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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Belly Up, Hands Up!

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 In : Body Language 

That's my new catch phrase when discussing what to do when your puppy rolls over onto his back. Most humans interpret that as rub my belly. That it isn't true in every situation.

It can mean a number of things. That’s why context and looking at the dog’s overall body language is important. What is the rest of his body doing? His ears? His tail? His eyes? His lips?

Is his body loose and relaxed? Is it tight? Does he nudge your hand in an effort to get you to touch him? Is he stari...

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A Bit About Learning Theory

Posted by Janis Mikelberg, B.A. CPDT-KA on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 In : Dog Training 

Puppies and dogs explore their world via their nose and mouth. Behaviour, which is perfectly normal for them, is often unwanted by us. Dogs bark (they don’t speak English), bite, chew, dig, run, jump, roll, shred things, avoid eye contact (it’s the polite thing to do in the canine world), sniff, guard items (a skill necessary for survival in the wild) and more.
As humans, we want to teach our dogs to sit politely, walk slowly, not bark, avoid rolling in disgusting things, be happy when we ...

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