Pet, Horse and Small Animal Care


  • Be Generous with Your Affection

It is ok to be over generous with your praise. Dogs need to know when they are doing a good job too.

  • Tell Him What You Want Him to Do

There is nothing inherently wrong with telling your dog "no," except that it doesn't give him enough information. Instead of telling your dog "no," tell him what you want him to do.  Dogs are eager to please humans so be sure you are giving them clear instruction on what you want them to do!

  • Be Consistent
  • Have Realistic Expectations
  • You Get What You Reinforce - Not Necessarily What You Want

If your dog exhibits a behavior you don't like, there is a strong likelihood that it's something that has been reinforced before by yourself.  A great example is when your dog brings you a toy and barks to entice you to throw it. You throw the toy. Your dog has just learned that barking gets you to do what he wants. You say "no," and he barks even more. Heaven forbid you give in and throw the toy now! Why? Because you will have taught him persistence pays off. Before you know it you'll have a dog that barks and barks every time he wants something. The solution? Ignore his barking or ask him to do something for you (like "sit") before you throw his toy.

  • Freedom

Contrary to popular belief dogs actually like confined spaces and giving them too much freedom is never a good thing. It is ok to keep them confined to smaller parts of the yard when you are away or to close off doors inside the house.