I will walk it and feed it every day, I promise!

We all know the story, “Mommy, Daddy! Can we please have a dog? Puh-leeeeze! I will walk it and feed it every day, I promise!” And then a few days later, who is taking care of the dog? Well, I have to admit even as an adult I get that same urge when I see a cute dog. I impulsively …

NEWS: Store coming soon!

I am very excited to announce, My Good Dog Shop is launching soon!   If you’re new here, I want you to know a little about me before I tell you about the shop. As a dog owner, I have tried a lot of products. I don’t even want to think about the small fortune that I have spent at pet …

Escape Proof Dog Crate

This topic hits pretty close to home for me. I have a wonderful, well-trained dog. But he has one big problem, he is an escape artist! I quickly realized that I needed an escape proof dog crate. He is well-behaved and stays out of trouble…  as long as I’m around. But when I’m not at home, he gets into things …

Prong Collar

The prong collar made of interlocking metal links each with two blunt prongs. It is also known as the pinch collar because as it tightens when the leash is pulled, the collar contracts which causes the metal spikes pinch the dog’s skin. There are only some dogs that this collar is appropriate for, and most of the time it is …

Martingale Collar

Martingale Collar

The Martingale Collar has a limited choker action, meaning it provides more control than a standard collar but without choking the dog. It allows the collar to be loose but prevents escape by securely contracting the entire collar when the dog pulls in any direction. When to use: Perfect for dogs that slip out of a collar. Also effective for …

No Collar

A dog without a collar is much harder to control or restrain in the case of an emergency. Even if you think that your dog is the best dog in the world, he could surprise you in the way he reacts in a stressful situation. In addition to safety, a collar with identification could reunite you with your dog if they get lost. …

Head Halter

Head Halter

The head halter is a great training tool! With this collar, you are able to control the dog’s head, which is an easy and effective way to control the rest of their body. For most people, this is the best collar for dogs that pull. When used correctly, the head halter can eliminate a dog’s pulling behavior. If the dog …

Choke Chain

The choke chain is also called a slip collar and is NOT intended to choke your dog. Slip collars can also be made from nylon, and I will discuss their use in another post. For this purpose, this page will discuss the metal slip collar or “choke chain.” It is used by some trainers to offer: negative reinforcement – tight …

Harness

A harness distributes the pulling force of the dog across the chest, so there is no pressure on the neck. When to use: An alternative to a collar to use on a dog that pulls, is not well trained or negatively reacts to distractions. It gives the owner extra control, without the risk choking or neck, trachea or esophagus injury. …

Cute puppy with Dog Collar

Buckle Collar

If you are using a buckle collar with a strong puller, I would recommend getting a metal buckle. They are stronger than the plastic buckle that snaps together, which may be too weak when trying to restrain a strong dog. Can be found in both nylon and leather.

Dog Treadmills

So apparently, dog treadmills are a thing. As a dog trainer, this kind of blew my mind. One of the things I always tell my clients is “A tired dog is a good dog.” That is very true. Many of the bad behaviors that dogs do, come about because they are bored and need a way to release built up …