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Destructive Doggies – Tips for Survival

By Maureen Patin CPDT-KA, Founder/Head Trainer of What a Great Dog! Training Centers Does your dog get into everything in sight while you’re away? Preventing this takes some time and effort, but with the right strategies you can teach your dog to consistently choose his toys and not yours! Just like toddlers, dogs, especially puppies want to put anything and... Read more
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Debunking the “Guilty” Look Dogs Give

Have you heard of “Dog Shaming” or watched a viral video of a dog looking guilty for a mess they made? That “guilty” look is actually an appeasement gesture (or gestures) a dog makes when they are feeling stressed, uncomfortable, or fearful. These signals include yawning, licking their lips, pinned back ears, body scratching, sniffing the ground, averting eye contact,... Read more
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The Best Way to Handle Puppy Biting

Puppy biting is a 100% natural canine behavior. Its also naturally outgrown as the pup matures. Punishing for puppy biting is not recommended as it puts your pup at an increased risk for developing other behavior problems. If you do a great job of meeting your pup’s needs, you’ll find that excessive puppy biting is greatly minimized.  Follow this handy... Read more