Training Tip of the Month: 5 Minutes, That’s All it Takes


Training Tip of the Month 5 Minutes, That’s All it Takes When I check in with clients to see how their training is going, I often hear, “I was too busy this week to do any training.” Training doesn’t need to take-up a large portion of your day. In fact, sessions should be very short and can take place in … Read More

“No!” What Does it Really Mean to Your Dog?


“No!” What Does it Really Mean to Your Dog? Begging, jumping, getting into the trash, barking, and pulling on the leash are just a few of the behaviors we might try to correct with a “No!”. What does “No” really mean to your dog and is there a better way to communicate and deal with unwanted behaviors? To a dog, … Read More

Get Moving With Your Dog! Help Prevent Dog Obesity.


2016 New Year’s Resolution:  Get Moving with Your Dog! We often make New Year’s resolutions for ourselves, but how about making one for your dog too?  According to the 2013 National Pet Obesity Awareness Day Survey conducted by the Association of Pet Obesity Prevention, 52.5 percent of dogs are overweight or obese. Obesity in dogs is caused by one or more … Read More

Front Door Dilemma – Does Your Dog Jump?


During the holidays we often get more guests than other times of the year, which can cause a dilemma of what to do with our dogs, especially at the front door. While some of us have dogs that politely greet guests, others of us have overly excited or fearful dogs that can make having people over stressful. My dog Eli … Read More

Link Between Dog Bacteria and Human Health


Link Between Dog Bacteria and Human Health Dog kisses – some people like them while others are totally grossed out by even the thought of touching lips with their furry family members. It turns out there may actually be health benefits to doggie smooches. Researchers from University of Arizona (Human-Animal Interaction Research Initiative or HAIRI) and UC San Diego (Professor … Read More

First Out And About Class Of 2015


First Out And About Class Of 2015 Pawsitive Paws held it’s first Out And About class of 2015 this past Saturday.  It was a great day with plenty of sunshine and mild temperatures.  This first class was held at Harry Griffen Park in La Mesa and included plenty of good distractions for the dogs.  Lots of children playing, running, riding … Read More

Texas rancher’s dog hitches ride on ambulance


Texas rancher’s dog hitches ride on ambulance This is such a great story.  In Texas a man wasn’t feeling well and an ambulance was called.  On the way to the hospital, the ambulance was flagged down by another driver who noticed a dog riding on the side step.  The dog’s name was Buddy and he belonged to the man who … Read More

Dogs Feel Jealousy


Dogs Feel Jealousy It’s been found that dogs feel jealousy.  Many years ago someone told me not to anthropomorphize dogs.  Basically what they were telling me was that while humans have emotions, dog were incapable of expressing emotion.  A study done by  UC San Diego professor Christine Harris and honors student Caroline Prouvost shows that dogs may feel a basic … Read More

Visit To San Diego Central Shelter


Visit To San Diego Central Shelter I went to the San Diego Central Shelter this morning to help pull a dog for one of the rescue groups that I volunteer for.  The barking and whining broke my heart and brought tears to my eyes.  There are over 200 dogs desperately waiting to be adopted at that shelter alone.  If you … Read More