Woof! Dog Training http://woofsandiego.com Positive dog trainer in San Diego | group puppy classes | private dog training lessons | clicker training Fri, 08 Mar 2019 18:55:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.0.4 27157423 8 Ways to reset when you get frustrated with your dog http://woofsandiego.com/8-ways-to-reset-when-you-get-frustrated-with-your-dog/ http://woofsandiego.com/8-ways-to-reset-when-you-get-frustrated-with-your-dog/#respond Fri, 04 Sep 2015 17:33:06 +0000 http://woofsandiego.com/?p=9275 Sometimes, training your dog isn’t really about training your dog. Sometimes, it’s about compassion, patience, and forgiving yourself and your dog for the times either of you fall short. Whether you lost your cool and yelled at your pup, set him up for failure instead of success, or just ran low on the patience to […]

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Commands vs. Cues: What are they, and why does it matter? http://woofsandiego.com/commands-vs-cues-matter/ http://woofsandiego.com/commands-vs-cues-matter/#respond Wed, 24 Dec 2014 21:21:47 +0000 http://woofsandiego.com/?p=5752 When you talk about training a dog, the conversation usually leads people to talking about various commands their dog knows. But, in class, I’m careful to always use the word “cue” instead of the word “command”. I’m not sure if my students notice my intentional phrasing, but there’s a critical difference between these two words […]

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What to do when your dog misbehaves http://woofsandiego.com/what-to-do-when-your-dog-misbehaves/ http://woofsandiego.com/what-to-do-when-your-dog-misbehaves/#respond Sun, 27 Apr 2014 19:39:39 +0000 http://woofsandiego.com/?p=1693 When your dog or puppy misbehaves, it can be frustrating. There are many nuances to changing behaviors, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. If your dog is chewing the wrong things, jumping on guests, climbing on furniture, or engaging in other behaviors you’d prefer he not, here are a few changes you can make […]

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Forget the food bowl: Interactive toys for dogs and how to use them http://woofsandiego.com/forget-the-food-bowl-interactive-toys-for-dogs-and-how-to-use-them/ http://woofsandiego.com/forget-the-food-bowl-interactive-toys-for-dogs-and-how-to-use-them/#comments Tue, 11 Jun 2013 22:30:35 +0000 http://woofsandiego.com/?p=912 Whenever someone asks me how to change “nuisance” (nuisance to humans – normal to dogs) behaviors such as chewing, digging, barking, trash raiding, and counter surfing, one of my first recommendations is to replace the dog’s food bowl with a variety of interactive toys. Interactive toys are those that dogs play with by extracting something […]

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Five second rule for petting dogs http://woofsandiego.com/five-second-rule-for-petting-dogs/ http://woofsandiego.com/five-second-rule-for-petting-dogs/#respond Wed, 08 May 2013 11:30:05 +0000 http://woofsandiego.com/?p=822 I attended Grisha Stewart’s seminar on BAT (Behavior Adjustment Training) this past weekend, and she shared with us a great idea called the “5 Second Rule”. The 5 Second Rule says that we should pet dogs for a maximum of five seconds at a time, in order to give them a chance to tell us […]

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What does that yellow ribbon mean? The Yellow Dog Project! http://woofsandiego.com/what-does-that-yellow-ribbon-mean-the-yellow-dog-project/ http://woofsandiego.com/what-does-that-yellow-ribbon-mean-the-yellow-dog-project/#comments Fri, 08 Mar 2013 11:30:06 +0000 http://woofsandiego.com/?p=655 The Yellow Dog Project, as their Facebook page explains, “is a global movement for parents of dogs that need space (aka DINOS, Dogs In Need Of Space).” The Yellow Dog Project helps dog owners identify dogs who are uncomfortable around other dogs and need space in order to keep their cool and stay healthy and […]

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Five tips to make the most of train your dog month http://woofsandiego.com/five-tips-to-make-the-most-of-train-your-dog-month/ http://woofsandiego.com/five-tips-to-make-the-most-of-train-your-dog-month/#comments Sun, 06 Jan 2013 03:00:31 +0000 http://woofsandiego.com/?p=542 January is the Association of Pet Dog Trainers‘ (APDT) National Train Your Dog Month. Falling smack-dab in the midst of our New Year’s Resolutions, Train Your Dog Month is a month dedicated to making dog training a part of our everyday lives. People are busy, and, if you’re like me, your greatest wish may be […]

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Halloween safety for dogs http://woofsandiego.com/halloween-safety-for-dogs/ http://woofsandiego.com/halloween-safety-for-dogs/#respond Wed, 31 Oct 2012 23:41:24 +0000 http://woofsandiego.com/?p=475 Here’s are some tips to keep your dog and your family safe and happy during the Halloween fun. I know it’s tempting, but don’t take your dog trick-or-treating. Most dogs don’t enjoy it as much as we think they will. If you’re walking your dog during trick-or-treating hours, don’t walk him up to anyone, even […]

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Intermediate class starting 10/25 http://woofsandiego.com/intermediate-class-starting-1025/ http://woofsandiego.com/intermediate-class-starting-1025/#respond Wed, 03 Oct 2012 18:10:41 +0000 http://woofsandiego.com/?p=458 Brush up on your dog’s manners before the holidays If you’re a prior Woof! student, or you’ve had positive training classes with another dog trainer in the past, you’re welcome to join the upcoming Intermediate class beginning on Thursday, 10/25 at 6pm at Pet Me Please on Adams Avenue. This is a semi-private class with […]

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The easiest way to train your dog http://woofsandiego.com/the-easiest-way-to-train-your-dog/ http://woofsandiego.com/the-easiest-way-to-train-your-dog/#respond Sat, 19 May 2012 19:24:38 +0000 http://woofsandiego.com/?p=399 My students often ask me what is the best way to ensure success in their dog’s training.  In my experience, the students who seem to be the most successful are those who find ways to integrate the lessons they teach their dog into their lifestyle.  This ensures the dog is getting regular practice in real […]

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