Puppies Need Positive Reinforcement Puppy Class

Puppies need positive reinforcement in their young lives and this starts in puppy class. Puppies arrive as blank slates but they are learning about you very quickly. Every time something good happens, puppies will want to be attentive to you. Every time something bad happens, puppies will avoid you and tune you out. Puppy Class is critical to teaching your puppy to learn through positive reinforcement. Should I Punish My Puppy? Pet Parents often ask this common question in puppy … Read More

7 Reasons To Shop Black Friday Sales

Black Friday Sales is the best time of year to plan your Wags & Wiggles daycare and training purchases. Most of the deals will not be offered any other time. With a 2 year period to use up your daycare package credits, Black Friday Sale bulk purchases are a great choice. Here are 7 BIG Reasons you should check out the Wags & Wiggles Black Friday Sales. 1. 100 Full Day and Half Day Packages are never offered except during … Read More

How to be a Successful Student in our Dog Obedience Classes

Here at Wags & Wiggles, we believe in training both ends of the leash! Our four-legged students are always willing to please and eager to learn in our dog obedience classes. However, the same cannot always be said about our two-legged students! If you truly want your dog obedience training to be effective, you have to learn how to be a successful student. Dog training isn’t always easy and can definitely be frustrating at times, but it is more than … Read More

Training Your Dog: Tips on Finding the Motivation to Establish a Routine

Establishing and reaching your dog training goals can be difficult Maybe you’re busy and always on the go with kids, work, or life. Maybe you have a puppy and the list seems endless, or maybe you have an adult dog with a chronic bad habit and you’re not quite sure where to start. Training your dog isn’t always easy, but it sure is rewarding!  The most difficult part of training your dog is getting started and establishing a dog training … Read More

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

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

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 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

30 Traits Of A Great Dog Trainer

After 22 years, I am told I am now a pack leader (great dog trainer) in the industry. Wags & Wiggles has been lucky to meet and help many fledgling dog trainers. There has been a recent trend of people wanting the fast track to professional dog trainer. I try to be politically correct but I want to laugh out loud and suggest they try to fast track their way to doctor, lawyer, or electrician. Dedication to Learning the Trade … Read More

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