It’s a Good Thing You’re Cute: Dog Training for the Ornery Pup

Dog training is super importantIf you’ve seen a well-behaved, calm, intuitive dog, it probably took a process to get that way – one that likely included a lot of patience, commitment, and hard work. Sure, all dogs are sweet and have the potential to be great housemates, but without an investment in dog training, your home life might become a bit strained from time to time. The Pet Experts not only recommend signing up for a class, we offer one that fits the bill!

Payback, Baby

Dog training is fun! When both you and your pet find it enjoyable, the dividends are huge. But before we get into details, it’s important to approach the process lightly. Keep your sessions short and effective and consistently reinforce new skills. Whether you’re training a younger dog or an older one, enjoy the process, and make sure it’s rewarding. Continue…

Dog Park Finesse: Do You and Your Dog Have What it Takes?

Elmhurst_iStock_000003940303_MediumDuPage County boasts several natural areas, parks, lakeside trails, and other outdoor recreation possibilities. Because of this, it’s no wonder that so many dog owners are anxious to get out there with their intrepid canines as soon as the weather permits.

For many, dog parks, such as Mayslake Forest Preserve Dog Park – a sprawling off-leash, fenced-in wonderland for dogs – are a natural choice. Unfortunately (and you probably know what we’re about to say), some dogs are not exactly prepared for the social occasion. Continue…

The Well-Behaved Pooch: Best Practices in Dog Training

“Get back here!”

“No, no, no… No, Riley, no!”

“Mac, drop it. Drop it, Mac. Maaaaaaaac!!”

iStock_000021930272_LargeThere’s perhaps nothing as annoying as listening to someone yell at his or her dog, who has decided to explore or eat something, roam or simply misbehave. Yet, at every park or campground, we often hear the familiar and droning scolding of a pooch on the loose.

Likewise, it can be frustrating to be that pet owner scolding away at your pet… But there is hope.

Ideally, you have had the opportunity to start your dog training classes when your pooch was a puppy, generally beginning at 10-12 weeks of age (an ideal time for behavioral training and socialization). However, the reality is, many of us adopt dogs who have not been trained or exposed to dog parks and other social places. Many shelter dogs or rescues have been subjected to stressful environments where behavioral challenges and fears can be developed. Continue…

Dog Fight

 

There is almost nothing as scary as a dog fight. No one wants to have their pet involved in one, and most people will do anything to avoid a confrontation between their dog and another.

In order to successfully avoid a dog fight, it is important to understand why they occur

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Dog Fight

 

There is almost nothing as scary as a dog fight. No one wants to have their pet involved in one, and most people will do anything to avoid a confrontation between their dog and another.

In order to successfully avoid a dog fight, it is important to understand why they occur

Continue…

Back to School for Kids and Pets

Fall is just around the corner, and it is time for school to start again. As the kids head off to class, isn’t it time to think about your dog’s education as well? There are many types of classes that you can get your pup involved in, from basic obedience to agility to preparation for formal competition. No matter what your dog’s experience is, chances are there is a class to fit your needs. Enrolling Fido in training can have lots of benefits, too.

  • It’s fun! Most dogs enjoy having a job, and training your dog can become a great hobby!
  • Classes can be an excellent energy outlet for your pooch.  Most likely your dog could use and hour or two of dedicated exercise and interaction. Exercise and training can decrease problem behaviors by providing a healthy way for your pup to burn off some energy.
  • Training your dog is a wonderful way to build the bond between you and your pet. And a well-behaved dog is often a much more enjoyable friend.
  • When you are enrolled in a training class, you get the benefit of having an experienced dog trainer getting to know your animal. This better prepares them to help you through specific problems you may be having with your pet.

And remember, during the month of September we are running a Boarding Special of 20% off Boarding School Training during the entire month of September. Visit www.finecanine.com for more information.