1. Ensuring Dog and Child Safety

    Children and dogs can form special bonds and engage in healthy play, but parents and dog owners need to know what precautions to take to make sure these interactions are safe and pleasant for everyone. Many children get their first impressions of dogs from books, games, and TV, and they assume every dog is friendly. This is not always the case. Even well-trained dogs can be unpredictable in unfami…Read More

  2. Let Dogs be Dogs: Avoiding Anthropomorphism

    For decades, movies making dogs appear more “human” have been bringing in the cash at the box-office. From Marmaduke the Great Dane, to Lou the Beagle in Cats and Dogs, movie goers just can’t get enough of blockbusters offering a glimpse of dogs behaving like humans. Pets are Family Pet owners experience a real connection with the dogs in their lives. Dogs provide company, companionship, and…Read More

  3. Dog Behavior Problems: Are You Reinforcing Bad Habits with Unearned Affection?

    This may come as a surprise to dog owners, but your dog’s behavior problems could be the result of your behavior. We know it’s hard to believe, but here at Come and Train It K9, we see it all too often. Dog owners shower their pets with unhealthy, unearned affection that elicits and reinforces undesirable behavior. Unearned Affection You walk into your home after spending the day at work and g…Read More

  4. E-Collars vs. Shock Collars: Dog Training Collars 101

    Coaching your dog to behave well is vital to maintaining a deep and loving connection. Addressing any negative behavior can be a complex process, and you may need to use certain tools to remedy it. Dog training collars are one resource that can guide your dog to better conduct. There are many different kinds of dog training collars available, including e-collars and “shock” collars. But before…Read More

  5. Avoid the Parent Trap: Don’t Treat Your Dog Like a Baby

    It is easy to fall into the harmful habit of treating your dog like a baby. After all, you and your dog develop a strong emotional bond. It may seem natural to treat your canine companion as an integral part of your family, but the dog’s evolutionary path is different. Dogs have the ability to share close bonds, but their relationships don’t fit the human definition of family. Instead, canines…Read More

  6. Professional Dog Training

    Socializing your dog through puppyhood and adolescence is one of the most effective ways to ensure that they become a friendly and confident adult. Puppy Socialization The greatest window of learning in a dog’s life starts around 3 weeks of age and closes between 16 and 20 weeks. This period allows puppies to be exposed to a wide variety of sights, sounds, smells, and sensations without becoming…Read More

  7. Preparing Your Dog To Go Off-Leash

    Before unhooking the leash and allowing them ultimate freedom, you must make sure that they will be reliable off-leash. What do I mean by this? Well, in short, you must feel confident that your dogs will listen to you when you have no means to control them (come when called, leave or drop items when you tell them to, etc.). It’s a big world out there and you need to keep your dog safe. Just as y…Read More

  8. How Can I Stop My Dog From Chasing Cars?

    You need to control, or manage, the environment so mistakes don’t happen, or so when they do happen you can correct them. For example: Keeping doors and gates closed Having the dog on leash Using a baby gate or ex-pen as an extra boundary at the front door Management alone is not enough because at some point something will happen. People will leave doors open, leashes will slip out of hands, col…Read More

  9. Puppy Training Tips & Tricks

    Be the Pack Leader Puppies are naturally hard-wired to follow their pack leader. A pack leader is, by definition, strong, stable, and consistent; traits many new puppy owners forget. Many of our clients are strong leaders in their jobs, but when they come home, they turn to mush with their dogs. Then they come to us puzzled as to why their dog won’t behave. Puppies sense our confidence levels an…Read More

  10. Training A Good Guard Dog

    Responsible dog owners recognize the difference between a guard dog and an attack dog. A guard dog is trained to alert its owner to the presence of a stranger or intruder through barking or growling. Guard dogs are not trained to attack on command or to act in an overly aggressive manner towards a stranger. Therefore, guard dogs generally do not make very good attack dogs. Before you begin trainin…Read More