1. The New Norm: Making the Most of the COVID-19 Lockdown

    As the days pass and we continue to adjust to a “new normal", it seems that we may be here for a while. Many have had the privilege to work from home, others may have lost their jobs, and others may be learning how to teach their children through their schoolwork. Everyone is adjusting and it can be challenging. However, despite how difficult it may be for some, there are ways to manage this shi…Read More

  2. CBD Oil for Dogs – What You Need to Know

    CBD. It’s an acronym you’re probably starting to see all over the place (especially in California), and it might even be something you’re already familiar with in your daily life. But did you know that CBD oils can actually be beneficial for dogs? That’s right; while extensive CBD research for pets is still in its infancy, all signs point in the same direction — it’s looking good. At L…Read More

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    Signs of Aggression to Look Out For In Your Dog

    As a dog owner, you probably know all too well how excitable and energetic dogs can be. They’re naturally a little “rough around the edges,” and that’s one thing we love about them! Unfortunately, that also means that it can be difficult to distinguish between aggressive and playful behavior. Whether your dog is playing with another canine companion, or zealously reacting to a new housegue…Read More

  4. D.T.R. (Determine the Relationship)

    The single hardest piece of dog training is not the mechanics of obedience, it’s developing the relationship and finding the courage to put our own emotional thoughts and needs aside to do what is best for our dogs. I totally understand why owners get stuck into thinking their dog thrives best with the kind of love that offers freedom, a pampered lifestyle, and tons of physical affection; I’ve…Read More

  5. Training Your Dog With Leadership

    Off-leash, calm, and in an open field?! Finn used to be a runner. How did we get here? Leadership. People always ask, “Well, what does that really mean? What does that look like?” It means being a calm, steadfast, consistent, confident and clear supporter for your dog in every area of his life. It means teaching him how to physically and mentally be still in any environment and to look to you …Read More

  6. Avoid These Common Dog Training Mistakes

    There is a reason why professional dog training services such as Lupa K9 exist — dog training can be an art, and if you don’t know what you’re doing, there are actually a lot of mistakes that can be made. While I make my living training dogs in the San Francisco area, one of the secondary goals of my training sessions is to help owners learn how to train dogs themselves, so that the dog can …Read More

  7. 4 Common Myths About Dog Training

    In the world of dog training, there are constantly new developments and practices — sometimes new discoveries are made which virtually all experts can agree on, while others are rife with disagreement among the experts. To dog owners, this can make dog training an intimidating and confusing labyrinth of information. In learning about dog training, it’s likely you’ll hear a lot of myths and m…Read More

  8. Functional Obedience – Being Your Dog’s Leader

    One mistake that a lot of dog owners make is focusing on specific tasks and actions when they’re training their dog. Yes, you can train your dog to do extremely specific tasks, but ultimately, it’s easiest to train a dog when they feel naturally submissive towards you, and when they respect you as their de-facto leader. It’s like the old adage: “Give a man a fish, he eats for a day. Give a…Read More

  9. What We Can Learn From Human Behavior In Dog Training

    Despite the great love we have for our dogs and puppies, it’s no secret that many dog owners are absolutely mystified by the prospect of dog training. They often don’t know how their dog thinks, or how they react to your disciplinary measures. At Lupa K9, I take a holistic approach to training dogs which carefully balances rewards and corrections. One thing that helps people to understand the …Read More

  10. 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