dog training advice

HELP! MY DOG IS AFRAID OF THE STAIRS!!

My four-year old lab has been afraid of stairs for as long as I can remember. I don't think he ever had a "traumatic" experience with stairs, though we have moved a lot and our first few apartments when we had him were on the ground floor. It's particularly problematic when the staircase has slats and is outside, he will not go up or down them! Why is he so afraid, and what can I do to help him get over his fear? 

Carry your dog! Just kidding. Generally as trainers we ask ourselves, “Is there a way to avoid the fear altogether?" We all lead busy lives and if the problem isn't something you run into often it might not be worth putting a huge amount of time and effort into. Of course, if you have a 50 pound dog, carrying your pup up or down the stairs on a regular basis is unrealistic. This means it's time to start training your pup. Continue Reading

Stairs can be terrifying for a dog, follow some simple rules to avoid making the situation worse!

Stairs can be terrifying for a dog, follow some simple rules to avoid making the situation worse!

HOW TO LOVE TAKING YOUR DOG TO THE BEACH

I love taking my dog to the beach—and he loves it in theory—but in reality, he CANNOT relax when he's there! At first, he's pulling me towards the water because he wants to go swimming (which isn't always allowed!) If it's not that, he's digging in the sand, panting heavily and just generally looking and acting frantic. What can I do so we can both enjoy our time at the beach?

Some dogs just may not be meant for the beach—and that’s okay! It’s important to trust your instincts about whether you both will have fun. If you’re unsure, it might be better if he stays at home snoozing in the AC. But there are a number of steps you can take to set your pup up for success at the ocean... Continue Reading

Abby loves the beach, she's got her favorite game to play, a shady spot to hang out in, and plenty of fresh water.

Abby loves the beach, she's got her favorite game to play, a shady spot to hang out in, and plenty of fresh water.