Entries by Mandy Foster

Dominance, Pack Leader, and Alpha

It seems that every year there are new corporate slang words that are added to the already overloaded list. Some that irritate me the most are “reach out”, “resonate”, “organic”, “empower”, “leverage”. Most of these have been around for years and most are often misused.  In the canine world, there also seem to be terms […]

Help! My Dog is Destroying Everything!

Lately I’ve heard so many frustrated dog parents complain about destructive chewing and digging. I will admit that it is extremely frustrating. I’ve been through it with one of my dogs. When he was younger, he would dig up sprinkler lines and proudly sling it all over the yard. It’s not funny or cute when […]

When Can I Stop Rewarding My Dog?

I am frequently asked, “When will my dog mind me without having to give him treats?” That’s actually a really good question! This is how I explain it. In order for your dog to do as you ask, you will not have to give a treat every single time, but let’s take a look at […]

Your Jumping and Nipping Puppy

One of the most common problems my clients ask about is their puppy jumping and nipping. If you’ve ever had a young puppy, you know that some of their behaviors can be very frustrating and concerning, especially if your dog is a larger breed. Maybe you’ve adopted an adult dog from a shelter or rescue […]