Question: "I have been considering using umbilical training to teach my dog to stay near me and also help with house training."Answer: What is "Umbilical Training?"Typically, a leash is tied to your waist or shoulder for long periods of time…
"I am starting to take my dog into stores and other public places. How do I handle him having a bowel movement on the floor? He is house trained. He is small breed and 1 year old." Good for you…
Pottying a Service Dog This is an important but often overlooked topic for service dogs.It is usually understood that a service dog needs to be 'house trained" in all public places but there is so much more to it than…
When people start training their dogs a service dog or assistance dog candidate, I recommend that they start early on with two behaviours that are essential for every service dog. These behaviours are often confused for two similar, but different…
Owner training allows handlers to choose some non-traditional breeds or higher energy individual dogs that match their active lifestyle. Some people end up with dogs that have more energy than they bargained for or they inadvertently ramp the dogs up…
What Are the Standard Behaviors and Cues for a Service Dog? I find it fascinating that I often get asked this question and many similar to it. People assume there are standard verbal cues and hand signals for behaviors that…
Audio version of this blog postTeaching Your Service Dog to Heel There is much confusion in the service dog world about what is heeling is and isn't. Before we can start talking about teaching a dog to heel we need…