• Too Cold to Go Outside? Fun Times Indoors with your Dog!

    Francis in the snow

    Winter can be hard on humans and canines alike. We take for granted how easy it is to entertain our dogs when the weather is nice. So, how can we make sure our dogs don’t go stir-crazy when the weather outside is frightful? Here are a few ideas to help keep you and your pup be content when outdoors isn’t an option.

  • Guard Dogs - Making them Mean for Protection

    Do guard dogs have to be mean with McCann Professional Dog Trainers

    I'll never forget the first time I heard this absolute absurdity directed at my sweet, 12-week old Rottweiler puppy. I was cottaging and had taken Quincey for a walk around the back roads of Bala. There was an RV stuck at a hilled fork in the road. A group of people had gathered around to take in the scene.

  • Kids and Dogs: 4 Things Kids NEED to Know

    4 things kids need to know about dogs with McCann Professional Dog Trainers

    Kids are like little sponges - there are always great opportunities to teach them what they should be doing in any given situation. One thing that kids are bound to encounter is dogs! For kids and dogs to exist harmoniously together, it's crucial that all children are taught some basics about dog interaction.

  • Identifying Aggression in Dogs: Offensive VS Defensive

    Offensive VS Defensive Aggression in dogs with McCann Professional Dog Trainers

    Dogs operate very honestly and clearly. They show their emotions and needs through body language. Whether they are trying to show aggression or appeasement behaviours, you'll see changes to posture and expression. Identifying aggression in dogs is fairly straight forward with a little bit of learning.

  • Do You Have A Stubborn Dog? 5 Easy Steps to Training Any Dog!

    training a stubborn dog with McCann Professional Dog Trainers

    Fortunately, there's no such thing as a stubborn dog. The act of being "stubborn" is a human construct meaning "determination not to change one's attitude or position on something, especially in spite of good arguments or reasons to do so." As humans, we tend to project our own emotions and feelings on animals.

  • Ouch! Teach Your Puppy To Be Gentle With Their Teeth

    Teaching pups to be gentle with their teeth with McCann Professional Dog Trainers

    Training a young puppy with food can be a great and quick way to teach lessons, however in the initial stages of training, it can also be painful! Those needle teeth are sharp and they hurt - especially with an exuberant puppy who doesn't know how to be gentle with their teeth.