Dog Training

DID YOU CREATE YOUR DISOBEDIENT DOG?

Puppies are sponges Whether you purchase or adopt, we are all excited to bring home a new puppy. But did you know training starts from that very first moment? From potty training, to basic commands, chewing, nipping, play biting…the list goes on. It is our job to teach our puppy what behaviors are acceptable and… Read more »

LEASH REACTIVITY

By Melanie Benware, Holiday Barn Training Coordinator/Consultant An increasing problem Trainers all over the country are seeing an increase in leash reactivity with dogs of all sizes, breeds and ages. Leash reactivity, as I define it, is a dog that when put on the leash feels threatened or defensive when it sees other dogs and… Read more »

THE POWER OF THE WALK

By Melanie Benware One of the most important things we can do with and for our dogs is walk them, not just any walk, but a proper walk. My definition of a “Proper Walk” is when the human and the dog are moving, side by side as one, without tension on the leash. This is… Read more »

GERMAN SHEPHERDS

By Melanie Benware Dog Trainer, Holiday Barn Pet Resorts There are countless blogs and articles about raising a German Shepherd, living with one or training one. I am hoping that if you are reading this you have done your research and know that German Shepherds are smart, active, protective and require a lot of time,… Read more »

EASY TIPS FOR A BETTER DOG!

Author:  Melanie Benware, Holiday Barn Dog Trainer As a Dog Trainer, I often receive calls from exhausted owners inquiring about what they can do to help their puppy or recently adopted dog become a more mannerly member of the family. One or a combination of the following dog training tips can help with many of the… Read more »

YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT!

By Amanda Nepomuceno Have you ever had to spend quality time with a child who consumed lots candy and soda? That child may be hyper or not able to focus and could have some long term health issues. People are becoming increasingly aware that certain dietary preservatives and synthetic chemicals pose significant health hazards and… Read more »

MAY I PET YOUR DOG?

By Melanie Benware May I pet your dog? This is a very simple and important question, yet so often unasked. One of the biggest concerns we hear from clients is how other people will rush up to pet their dog without asking. Likewise, strangers will allow other dogs to pounce upon their dogs, again, without… Read more »

PLEASE DON’T LEAVE ME!

Spring Break is in full swing here at Holiday Barn! For most of our guests, that means that their human family has packed up and gone away somewhere and they don’t get to go with them! Sounds scary, doesn’t it? The anxiety of it all can be very scary for a dog. They can’t ask… Read more »

KEEP YOUR DOG HAPPY WITH HEALTHY TREATS

Food treats are an effective reward for dogs in training. And after lots of hard work, your dog deserves a special treat. But you don’t want to give him unhealthy treats, especially when so many treats on the market are made with added fillers, preservatives, and unnatural ingredients that can make your dog very sick…. Read more »