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!
It’s a beautiful day in your neighborhood…you have always wanted to take Fido to the off leash dog park just down the street…today just might be the perfect day for it. But wait! Have you and your pup prepared to be in the company of several other off leash canines and their owners?
Aww, look at those eyes, and that sweet face, how can you turn him down?
It isn’t uncommon for dogs to beg at the dinner table, or just whenever food is being eaten by humans, but it isn’t the best habit your dog can develop.
We have all seen little children who panic and cry their eyes out when mom and dad are leaving, they are feeling separation anxiety, which they usually outgrow within a period of time. But did you ever think that your dog could be feeling the same type of anxiety and distress when left home alone?
It’s frightening, it’s frustrating, it’s definitely not funny! In fact, it feels like a battle to keep your dog from bolting out the door everytime it gets opened. So why does your dog do it and how can you help prevent it?
I teach classes about socializing your puppy, I’ve talked about training your dog, about what to do if your dog barks to much, or licks too much,and more, all of which are very important subjects. This puts all the responsibility on your dog, but relationships, even dog and human relationships, are two-sided.
Once your puppy begins the teething process, you’ll notice that everything in his/her reach is fair game for “gumming”, chewing and gnawing…How can you help him and save your things?