Category: Training

  • How to Bond with your New Puppy

    How to Bond with your New Puppy

    Welcoming a new puppy into your life is an exciting adventure full of precious moments and bonding opportunities. Beyond the belly rubs and cuddles, you and your furry friend should have a strong relationship built on trust and understanding. From morning routines to evening rituals, here are some everyday opportunities to deepen your bond. Connecting…

  • Beat the Boredom: Find It Enrichment Game

    Beat the Boredom: Find It Enrichment Game

    Colder months mean fewer opportunities for your dog to get outside and play. One of the best ways to keep your pup entertained and mentally stimulated is with a game of ‘Find It’. Why play Find It? Winter blues can lead to unwanted behaviors like chewing, excessive barking, and frustration. A game of “Find It”…

  • Crate Training Your New Puppy: Tips and Benefits

    Crate Training Your New Puppy: Tips and Benefits

    Bringing home a new puppy to your family is both an exciting and challenging experience for everyone involved. Amidst the playful moments and adorable antics, one crucial aspect of puppy training is often overlooked: crate training. Crate training is a valuable tool for nurturing a well-behaved and comfortable puppy while providing numerous benefits for both…

  • Beyond Fetch: Exploring the World of Dog Enrichment

    Beyond Fetch: Exploring the World of Dog Enrichment

    Enrichment for pets has become a popular phrase over the last few years. It’s used by doggie daycare facilities, pet sitters, boarding kennels – and me! My name is Steve Appelbaum, and I have trained professionally for almost 40 years. My school, Animal Behavior College, has trained animal lovers to be professional dog trainers since the…

  • The Essential Guide to Bringing Home a New Puppy

    The Essential Guide to Bringing Home a New Puppy

    Congratulations on your new puppy! Now what?  Bringing a new puppy into your life is a major cause for joy. With some luck and care, the bundle of energy, most likely chewing on your shoe or sleeping at your feet, could be with you for 12-15 years. That’s a chunk of time and a big…

  • New Puppy Tips: Obedience, Common Behaviors and House Training

    New Puppy Tips: Obedience, Common Behaviors and House Training

    OBEDIENCE FOUNDATIONS FOR PUPPIES Obedience commands (AKA Cues), like sit and come, can be taught from the first day you bring your puppy home.  Sit: Put a Pet Botanics Training reward in your closed hand. Let the puppy smell your hand and slowly move your closed hand over the dog’s muzzle and top of their head.…

  • Common Adult Dog Behaviors & Training Tips

    Common Adult Dog Behaviors & Training Tips

    Training an adult dog? We have addressed three common behaviors that pet parents struggle with when they begin their training journey: DESTRUCTIVE CHEWING Dogs love to chew! This is fine until they start chewing your clothes and furniture. Some dogs outgrow this behavior, and some don’t. Here are some tips to help with problem chewers.…

  • Common Senior Dog Behaviors

    Common Senior Dog Behaviors

    We’ve all heard that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. Is that true? Absolutely not. Older dogs can learn new things and sometimes be easier to train than puppies because they are not as easily distracted and have longer attention spans.   Generally, it’s not the dog’s age but the age of behavior that…