Category: Author Annie

You Can Train Your Own Dog — Here’s How!

It can be a challenge to find the right trainer. Start helping your dog by training him yourself with these simple steps. I encourage pet parents to think of employing a dog trainer in the same way that they would a nutritionist. We all know how to eat healthily, correct? Sometimes, however, we have special dietary restrictions or conditions… Read more »

How to Train Your Dog to Walk Nicely On Leash

These essential tips will have both you and your dog enjoying walks in no time. One of the biggest challenges pet parents face is teaching their dogs to walk nicely on leash. Dogs don’t come to us knowing that we don’t like to run on our daily walks, nor do we like to be pulled around the… Read more »

How I Helped a Labrador Puppy Overcome His Fear of Human Touch

A rough start in life had one Lab puppy lashing out at his brother and cringing from human touch. Here’s how I helped. I often feel sorry for dogs, even those living in the lap of luxury. One reason I do is because dogs are masters of human communication, both in how we communicate with… Read more »

4 Tips for Engaging Your New Rescue Dog in Play

Play is a vital part of your dog’s well-being, but not all rescue dogs arrive ready to engage. Play is vital for so many animals, and dogs are no exception. What happens, however, if your new rescue dog feels shut down or anxious in his new home, perhaps due to neglect during the important puppy development stages… Read more »

You Can — and Must — Speak Up for Your Dog

Before I was a force-free trainer, I took my own dog out of a bad training situation. There is no reason to let any trainer harm your dog. I wasn’t born a dog trainer. No one is. I have, like many of you, a deep compassion and love of animals — and of dogs in… Read more »

You Can — and Must — Speak Up for Your Dog

Before I was a force-free trainer, I took my own dog out of a bad training situation. There is no reason to let any trainer harm your dog. I wasn’t born a dog trainer. No one is. I have, like many of you, a deep compassion and love of animals — and of dogs in… Read more »

You Can — and Must — Speak Up for Your Dog

Before I was a force-free trainer, I took my own dog out of a bad training situation. There is no reason to let any trainer harm your dog. I wasn’t born a dog trainer. No one is. I have, like many of you, a deep compassion and love of animals — and of dogs in… Read more »

You Can — and Must — Speak Up for Your Dog

Before I was a force-free trainer, I took my own dog out of a bad training situation. There is no reason to let any trainer harm your dog. I wasn’t born a dog trainer. No one is. I have, like many of you, a deep compassion and love of animals — and of dogs in… Read more »

What Do Outdated Dog Training and a Pit of Spiders Have in Common?

Dogster resident trainer Annie Phenix explains how Cesar Millan’s fear-inducing methods harm instead of help dogs. Do you enjoy being afraid? I mean really afraid for your safety and well being? Engaging the flight or fight response system is stressful. It takes a toll on the body, no matter if that body belongs to a human, a… Read more »

Puppy 101: Important Lessons for Your Dog’s First Few Months

 Follow these tips to help your puppy develop a positive foundation for socialization and behavior. Puppies and dogs do not arrive in our lives already understanding our house rules. If you have a new dog in your life, spend time now laying down a foundation that will serve both of you for the rest of… Read more »