Why Dogs Don’t Listen: Improving a dog’s responsiveness to commands

By: Brittney Frazier

dog313One of the number one complaints we receive as a dog training facility from owners about their dogs is that they do not “listen” to them or that they want to improve their dog’s “listening” skills. Without ever meeting their dogs, IRead more

 

Pack Mentality – Preventing Turmoil Within Groups of Dogs

By: Brittney Frazier

found-feb1Within the last few months, my home has been strained with more traffic than usual. Even as a dog trainer who has opened her home to many rescue dogs in need of home exposure, the amount of foster dogs cycling through my homeRead more

 

Leash Reactivity – A Cause and Effect Relationship

dogwalkBy: Brittney Frazier
It seems one of the best experiences a person can have with their dog is a good walk. Some trainers even feel that the quality of a dog’s walk with their human is indicative of the overall relationship between the two beings.Read more

 

Obsessive and Excessive Behaviors in Relation to Anxiety in Dogs

By: Brittney Frazier – Dog Trainer, CPDT-KA, APDT

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Photo Credit: Tim Mowrer

There is probably a distinctive memory in everyone’s childhood of their mother reminding him or her not to chew their fingernails because it’s a “bad habit.” Sure, submitting to compulsionRead more

 

Using Rewards Strategically: Affection Isn’t Just Affection

By: Brittney Frazier – Dog Trainer, CPDT-KA, APDT

FamilyDogAs a trainer at Found Chicago, dog owners walk in asking for help dealing with their three month old puppy all the way to the other end of the spectrum to dealing with separation anxiety and extremeRead more

 

Differentiating Human Wants Vs. Needs in Dog Interactions

By: Brittney Frazier – Dog Trainer, CPDT-KA, APDT

sept-dogDogs and people are very different animals. That seems like an obvious statement, but when working with dogs and their caretakers, it is an important sentiment to keep in mind. Like many areas where society has putRead more

 

Transitioning for a Lifetime – Introducing a Rescue Dog into Your Home

By: Brittney Frazier – Dog Trainer, CPDT-KA, APDT

Consider welcoming a rescue, like our favorite adoptable Kiwi, into your home! Check out her video below!

Consider welcoming a rescue, like our favorite adoptable Kiwi, into your home! Check out her video below!

It’s the time of year where everybody wishes they had their very own furry best friend. Considering allRead more

 

Speaking for Dogs

By: Brittney Frazier – Dog Trainer, CPDT-KA, APDT

FoundDog1We’ve all seen the Disney movies with a talking dog or two and laughed at the idea of what our dogs would really say if they were able to speak our language.  Although dogs speaking English might makeRead more

 

Loosening the Leash: A guide to transitioning a well-trained dog to off leash settings

By: Brittney Frazier – Dog Trainer, CPDT-KA, APDT

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To a dog, a six foot leash represents exercise, a break from daytime naps, and their overall freedom into the outside world. Oftentimes, just the sight of the leash becomes a stimuli eliciting an explosion of wigglesRead more

 

Sprucing up your spring dog sports

By: Brittney Frazier – Dog Trainer, CPDT-KA, APDT

insidedogAs the weather begins to thaw here in Chicago, I’m sure everyone is itching to get outside and start moving! The good news is that your dog is no different. Man’s best friend wants nothing more thanRead more