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Submit Questions to the Podcast

Leah Lykos

Tags dog training, events, Giving Back, Podcast, training advice

Submit Questions to the Podcast

If you have questions, we have answers!     Ben Draper of Wild Heart Dog Training will be joining me on the Alpha Bitch Podcast. We are inviting you to submit your dog behavior and training questions so we can answer them on the show. Click this link to reach me: contact page.If you submit a question, let me know if it’s okay to mention your name or if you would prefer to remain anonymous.Thanks! Leah Email Leah with Your Questions


Daycare and Boarding Services

Leah Lykos

Tags Boarding, Daycare, dogs, services

Daycare and Boarding Services

  Daycare and Boarding Services If you are interested in our daycare or boarding services please text or email to set up a phone interview. In a brief 15-20 minute call, we will determine if your dog is a good fit for our facility, and if we are a good fit for you and your dog. You can also look at our rates and policies beforehand to see if our schedule and rates will meet your dog care needs. We take a very limited number of dogs into our care each day and strive to provide for each of their...


Increasing Your Dog's Emotional Capacity = Building Tolerance to Stress

Increasing Your Dog's Emotional Capacity = Building Tolerance to Stress

When potential clients call me because they're having problems with their dog, they usually try to convince me that their dog is actually really smart. The thing is, I never doubt the intelligence of the dog, because almost all of them are extremely clever and eager to learn new things. Learning, however, isn't the dog's problem. Dogs with behavioral issues (as judged by the human) usually have a limited capacity to deal with stress. Therefore, I'm not concerned with the dog's ability to learn their obedience commands, what I want to know is: How can we increase their emotional capacity? Increasing emotional...


Dog Walking: Expectations vs. Reality

Leah Lykos

Dog Walking: Expectations vs. Reality

Photo by Justin Veenema  Expectation: Your dog will enjoy walking in a straight line at the exact same pace as you. Reality: Your dog wants to sniff, roll, dig, run, play, and zig-zag in 1,000 different directions.  Solution: Let your dog sniff! Let him orient to new environments, situations, and stimuli. Orienting is an important biological function of the nervous system, and your dog will often stop, freeze, and orient before feeling safe to move forward. Try not to interrupt this process.  Allow your dog to roll and have some fun on this walk. If you are on the beach or someplace where...


Physical Laws of Energetic Dog Training

Physical Laws of Energetic Dog Training

Follow these simple tips to see BIG changes in your dog's behavior The Energy Equation:  Don't add energy to a problem behavior which already represents an energy overload.  Examples of adding energy: "Positive punishment" (this means adding stimulus/punishment) of unwanted behavior, this never works! It may seem like it's working in the short term, but in the long term you are literally adding energy to the very problem you are trying to extinguish.  Another example of adding energy: puzzles and other games and toys that add "mental stimulation" to a dog who is already over-stimmed. If your dog is truly...