The McBriber – Prevention and Treatment

by Kara Hollars, owner of Personal Family Dog Trainer

The Problem
You see a person working with their dog, using treats as a reward. The person shows the dog a treat, then asks them for a behavior. The dog complies 100% of the time, which looks very impressive! This goes on for some time. Suddenly, a look of panic crosses the persons face. They’ve run out of treats! They ask their dog for another behavior, the dog looks for the treat, then gets up and walks away. The owner follows, desperately trying to get the dog to listen. What went wrong?  Continue reading “The McBriber – Prevention and Treatment”

Animal Behaviorist or Pet Trainer: What’s the Difference?

woman training two dogs to sit

Here’s the scenario: your pet recently began to do something really out of character. Maybe she started snapping at another household pet, or maybe he started to -gross!- eat his own poop. You know this calls for a professional’s input, but who can help? Should you bring in a pet trainer, or is this a case for a different kind of specialist known as an animal behaviorist? We’ll share the differences between the two pet pros so you can get the help you need. Continue reading “Animal Behaviorist or Pet Trainer: What’s the Difference?”

Teaching Your Cat to Sit

by Stacy Ferrara,  Pawsitive Potential

cat trainingThere’s that old joke about “herding cats” that’s used to describe something extremely difficult, if not impossible. Cats have always been thought of as independent and aloof creatures that do what they want on their own time. This likely comes from comparing them to dogs who have entirely different behaviors and motivations. The reality is that cats can be trained to do a variety of things. It can be retraining a negative behavior to something more pleasing to their guardians (such as using the litter box) or learning to “SIT” on command. Sometimes the biggest hurdle is training the guardians to realize that training really is possible. Continue reading “Teaching Your Cat to Sit”