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Leave Your Dog ALONE While He's Eating

Leave Your Dog ALONE While He's Eating

If you came upon a wolf eating a fresh kill in the woods, do you think it would be a good idea to leave him alone while he eats? Maybe give him some extra space and make sure he doesn't feel your presence?  The same rules should apply to your dog and his bowl of kibble, but in mainstream training this doesn't seem to be the case. So why do people feel the need to take their dog's food away while he's eating? Have they been taught to "desensitize" the dog around food? Have they learned that showing dominance over...


Why I Don't Teach Eye Contact: How to Handle Leash-Reactivity

Why I Don't Teach Eye Contact: How to Handle Leash-Reactivity

This might be another one of my unpopular opinions, however, this is what I see happening when a dog is leash-reactive:  They see something that arouses their sympathetic nervous system. So that means they either want to chase a squirrel, they want to meet and play with another dog, OR they are actually feeling extremely nervous about potentially meeting another dog or a strange human. So your dog either wants to HUNT, chase, or play, and all of these things cause barrier frustration due to be restrained on the leash; or they are put into a state of fight/flight by...


House Training Your Adult Dog

House Training Your Adult Dog

No matter what age your dog is, it's important to use a crate or kennel when housetraining, and also to keep them on a strict feeding and potty schedule. Dogs naturally keep their "den" clean, so by restricting their movement with a crate or kennel, you are encouraging this natural behavior. Keep to this strict crating protocol for at least six months. Once going to the bathroom outdoors becomes a habit, your dog should start asking to go out. Test them by gating them in a room with solid floors like tile, so if they do have an accident it...


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...