Dogs have played with each other as probably as long as the species existed, but dog parks are a relatively new phenomenon. Dog parks are usually fenced in and can be great socialization locations but they also have a fair number of risks. Please watch this video before taking any dog to a dog park, particularly those who are most at risk - puppies, dogs with fear issues, and rescue dogs.
Dogs should socialize with all kinds of other dogs, but how do you get them together? And what if you just want to have friends over and they're bringing their dog? Coordinating play dates can be a great way to set the dogs up for success and fun. This video shares some of the most useful tips to keep in mind for dog play dates.
Play with other dogs is excellent physical and mental exercise, and that can solve a lot of behavior problems. Dogs also learn a lot from play and so can you! But how can you tell they are playing and be sure it's a good experience for all involved? Check out this video for a look at how to supervise safe play between dogs.
Does your dog bark nonstop when you have company, or jump up like their feet were made of springs? The safety and training tips in this video will help you have visitors to your home without feeling like you're living in a war zone or a circus!
Continue reading (Video 44) Have a Happy & Well-Behaved Dog with Guests
If your dog is destroying your house or looks 'depressed' it may be that you just don't have enough mental stimulation. Brain games are excellent for preventing separation anxiety, teaching dogs not to chew your furniture or other items, and just generally making your dog smarter and happier. Dogs and puppies are not natural freeloaders - they would rather work for their food than lie around all day doing nothing. This video has several practical ideas to solve behavior problems and help your dog have more fun!
Also watch: Rainy Day Dogs: How to Exercise Your Dog Indoors
Does your dog ignore you? Does he turn away when you're talking or otherwise appear to be 'stubborn' or 'dominant?' Why won't your dog listen? This video will go over ways that you can turn those questions around and think about how to motivate your dog to want to respond to you. As usual, the answers apply to other animal species as well.
Continue reading (Video 27) He’s Not Listening! Problem Solving for Motivation & Training
In old-fashioned training, problems are blamed on the animal being too dominant. Ironically, the problem is not that they have too much control over us, but rather, they do not have enough control over their own safety and wellbeing. In this video, Grisha explains what empowerment means, and why empowered animal training is so helpful for problem solving.
Continue reading (Video 02) Empowerment: How to Build Cooperation and Trust
Puppies are little chewing machines. We recommend puppy-proofing for any dog under 1 year old or dogs who have not yet lived indoors. In this video, Grisha gives tips on what to do to keep your puppy and your house safe. This advice also applies to kitten-proofing and preparing your home for any new pet that will able to move around your home.
Continue reading (Video 09) How to Puppy-Proof Your Home
Sometimes you need your dog to just stop jumping up, stealing the trash, or running out the door. If your first instinct when there's a problem is to yell at your bird or or punish the cat, definitely watch this video! These quick fixes (environmental 'management') give you time change pet's behavior long term using force-free training.
Continue reading (Video 08) Stop It Now! Quick Fixes for Pet Behavior Problems
Boundaries define personal dignity and integrity. They are rules about what we can and cannot accept. Boundaries define ways that we feel comfortable interacting, how we want to be spoken to or touched. This video explores ways to set boundaries with and for your pets.
Continue reading (Video 23) How to Set Boundaries for Animal Care
Vet visits are the single most common terrifying experience for dogs and cats. Grisha gives several tips that you can use in your next visit and some that you'll need to train and practice first. Definitely watch this right away if you have a puppy, kitten, or other young animal.
Continue reading (Video 16) Vet Visit Stress Tips for Dogs
Most pet behavior problems can be solved with this simple 3-step process. In this video, Grisha shares a system to help with jumping up, getting in the trash, and lots of other dog issues that drive you nuts. Oh, and you can probably use it with your children, too!
Continue reading (Video 06) Problem Solving 101
Without exercise, dogs can become destructive, bored, reactive, and physically unhealthy. Watch this video for solutions if you can't walk your dog because of injury, weather, aggression, vaccination status, etc. Continue reading (Video 42) Rainy Day Dogs: How to Exercise Your Dog Indoors
Tired of a barking dog? Socializing a puppy? If you want your dog to be calm around other dogs, you can help your dog practice being calm. In this 11-minute video, I explain Behavior Adjustment Training (BAT), which I developed to reduce aggression, frustration and fear in dogs and other animals.
Continue reading (Video 31) Quick Intro to BAT 2.0