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The Missing Link: Why You’re Struggling to Train Your Pup and How a Comprehensive Dog Training Program Can Help

The second you bring a new dog into your home, your life changes forever. While most of the changes are positive, you might also find yourself wondering, “what did I get myself into?” Just like humans, dogs can come with a variety of behavioral challenges that occur in both puppyhood and adulthood. Challenges such as… […]

Fake Turf Vs. Real Grass: The Pros and Cons of Accessible Grass Potty Patches for Dogs

People all over the world own dogs. Some are posh apartment pets, while others spend their days running around on farms. The common denominator of all of these dogs?…They all have to use the bathroom! If you live in a nice suburban area with a fenced-in backyard or a rural piece of land where your […]

Celebrating Diversity: Doggy Dan’s Dog Training Programs Made Accessible for Deaf Dog Owners

One of the greatest joys in life is dog ownership. Knowing this, we believe everyone should have the opportunity to benefit from the companionship of a canine! This being said, we know there are some circumstances that make owning and training a dog a little more challenging. And upon reflection of our own training programs, […]

How to Get Kids Involved While Training Your Dog at Home

In order to properly train your dog at home, you need to establish a clear, consistent training routine for your pup. This means… Setting firm boundaries. Sticking to a set routine (meal times, potty breaks, walks,etc.). Strategically rewarding your dog for good behavior. Following through with time outs when your pup struggles to listen. Maintaining […]

5 Safety Rules to Protect Your Pup This Holiday Season

A lot changes in your household during the holiday season… Visitors come and go New decor is placed around your home Different food dishes are often prepared …and while all these things might be normal to you, they can be really confusing (and stressful!) to your pup! As we are just days away from celebrating […]

How to Find a Quality Dog Sitter/Walker Your Pup Will Love

During the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, life gets busy! Suddenly you may find yourself booking plane tickets to visit relatives for the weekend on a whim, or skipping your normal lunch break to get some holiday shopping done. While this is a fun time for most people, it can take a toll […]

How to Keep Your Dog’s Memory Alive During the Holiday Season

The holiday season should be a time of fun and good cheer. But, if you’ve recently lost a pup, the idea of not having your best pal around for the holidays can really put a damper on your spirit. Personally, I believe the best way to make it through the holidays is to keep your […]

Why Does My Pup Do This: The Science Behind Why Dogs Eat Grass

If you’re out on a walk with your dog or sitting out in the back yard with your pup, you may notice him occasionally taking a nibble of the grass. This action often leads us dog parents to question, “why does my dog do that?” Is my dog sick? Is he hungry? Is my dog […]

Dog Dental Hygiene: How to Keep Your Pup’s Teeth Clean

Many people go years and years without paying any attention to their dog’s teeth. Then, suddenly, a dog stops eating or gets sick and it turns out the dog has a rotten tooth or tooth infection. If this has happened to your dog, you’re not alone. In fact, most people have no idea that their […]

National Service Dog Month: Decoding the Difference Between Service Dogs and ESAs

For hundreds of years, dogs have been trained to support humans in a variety of work tasks. It’s amazing to think that our canine counterparts can be trained to… Work in the police force/military. Hunt/protect farm animals/herd. Alert security to drugs/bombs in airports, stadiums, etc. Assist people with special needs. Detect medical emergencies like seizures. […]

6 Popular Hypoallergenic Dog Breeds for Dog Lovers with Allergies

If you’re a dog lover but have an allergy to pet dander, the hope of owning a dog might sound far-fetched to you. The good news…there are dog breeds out there that are allergy-friendly! In fact, nowadays you can find hypoallergenic dog breeds just about anywhere–including your local shelter! So, what dog breeds won’t cause […]

Happy National Dog Day! 6 Ways to Celebrate the Amazing Dogs in Your Life

August 26th is National Dog Day—a day where we celebrate how amazing our canine companions are and remember all the incredible things dogs have done to positively enhance our lives. Whether you have your own dog, work as a vet/vet tech, are a dog sitter, or simply just love dogs, we hope you’ll take some […]

10 Things I Want Every Dog Lover to Know…

(In celebration of our online anniversary!) While I’ve been training dogs for many years, this August marks the 10th anniversary of taking my training methods and creating an online program for dog owners around the world. How wild is that? I have so much gratitude for the opportunities that my career as a dog trainer […]

5 Fun Brain Games to Test Your Dog’s Intelligence

Dogs are incredibly smart animals. It’s no surprise as they can be trained to do all kinds of amazing things, such as serve as service animals or aid the police or military to accomplish important tasks. In fact, dogs are so brilliant that, if you don’t take the time to keep them mentally stimulated, they […]

Doggy Dan’s Ultimate Summer Holiday Safety Guide

By far one of the best things about summer is the parties! From 4th of July firework shows to backyard BBQ and pool parties, there is no shortage of opportunities to get together with friends and family and celebrate everything this season has to offer. For us humans, this time of year is a lot […]

10 Awesome Father’s Day Gifts for Dog Dads

Father’s Day is just around the corner. And, while this holiday is typically celebrated for dads with human kids, we think it’s just as important to honor all the dog dads around the world too. After all, being a dog dad is a big responsibility. From daily walks to vet appointments and cleaning up the […]

3 Common Misconceptions About What Makes a Dog Aggressive

If you watch the news or read the paper, it’s likely that you’ve come across a story about someone getting attacked by a dog. And I bet you that 9 out of 10 times, the dog in the story is some sort of large male dog—perhaps a specific breed, like a Pitbull or German Shepherd. […]

Jack’s Intuition: A Dog’s Amazing Ability to Understand Life and Death

It’s almost a year ago that my beloved dog peanut passed away. And on that day something very mysterious occurred. It’s taken me all this time to get to a place where I was ready to tell this story. But, I’ve reached the point in which I’m ready to share. So today I’d like to […]

The Pros and Cons of Puppy Training Classes

You’ve just brought home your adorable new puppy, and what happens?… He pees on your carpet… And starts chewing on your shoes. Time for puppy training classes? My answer is maybe— All dogs need some form of training in order to live happy, relaxed lives, but is Puppy School really the best answer? There are […]

Food Aggression: Why Some Dogs Feel the Need to Aggressively Protect Their Dinner

Food aggression is a dangerous behavioral issue that often results in accidental injuries to both humans and other household pets. The worst part… While this type of behavioral issue is often found in dogs who have been rescued from neglectful situations, the behavior also pops up frequently in dogs who don’t have a proper training […]

Winter Skin and Paw Care: How to Keep Your Dog Healthy in Cold Weather

It’s a scorcher here in New Zealand! But a lot of folks in the Northern Hemisphere are having other problems… During the winter months, it’s common for humans to suffer from dry skin or chapped lips. The reason: cold weather literally sucks the moisture out of us. What you might not know is that dogs […]

Should I Get Rid of My Dog? What to Do If Your Dog Bites

Dogs—while they are amazing, beautiful, wonderful creatures—are animals. And, anytime you’re spending time with an animal, there’s the potential for something to go wrong. Thankfully, over decades and decades of breeding and training, our pups have become so domesticated that they are mostly lovers, not fighters. However, there are many factors such as… Age Training […]

Why Does My Dog Sniff That? The Science Behind Your Dog’s Incredible Sense of Smell

Do you ever wonder why your dog’s nose is always running a mile a minute? The answer is simple: A dog’s sense of smell is his most powerful sense. A dog can use his nose to sniff out food, his friends, and danger from miles away. So, even when we can’t smell anything around, it’s […]

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