Training Tips

When the Tools Just Don’t Work…

While I help run this adorable blog, The Puppy Places, I'm also a photographer over at Jill Kingsbury Photography and love taking cute photographs of dogs. I've recently been using those skills at our local humane society [...]

How to maximize the use of food treats – Using food in Dog Training Part 2

Does it seem like your dog only listens when you've got food for them?  Seems like you're bribing them to do what you want instead of rewarding them doesn't it? Well the good news is that [...]

Should you use food to train your dog or puppy?

(Photo by JJ Losier) What have you heard about using food rewards when training your dog? You’ve probably heard all sorts of conflicting information, but I’m here to tell you that using food rewards is key [...]

How to train your dog – to Sit – in 5 Minutes a Day!

We’ve all seen it.  Dogs working with professionals.  The dog is sitting right next to his human eagerly waiting for the next move.  How do they do that?  And what can they do with that kind of connection? [...]

How to Train your Puppy in 3 Minutes per Day! Using Eye Contact

We've all seen it.  Dogs working with professionals.  The dog's eyes are locked onto his handler like he's the greatest thing in the world!  How do they do that?  And what can they do with that [...]

Dog Walking – Part 1

Being able to take your dog out for a evening walk can be a wonderful and relaxing thing for everyone involved. And it's exercise for us too! With a little work, and a little patience, you [...]

How to walk your dog…. (It’s Their Walk)

Here's a great video starring Molly Shannon and comedy writer Mike White that shows in a comedic but poignant way how a typical dog walk goes in our busy, hectic lives; and how with just a little more understanding, [...]

Keeping your dog’s attention on leash

Keeping Attention Without Treats! Walking Your Dog With Distractions by Kimberly LeMaster It can be incredible at how attentive your dog can be on a walk, heeling nicely beside you in perfect form. Of course, you [...]

How to enjoy walking your dog – Loose Leash and No Barking!

The Reactive Pooch How Leash Training Can Stop Barking by Kimberly LeMaster  As a dog owner, you will hear and read about the great importance of early socialization in a puppy.  Dogs go through two fear [...]

Visual Signs of Dog Stress – Learn to read his body language!

We wanted to share a picture with you showing classic calming signals that a dog gives when he is NOT comfortable. Please note all four signs in these pictures indicating that the dog is NOT enjoying [...]