Reactivity Workshop Series

Reactivity Workshop Series

Reactivity Workshop SeriesFall workshop series to explore reactivity and the training choices we make to help our dogs. Sign up for one or all three. When? Nov 22, Dec 6, & Dec 13  6:30-8:30 PM Where? Wild Tails 4512 Wellington Rd, Nanaimo, BC Building...

That Dog Isn’t Friendly, They Are Obnoxious

That Dog Isn’t Friendly, They Are Obnoxious

That Dog Isn't Friendly, They Are ObnoxiousA story about a person who walks the same tails that I walk.  They have three large dogs: they call one a "Pitbull cross", the other two "Boxer mixes".  The dogs are 80 -120lbs and have big blocky heads. And they ARE...

Stress Bucket

Stress Bucket

How Full Is Your Dog's Bucket?When a dog's Stress Bucket overflows, they can have big reactions to seemingly little things. As the saying goes, this is a case of 'the straw that broke the camels back'. If the bucket is full, even a drop can cause it to spill. When...

Good Training Practices

Good Training Practices

When training, it is important to always consider confidence.  If our dog is confident, we can build drive, speed, and enthusiasm. If our dog looses confidence, our performance will slow down and become less reliable.    Begin and end each session with easy...

Potty Training Your Puppy

Potty Training Your Puppy

Potty Training Your PuppyTraining your puppy to eliminate outdoors can be a very quick process, or can take weeks and even months.  Each puppy develops and learns at their own pace. Be patient while they learn. When your puppy eliminates, it feels good. If your puppy...

Look-At-That Game

Look-At-That Game

Look At That Game The Look-At-That game was popularized by Leslie McDevitt in her Control Unleashed program.   The basics of the game: Mark (say 'yes' or click) when your dog looks at a stimulus such as a dog, person, car, skateboard, or whatever gets your dog...

Where to Buy Toys!

Where to Buy Toys!

Where to Buy Toys?I have a lot of fun toys for the dogs and students ask where to find them. Of course check your local pet supply stores, and of course there is Amazon, here are my favourite Canadian websites. Cutesy, fluffy, tuggy ones that last: ...

Muzzle Up!

Muzzle Up!

Muzzle Up!Muzzles can be used for many reasons. Certainly, if your dog is a bite risk to yourself, other people, or animals, consider a muzzle.   I love to muzzle train my dogs in case of emergency. If your dog has a serious injury requiring veterinary care, the vet...

Covid-19 Protocols

Covid-19 Protocols

Lisa and I are doing our best to keep up with the latest government regulations and best practice regulations. Our COVID-19 class and lesson protocol document is attached. Please let us know if you have any questions. Masks are required at all indoor and outdoor group...

High Value Treats?

High Value Treats?

We use food in training for many reasons: Reinforcement drives behaviour & most dogs love eating so food is an easy reinforcer. Food allows us to reward quickly and many times in a minute. The more reps we can get in, the faster we and our dogs will learn. But Can...

Problem Behaviour: Jumping on People

Problem Behaviour: Jumping on People

"Off! OFF! OFF! For God's sake Fido, OFF!" Sound familiar?  It is embarrassing when our dog jumps on a visitor or on a person walking the trail. When you first brought Fido home, you probably weren't envisioning explaining muddy paw prints on a neighbour's jeans or...

Food Toys and Recipies

Food Toys and Recipies

Food Toys and Puzzles  Food toys and puzzles come in many varieties and have different purposes. There are: Snufflers Bat 'Em Arounders Puzzlers Chewers and Lickers Snufflers Snufflers are food toys such as snuffle mats/balls and are typically used with kibble or...

Changing Bad Habits – A Case Study

Changing Bad Habits – A Case Study

What does your pup/dog do that you wish they didn't do?   Much of dog or puppy training is helping them set good habits. To a dog, squirrel chasing is a fun activity, but in the human world this can be an annoying and dangerous habit. Barking at the mail delivery...