The Understood Dog Blog

The Incredibly Appealing ‘Lion-Dog’
Lion Dog is Your Friend

We’ve all seen it—the Amazon Prime TV commercial featuring an adorable baby girl and the loyal family pet.  We can’t help but sigh with sympathy for the poor, misunderstood Golden Retriever, whose approach frightens the little girl.  The baby is much more comfortable cuddling her toy stuffed lion, a fact that does not go unnoticed… Read more »

The “Enforcer” versus The “Teacher” …What’s Your Style?
Get help for Dog Training Issues

What’s Your Disciplinary ‘Style’? There’s nothing like a new dog in the house to bring out the inner philosopher in us!  Whether our teaching style is authoritative, easy-going, or somewhere in between, this can be tricky territory to navigate within a family setting. Dogs used to have a more utilitarian role… Compulsory, correction-based dog training… Read more »

Top Ten Dog Training Mistakes Dog Owners Make
Walking and Training Dogs

#10: Assume your dog “just knows” things Your canine friend is not a mind-reader, he’s a body-language reader #9: Train the new dog the same way you trained the last one Every dog is unique, even if it’s the same breed–and there could be a better way! #8: Going too fast with training A Rose… Read more »

Tips For More Walking, Less Pulling on Leash
Lesley Graham, CPDT-KA

Go for a walk down the leash and collar aisle at the local pet supply retailer… …and what do you see?  Besides a mind-boggling array of leashes and flat collars, now there are dozens of harnesses, halters, and special collar “devices” to transform your Iditarod-worthy canine into a doggie dreamboat! Did they put something in the… Read more »