Welcome to the Pawsitive Steps Dog Training blog! I am Gayle Ballinger, a Certified Pet Dog Trainer in Seattle and my puppy is Dancer, a 12 week old Golden Retriever. I hope you enjoy being a part of the fun activities, training exercises and adventures we have!
Some dogs feel uncomfortable in a subjective position such as “down.” Since dogs do this behavior naturally; they don’t need to learn “how” to do it. By rewarding your dog whenever you see him or her going DOWN naturally, you take advantage of them performing this in an environment comfortable to them; teaching them that […]
Our goal with this training lesson is to teach your dog to sit patiently for you while you are attaching his leash. This is a great lesson to teach your dog self-control…
Having a dog who gives you eye contact and pays attention to you is a real asset in training. In this exercise, the goal is extended eye contact.
Is your pup afraid of the car, or worse yet, does he get car sick? There are some things you can try to help him get over the fear or sickness.
Fears can be reduced and/or eliminated by counter conditioning. It is important that you approach this process with an attitude of calmness and patience. Remember…slow progress is progress!
Halloween Costumes can seem frightening or unusual to your dog, as can troops of little ghosts, goblins, superheroes and princesses parading up and down your front steps all evening. Here is how to best prepare your pup for the ghoulish encounter…