I know positive reinforcement works. I use it every day. Scientific studies have proven it to be the most effective way to train. I’ve seen the amazing results that come from positive reinforcement. Yet, every once in a while, I have doubts. That doubt comes from seeing the dogs in my class each week and not seeing them get drastically & Read more �
It’s that time of year again when many of us are gearing up for the start of spring and summer. While this is a great time of year for outdoor activities with our pets, it also opens the door for some other creatures to appear. Although fleas and ticks in many areas of the country are present year round, we certainly see & Read more �
There are only a few must-haves for me when I train, but proper tools make the job much easier and quicker. Below are my favorite tools, in no particular order: There are only a few must-haves for me when I train, but proper tools make the job much easier and quicker. Below are my favorite tools, in no particular order:
At-home care may include several different methods and not one method is always better than another. What works for one pet and Pet Parent certainly may not be the best choice for another pet depending on the pet’s behavior and disposition. Options may include:
Whenever I teach my dog a new trick I do a little prep work first.
Did you know that all dogs are at risk for heartworm disease? Regardless of breed, age, indoor or outdoor living quarters, etc., all dogs can get heartworm disease. While in some areas of the country, pets are at a higher risk of contracting heartworm disease, it is certainly present in most areas of the country. Also, did you also know that & Read more �
Debbie McKnight, CPDT - Accredited PetSmart Trainer By far, the most common questions I’ve heard since Christmas all center around potty training. The good news is: potty training isn’t rocket science. It just involves management and supervision. There are a couple of items that will make your potty training experience go smoother.
I am a firm believer that the responsibility for learning falls on the teacher’s shoulders. As a dog trainer, this means that if the dog does not understand, it is the handler’s fault. If, as an instructor, my students do not understand, it is my fault. So you can imagine my joy when my students not only “get it”, but & Read more �
Debbie McKnight, Accredited PetSmart Trainer Last month, I wrote about Bella-the-wonder-pug’s new love of pedicures. While Bella is the young, spry thing I hang out with at work (thanks to her mommy for the daily “loaner” dog!), the love of my life hangs out at home on the couch. Kyra is my 8-1/2 year old German Shepherd. I’ve had her since & Read more �
Debbie McKnight, Accredited PetSmart Trainer