The Importance of Socializing Your Puppy With Other Dogs

In the accompanying video I talk about the importance of socializing your puppy. Although I recommend waiting until your puppy is fully vaccinated before taking him or her to places like dog parks or other places where they might encounter an unvaccinated dog, it is important to start getting your puppy used to as many types of people and situations as possible.

What to Look for in A Dog

In the accompanying video, I discuss what to consider in selecting a dog. This is a very important topic, because choosing a breed whose needs are compatible with your lifestyle is the key to avoiding a lot of conflicts and unhappiness in the future.

Breed attributes to consider include:

  • Size (Will a big dog be happy in your small apartment or tiny sports car?)
  • Coat type (Are you OK with a dog who sheds, or requires lots of grooming?)
  • Temperament (Is the breed you’re considering known for being friendly around strangers or other dogs?)
  • And energy level. (Don’t consider a dog that requires lots of vigorous exercise each day if you work long hours, or can’t make the commitment to exercise the dog in other ways.)

My 8 Week Dog Training Program

Hello Friends,

Ready to unleash your dog’s potential—and your own?
In this video, I explain all that is included in my eight-week dog-training program, which is paced each week to give you and your dog just enough challenge you, but not discourage you. That way, we are always building on success.

Top 10 Tips for Your Dog this Summer

Summer is here, and with it, higher temperatures. The following tips are intended to make sure your dog stays safe and comfortable throughout the long, hot summer.”

  1. Keep her hydrated! Dogs generally require 3 ounces of water per pound of body weight per day, although this can vary by breed, environment, and activity level. If in doubt, check with your vet to make sure your dog is getting enough precious liquid.
  2. Prevent heat stroke. Heat stroke is a very real threat for dogs. When the temperature outside is above 80 degrees, even a short walk can overheat your dog, especially an elderly or overweight dog. Symptoms of heat stroke include:
    1. elevated temperature
    2. heavy panting or difficulty breathing
    3. excessive drooling
    4. increased heart rate
    5. diarrhea and vomiting
    6. a glazed or anxious expression
    7. redness around eyes
    8. weakness
    9. sudden collapse

Meet dog trainer, Nathan Woods

Hello friends! Welcome to my blog!

As most of you know, my name is Nathan Woods and, as I explain in the video, I’ve been training dogs since I was 10 years old.

I started by training my family’s miniature poodle, Mindy, to the highest obedience level—Utility. I loved it so much that, over the next 10 years, I taught approximately 3,000 pet owners how to train their dogs. I became the lead instructor at the Richmond Dog Training Center in Virginia and held that position until I left for Santa Barbara.