To play tug of war or not to play? That is often the question a new dog owner will have and ask a trainer. Some will assume that the game of Tug will lead to predator and aggressive behavior and others are fine with the game. The answer dog trainers will give you is that with training and rules, Tug can be a great exercise for all involved.
Help! My Dog is Barking! Barking is how dogs communicate but sometimes it can get out of control. This is when one of the most common questions I get from people calling me is for help with their dogs is my dog is barking, how do I make it stop? Stopping it isn't the best answer since we still want them to communicate with us if there is a problem. Understanding the reason they are barking is how I help them come up managing the barking and addressing the issue. The reason why it's important to understand the reason as there are different ways to approach different types of barking. To do this I do like to ask some in depth questions to help find out the root of the problem. Here are some questions you can ask yourself to help address more of the problem.