The Answer is "It Depends"

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Sunday, November 25, 2018 In : Dog Training 

There is so much conflicting information on what your dog should or shouldn't do. It can be very confusing to dog owners looking for guidance. 
It's complicated as you wade through the myths, fiction, fact, and opinions.
I hear a lot of uncertainty in questions posed by clients as they try to ascertain whether it’s okay for the dog to be on the furniture, the bed or on a lap or whether the dog must walk by the left leg. 

I don’t believe there are right or wrong answers. In dog training the a...

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Love The Dog You Have

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 In : Expectations 
Before we bring a dog into our home most of us have an idea or picture of what life will be with our dog. Some get a small dog so it's easy to take along everywhere, others want to do therapy visits or scenting work or competitive sports or simply be able to do daily walks around the neighbourhood.
We don't always get the dog we expect.
My first dog, my beloved Westie, who you see in my banner, was a Therapy Dog for Therapeutic Paws of Canada. He was well suited for it as nothing much fazed him...

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The Decision to Re Home A Puppy

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Thursday, August 30, 2018 In : Adding a puppy 

As a dog trainer I have the privilege of guiding new puppy owners through the ups and downs of living with a puppy. I usually come into the home within the first weeks of the pup’s arrival.
It’s an overwhelming time for most people. There is a big disconnect between expectations and reality ☺
Most people have visions of walks around the neighbourhood, cuddling up on the couch, playing fetch and generally having a lovely time.
Reality is far different. The pup flits from side to side, eatin...

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Adding A Second Puppy

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 In : Adding a puppy 

I am receiving a lot of calls from people adding a puppy to the home where there is already a dog.
I love that people have more than one dog! Kind of like eating chips or peanuts – you can’t stop at one ☺
If you are considering adding a second, third, or…….,  do so with some planning vs coming home and surprising the resident dog.

Before you even bring the puppy home consider leaving something with the scent of your resident dog, such as a towel or old t-shirt with the breeder so the p...

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Did Your Dog Get Sprayed By a Skunk?

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Monday, July 9, 2018 In : Grooming 

The most common cleaning method is a mix of 1 quart 3% hydrogen peroxide, 1/2 cup baking soda (not powder) and 1 teaspoon or so of a liquid dish detergent.
In a pinch you can use white vinegar instead of the hydrogen peroxide.
Depending on the size of your dog you may need to double or triple the mix. Maintain the same ratios.
Use rubber gloves.
Thoroughly wet your dog then apply the mixture and leave it on about 5 minutes. No more than that as it can bleach the fur and some dogs are sensitive to...

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