In this world of corona virus, there will be a new normal for your dog who will see people everywhere wearing face masks and gloves. Is your dog ready for a world with face masks? Humans will look dramatically different outside. With this change happening so suddenly it can really spook your dog when they go for walks or when people come over to the house. Logically, you will understand that a face mask doesn’t turn people into monsters. Dog’ … Read More
I have been hearing from our clients at Wags & Wiggles, who are worried about the Quarantine Puppy Socialization Syndrome. This Syndrome happens when a puppy isn’t socialized to things that the puppy will meet once Quarantine is over. Some puppies were pre-planned, and some clients decided to get a puppy because the coronavirus forced them to stay home. I even have clients that just finally got their unsocialized dogs used to daycare and making friends, and now coronavirus has … Read More
Reactivity is when a dog over reacts to things in their environment. These reactions can include: barking, lunging, and growling. However, these reactions do not make a dog “aggressive.” Reactivity is not uncommon in dogs. It may stem from the dog’s genetic make-up or could be from a lack of social experience or a particularly scary experience. Having a reactive dog can be difficult to handle. It makes it hard to go out on walks, to the park, or being … Read More
Did you recently get a new puppy, but have no clue where to start on introducing it into its new life? This guide is a master list of all of our puppy training resources – from old blog posts, to training programs we offer. We want to help you raise your puppy to be the dog you’ve always dreamed of. Where to Start? Bringing a new puppy home and introducing them into your life is not always easy. Puppies require … Read More
Roll it The aim of the Canine Enrichment game “Roll It” is to teach your dog a new skill or strategy to solve puzzles. Many dogs will just try to destroy any canine enrichment puzzle versus trying to figure out the solution to the game. Teaching a dog a skill like “roll it” will make them more thoughtful in their problem solving strategies.
Busy Enrichment Box The Aim of the Game “Busy Box” is to make a homemade game box to keep your dog busy. The busy box is an excellent Canine Enrichment game for rainy or hot days when the dogs are cooped up inside. You can save up your toilet or paper towel rolls and cardboard boxes ahead of time so you are ready to design your busy box.
Push It: Level 2 The Aim of the Game “Push It: Level 2” is to require a little more confidence and effort to get to their treat. This Canine Enrichment game can lead us down the road of more interesting tricks. At the genius level, you can find balls that fit more snug into the container you are using.
Watch and Go The Aim of the Game “Watch and Go” is to get your dog some exercise, and throw in just a little bit of training. This Canine Enrichment game is very easy to play but it may take you a few tries to get into a rhythm with the dog. You want to balance the fun of chasing the food with learning to give you eye contact. The best part of this game is it will teach your … Read More
Go Through It The Aim of the Game “Go Through It” is to boost your dog’s confidence and get a little exercise. This Canine Enrichment game does take a little training but it is time well spent with your dog. You can use food to get this game going, and then switch to a toy if you are watching calories. At the genius level, you can turn this game into an obstacle course and get more exercise.