Dog Training

CREATING YOUR DREAM DOG

The Panic Call I received a call yesterday from a mother of four with an 8 month old Lab/Border Collie mix. They adopted him in March and the first thing she said to me when I introduce myself over the telephone is “HELP, he is a nightmare!!” Michelle explained to me that Slash is jumping… 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 »