Puppy Socialization

Have you ever wondered how you can help a puppy to be a well-adjusted, comfortable, social and happy adult dog?  If so, this article is for you.  There are many factors that play a role in the development of a dog.  Some, like genetics, are out of our control.  Socialization on the other hand, is something […]

What does healthy play look like?

Written by Allison Hartlage, CTC, CPDT-KA, KPA-CTP, CNWI There are fewer things more enjoyable than watching two (or more) dogs participating in healthy play.  However, in the age of daily dog park visits, lawful off-leash hiking and record-breaking doggie daycare attendance, sometimes it can be hard to know whether our dog(s) is both appropriate for […]

American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior Statements

Click on the download links below to view the PDF. You will need a PDF viewer installed if the links do not work properly. AVSAB Position Statement – Puppy Socialization (PDF) AVSAB Position Statement – Use of Punishment (PDF) AVSAB Position Statement – Dominance Theory (PDF)

My dog has separation anxiety

Understanding separation anxiety and how to handle it What is separation anxiety? Dogs are profoundly social animals that are genetically programmed to live in groups; therefore, alone time can be very difficult for a dog to experience. While many dogs can learn to accept being alone for moderate amounts of time, some dogs develop separation [...]