Author: Gordon Fontaine

Solving Puppy Play Biting

Solving Puppy Play Biting

You can teach your dog to stop play biting in as little as 2-3 weeks! All it takes is the right methods, a great training plan, and an understanding of why dogs play bite in the first place. Puppies explore the world with their mouths. They nip, bite, and put...
When (and How) to listen to your dog

When (and How) to listen to your dog

“You cannot share your life with a dog…and not know perfectly well that animals have personalities and minds and feelings” — Jane Goodall. If you are a dog owner you probably agree with Jane. In fact, dog cognition science supports the idea of dogs thinking....
Being Your Dog’s Alpha

Being Your Dog’s Alpha

Do you have to be the Alpha? Many people have heard that in order to train a dog, you must become their “alpha,” based on the belief that dogs are descended from wolves and need a strong pack leader (alpha). Even popular TV shows like The Dog Whisperer have...
New Puppy Guide

New Puppy Guide

Thousands of videos and books have been made explaining Everything you need to know, before and after, getting a new puppy, from the original by that name, written by Dr. Ian Dunbar, to other fantastic books like Dr. Sophia Yin’s Perfect Puppy in 7 days. This new...
Virtual Dog Training – Private and Group

Virtual Dog Training – Private and Group

Zen Dog Training offers virtual puppy and adult dog training with private sessions! Zen Dog Training offers Private Training Sessions. Packages can be all Virtual or include both Virtual and Outdoor sessions*: Virtual Training sessions “In-home sessions” – conducted...
Understanding Dogs

Understanding Dogs

The nature of how dogs learn must be considered when training Dogs learn by trial and error. In the wild or in people’s homes, they are motivated by figuring out what works and what doesn’t work. Contrary to what some people say, they don’t feel guilt the way humans...
Socialization Tips for New Puppy Owners

Socialization Tips for New Puppy Owners

If you are a well-read new puppy owner you know the Socialization Period for puppies is between the ages of 3-14 weeks. This is the time in their lives when they are the most open and accepting to new experiences, people, places, and things. During this critical...
Why Zen Dog Training?

Why Zen Dog Training?

The methods you choose for training your dog matter. Dog training in general has boiled down into two camps, with the all-positive-all-the-time (think: treats and clickers) at one extreme and on the other side, alpha-dog methods that encourage “dominance or...
Zen Dog Training – Methods

Zen Dog Training – Methods

Controlling outcomes by Rewarding, Interrupting, Preventing, Ignoring, and Creating Teaching Moments. A Zen Human Makes a Zen Dog Zen Dog Training is focused on how we interact with our dogs—which is the key to successful training. Our Games and Solutions are...
Dog Daycare Best Practices

Dog Daycare Best Practices

Successful dog daycares understand canine body language and have a systematic process to evaluate potential dogs. Staff members have the resources to determine which dogs are a good fit for the group, and know what types of temperament and play styles that should be...