Dog Training

MY DOG DOES CRAZY THINGS!

Obsessive Behaviors Does your dog chase his tail? Follow lights or lasers? Go after the garden hose? Obsess about a ball? Although these behaviors are entertaining to us, they can be problematic for your dog. I do not recommend encouraging them, whether it’s a natural behavior or something they have been taught. Let’s examine the… Read more »

BOARD & TRAIN

By Melanie Benware, Training Coordinator/Consultant for Holiday Barn Pet Resorts This is Part Three of our series following the training progression of star pupil, Slash! Read how Slash begins the transformation into his owner’s dream dog in Part One, Creating your Dream Dog, and in Part Two, What a Difference a Week Makes. Slash is… Read more »

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 »