It’s that time again! Time for our annual New Year’s Resolutions. Many of us make promises at the beginning of each new year to change and/or improve our lives to be healthier and happier. We start off with the best intentions and stay committed to those resolutions for days, weeks, maybe even months. But in the end, many of us fall short.Continue reading
Evolutionary Approach to Dog Training
To truly understand dogs and how to train them, it is important to think outside the Skinner Box. Of course, a clear understanding and proper applications of Learning Theory is fundamental to sound dog training. However, psychology is NOT the only scientific field that applies to dog training. Far from it. Continue reading
New Year’s Resolutions
Once again, we find ourselves at that time of year. We pay homage and bid a sweet adieu to the past year, and simultaneously, ring in the new year with hopeful anticipation that our lives will get better. What happened in the past is now fact and cannot be changed, be it good or bad. What we can change is our future course. We have the power to determine and change our futures. We make New Year’s promises to change our lives, but almost always find these new-found resolutions fail miserably. Why? Because we plan for the future but forget to live in the NOW. Continue reading
Asheville, NC is a bastion of alternative practices and ideas. To add to this vibrant alternative community, a local veterinarian and a biologist/dog trainer are joining forces to present Healing & Heeling the Dog Within, a series of educational talks on a favorite topic of many – DOGS! Continue reading
⚾ Take Them 🐕 Out to the Ballgame! ⚾
On Tuesday, 23 May 2017, the Asheville Tourists are inviting dogs to attend Doggies at the Diamond. Game time is 7PM. A coupon for the event is available at Patton Avenue Pet Company. Our therapy dog Cognac will be heading out to the game to practice her training skills and enjoy the fun. We take every opportunity to practice training skills in all types of unique situations. We encourage any dog training students to attend the game Tuesday to cheer on the Asheville Tourists, practice their training skills and enjoy the fun! Please note that it will be extra challenging because untrained dogs will be in attendance too.
Are Dogs Limiting or Liberating?
Do you believe life with dogs is limiting or liberating? Does your dog give you more freedom to do what you want to do? Or, does your dog get in the way of your freedom? Granted, if you are a big world traveler and away from home for long periods of time, a dog may not fit your lifestyle. Other than being a world traveler, does your dog limit your freedom or liberate you to be more confident to achieve your goals, no matter how simple or complex? Continue reading
Is Your Dog Leash Reactive?
Not certain what that means? If your dog pulls, lunges, barks and/or snarls at dogs or people while on leash, your dog is leash reactive. This is one of the most common complaints about dog companions, and potentially one of the most dangerous. Leash reactivity is becoming a serious problem because someone typically gets hurt. And these are not isolated incidences, but repeated problems. Often times, each incident involves multiple people and/or dogs in one fell swoop. Reported human and dog injuries include sprained, torn and broken arms, legs, wrists, ankles, fingers, tendons, ligaments along with the all too frequent and yet completely avoidable dog bites.
Happy Valentine’s Day 2017!
Today is the day many shower their loved ones with roses and chocolates to express their eternal love and affection. Even many lucky dogs are the recipients of their human’s love and affection. However, roses and chocolates are not the appropriate gifts for dogs. Did you know that chocolates are toxic to dogs because of theobromine and caffeine? Moreover, rose thorns will damage the delicate lining of your dog’s mouth. So what should you get your faithful canine companion to express your love on Valentine’s Day or any holiday? You will probably be amazed just how easy it is to please your lovable pup. Continue reading
Many dogs LOVE to swim. Often, it comes naturally to them. If your dogs love to swim …. or you want to see if your dog likes swimming ….. next weekend is for you! Continue reading
The Dog Food Dilemma
A recent article offered advice on how to prioritize spending on Fido when money is tight, discussing what should you splurge on and what to hold back on in lean times. The choices espoused in this article are frustrating and the reason why over 50% of Americans and their trusty canine companions are unhealthy, overweight and/or obese. To cut costs, the article recommends feeding “cheap dog food” in lieu more expensive specialty pet foods. This advice is contrary to current research and logic. Although many of us need to budget our expenses, we also must be mindful of the ultimate outcomes of our choices. Continue reading