Dog Training


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 »


Probably one of the worst things we can do is treat our dog like he/she is human. It’s hard to accept, but our furry little friends are not little people…. they are canines, and have a completely different thought and reasoning process. Understanding the differences will lead to a happier, calmer, and better behaved dog…. Read more »


Twice a month our Trainers take their training graduates on a Pack Walk! They visit parks, restaurants, malls, and sometimes take sight-seeing trips. It has been a fun experience for the humans, but the dogs are really loving it! Walking is a very therapeutic thing for a dog, not to mention one of their most… Read more »


Getting a new puppy is always an exciting time. Whether it’s your first dog or your twenty-first, please remember these commonly overlooked issues before your bring that new puppy home! 1) Realistically anticipate the amount of responsibility involved! Many dogs are in shelters today because the new owners just did not realize how much work… Read more »

The Purpose and Benefits of Using the Prong Collar

Author: Melanie Benware, Trainer, Glen Allen Of all the tools used in dog training, perhaps none is more widely misunderstood and maligned than the prong collar (also known as the pinch collar). Many well meaning but misinformed people assume that judging by it’s looks, the prong collar is a barbaric device intended to “stab” a… Read more »


Author: Melanie Benware, Trainer, Glen Allen A well-behaved, trained dog is a pleasure to own because he can go virtually anywhere without being a risk or a nuisance to others. Who doesn’t want a dog who exhibits appropriate behavior in a crowd, good manners when we have guests in our home, and doesn’t threaten other… Read more »