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!
Vacations! We look forward to traveling, relaxing and lots of fun for those precious few days we have freedom to go play. Taking your Best Friends can be much more fun than leaving them behind, no matter how much you like and trust your pet sitter. However, taking Rover along requires some simple preparations for […]
Your Mission, should you choose to accept it, is to: To teach your dog to go to a designated place such as his BED…but how do you do that? Use these tips, and it won’t take too long.
Throughout the day, there are things you need to communicate with your dog…things to keep him/her safe, things to keep your things safe from him, and just practical commands in general. In this article, we’ll give tips about 4 of those practical training practices.
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.