Is it Nature or Nurture?

Is it nature, is it nurture? The debate has raged for millenniums. How much of dog ownership is a result of the way the dog is raised and how much is the environment in which the dog is trained. Last week I ran into a man who recently adopted a dog and he was so proud of the new dog …

Keiser and Tucson

My husband and I adopted our three-year-old shepherd, Keiser just over two years ago. We were so excited. We had just bought our first home and within a week we adopted this adorable one-year-old pup from a life of abuse and neglect. We got Keiser home and within hours we were looking at each other so confused about what we …

Preventing dogs bites with kids.

Preventing dogs bites with kids. Please share this video. We can prevent bites to kids and decrease the amount of dogs that are put to sleep for these actions.

How NOT to pick a puppy.

As a dog trainer I meet people everyday who if given the following information would have made a drastically different decision before choosing the puppy they chose. The following is a list of things to know before you pick your next puppy. The 5 weekers – Everyday this week I had lovely people come in completely overwhelmed, and the vast …

Is your dog Dominant?

I’m not a scientist claiming to have the definitive answers to the dominance theory, but I might have some thoughts on dominance that I hope will make you think. The dominance question is an extremely polarizing one. Typically you’ll hear dog trainers emphatically proclaim that the dominance theory has been 100% debunked. The other tribe seems to think that if …

Even husky’s can walk like a dream!

As a dog trainer, I often hear owners expressing concern about about specific breeds being able to be trained. For example, I have a beagle and I want to train him off leash, but I heard that’s impossible because they will just run away, can you still help me? Husky’s are the same way, “I have a husky, they are …

Pitbulls are like cars.

Over the last few months, dog enthusiasts have been closely watching the tension in Montreal surrounding a woman being killed by a “Pitbull”. The ruling has now passed to bring in BSL. (Breed Specific Legislation.) The only problem is, the dog who killed that woman was not a Pitbull, or anything close to a Pitbull. A DNA test recently uncovered …

Tootsie is a rockstar! Dog Training Halifax NS

I have a four year old Pitbull named Tootsie! I have had her since she was twelve weeks old. Tootsie has always been a people dog, she LOVES attention and is extremely loving and cuddly! The best way to describe her is a big sook! Until Tootsie was two years old she was a social butterfly with other dogs and …

Shadow’s success!

Danny and I got Shadow back in Oct when he was 8 weeks old. Before getting him we started watching YouTube videos like Jeff Gellman to see what we could learn before bringing home Shadow.  We picked up the basics and thought we could do it all on your own like most people do. We had a great start on …

Walking your dog sucks.

The struggle is real. You clip the leash on your dogs collar, open the door, and your heart starts to race. You have avoided this walk for the last 2 hours, telling yourself that if you just wait a little while longer, less people and dogs will be out for a walk. The alarm goes off. It’s 4:30am, and you …

How to: Treadmill training your dog.

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In this video you will learn the easiest possible way to train your dog to walk on a treadmill. Walnut, our demonstration dog in this video has never been on a treadmill. By the end of just one session he is gladly walking on the treadmill and even gets into a nice smooth trot. We hope you enjoy the video.

Video: Ellie before and after.

Before Ellie came in for training she was a handful to walk! She was not able to be around other dogs, had a host of behaviour problems and was extremely reactive on the leash. Apart from that she was a magnificent, loving dog for her amazing owners. Watch as we transform Ellie into a more well behaved dog. If you …

Looks can and will be deceiving.

The generalization of fear: Over compensating aggression. What you are about to read is absolutely not going to be received well in the dog community. It goes against everything most dog trainers and dog professionals have thought and taught for years. Allow me an ear while I unpack a concept that may change the way you think about the vast …

German Shepherd Off Leash! Dog Training Halifax NS

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Hey Ted! Since it has been weeks since we were last at group social I thought I’d just send you a quick note to let you know Matt, Luna and I are doing great! We have just been super busy enjoying the summer. We have been away with Luna on a few weekend trips, surf trips, beach days, etc. We are still …

Diesel the rescue dog takes things to the next level

  Diesel is a four year old Beagle/German Shepherd mix that we adopted five months ago.  When we first got him, he was very nervous around strangers or in crowded areas.  We live in an apartment building, and Diesel would sometimes refuse to get into the elevator if someone else was inside.  He was especially nervous around men, and if …