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Loose Leash Walking

Oct 4, 2019   Tracey Aston   Training

One of the simplest and most enjoyable ways to spend time with your dog is by taking a leisurely walk. Walking provides great exercise…  Read More »

How to Litter Train a Cat

Jun 10, 2019   Tracey Aston   Training

It's a common misconception that cats are born litter trained and won't require any extra training. While…  Read More »

Can You Teach an Old Dog New Tricks?

Feb 28, 2019   Tracey Aston   Training

A pet should begin training as soon as they are brought into their new home. Puppies…  Read More »

Obedience Training

Feb 25, 2019   Tracey Aston   Training

According to, obedience is “compliance with an order, request, or law or submission to another's authority.”  The problem with using the word obedience is that…  Read More »

Clicker Training

Feb 18, 2019   Tracey Aston   Training

One of the most popular positive reinforcement training methods is clicker training. Clicker training is often easier than verbal based commands because there is…  Read More »

Positive Reinforcement vs Aversive Training

Feb 9, 2019   Tracey Aston   Training

The most important lesson in training is that training is communication. The second most important lesson is dogs communicate much differently than we do.…  Read More »

Aversive Training Methods

Feb 7, 2019   Tracey Aston   Training

Aversive training, or positive punishment, is just what it says - punishment. According to the dictionary it's “behavior conditioning in which noxious stimuli are…  Read More »

The Negative Effects of Aversive Training

Feb 5, 2019   Tracey Aston   Training

Aversive training methods don't take into account the communication style of dogs and rely on punishing a…  Read More »

Aversive Training Tools

Feb 3, 2019   Tracey Aston   Training

“Make him listen!” “Be the dominant one!”  “Show him who's boss!” It's an unfortunate truth that for many decades, this type of training was…  Read More »

Collar and Harness Types

Dec 6, 2018   Tracey Aston   Training

So your pet needs a new collar or harness and you set out to purchase one only to be overwhelmed by the numerous and…  Read More »

Cats and Litter boxes

Nov 19, 2018   Tracey Aston   Training

“Litter box trained.” We've all seen those words and one of the big differences between our pets is cats don't have to be house…  Read More »

Choosing a Dog Trainer

Nov 12, 2018   Tracey Aston   Training

Our dogs are born with an innate ability to love and bond with us, but they are not born knowing what we expect of them.  We…  Read More »

Crates - Why They Are Important

Nov 7, 2018   Tracey Aston   Training

To crate or not to crate, that is often a question for new pet owners.  Crating is an essential training tool, and as with any tool,…  Read More »

The Dangers of Retractable Leashes

Oct 29, 2018   Tracey Aston   Training

Few pet products are as heavily debated as retractable leashes. Some will argue these leashes can be used safely with proper knowledge, and while…  Read More »

Service Animals, Therapy Animals, Emotional Support Animals, Oh My!

Oct 22, 2018   Tracey Aston   Training

If you are getting confused by all the different types of working dog categories, you…  Read More »

Preparing Your Home for a New Pet

Oct 3, 2018   Tracey Aston   Training

Nothing beats the excitement of bringing home a new family member!  Adding a new pet to your…  Read More »

My Dog is Not a Walking Petting Zoo

Oct 1, 2018   Tracey Aston   Training

“Oh! A puppy! I want to pet it!”  You love animals - they're cute, soft, fluffy…  Read More »

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