1. Understanding Resource Guarding

    We all like to have our things. The love for material possessions is one of humanity’s defining traits, so is it too crazy to assume that dogs feel the same way? Indeed, there are many dogs who become protective and territorial in regards to material things that they form attachments to. This is known as “resource guarding,” and while it’s sometimes harmless, it can have negative consequen…Read More

  2. Identifying Different Types of Dog Aggression

    Without a proper education of dogs, their physiology, and personality, it can sometimes be easy to misread them. We, after all, are not dogs, and sometimes when we assume how they’re feeling, we’re not always right. This can be a problem, especially when it comes to aggressive behavior. At Lupa K9, behavior modification is one of my most sought-after services, and in the many years I’ve spen…Read More

  3. The Value of Training Your Dog

    Dogs are impulsive and opportunistic creatures. When they have an impulse, they act on it. So what do we do when we need to call our dog back to our side if they run away, when we need to get their attention if they pull on the leash to pick a fight with another dog, or pick up something dangerous off the ground? How do we get our dog to pay attention to us and ask for permission before acting? Bu…Read More

  4. 3 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before Getting a Puppy or Dog

    The temptation to buy a new puppy or dog is an irresistible siren song that often leads to an impulse buy and could lead to buyers remorse IF you aren’t prepared. Although super cute and fulfilling, dogs (puppies in particular) require an enormous amount of care and attention. If you see a puppy in the window go through this checklist before you stare too deeply into their eyes: Am I Ready for t…Read More

  5. Dogs and Babies!

    Is it me or is everyone pregnant and having babies right now?! Congrats to all the new and expecting parents out there! If you’re about to bring a new baby home and you have a dog, I’m sure you’ve thought, “Oh man, how is this going to go? How do I introduce my dog to the baby and my baby to the dog?” There are so many videos of kiddos climbing all over their dog’s face, pulling their …Read More

  6. Unsavory and Sweet

    What could possibly be unsavory about dog training?! It’s fun to spend time with our dogs, teach them new commands and reward them for doing well but what happens when they misbehave, bite someone, pull on the leash, or eat food off the table? With all the dog training methods out there, the one that gets the most mention is positive reinforcement… BUT (yes, but) methods based solely on reward…Read More

  7. Things to Think About Before Buying a Puppy!

    If you’re considering buying or adopting a puppy, first ask yourself these questions Puppies are the one thing that brings pure joy to anyone that they come in contact with. They’re adorable, fluffy, and absolutely impossible to resist! Who doesn’t want a puppy? Unfortunately, while the initial thrill of having a puppy is great, it isn’t going to last. People tend to overlook how much time…Read More

  8. Small Correction = Small Change….If Any

    If speeding tickets only cost one dollar, would you still speed? Probably. What about $50? Maybe. $100? $5,000? The impact of any consequence is subjective. I would never speed if there was a risk of paying $5,000 for a ticket, whereas I might not care as much about $50; but others might not even want to fork over a dollar. My point is that our dogs are the ones that determine what level of correc…Read More

  9. The Magic Recipe

    I often hear dog owners and trainers refer to certain dog training tools as “magic,” which I totally get! It's magical when you discover a tool that allows you to communicate with your dog in a quick and clear way, but don’t be deceived; the tool alone won’t create lasting change. This seemingly magical transformation unfairly gives all the power and responsibility to the tool and discredi…Read More

  10. Owners Need Training Too

    While the goal of dog training is to train your dog to be obedient, calm, and happy, dog owners can use some training, too. Obedience training is a big, yet important commitment that can transform your everyday routine, your household practices, and even take you out of your comfort zone. That’s why it’s important to recognize your role in the dog training process, and the ways that you can ma…Read More