Category: Author Annie

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 »

Does Your Dog Jump Up? Teach Him to Sit Instead

Since a dog cannot sit and jump at the same time, teaching this command solves a common problem. One of the most common reasons for pet parents to call a trainer is because their dog jumps up on people. Often I find that clients have been inadvertently reinforcing the “jump up” by yelling at the dog or even… Read more »

How Can I Stop My Dog From Going Crazy at the Front Door?

Dogster resident trainer Annie Phenix shares tips for teaching dogs to sit calmly and not bark at arriving guests. Help! My Golden Retriever is perfect in every way but one: She goes bananas whenever anyone comes to our front door. She is never aggressive, but she gets frenzied and jumps all over our guests in… Read more »

How to Help Your Dog Love Being On Leash

A leash should be a sign of fun things to come, and it can be if you follow these four tips.   What is the one training tool every dog owner eventually uses? A leash. We also need leashes to keep dogs and humans safe. However, not all dogs understand what a leash is or how we… Read more »

5 Reasons Your Dog Still Pulls When Walking on a Leash

If your dog hasn’t mastered a relaxed walk at your side, you may have made one of these five mistakes. One of the most common reasons dog owners contact trainers is for help with walking their dogs on leash. Dogs pull for a variety of reasons — one being the fact that they have two more legs… Read more »

5 Tips for Engaging Your Dog’s Impressive Mind

Does your smart dog get bored? Then keep him busy — and out of trouble — with fun activities such as nose work and simple play. Congratulations! You have a new furry friend in your home. Within a few days or weeks of your dog adjusting to his new life, you may start to notice that… Read more »

5 Tips for Engaging Your Dog’s Impressive Mind

Does your smart dog get bored? Then keep him busy — and out of trouble — with fun activities such as nose work and simple play. Congratulations! You have a new furry friend in your home. Within a few days or weeks of your dog adjusting to his new life, you may start to notice that… Read more »

How Can I Stop My Dog’s Inappropriate Peeing?

I recently received a question from a reader: My 16-month-old Standard Poodle, Ellie, has a problem. She is a certified therapy dog who has worked in nursing homes and also works with children in a reading program at a local library. With that said, Ellie piddles when my daughter (who happens to be a vet tech)… Read more »