• Trick Tuesday: Head Down

    Francis in the snow

    Welcome back to Trick Tuesday!

    Every Tuesday, another trick tutorial.

    This week, we are going to teach our dogs to put their heads down on command. This is a really crowd pleasing trick to show a “sad” or “guilty” expression with your dog.

    Have fun teaching this one!

    Method: Capturing
    Skill Level: Advanced
    What you’ll need: Food, dog, conditioned reinforcer, target (rubbermaid lid), previously taught trick (chin)

  • Not the VET!!! Prepping Your Dog to Love Vet Visits

    Every dog will need to visit the vet at some point in their lives. Most puppies go on multiple vet visits in their first year of life. It’s easy for your dog to grow to dislike the vet based on pokes, prods and other unpleasantness. Luckily, it’s just as easy for your dog to learn to love vet visits! A little practice goes a long way towards ensuring less stress when your dog needs a check-up or when they are sick. Here are some tips:

  • Trick Tuesday: Stand Tall

    Welcome back to Trick Tuesday!  Every Tuesday, another trick tutorial.

    This week, we are going to teach our dogs to stand tall. This one is lots of fun!

    Method: Luring
    Skill Level: Beginner
    What you’ll need: Food, dog, conditioned reinforcer

  • 5 Valentine’s Day Dangers for Dogs

    Will You Be Mine?
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    Ah…. L’Amore – Valentine’s Day. It’s a special day that holds much meaning for many. Are there dangers for your dog? A few – so let’s get on with the discussion so you can go back to planning your special activities.

    Chocolate –Make no mistake about it. Chocolate IS toxic to dogs. The darker the chocolate, the more danger it poses to your pet. Visit petmd.com for a great interactive toxicity meter. Be careful with those pretty, heart-shaped boxes full of delicious treats – they can be deadly! Chocolate contains theobromine and caffeine – two substances that can be toxic to dogs. Seizures, vomiting and death can occur within 24 hours from chocolate toxicity.

  • Trick Tuesday: High 10

    Welcome back to Trick Tuesday! Every Tuesday, another trick tutorial.

    This week, we are going to teach our dogs to give us a “High 10!”. You won’t want to miss out on teaching this extra 5! ;o)

    Have fun teaching this one!

    Method: Luring
    Skill Level: Beginner
    Food, dog, conditioned reinforcer, previously taught trick (stand tall, sit pretty, high 5)

  • 4 Steps for Safety Planning with Kids & Dogs

     Friends For Life
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    To continue on from our blog post last week, we’ll be discussing safety planning for interactions between kids and dogs. If you missed last week’s post on kids and dogs living together in harmony, you can find it here.

    Today, we’ll be focusing on interactions with strange dogs. If you have a child that loves dogs, you know that if left to their own devices, they will run up and hug every dog they came across. Of course, this is a giant NO-NO! Some things to teach kids about dogs:

  • Trick Tuesday: Untie Your Shoe

    Welcome back to Trick Tuesday! Trick tutorials for you and your dog!

    This week, we are going to teach our dogs to untie our shoes. What a great, fun trick to impress your friends with.

    Method: Capturing
    Skill Level: Advanced
    What you’ll need: Food, dog, conditioned reinforcer

  • 5 Tips to Preventing Dog Bites – Kids and Dogs can be A Winning Combination!

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    Anyone who’s ever seen a Disney movie knows that kids and dogs belong together! Running, frolicking, plotting… getting in and out of mischief together…. Who would ever suggest any other way to live, right?!? Wrong!

    Kids and dogs can be a winning combination, but more often then not, where they exist together, there can be danger lurking in the wings. A few elements are key to ensuring kids and dogs can cohabitate without danger to either:

  • 4 Key Benefits to Training Your Dog

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    We all know that it’s easier to live with a trained dog. A dog who listens well and who doesn’t make you chase them down the street when someone leaves the door open is a pleasure. A dog who walks nicely without dislocating your shoulder and who doesn’t make you apologize to friends and strangers for their unruly behaviour, a pure joy. Did you know that there are also intrinsic benefits to training that you may not realize. Here are just a few:

    Building a Bond: Training helps create and nurture a bond with your dog. By building an understanding of how to read you, your dog will gain trust in you. They will learn to look to you for cues and information rather than making impulsive decisions on their own. You will learn to read your dog as well. You’ll figure out what they like and what they don’t. You’ll become aware of how they think and learn and will be able to use that to your advantage to mold their behaviour.

  • 6 Easy Ways to Train Your Dog!

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    We all have busy lives and trying to find extra time to train your dog or puppy can seem overwhelming at times. But it doesn’t have to be that way. By using these tips to incorporate short training sessions throughout the day, your puppy will learn reliability in her commands in many situations, not just when it’s ‘training time’.

    1. Train Your Dog by Being Ready to Reward them When you See Something you Like

    Rewarding a dog’s good behaviour quickly is paramount to learning. Always have a few training treats in your pockets so that you can present a food reward to your dog in a timely fashion when you see something you like.

