Paws n Motion Blog

Welcome to our blog; we've got articles on dog training and behavior, feeding and nutrition, health and safety, and general interest/just for fun, all written by Sarah Smith, pro trainer at Paws n Motion, Minneapolis/St. Paul MN-based dog training and behavior modification

Dog Bark Collars – 12 Frequently Asked Questions

Most people have a lot of questions when it comes to using an electric bark collar on their dog. Are bark collars safe? How do they work? When should they use one? What’s the best bark collar for a small dog? In this second post in a short series on bark collars, I provide answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about this tool. Check it out!

What’s the Best Bark Collar for your Dog? 3 Great Bark Collars to Consider.

Bark collars have come a long way since their inception, incorporating more sophisticated technology and higher-end features to improve their performance and accuracy in correcting dogs. In this first post in a series on bark collars, I’ll recommend good bark collars for your money and also where you can buy them (and it’s NOT at the big box in the local strip mall).

Of Dogma and Dogmen (and Women)

There are a surprising (and confusing) array of training options and tools out there in a dog training industry that is essentially unregulated. You are relying on trainers to be honest with you about their abilities and expertise in order to determine if you think they’ll be able to help you address your problems effectively. A large part of what comprises their expertise is what training tools they use and what approaches they practice, but one of the biggest indicators of individual success for you and your dog may be to what degree a trainer adheres to a “party line.”

The Trainer’s Toolbox

There are a wide variety of different training tools and aids available to help you change your dog’s behavior. I am going to discuss some of the most common used today, including how they should be used in a responsible training program. You or your dog may work very well on one particular tool or another. The important thing is to find what works and then be consistent.

Selecting a Dog Trainer That’s Right for You

Dog training can easily run upwards of $2,000 depending on where you live, the nature of the problems you’re experiencing, and the type of training necessary. In many cases, people are making a large investment in their dog’s future and the trainer’s expertise. With the high cost of training, and the even higher cost of working with a “bad” trainer, finding a dog trainer that is the right fit is extremely important…

How to Know if You Need a Dog Trainer

No one approaches a trainer with a “good” dog that they’d like to make into a “super-dog.” As a professional trainer, I tend to see people who are in the throes of a severe behavior problem: usually some form of anxiety, hyperactivity, or aggression. A trainer is often the “last resort” that dog owners seek after their dog has delivered a severe enough wake-up call (a bite, major property damage, or injury to self). Dogs learn from their environment, people, and other animals. It’s very infrequent that even these severe wake-up calls were completely unforeseen…