Should You Muzzle Your Dog for Your Cat’s Safety?

Should You Muzzle Your Dog for Your Cat’s Safety? I got this email from a listener: I need a muzzle for my pitbull.  She is great with me, but I don’t trust her with cats in the house, so when she is in the house she is crated.  I want to transition her to give […]

Are Cats Ever Safe in Dog Household?

Good Dogs! (03-26-2018) #6076: Are cats ever truly safe in a dog household? Dr. Gayle Watkins from Avidog International talks about the prey drive in many dogs and the danger this poses to cats once they run. Her recommendation is that pet owners have to commit to being totally disciplined about separating cats and most […]

Joe, Maisie and the Cheese

Joe. Maisie. And the Cheese This is a little story about how dogs learn, and especially how we can communicate to them certain behaviors which displease us. Most importantly, it’s a story about how/when/if to reprimand a dog for having engaged in one of those behaviors. This story is especially useful for new dog owners, […]

Importance of Good First Meeting Between Dogs

Good Dogs (11-27-2017) #6072: Dogs will not forget a bad first meeting with another dog — so we have to make sure it never happens! Aggression between dogs can occur because the people are communicating tension down the leash. Gayle from Avidog International talks about the importance of introductions between dogs — and how we […]

Who’s in Charge: You or Your Dog?

Good Dogs! (09-11-2017) #6069: Lise from Avidog International discusses “Who’s in charge?” Is your dog running the show –– or do you have some say over the what/when/how? What you do with the tennis ball dropped in your lap determines which of you is in control and making the decisions. Let it be you! MP3 […]

Let Your Dog’s Personality Flourish

Good Dogs! (07-17-2017) #6068: Lise from Avidog International speaks about how to let your dog’s individual personality quirks flourish. What less-than-perfect behavior can you allow? And how to manage behavior that could make other people uncomfortable? Dogs only understand black and white—not gray—so you have to be consistent in what you allow, and when and […]

Do You Bribe—or Reward—Your Dog?

Do You Have to Bribe Your Dog? Or Do You Reward Her? There’s a general misunderstanding floating around about what “positive reinforcement” means in training, and the use of food rewards that often accompanies it.  There are some “old fashioned” trainers who dismiss reward-based learning concepts as being “bribery” and think a dog should do […]

The Challenge of Training Small Dogs

Good Dogs! (10-31-2016) #6060: The challenges of training small dogs! Marcy from Avidog International says to make training the “wee ones” a game! It needs to be fun for both of you — and should include a mountain of very small delicious treats to reinforce commands — especially the basic “Come!” command. MP3 Audio [12 […]

The “Screw Up Cookie” & other Dog Training Tips

Good Dogs! (09-05-2016) #6056: Want to know what a “screw up cookie” is?! Hear that and more of Gayle Watkins’ training tips from Avidog International. Myth-busting: you do NOT have to end training on a positive note (keep it short & sweet). Make it FUN! MP3 Audio [9 MB]DownloadShow URL

The New York Times Discovers My Sponsor Pet Anti-Breeding System!

I was enjoying a fun and funny column called “Pet City” by Andy Newman in the Sunday New York Times which was describing a whole raft of high tech and unexpected products and creations that have emerged to service the family pet.  Mr. Newman was expressing surprise and even bemusement at the myriad ways inventors […]