreamed. Lucky Dog Training Asheville will be on hand to demonstrate diving and swimming skills and answer any questions you may have. Continue reading

Dog Training Philosophies

Spectrum of Dog Training Philosophies

The multitude of dog training styles can be divided into 2 general training camps or philosophies that are on complete opposite ends of the spectrum. On one end is the “positive reinforcement” or “reward-based” training camp. On the other end are the trainers who use “confrontational methods” like “negative reinforcement” or “positive punishment” training. Unfortunately, using these charged terms immediately sets up a bias that “positive” is good, “negative” is bad and “punishment” is cruel. No one wants to be considered bad or punishing their dogs, so many novice trainers will gravitate to the “positive” end of the spectrum without much understanding that “positive” does not necessarily mean better. Also, the confusion with “positive discipline” for raising children feeds into the idea that dogs also need similar positive discipline. Continue reading

How To Train Your Dog – Philosophies & Approaches

Dog Training Approaches & Philosophies

We naturally love our dogs and they naturally love us in return. No matter what, they love us unconditionally. Unfortunately, this is not always the same sentiment in reverse, especially with respect to untrained dogs. Many untrained dogs can be problematic and ultimately end up in shelters. When these dogs are (hopefully) adopted, their behavioral problems are unwittingly adopted too. Although trained dogs can end up in shelters, this is a rare occurrence and they are often quickly adopted, which is yet another indication that trained dogs are highly valued. Continue reading