3 Dog Behaviors That Can Turn Your Beloved Dog into a Liability

1. Snapping at the face Many dog owners find it endearing when their dogs kiss their faces. Humans kiss to show affection, so when your dog does it, it feels like he or she really loves you! However, most mouth licking between dogs is pesky behavior. The dog is really asking, “will you let me do this?” If you teach your puppy that it’s okay to lick your face, you are training your puppy to target human faces. Fast forward … Read More

How to Know You’re a Rescue Dog Badass – Meet Sweetie!

Once you start to rescue dogs, your name gets around, especially if you have been doing it as long as I have. I joined Aussie Rescue SoCal 20 years ago and I am on the board of directors. I evaluate dogs for the Orange County area. The Call It’s never convenient when the call comes in for a rescuer to evaluate a dog. Typically, people tend to let go of their dogs during the summer months or around the holidays. … Read More

How Hand Signals Can Improve Your Dog’s Life

How Hand Signals Can Improve Your Dog’s Life A hand signal is when you make a gesture and your dog responds by performing a certain behavior. Dogs are pretty amazing at reading body language, and many find hand signals easier to understand than verbal cues. Hand signals can significantly improve your dog’s quality of life for the following reasons: Teaching your dog hand signals will increase his or her overall focus. Dogs who understand hand signals pay more attention to … Read More

8 Ways to Prevent Dog Fights From Happening at Home

I’ve been going to several homes lately for private dog training lessons for inter-pack dog aggression resulting in dog fights. Dog owners often add new dogs to their homes around the holidays, and it’s not always a match made in heaven. Aggression can start at any time, and for any reason. Adding a new dog to the pack can certainly shake things up, but conflict can also arise between dogs that have lived together for years. Perhaps the warning signs … Read More

Can I Train My Dog Online?

Wags & Wiggles Online Dog Training Classroom Online dog training classes are the latest resource for dog owners, allowing access to certified professional trainers who are highly skilled and current in the latest methods without having to travel or change their work schedule to attend class. For 20 years, Wags & Wiggles has run group training classes in Orange County, California. Owners Laurie Zurborg and Ranaye Kahn have helped new puppy owners transform their barking, jumping, and nipping puppies into wonderful … Read More

How to Potty Train a Puppy Fast

I am in the process of potty training the newest dog in my home. Between the dogs I have owned, rescue dogs, and client’s dogs, I have completed the potty training process for around 50 dogs in my home. I have learned many tricks to make the process go fast! Pick the Spot If you want to potty train your puppy fast, pick a spot that is appealing to them. Sniffing and moving around is what stimulates a dog to potty. If you … Read More

5 Simple Ways to Stop Bad Dog Behavior

5 Simple Ways to Stop Bad Dog Behavior Stopping bad dog behavior can be as easy as giving the dog a different job, changing the dog’s environment, using management tools, changing the consequences, or changing the conditions. 1. Give the Dog a Job There is an antecedent (event, cue) causing your dog to exhibit bad behavior. For instance, Bobby the Border Collie tends to chase the kids while they are swimming. He only does this behavior when the kids are … Read More

Reasons to Avoid Shock Collars and Punishment

Reasons to Avoid Shock Collars and Punishment Punishment and shock collars are hot topics for dog owners and trainers. I have recently heard debates at dog parks, at a local dog restaurant, and at my veterinarian’s office. People seem to be talking about it everywhere! I try not to tell people what they should or shouldn’t do. I prefer to give people all of the data associated with their specific problem and then decide together the best course of action. … Read More

Preparing to Spay/Neuter Your Dog? Read Fancy and Fiesta’s Story!

Preparing to Spay/Neuter Your Dog? Read Fancy and Fiesta’s Story! This spay/neuter article is based on personal experience – you should always consult with your veterinarian about your individual dog. The time recently came to spay our girls Fancy (Sheltie, age 2) and Fiesta (Aussie, age 5). We wanted to do our best to minimize their discomfort and our anxiety. We’re sharing some information with you so you can prepare for spaying or neutering your dog. There are actually several … Read More

New Puppy Series: Your Puppy’s First 5 Training Cues

New Puppy Series: Your Puppy’s First 5 Training Cues Did you recently bring home a new puppy? This blog mini-series is for you! In this post, we go over the first five training cues you should teach your new puppy! The new puppy in the pictures is Logic, the newest addition to the Zurborg family! 1. Eye contact We want to train our dogs to look at our face when we say their name. If your dog is looking at … Read More

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