Why We Refuse to Board and Train

Just this month I was asked by two people (a fellow Karen Pryor Academy trainer, and a Toronto veterinarian) whether I do board and train or whether I had referrals for trainers that did. My response to them was this: “Most board and train facilities are terrible and rely on ver
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If Not You, Then Who?

Dear Dog Training Professional: If I know you’re good, you’ve gotten referrals from me. I don’t travel far to see clients, and neither do the other trainers here. My general rule of thumb is, if I can’t bike there in 20 minutes from one of our locations, then i
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My Dog Barks at Dogs and People Out The Window

dogs barking at people and dogs through window
Perhaps you know the house on your street where as soon as you walk by, you are greeted by a frantic and not-so-friendly sounding bark and bump on a glass window? Oh look, there’s that dog – he always barks at us when we walk by this house. Many owners think that letting t
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Well Socialized? No, Well Traumatized

Saturday Afternoon, 3:00PM, Trinity Bellwoods Dog Bowl This weekend I caught up with a couple that had taken group classes in the summer. Their roughly two year old rescue lab mix had been doing great. Right after adoption, leash pulling was their major problem, and they were proud (a
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Good Behaviour Depends on Good Health

Finnegan Beagle
If you’ve hired one of us from When Hounds Fly to discuss behaviour problems (fear, anxiety, reactivity, aggression), you’ll remember that before we even talk about the behaviour problems, we spend time talking about the overall lifestyle of the dog. The House of Good Heal
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Managing and Treating Separation Anxiety

Separation Anxiety
What is Separation Anxiety? Separation anxiety is a condition in dogs where emotionally and physiologically, the dog becomes panic stricken when he’s apart from his owner or people in general. Typically it manifests itself when a dog is left home alone. Behaviors that occur when
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Resource Guarding – Dog growls to protect his bone

How do you safely take a toy or bone away from a dog? Does your dog exhibit aggressive behavior when he has a bone or toy? This issue is called Resource Guarding and if not addressed, can escalate into dangerous behaviors like biting. From an evolutionary standpoint, dogs developed th
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Why has my dog started getting into fights at the dog park?

Is he dominant? NO… Why has my dog, who used to love other dogs, started to get into fights at the dog park? Is he dominant? Dominant? Usually not. Few dogs are born wanting to get into fights. Fighting behaviour is evolutionary suicide. So why has my dog started barking, lungin
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On-leash aggression towards dogs

A fear aggressive / reactive German Shepherd lunges at another dog
Why does my dog bark and lunge at other dogs on leash? First, rest assured, you are not alone. This behavioral issue is so common that there are volumes of books specifically written about the subject. Dog trainers and behaviorists refer to this issue as “on-leash aggressionR
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Dog Bite Prevention and Safety

Keep Your Dog and Your Family Safe from Dog Bites Did you know that in the US, 4.7 million people are bitten by dogs each year? And, of those incidents, 77% of them are bites from the family pet (or a friend’s pet), and 50% of bites occur on the owner’s property? This mean
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