Originally published on ArlNow.com The dog food market has exploded. There is almost an endless variety of dry dog food options, making it more difficult to determine what the best option is for your dog. Here are some tips to help you make an educated decision. Bottom line, do what works – If your dog is healthy… Read more »
Is “people food” okay for dogs?
Originally published on ArlNow.com We often here people say, “I NEVER give my dog people food.” This surprises me because I do almost all of my dog training using “people food”as treats. My favorites are hot dogs, string cheese and rotisserie chicken. So is it ok to give dogs people food? Of course it is!… Read more »
Should my dog go to daycare?
Originally published on ArlNow.com Many dog owners want their dogs to go to the dog park or attend daycare. Both are great places for dogs to be social, run and play and expend some of that excess energy. Dog owners are often rewarded within a tired and content dog. But as the owner of two… Read more »
What is socialization?
Originally published on ArlNow.com Socialization is the process of positively introducing your puppy to new things so that as they grow into adulthood, they are able to adapt to new situations without fear or anxiety. The most important thing to know is that most puppies are only open to the socialization process between the ages… Read more »
Surviving the “dog days” of summer
Originally published on ArlNow.com Yup, it’s hot. What’s a dog owner to do? Here are some suggestions to stay safe and cool for the next few months. Please tell me you already know not to leave your dog in a hot car? Not with the windows down, not under a tree. The outside temperature should be… Read more »
What to know about tiny dogs
Originally published on ArlNow.com Small dogs are great for urban environments. They are generally easier to exercise than large dogs and take up less space with their small crates and small beds. Small dogs are just as smart and trainable as large dogs. Small dogs get a bad rap because too often owners find it faster… Read more »
Originally published on ArlNow.com Urban living can be tough on our dogs, and one of the toughest situations our dogs encounter is meeting other dogs on leash. Dogs meeting on leash is a completely artificial situation for them. The leash and the resulting close quarters means that dogs can not greet each other in a natural… Read more »
Dining out with Fido
Originally published on ArlNow.com One of the best ways to enjoy the warm weather in Arlington is to enjoy a meal outside at one of the many restaurants that offer patio seating. But what about bringing your dog along? Unfortunately, it’s not always a good idea. In most cases, restaurants require that the dog be… Read more »
Moving? Help Fido transition smoothly, too
Moving can be a stressful, challenging time for you, but it can be even worse for your dog. Dogs thrive on routines and stability to feel secure. Moving disrupts both, and removes the familiar. It can seriously unsettle them; however, here are a few helpful hints to help your best pal transition a bit more… Read more »
Conference presentations by Ariana Kincaid
As well as being a WOOFS! trainer, Ariana Kincaid, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP is the founder and owner of Operation Socialization, an organization to promote the importance of early, positive puppy socialization. Ariana recently spoke at two big events. Ariana’s first presentations were at Berner University in Virginia Beach, VA on April 7 & 8,2014. Ariana… Read more »
Laura Sharkey to speak at ClickerExpo 2014
WOOFS! owner Dr. Laura Sharkey will speak at ClickerExpo in Norfolk, VA on March 29 and 30, 2014. Her first talk, “Shh! Tagging, Targeting & Tranquil Training“, explains how to teach human students more effectively with non-verbal communication. Her second is “Give Pups a Chance: Working with Aggressive Puppies” which shares case studies and protocols… Read more »
Laura Sharkey featured by Karen Pryor Academy
WOOFS! owner and Training Director Laura Sharkey has been named the December Certified Training Partner of the Month by the Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior. Laura has been recognized for her years of experience with puppy rearing and socialization and her expertise with aggressive puppies. Laura will speak about the subject at… Read more »