Book Review: Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy — McSquare Doodles | Therapy Dog Enthusiasts
Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy has received a great deal of praise from dog professionals. While there was some information within this book that I found encouraging, author Zazie Todd hasn’t really revealed much new news. If you’re a responsible dog parent who researches solutions thoroughly, you may not be overly impressed with this book either.
Struggling with Impulse Control with your Dog?
When out with our two dogs, the best compliment I hear from time to time is “Are you a dog trainer?” I am not, but I am dedicated to training Bernie & Lizzie. With more than 15 years experience as a middle school educator, I probably have an advantage when it comes to dog training. Need some inspiration? Remember these 13 middle school teaching strategies when you’re training your dog.
How to Pass the Canine Good Citizen Test — McSquare Doodles | Therapy Dog Enthusiasts
The AKC’s Canine Good Citizen test consists of ten practical tasks to test how well a dog behaves in his community and around other dogs. Learn more about the program, and specific training tips for each of the ten CGC tests.
Book Review: Canine Enrichment for the Real World — McSquare Doodles | Therapy Dog Enthusiasts
If you’re a responsible dog parent trying to make the most out of the limited time you have with your dog, then this book about canine enrichment is well worth the read. You’ll find numerous practical ideas for incorporating enrichment activities into your dog’s life every day. Read our full book review.
Seven Strategies for Maintaining Good Sleep Hygiene — McSquare Doodles | Therapy Dog Enthusiasts
For most of my life, I've been a night owl productively creating and organizing well past a reasonable bed time. However, living in Arizona with two dogs, one of whom is leash reactive, means waking up early for summer walks. In July in Tucson, 101 is the average high with 74 as the low. Now 74 doesn't sound that bad, but if you truly want to exercise with your dog in that cooler range, then you're waking up at 4:30am because it really does take all night for the earth to cool off. And…
Tackling Doodle Enthusiasm for Meeting People — McSquare Doodles | Therapy Dog Enthusiasts
Two of the most difficult tasks for our Canine Good Citizen test will be Accepting a Friendly Stranger and Sitting Politely for Petting. Bernie's enthusiasm for greeting everyone really has no limits. Matthew and I have been practicing Accepting a Friendly Stranger and Sitting Politely for Petting almost every day with Bernie, so we knew he was ready for some real world meet and greets.
Practical Dog Training Tips for Busy People: P is for Places You Walk — McSquare Doodles | Therapy D
Change up where you go with your dog for walks. Vary their sniffs. Vary the distractions. Vary the scenery. Your dog will love exploring new places and you'll be less bored too. If you absolutely cannot vary up where you take your dog for a walk, even temporarily, at least take different routes or rest in different spots
Humarian's Probonix Passes this Dog Mom's Picky Pants Testing — McSquare Doodles | Therapy Dog Enthu
Anyone who knows me, knows how particular I am about, well, everything. Ensuring that Bernie and Lizzie have the healthiest life possible is important to me. After searching for the ideal probiotic for them for almost two years, I discovered Humarian's Probonix during the BlogPaws 2018 Conference. #ad #HumarianAmbassador
Create A Canine Command Center — McSquare Doodles | Therapy Dog Enthusiasts
Our condo seems to overflow with dog products. When we just had Bernie, keeping track of his accessories was somewhat manageable. But when we brought Lizzie home in May, we found ourselves misplacing leashes, leads, treats, and toys. The chaos was not working for my OCD or Matthew's, so I started eyeballing our coat closet.
Practical Dog Training Tips for Busy People: X is for eXperts — McSquare Doodles | Therapy Dog Enthu
I'm cheating with my letter X. I know, but working with qualified and knowledgeable dog experts is incredibly important for you and your dog. While you'll want to find a veterinarian, groomer, pet sitter, and maybe even a dog walker who work best with your pack, you don't want to overlook the importance of a professional obedience trainer.
Canine Functional Strengthening Exercises: The What, Why and How
Canine Functional Strengthening Exercises: Have you ever heard the term “functional strengthening exercises” and wondered what it means?
Practicing 5 Key Canine Good Citizen Skills in Every Day Destinations — McSquare Doodles | Therapy D
If you're training your dog to be a therapy dog, you may be feeling overwhelmed at the number of skills you and your dog must master. Visiting a variety of places is important. Each destination holds new sniffs and distractions for your dog. If you want to gauge whether or not your dog will respond on cue, then exploring a variety of settings is a valuable use of your time. This practice will also offer you different opportunities to work on distinct skills to help your dog become a…
Early Morning Training: Trying the Behavioral Down Protocol — McSquare Doodles | Therapy Dog Enthusi
Wondering how to calm an anxious dog? We decided to try the behavioral down protocol to help our dogs learn to relax on a whole new level. My first attempts with this dog training exercise proved that I had much to learn.
Park Obedience Class Strengthens My Bond with Lizzie — McSquare Doodles | Therapy Dog Enthusiasts
Are you looking for a flexible dog obedience training class that fits your busy lifestyle? After Lizzie graduated from Puppy Obedience Class, I needed just that! Ruff House Dog Training & Behavior Modification offers a drop-in Dog Obedience Park Class, which is a perfect way for me and my favorite girl to spend an afternoon.
Year Of The Dog: 52 Weeks Of Dog-Friendly Activities - Boogie the Pug
A year of spending time with your dog is a year well spent. Enjoy these 52 dog-friendly activities with your best furry friend.