The Great Shave Debate: 5 Things to Consider Before You Shave Your Dog

For years, dogs owners, dog trainers, and even veterinarians have argued about whether it’s ok, or even beneficial, to shave your dog’s coat. So…to shave or not to shave…what is the right choice? As a dog owner myself, I know that the answer isn’t necessarily black or white. In fact, there are many factors (both […]

Why Does My Dog Do This?…10 Odd Dog Behaviors Defined

It’s no secret that dogs and humans often exhibit very different behavioral habits. After all, if you walked around sniffing others people’s butts in an attempt to get to know them, you might be sent in for a mental evaluation. Yet, some of these odd behaviors—like sniffing butts or rolling around in stinky things—are very […]

How to Determine If Your Dog’s Bad Behavior Is Caused by Boredom or Stress

As a dog trainer, I am often approached with questions about different dog behavioral problems. Some people believe the issues that arise due to boredom are caused by lack of exercise or a lack of attention given to a dog. And these things certainly can make the behavior worse. However, many of these behaviors are […]

10 Things Humans Do That Dogs Struggle to Understand

Do you ever wonder… Why your dog stares at you blankly while you play games on your phone? Why your pup feels the need to bark and growl at the vacuum cleaner? Why your pooch chooses to hang out in the other room while you’re watching a sporting event? Everyday rituals like playing on our […]

The TOP 3 Dog Popsicle Recipes of ALL TIME! (That Your Pup Can Indulge in This Summer)

Everyone loves indulging in a cold treat on a hot day—even your dog! That being said, a lot of human treats, like… Dairy-based ice cream Sugar-laden popsicles Artificially flavored slushies …aren’t a healthy or safe option for your pup. Not to mention, if your dog is obese, those fat and sugar-filled treats could contribute to […]

7 Life Lessons from My Beloved Dog Peanut

​At the end of April 2018, my beloved dog Peanut passed away at the age of 13 and a half.I always believed that she came into this world to change lives and help us understand dogs and ourselves better.Now, looking back, I also realize she was one of the greatest life teachers I could have […]

Dog Obesity: Is My Dog’s Weight Damaging His Health?

Doggy Dan here, As dog lovers, we want to do everything possible to provide our pups with the best life ever. And sometimes, that means spoiling our dogs with all sorts of treats, chews, and table scraps. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. However, I do believe that moderation is key. I’ve gone […]

Doggy Dan’s Guide to Safe Muzzle Use for Dogs

 If you have an aggressive dog—or a dog who has the potential to be aggressive—you may have to consider using a muzzle. That being said, a lot of people don’t understand when it’s appropriate to use a muzzle or what type of muzzle is the safest choice for their dog. For that reason, I […]

How to Introduce Your Dog to a New Baby (And a special FREE gift for you at the end)

If you’re reading this, it’s very possible that you… Just found out you’re pregnant. Just brought a new baby home from the hospital. Know a family member or friend that just had a baby. In any case, I want to say congratulations! I am so thrilled for you! As a father myself, I know how […]

5 Training Exercises to Prepare Your Dog for a New Baby (And a special FREE gift for you at the end)

Bringing a new baby home is an exciting, stressful, chaotic, and joyful time in a person’s life. It’s a big event that often requires new parents to make lifestyle changes in order to accommodate the needs of their new bundle of joy. That being said, people aren’t the only ones affected by this type of […]

Dog Ownership: 8 Things to Consider Before You Adopt a Dog

When you’re seriously considering adding a dog to your family… You might start wondering… What is the best kind of dog breed? Should I adopt from a shelter? How do I choose the perfect dog for myself or my family when there are so many different types of dogs out there? In my personal opinion, […]

Doggy Dan’s Dog Safety Tips for the Holiday Season

The holiday season has officially arrived! And while it’s often a joyous and fun season for us humans, it can also be a stressful and dangerous time of year for our canine companions. This year, I wanted to ensure that both you and your dog are able to enjoy the holidays. So, I’ve decided to […]

Doggy Dan Shares His Top 10 Favorite Dog Books List

There’s nothing better than curling up after a long day with a cup of tea, your dog, and your favorite dog book. It’s a great way to relax, unwind, and spend some quality time with your pup. However, as someone who reads a lot of dog books, I often find myself at a loss for […]

The Big Fix Uganda: Amazing Dog Names Inspired by Real Stories

Jack, Molly, Bella, Max…we all know these common dog names. In the western world, it turns out that a lot of the time we are not that original when it comes to naming our dogs! (I have a dog named Jack!) But, it’s not the same way everywhere in the world. In fact, in Africa, […]

Is it Cruel to Dress Up Your Dog for Halloween?

Halloween is just around the corner, and pet shops are full of adorable doggy costumes. From the traditional hot dog costume to monsters, superheroes, and everything in between, it’s hard to resist picking up an outfit for your dog to wear. You might get a kick out of taking pics (and posting them) of your […]

Common German Shepherd Behavioral Problems and Personality Traits

Over the years working as a dog trainer, I’ve probably worked with as many German shepherd dogs as any other breed. Most often, they are an incredibly loyal breed, are devoted to their owners, and have really sweet and fun personalities. And so, to those of you who love the breed and wouldn’t consider anything […]

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 […]

Crate Training a New Puppy: Tips and Tools for Setting Up Your Pup

Today, I want to talk about a very useful tool when it comes to training your puppy—a crate. Even more important, I want to discuss how to set yourself up for effectively crate training a new puppy. To some people, a crate looks a bit like jail cell. However, most puppies and dogs (once they’re […]

Begin a Dog Training Career: What it Takes to Become a Great Dog Trainer

If you’ve thought about becoming a dog trainer, but aren’t quite sure you have what is takes to become a great dog trainer, you’re not alone. In fact, there are tons of dog-lovers around the world who dream of living a life where they get up every morning and actually get paid to work with […]

Puppy Training Tips: How to Set Your New Puppy Up for Success

Bringing a new puppy home is one of the most exciting things in the world. And when it goes smoothly, it’s a wonderful experience. However, amongst this joy, it’s also very easy for things to go pear-shaped quickly if you don’t know what you’re doing. Especially if you’re a first-time puppy parent. I believe it’s […]

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 […]

How to Overcome Your Fear of Aggressive Dogs to Become a Dog Trainer

If you’re somebody who’s thought about becoming a dog trainer, but you’ve been put off because you’re concerned about the dangers of working with aggressive dogs, you’re not alone. In fact, I encounter people every day who absolutely love dogs, but who also have fears about working with them–especially if they have aggressive tendencies. If […]

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 […]

Vet Tech Careers: 5 Reasons Vet Techs Make Great Dog Trainers

If you read the title of this blog, and it made you smile or caused you to become intrigued, it’s possible that you work as a vet tech in your local animal hospital. First of all, I want to say thank you for doing a thankless job. I know how hard you work to ensure […]

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 […]

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