  • Training Your Dog Through Distractions

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    Dogs are very much like humans in the respect that they have their strengths and weaknesses. Sometimes situations and feelings can be overwhelming.

  • 6 Ways to be a Good Dog Training Student

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    Make no mistake about it! Dogs are not who this blog post is about. Dogs are easy: If we give them good information, they will rise to the occasion.

  • Using Food in Dog Training – Bribery VS Reward

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    It’s a long confused topic: how to properly use food in dog training. The goal is simple – we want to create a well behaved dog who will listen all the time, not just in the presence of food.

  • What Does It Take to be a Dog Trainer?

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    We are often approached by people who are interested in becoming a dog trainer. They LOVE dogs and have had them all of their lives and would love to dedicate the rest of their lives to them.

  • Emergency Plan in the Event of a Lost Dog

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    Screen Shot 2018 06 14 at 3.02.25 PM  Listen to the Podcast

    When a dog belonging to one of our staff members went missing, we all had a bit of a wake up call. Firstly, it reminded us that this could happen to anyone.

  • New Year’s Resolutions in Dog Training

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    A New Year is upon us and with that comes the tradition of the Resolution! I will lose 10 pounds. I will clean my house more often. I will remember to tell my loved ones how important they are to me…

  • Puppy Training - The Cost of Waiting

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    My Puppy is 7 weeks old

    There are no shortage of differing opinions among dog trainers. Regardless of whether we are pro or anti food, or for or against the use of correction, one thing we all agree on is that preventing problems is much easier than fixing them.

  • That Dog is GUILTY! He Knows He Did Something Wrong!

    Do dogs feel guilty? Find out with McCann Professional Dog Trainers
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    Sadly, we hear this all of the time. "He knows what he did - Look at his face!"

    Picture this situation: A dog named Doug is left...

  • Donations to Fort McMurray SPCA

    Collecting donations for Fort McMurray SPCA with McCannDogs

    We have been collecting donations for the Fort McMurray SPCA in the wake of the devastating fires that have ripped through the town and forced massive evacuation. We are happy to share that our good friends at Ren's Pet Depot are planning to match all donations....

  • Dog Training Has No Limits! A Dog is a Dog is a Dog....

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    We've all seen the Legally Blond version of a dog - a tiny Chihuahua named Bruiser carried around in a purse. This cute little bundle weighs less than 10 pounds and is usually carried

  • Chewing Safety Reminders

    Chewing Safety with McCann Professional Dog Trainers
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    Chewing safety with a puppy or a young dog are very important. Blockages from inappropriate chewing are the most common reasons for insurance claims according to Melissa Long at Pets Plus Us pet insurance.

  • Have You Seen Our Amazing Dog Training Facility?

    Take a virtual tour of dog training heaven at McCann Professional Dog Trainers
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    We aren't shy when it comes to our facility. We are very proud of our special, dog training heaven!!! Have you been here? Have you seen our place? It's definitely worth a look.

  • Rescued or Rehomed Dogs: A Few Things to Consider

    Rescued or rehomed dogs with McCann Professional Dog Trainers
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    A rescued or rehomed dog can be an amazing addition to a home or family. As with any dog, it's important to find the right match for your lifestyle and it's important to know that there may be some issues to deal with if you are adopting an older dog.

  • Labrador Learning - Ace Starts Grade 1 at McCanns!

    Labrador in training with McCann Professional Dog Trainers
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    Meet Ace!

    She's adorable AND smart! We'd like you to meet Ace, a 4-month-old Black Labrador Retriever. This is her first lesson of the Grade 1 program. When they start at an early age, it's easy for any dog to learn basic skills and manners. Watch Ace learn the first steps of her Grade 1 training from the handler's perspective.

  • Black Lab Training - Ace Graduates Grade 1!

    Grade 1 obedience with McCann Professional Dog Trainers
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    Have you met Ace?

    Ace is a super-sweet, happy-go-lucky Black Lab training in our Grade 1 classes. Labrador Retrievers (labs) are one of the worlds most beloved breed of dogs. They are sweet and possess a great sense of humour.

  • When is a Dog Bond a Bad Thing?

    When is a dog bond a bad thing with McCann Professional Dog Trainers
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    Dogs are like potato chips - it's hard to have just one. We love watching two housemates enjoy each other's company. Playing and exercising each other and providing companionship while we are at work are just a couple of the reasons that we have multiple dogs.

  • 2 Easy Steps to Teach Your Pup Not to Jump Up

    Teach your pup not to jump up with McCann Professional Dog Trainers
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    Whenever I get a new puppy, priority number one is always good socialization. A very close second priority is good manners. My ideal dog is happy to greet people while at the same time, not jumping all over them. I'm sure you want the same thing.

  • Guard Dogs - Making them Mean for Protection

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