Recently, we have had a couple of clients with small kids who experienced their dog suddenly nipping, lunging, or biting their kid, apparently ‘out of the blue’. This is quite a common problem for families with small kids and dogs. Kids like to hug, kiss, and reach out to touch in sudden quick movements. Most kids squeal, shout, jump, run, and attempt to put things in the dog’s face, etc. They like to take things away from a dog, or tease the dog.Read More
Teaching your puppy/dog some basic foundation skills and good manners from the onset goes a long way toward preventing problem behavior. Many clients do try to teach their pooch to sit and lie down, which is particularly helpful as default behaviors. If your dog learns to sit or lie down as one of his first skills, and it gets reinforced many times, it becomes a behavior he will offer again and again, by default. As both of these are calm behaviors, they are great ones to teach your pup in order to encourage a reposeful demeanor. When your dog is too excited all the time, it is hard for him to focus on what you want him to do, unless of course, you are in a play situation, where being goofy and excited is acceptable and fun! Therefore teaching him to be calm after play, for example, is a great way for him to learn self-control.Read More
You may be of the conviction that hiring a Professional Dog Trainer is expensive. Ever wonder what is behind the rates you pay?
At VivaPaws, we believe in transparency. We want our clients to feel they get value for money. We are not out to make a great profit, but our rates are reflective of the fact that our service is Top Tier. Vivi Myslik Jorgensen has earned an elite certification, which is considered one of the very best in the dog training community.Read More
Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole – Roger Caras. This is one of my favorite quotes about dogs. How do you feel about your dog? Is he perhaps your best friend, your ‘kid’, a family member, almost as important as other family members, or maybe more? What makes them so special? They waltz straight into our hearts with their cute little faces, their wagging tails, their pure love. Is that the whole truth?Read More
Let us jump right in and start at the beginning…. A sweet little puppy face is looking up at you begging you to play. Because you are busy right now, you tell little Charlie, “not now, mommy’s busy”, but Sweet Face won’t take no for an answer. He tries to bite at your shoe….you tell him, “NO, Charlie, not my shoe!” He does the cutest little jump and tries your shoe again, biting more, andRead More
You might have envisioned a life with a well-mannered dog, who listens to you, comes when you call, walks calmly on leash…. a joy to live with. This perfect picture is often crushed when your dog starts to develop destructive or undesirable behaviors. You may have tried to train your pup yourself, but either don’t have the time or patience it requires, and therefore behaviors have turned into problems.Read More