Training Your Dog with Positive Reinforcement

As our regular readers know, both Irie and Tiki were trained using positive reinforcement techniques, something we credit both for moving along their training faster and for creating a deeper bond between us. Today we have a special guest post from Aly DelaCoeur of the dog training video site about positive reinforcement training. Positive […]

Keeping Senior Dogs Sharp with Tips from Bill Berloni

This post is sponsored by Purina Pro Plan. As always, we only share information that we believe is important to our readers–and, with two seven-year-old dogs in our home, we’re always looking for more information on how to keep our dogs active and alert for many years to come. When the live small screen adaptation […]

How to Train Your Dog to Use a Ramp

Yesterday we shared our review of the Solvit Deluxe XL Telescoping Pet Ramp, a product that Irie’s now using not only to get to her veterinary appointments after her ACL surgery but also to get into the car any time. Yesterday we took her on the first day trip we’ve been able to do since […]

Ask Alecia: My Dog is Selectively Aggressive!

Dear Alecia, How do I keep my dog from behaving aggressively towards other dogs while on walks? My dog is an 18-month-old golden retriever male, dominant, and not aggressive with people. He is not aggressive when playing with a dog in an enclosed yard but will become aggressive when other dogs go near food or […]

Ask Alecia: How Can I Stop My Dog From Barking at Visitors?

Dear Alecia, I have a 3-year-old Cocker Spaniel. When the door bell is rung, she charges to the door and starts barking relentlessly to the point we have to shut her in another room to open the door. This does not stop the barking but just prevents her from seeing the people at the door. […]

Ask Alecia: I’m Worried About My 5 Dogs Fighting!

Dear Alecia, I’m not sure if this is the right place to ask this question. I have 5 dogs: 3 German shepherds, a border collie and a Sheltie. My female shepherd and Female collie have had a few fights (no more then 8) in the 5 years they have been together, usually over food but […]

Ask Alecia: My Dog Hates Other Dogs

Dear Alecia, I have a dog who is selectively aggressive. When inside the home and he knows the person, well, he is friendly (but jumps). Outside the house, everyone is typically an enemy; all dogs except our other dog, are a target. Constant barking, biting, and growling. Any advice? (Putting him down is not an […]

Ask Alecia: Dealing with Separation Anxiety

Dear Alecia, I bought a dog from a breeder (7 months old now) and had no idea that it has a pretty good case of separation anxiety.  I have been working with this dog for over a month, with behavioral modification, desensitizing and obedience training.  This is all going on with the assistance of vet […]

Helping Your Dog to Enjoy the Car

Over on our DogTipper Facebook page, we’ve been having a big discussion about dogs and cars, sparked by this Dave Barry famous quote: Post by If you click on the comments link, you’ll see that many people had concerns that their dog didn’t like the car. The main reasons seemed to be: car sickness […]

Ask Paris: How Can I Tell People to Give My Dog Space?

Dear Paris, My dog is shy and doesn’t like children to rush up to him when we’re walking. I also don’t like adults–who should know better–instantly stopping and petting my dog. What’s the best way to exercise my dog but, at the same time, let other people know that my dog doesn’t want to greet […]