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

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

New Puppy Series: When Vacuums Attack! How to Help Your Puppy Overcome Fear

New Puppy Series: When Vacuums Attack! How to Help Your Puppy Overcome Fear Did you recently bring home a new puppy? This blog mini-series is for you! In this post, we go over how to help your new puppy overcome fear. The new puppy in the pictures is Logic, the newest addition to the Zurborg family! Logic’s New Fear The day Logic turned three months old, he suddenly noticed the vacuum. We had previously been vacuuming around his pen while … Read More

New Puppy Series: Top 5 Things to Do When Bringing Home a New Puppy

Top 5 Things to Do When Bringing Home a New Puppy Did you recently bring home a new puppy? This blog mini-series is for you! In this post, we go over the Top 5 things you should do when bringing a new puppy home for the very first time. The brand new puppy in the pictures is Logic, the newest addition to the Zurborg family! #1 – Show Your New Puppy Where to Go Potty Where your new puppy goes … Read More

Understanding Dog Body Language

Dogs have a lot to say! Understanding dog body language will help you communicate effectively with your pup. Dogs speak mostly through body language. Learning how to speak “dog” is important because you will be able to recognize when your dog is uncomfortable, scared, or threatened. Dogs rarely bite without multiple warning signs. You will have to train your eye to see quick body movements, as they may appear for a moment and then dissolve into something else. First, understand … Read More

Positive Reinforcement Training: The Wags & Wiggles Approach

Wags and Wiggles offers many positive reinforcement training programs One of these training programs is our Board and Train service! We have 2 week and 4 week training periods where dogs come to stay at Wags and Wiggles. They learn new behaviors, work through problem behaviors, and increase their socialization with both people and other dogs. One recent student to join our Board and Train graduates was a small terrier that we will call Phoebe. Phoebe was recently adopted from … Read More

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