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

Dog Breed Spotlight: The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Dog Breed Spotlight: The Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Cavalier King Charles are sweet, loving, and are affectionately called the “love sponges” of dogs! In our daycare environment, you can typically find them playing nicely, napping, or cuddling with our team members. In fact, we often recruit our regular Cavaliers to help out new Waggers during Meet & Greet appointments! Cavalier King Charles are ranked #19 in popularity according to the AKC, making them super popular in the United States. They … Read More

Dog Breed Spotlight: The Vizsla

Dog Breed Spotlight: The Vizsla Vizslas are cute, spunky, and energetic. In our daycare environment, you can usually find them chasing after a ball or loving on our team members! Vizslas are ranked #31 in popularity according to the AKC, making them one of the more popular breeds of dogs. History The ancestors of the modern-day Vizsla were excellent hunters that specialized in finding and retrieving game both in and out of water. These early Vizslas were first bred by … 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

Dog Breed Spotlight: The Labrador Retriever

Dog Breed Spotlight: The Labrador Retriever Did you know that Labrador Retriever’s are the most popular dog breed in the US? We see many labs here in our daycare every single day! They come in a variety of colors. However, the AKC only recognizes chocolate, yellow, and black. History Labs first originated in Newfoundland, Canada, now known as the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. The dog breed gained popularity throughout the 1800s. Labs were first bred to retrieve waterfowl from … Read More

Safe & Healthy Alternatives to Rawhide Chews

Safe & Healthy Alternatives to Rawhide Chews Rawhide chews are a popular choice among pet parents, but we don’t recommend them. While they can satisfy the need to chew, they can also cause stomach irritation and internal blockages. Rawhide chews are made from dried animal skins, typically from the leather industry’s leftover scraps. The majority of rawhide chews are sourced from outside of the United States, and toxic chemicals are frequently used in the manufacturing process. There are plenty of … 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

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