Puppy Month: Why does my puppy bark (and what to do about it)?

why does my puppy barkThis is the first post in our series about all things puppy related! Having a puppy is a fun and rewarding experience but can also be a frustrating and challenging phase. In these posts, we hope to shed some light on why puppies do the things they do and provide advice on how to deal with it.
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Training Tips & Planner: Preparing Your Dog For The Big Day

Photo: Stacie

Photo: Stacie

As everyone knows, organizing a wedding takes time and planning; preparing your dog for your wedding day is no different. This training schedule will help your dog be ready in time for the big occasion.

12-16 Months Before

Now is the time to practice the basics: sit, stay, come, and most importantly to “check in” with you. Start with short training sessions (15 minutes) twice a day in a distraction-free area. Initially, you will likely need to use small pieces of a high value treat to shape and reward the desired behavior. Having trouble? Consider enlisting the services of a trainer now, to avoid issues and disappointment later. Continue reading →

Want to Contribute to Dog-ology? (No Degree Required)

dog-1551699_640Have you ever wondered why your dog doesthat? Or maybe you’ve heard in the news about the latest study that says dogs will snub people who are mean to their owners?

Thanks to scientists around the world, we are learning more about canine behavior than ever before. But these researchers don’t use special “lab” dogs…they typically use dogs just like yours! So if you would like to contribute to science without needing a degree (or in some cases leaving the comfort of your home) here are a few places to check out:

  1. The OVC Companion Behavior and Welfare Lab
  2. The Canine Research Unit
  3. And this great list of research projects from around the world