8 Steps to an Enjoyable Leash Walk

8 Steps to an Enjoyable Leash Walk

1. Be patient and persistent. If your dog has been “walking you” for some time, it is going to take awhile to teach loose leash walking. 2. Before you even start to walk, use a clicker to teach your dog the position you would like her to be in when you are on a walk…

Is Humanizing Our Pets Healthy?

Is Humanizing Our Pets Healthy?

For the first time in history, pet dogs outnumber children in America. As of 2010, the number of pet dogs in the States was 43 million, whereas the number of children was 38 million. This continuing population trend — that seems to exist not only in North America — has led to the now widespread…

10 Tips for Teaching a Reliable Recall

10 Tips for Teaching a Reliable Recall

1. “Come!” is the most important thing you will teach your dog and if it is trained using positive reinforcement and play, the recall game never gets old, so practice often and make it fun. 2. Keep your dog on a leash or safety long line until he has been trained through a recall program….

Dealing With Excessive Canine Barking

Dealing With Excessive Canine Barking

Why Dogs Bark Dogs who bark excessively can cause high levels of frustration for their owners, but even though it seems like a lost cause and nothing can help, there are ways to modify this behavior and give owners hope. There are several reasons why dogs bark; some are acceptable, and some are not. The most common types of…

RTH Fan: Izzy the Lurcher Longdog

RTH Fan: Izzy the Lurcher Longdog

Meet Izzy! She is a 2-year-old Lurcher Longdog (with Greyhound and Deerhound lines). Izzy’s favourite toys are cherry tomatoes and dead mice (!), and her favourite pastimes are playing, and “decorating” the house with paper towel. Her favourite snacks are strawberries straight from the vine and stolen bananas…which she peels herself, of course. Izzy’s mom,…