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Edmonds Dog park Halloween Howl is tomorrow!

Published on Oct 16, 2009 | Category: Tips & Safety

I will be giving a dog safety presentation at *noon*, particularly how to read dogs and how to avoid and break up dog fights at the park. Come with or without your dog!


Amazing, amazing dog video!

Published on Sep 2, 2009 | Category: Tips & Safety

This is the power of reinforcement. Check out this dog trick/dance video and the skills the dogs are doing! Look fun? Try our Canine Freestyle (dog dancing class) to get started in this fun sport. (This is not a dog trainer from our school in Seattle, but just a sample of what well-trained dogs can -> Read the full article…


August 23 First Annual Dog Days of Ballard’s Summer

Published on Aug 12, 2009 | Category: Tips & Safety

Update: the organizers say they will be carding to avoid having too many dogs! 98117 and 98107 zip codes only! There will be a fun gathering of dog folks at Ballard Commons on August 23rd. They’ve asked me to sponsor them, so there are three $50 Ahimsa Dog Training gift certificates to be had for -> Read the full article…


Are Sticks Safe for Dogs?

Published on Aug 11, 2009 | Category: Our Dogs, Safety Warnings, Tips & Safety

Do you use the carrot, or the stick? In it’s regular meaning, the stick is used to prod the donkey forward, so it’s not the kind of method I use for dog training. But sticks can be used as rewards, too. I use sticks to reward my dog, Peanut, for walking politely. I can surprise -> Read the full article…


Marley to Lassie in 7 days – How to Be the Center of Your Dog’s Universe

Published on Aug 6, 2009 | Category: Tips & Safety

Does your dog pull on leash or not come when called? Do you wish your dog would listen more? Follow our daily plan below to jump-start your dog training. Your dog won’t actually be Lassie yet, but you will have a lot more focus than you do right now. Focus is the essential foundation before -> Read the full article…


Dream List Radio Interview

Published on Jul 24, 2009 | Category: In the News!, Theory

Dreamlist Radio is an excellent website that helps people find the career of their dreams. Melissa Borghorst of Dreamlist Radio interviewed me for the Teen section of the website, and the questions focused on what teens can do to become a dog trainer. The answers, you’ll find, will work for people of any age who -> Read the full article…


How to Find Low-Cost Vet Care

Published on Jul 23, 2009 | Category: Tips & Safety

A lot of people these days are finding they need to give up their dogs, cats, horses, or other animals because they can’t afford vet care. If you don’t have a pet yet, and are thinking about getting one, please make sure that you take into account the full costs of owning a living, breathing -> Read the full article…


6 Quick Steps to Teach “Targeting”

Published on Jun 29, 2009 | Category: Tips & Safety

Once you teach your dog to “Target,” you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it.  The behavior here is that your dog touches her nose to a human’s hand, but this also works with a an actual target of some sort, like the Clik Stik pictured here. I use targeting to move my dog around -> Read the full article…


Muttmixer – June 24 2009 in Seattle

Published on Jun 16, 2009 | Category: Tips & Safety

Summer dog event! Come see us at the Summer Muttmixer at Rock Bottom Brewery, 1333 5th Avenue in Seattle. Ahimsa Dog Training will have a little booth set up (I’ll be there!) and the event is FREE. Your dog is welcome, but do make sure it will be a pleasant experience for him/her. Whenever you -> Read the full article…


Can a Dog Sense Fear?

Published on Apr 29, 2009 | Category: Tips & Safety

I gave a presentation at a school in West Seattle today and a good question from one of the teachers stuck with me. Can a Dog Sense Fear? My answer to her was something like, “Yes, dogs do seem to be able to sense fear. But just sensing fear won’t make them decide to bite -> Read the full article…


FDA is not looking into Nutro Dog Food

Published on Apr 21, 2009 | Category: Safety Warnings, Tips & Safety

There’s an article at ConsumerAffairs.com that claims the FDA is looking into claims of several deaths and a lot of sick dogs over the last two years. However, I went to the Nutro website and they deny that the FDA is looking into their foods. You can read the Nutro website here. I don’t know -> Read the full article…


Video: Obamas Do Right By Bo (mostly)

Published on Apr 14, 2009 | Category: Tips & Safety

Here’s a quick video of Bo Obama’s intro to the world. I saw several things that they did right, and some that they could’ve done better (of course, can’t we all?) Get your own valid XHTML YouTube embed code


Free Spay/Neuter/Training for Pit Bulls in Tacoma

Published on Apr 14, 2009 | Category: Tips & Safety

If you have a pit bull and are looking for a free way to make your dog a better citizen, here’s the way! Even if you don’t live in Tacoma, this is probably worth the drive.


Welcome to the White House, B’Obama!

Published on Apr 13, 2009 | Category: In the News!

Bo Obama, the Portuguese Water Dog, seems to be enjoying his new home in the White House.  The Obama puppy’s big debut is Tuesday (tomorrow) but the press has already leaked his story. And who wouldn’t enjoy being the First Dog, with two kids to love on you and great parents? When we were there -> Read the full article…


Teen Dog Play in Seattle

Published on Apr 3, 2009 | Category: Tips & Safety

Our first Teen Dog Play time is April 9th at 5:30.


When is a fence not a fence?

