Trainers will often warn pet owners about “Littermate Syndrome” when bringing two puppies into the home at the same time, but what is “Littermate Syndrome”? It’s essentially a set of behaviors produced by an unhealthy relationship formed between two puppies. Fortunately it is preventable, but it takes a lot of work. Click the button below to learn more about “Littermate Syndrome” and how to prevent it.

Socialization is an incredibly important part of a dog’s development. Proper socialization helps prepare the dog to experience new things in the world without fear or over excitement. Socialization involves exposure to new sights, sounds, textures, people, dogs, and all the weird things that go on in our world. 

With so many dogs available and such easy access to people producing dogs, it’s hard to know what to look for when looking to get a puppy. Here I’ve outlined how to tell an ethical breeder from a “back yard breeder” and what to look for when looking at breeders. 

When you look up “service dog registry” or “service dog certification” you’ll get results for several websites that all look incredibly professional and legitimate. What they often hide in the fine print is that none of the certificates or “proof” they sell actually give their customers any legal protections. What many people, including the websites themselves, don’t realize is how many problems they cause for disabled individuals with service dogs. 

There is so much information on the internet that is can sometimes be hard to figure out what’s the truth and what’s not. That’s where I come in! In this article I go over some of the most common questions I hear as a service dog handler and trainer. I’ll cover everything from what service dogs have to wear, who can have a service dog, where they’re allowed to go, the differences between an Emotional Support Animal and a Service dog, and more! 

There has been a push in recent years to spay and neuter dogs as soon as possible to avoid health complications and adding to the existing population of dogs filling our shelters and streets. As we continue to do research, we discover that there are benefits to delaying the removal of reproductive organs until the dog has reached physical maturity. 

Shelter dogs often experience high levels of stress that can change their behavior and make it more difficult for them to get adopted and stay in homes. Research shows that we can reduce stress in shelter dogs by simply interacting with them on a regular basis. So how do we use this information to improve the welfare of shelter dogs? Read more to find out.

If social media has taught us anything, it’s that you have to be careful who you trust with your pets. With that in mind, I’ve put together a list of Red and Green Flags to look for when you’re hiring a Dog Trainer, Pet Sitter, or sending your dog off to a Board and Train.