Category Archives for "Dog Behavior"

Recall Training: How to Get a Dog to Come When You Call

There’s nothing scarier than watching your dog run off across the beach, down the street, or through the woods while you helplessly call for him to come back to you without any luck. It only takes seconds, for a dog to vanish before your eyes—all because your dog is excited and decided to chase a […]

How to Stop Dog Barking: Doggy Dan’s Ultimate Guide

Out of all the bad dog behaviors that exist, how to stop dog barking has to be one of the most frustrating issues to deal with. Think about it… If your dog has a barking problem, it’s unlikely that you’re able to control when he barks. This can lead to his howling keeping you up […]

Best Behaved Dog Breeds: Does Breed Determine a Dog’s Personality?

I often get asked the question, “What are the best behaved dog breeds?” And here’s my answer… The idea that a breed can determine a dog’s personality is one of the biggest dog myths in the world. There’s simply not such thing as a “best behaved dog breed.” For example, people assume that if you […]

Correcting Bad Dog Behavior: Why Your Dog Is like a Mirror

A lot of people ask me, how do I train my dog? Or even more important, how do I go about correcting bad dog behavior that already exists? And the answer is always this. When it comes to training a dog it’s important that we first start with a solid foundation. That’s where you get […]

Dog Adoption: When Is the Best Time to Adopt a Dog?

If you’ve been thinking about adding a four-legged addition to your home, you may be asking yourself the following questions… “Should I get a puppy or should I rescue a dog?” “Do I need to get a puppy so I can form a better bond with him?” “How long does it take for a dog […]

Dog Training Tips: How to Help Your Dog Overcome the Fear of Fireworks

Dogs who are scared of fireworks–as well as thunder, gun shots, or other loud noises–is a topic that I am passionate about. There’s nothing I hate more than seeing animals in fear, especially dogs. For those of you that own dogs with a true fear of loud noises, you may feel overwhelmed when challenging dog […]

A Dog’s Sixth Sense: The Unexplained Power of Dogs

I’ve always been fascinated with how amazing nature is. It seems as though every day we discover new things about animals—things that previously may have seemed like the stuff of a science fiction novel or movie. And as a dog trainer, I’ve certainly seen my fair share of interesting and sometimes even unexplainable behaviour. One […]

5 Reasons Why Dogs And Puppies Chew Things They Shouldn’t

Dogs have been known to chew almost everything from doors, windows, and car seat belts to balloons, books, mobile phones and underwear! So what is going on, and what’s the reason for all this chewing? Before you begin to put together a solution for your dog or puppy’s chewing, it’s important to understand the real […]

Learning to understand your dog’s body language

Learning to understand dogs body language

Ever found yourself completely confused by some dog behaviour, with no idea what your dogs are doing or saying to each other? Sometimes their actions can look completely random. It seems as though there’s no meaning to what’s going on. In fact the opposite is true. But before I discuss our dog’s communication abilities, I want to […]

DD: 010 Leash training – when your dog is too excited to walk

Leash training - when your dog is too excited to walk

When the walk becomes dangerous…

Taking your dog for a walk is supposed to be one of those pleasant experiences; relaxing, enjoyable and memorable. However for many people it’s memorable for all the wrong reasons! Dragged down the street, pulled off your feet, arm yanked out of its socket, damaged wrists and a lot of stress.

How to respond when an aggressive dog runs up to my dog?

How to respond to an aggressive dog approaching you on the walk

Something that I get asked a lot is what to do if you’re approached by a potentially aggressive dog. In this article I have covered off 3 situations where you are walking your dog on a leash and another dog off the leash comes running up to you. Being challenged by another dog when out […]

The importance of socialising puppies

Doggy Dan shows how to socialise a Golden Retriever puppy

Few things are more important than making sure that your puppy is well socialised with other dogs. The reason being is simple: if you socialise them with other dogs when they are young they will learn to get on well with other dogs when they’re older. However if you leave it too late this can […]

West Highland Terrier puppy socializing with larger dogs

west highland terrier puppy

In this video you’ll meet Horlicks, a West Highland Terrier puppy. Sh’e been introduced to my two girls, who are the first large dogs she’s ever met.  Calm energy is the key to puppy socialization Inca is very calm and relaxed, and that’s the invitation for the West Highland puppy, Horlicks, to come and play. […]

Dogs socializing, learning to read dogs body langauge

Dogs Socializing and reading Body Language

Watch as my two trained dogs Inca and Peanut, keep two large male Ridgeback Cross dogs (Nitro and Diesel) away until they are ready to say hello. Fascinating little interaction As you watch the dogs socializing, you’ll see their body language is a real giveaway – the flirting and the dance…! This is all about […]