Category Archives: Behavior Problems

How to Stop Your Dog’s Destructive Chewing in 9 Easy(-ish?) Steps

Does your puppy destroy everything in her path? Is coming home from work a time of suspense and trepidation because you never know what expensive item your shepherd/husky mix has eaten? I’ve got ya covered. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to get the destruction to stop. Chewing is important for dogs. It’s their primaryContinue Reading

A Simple Daily Routine to Help Calm Hyper Dogs and Solve Behavior Problems

This one’s for you if: Your dog chews up your valuables, digs up your garden or has some other irritating habit Exercise somehow only makes your dog MORE hyperactive You want to deal with your dog’s issues but don’t know where to start If any of these apply to you, let me show you theContinue Reading

How to Train Your Puppy to Stop Biting the Leash

The problem: When you take your puppy for a walk, he constantly chomps on the leash, treating it like a tug toy. You’d prefer it if he’d just walk along nicely, sniffing bushes and peeing on fire hydrants like a civilized dog. Walking “nicely” on leash can be a huge challenge for a puppy. YouContinue Reading

How to Get Your Puppy to Stop Harassing Your Cat, Older Dog, and Other Pets

So you got a puppy… but your other pets are not real enthusiastic about it. Puppies are super adorable, yes. But as you’ve probably figured out by now, they can also be super annoying. Puppies play by jumping, biting, and tackling relentlessly. It’s normal, but it can be too much for your resident pets toContinue Reading

Is Your New Dog Making You Miserable? You’re Not Alone

You got a puppy – and it’s turning out to be a lot more challenging than you expected. I mean, you knew getting a dog would be hard work, but holy crap, you were not prepared for THIS. Sound about right? A few years ago, I wrote a blog post called “Thinking of Returning YourContinue Reading

Puzzle Toys: A Beginner’s Guide to The Most Useful Dog Toys Ever

In order to not go crazy, your dog needs a way to exercise his brain. As we’ve already discussed, dogs are mostly working animals. Even your spoiled mutt, currently lying on the floor sniffing his own toes, is descended from a long line of wily, problem-solving critters who spent their days earning every meal. PutContinue Reading

9 Ways To Exercise Your Dog Without Walking Him

Sometimes you just can’t walk your dog. Like if she pulls on leash too hard, or freaks out at every animal, jogger, or wind-blown plastic bag that crosses her path. Outside of training-session walks designed to rid your pup of these issues, you might want to forget about walks for now. And sometimes the weatherContinue Reading

How You Might Accidentally Be Training Your Dog to Misbehave

You know the worst thing about those annoying dog behavior problems? In many cases, we, the dogs’ owners, cause them ourselves. But don’t feel too bad. You see, in addition to being adorable -if occasionally infuriating- dorks, dogs have nearly supernatural powers of observation. They have to, in order to survive in a world designedContinue Reading

8 Resolutions to Improve Your Dog’s Life in the New Year

Ooh, look! Another blog post about New Year’s resolutions! Bet you didn’t see that coming! That was a lot of exclamation points. I apologize. For real, though. Whether you’ve already got your list of resolutions guaranteed to make 2014 2015 2016 the best year ever, or you think the whole idea is a steaming pileContinue Reading

Why You Can’t Get Your Dog to Listen to You

“Pit bull. One year old,” the adoption card read. “Still has that puppy energy!” Jane looked down at the wiggly dog licking her fingers through the kennel bars. She figured she could use some puppy energy in her life. She took him home and named him Watson. The shelter staff warned he’d be a handful,Continue Reading