Published on Mar 28, 2009 | Category: Tips & Safety

If it can’t actually hold your dogs in your yard, or keep trouble out, a fence can do more harm than good. It makes you feel like you have a fence, so you let your guard down. In one of my classes, a student with an aggressive dog said that they had a fenced yard. -> Read the full article…


Puppy Mill expose on Nightline March 27

Published on Mar 26, 2009 | Category: In the News!

The Seattle area has had their share of puppy mill busts, including the recent one in Snohomish County that is inundating Seattle with little rescue dogs and some big ones, too. Tomorrow (March 27) ABC’s Nightline is doing a big expose on puppy mills. I haven’t seen it, but I imagine it’s terrible and gruesome -> Read the full article…


Kid / Dog Safety book: Don’t Lick the Dog!

Published on Mar 16, 2009 | Category: Tips & Safety

Ever wish you had just the right way to tell young children how to meet a dog? There are some good books out there already, but Seattle artist Wendy Wahman has a great new book out that can help! I have to admit, I haven’t read the book yet, but I’m trying to get a -> Read the full article…


New Research from Vets – Dog Whispering Likely to Cause Aggression

Published on Mar 11, 2009 | Category: In the News!

The University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Science has released a pilot study that found that 1/4 of dogs trained with punishment/pinning/growling were likely to respond with aggression, versus almost no aggressive behavior that resulted from methods like the ones we use at Ahimsa. Yes, you read that correctly. Methods that have the goal of -> Read the full article…


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Published on Mar 3, 2009 | Category: Tips & Safety

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Kathy Sdao Reward-Training Seminar will Rock Your World

Published on Jan 15, 2009 | Category: Tips & Safety

(See the end of this post for a coupon!) Why are reward trainers so sure that their methods are the more humane way to train? Because reward-based training works, and it works well, without harming or intimidating the dog. But to get the best results with rewards, you need to know what you’re doing. The -> Read the full article…


American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior Speaks out Against the Dominance Model

Published on Dec 31, 2008 | Category: In the News!

The American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior would like to let you know that Dominance – the idea that we need to overcome our dogs by force, lest they try to take over our homes, is outdated and leads to inhumane training. Here’s some info from their Position Statement on Dominance issued in December, 2008: -> Read the full article…


How Much is That Doggie in the Window?

Published on Dec 23, 2008 | Category: Tips & Safety

81-year-old singer Patti Page is my new hero.  You probably know her song, “How Much is That Doggie in the Window?” Well…she’s decided to re-release the song, but has changed the lyrics to reflect the changing times and to promote her book, “This Is My Song.” She’s given the Humane Society of the US permission -> Read the full article…


Clicker Trained Dogs take over Christmas!

Published on Dec 23, 2008 | Category: Tips & Safety

This amazing video was made by a group of clicker trainers in Hungary. Just look at how happy and excited the dogs are.  They are really enjoying themselves! They’re also doing complex tasks from a distance.    Whether you celebrate Christmas or not, if you love dogs, you’ll enjoy watching these well-trained dogs and appreciate -> Read the full article…


Marley & Me – Marley Needs Positive Dog Training!

Published on Dec 19, 2008 | Category: Tips & Safety

If you see the movie “Marley and Me,” you’ll note that Marley is unruly to say the least. In the Real World, Marley might not have had a happy ending. How could we make him a better fit for a regular family? Read the following press release from the Association of Pet Dog Trainers to -> Read the full article…


Snow is Dog Cocaine

Published on Dec 18, 2008 | Category: Tips & Safety

If you live in or near Seattle, you know that it snowed in the Puget Sound last night. We woke up to inches of blissful snow!  Almost nobody is driving.  I even saw two buses that are stuck on the road next to my house. If you have a puppy, you should be especially happy -> Read the full article…


Peanut’s Epulis Test – It’s Benign!

Published on Dec 11, 2008 | Category: Our Dogs

My soulmate dog, Peanut, went to the vet to have an epulis in his mouth removed last week.  The good news? It’s not cancer! And it was small enough that they could remove it without taking out any teeth, thank dog. The bad news? He’s a wreck at the vet and it was a $500 experience. -> Read the full article…


Holiday Dog Photos – PAWS and Seattle Shelter

Published on Dec 1, 2008 | Category: Tips & Safety

Did you miss our last photo opportunity?  Here’s another chance to support PAWS and get some fun photos of your dog, to boot!  Last time, Ahimsa students raised a LOT of $$ for PAWs with Alyssa Rose Photography.  The photo above is from that photo shoot.


Holiday/Thanksgiving Safety Tips for Dogs

Published on Nov 22, 2008 | Category: Tips & Safety

Thanksgiving and the rest of the holiday season can be dangerous for dogs. Cooked bones, especially turkey & chicken, can splinter and cause choking or intestinal problems, even death. While most of us know not to feed it to the dog on purpose, your guests may not know this or your dog may get bones -> Read the full article…


Walking or Hiking Off Leash With Your Dog?

Published on Nov 3, 2008 | Category: Tips & Safety

Walking your dog off leash is like picking your nose, but more dangerous. Both are something that no one else should have to see you doing.  Okay, it’s not quite the same – dogs LOVE to be off leash, and it’s a lot of fun.  If you know the dog is safe, it’s enjoyable to -> Read the full article…