Dog Training & The Tie-Down: Setting Your Dog Up For Success

The tie-down is a great tool used in positive reinforcement dog training! Here at Wags and Wiggles, we have a very specific dog training philosophy. It focuses on building up both dogs and their owners through positive reinforcement. But training at Wags isn’t all sunshine and cookies. Every day the trainers get questions on how to stop a dog from doing a dangerous, destructive, or just plain annoying behavior. Our answer is always two-fold: What would you like your dog … Read More

The Many Applications of “Touch!” in Basic Dog Training – Why Every Dog Should Know This Command

Every basic dog training program includes the the command “touch!” If you’ve taken any of our obedience classes, you are familiar with the behavior “touch!” The goal is to teach your dog to touch the palm of your hand or tips of your fingers when commanded to do so. This simple behavior has many applications in basic dog training. The use of “touch” can substitute for the command “come.” Some dogs are more likely to respond to “touch” rather than … Read More

Emergency Pet Preparedness: Create Your Home Plan

Wags & Wiggles Dog Daycare just finished its yearly practice of our Emergency Preparedness Plan for both its Rancho Santa Margarita and Tustin Locations. As we watch the disaster in Houston play out, it serves as a reminder to us all to get ready for our own local emergencies. Wags & Wiggles has a formal Emergency Pet Preparedness and Evacuation plan which we practice twice yearly to prepare for fire, earthquake or another disaster. We practice each scenario with our … Read More

AKC Trick Dog Seminar: High Five and Crawl Your Way to a Title

Wags & Wiggles is offering a 2 Hour AKC Trick Dog Titling Seminar that covers 10 common tricks. The American Kennel Club (AKC) is offering a Trick Dog Program, which will include four level of titles ranging from Novice to Performer allowing dogs of all levels to participate. At the end of the seminar, attendees have the option to test for their Level 1 Tricks Title. Don’t let the word “test” scare you away. The tricks are pretty basic and … Read More

Dog Health Insurance – Having it Can Save Your Dog’s Life

Here at Wags & Wiggles, we highly recommend our Waggers have dog health insurance.   Leo’s Story Having dog health insurance saved one of our Wagger’s lives. Leo the Golden Doodle has been coming to Wags & Wiggles since he was a puppy and is now 7 years old. During his boarding stay back in April, our team noticed that Leo was not acting like himself at all. He was sitting in a corner in daycare and acting very unusual. … Read More

Target Training – From the Dentist’s Chair to Dog Training & Everything in Between!

Who knew that going to the dentist would make me think about dog training? I was halfway through my x-rays when I suddenly realized they were using concepts from target training! With new technology and some nods towards behavioral science, the hygienist had a target to help her line up the x-ray machine correctly. By having a yellow hoop as a visual target of exactly where to place it, the hygienist was able to line up the machine to get … Read More

Dog Noise Anxiety: 10 Tips for Keeping your Dog Safe on July Fourth

Preparation for dog noise anxiety can save you from another holiday in the closet cuddling your fearful dog   While July Fourth is a fun-filled holiday for humans, canines think otherwise! Thinking about dog safety can make or break your holiday. Many dogs show fear during loud or unfamiliar noises but a truly anxious dog can be a danger to themselves. More pets go missing on July 4th than any other time of the year, and July 5th is the … Read More

Grand Re-Opening Tustin Facility

Tustin Grand Re-Opening Celebration! June 10th – 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Enjoy $25 discounted daycare* at the Tustin Facility for our Grand Re-opening. All Waggers from both Tustin and RSM are invited to the festivities.    We have TWO special reasons to party it up at Wags & Wiggles. #1: Welcome Ranaye Kahn as Business Partner for Both Locations As Partner, Ranaye has the opportunity to positively impact you, and all of our clients and employees, and shape Wags & Wiggles into … Read More

Dog Health Alert

The health of our pets and families is a priority for all of us. Having social experiences is part of being a healthy dog. Just like humans, whenever dogs come into contact with other members of their own species, there is a risk. You may have read recent news about the dog flu. We have posted before on this subject but this is the latest update. There was a small local outbreak in the LA area last month (approx 35 … Read More

Dog Pack Dynamics and Compatibility Concerns

Adding a new dog to your house is always an exciting idea. Most people think the dogs will be best friends and entertain each other. However, having more than one dog means you are developing a dog pack. There is a lot to consider when pack dynamics are involved. Pack Design should be given serious consideration. First, you want to take a moment to describe your existing dog(s). Are they leaders or followers? Do they guard their food/toys or your … Read More

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