Christine Fox

Using Medication for Behavior Modification in Dogs: 7 Things You Should Know

Using behavioral medications can make a significant difference in the management of severe behavior problems.  What I like best is that these medicines can help to begin the modification process for cases that would otherwise be very complicated. I recently attended the Science of Animal Behavior Conference hosted by K9 Turbo Training and Detroit Dog…

My Charley Boy

It’s the Beginning, Not the End I lost my best friend Charley today He went to that beautiful place we all come from. I know he’s still with me, I can feel him in my heart, like a beating drum. When I sit at my desk, I’ll still feel him at my feet As though…

Trying something new can be fun!

It was quite a long time ago when I introduced dog day care to Shelby Twp, MI. I was so young, so brave, so determined. At that time there were only four day care centers in MacombCounty. Nothing was gonna stand in my way of launching something so beneficial to our dogs! People thought I…

5 Reasons to Bond with Your Dog Without Talking

When you communicate with your dog without talking, this builds a bond as you’ve never experienced before. Dog’s don’t read, and they aren’t born speaking English. Mammals are not born understanding the rules of safety nor do we use words to communicate right away. Just as we don’t expect a young infant to completely understand…

Teaching the Release Word in Dog Training

When you are communicating with your dog, the release word is the ever-important cue allowing your dog to know when something may start or when it’s finished. If you skip using a release word in dog training, it’s like telling someone you’ve got a great story to tell and then walking away, leaving the person hanging.…

35 Reasons to Use the Leash in the House

Teaching a puppy to wear a leash in the house can be a great tool to get you started with teaching basic manners at home. Preventing unwanted behaviors is always more effective than teaching a pup who has already learned that misbehaving is lots of fun! Prevention of misbehavior does require that you think ahead…

Trick Training: 6 Dog Training Techniques for the Learner and the Teacher

These five favorite “go-to” trick training techniques are fun and simple to learn. You will know when the experience of learning has happened for you and your dog when you have continued success over and over. You will both achieve results together building a bond based on trust, communication, and mutual respect. Enjoy the learning…

More Than a Heart and a Home

At Wag ‘N’ Tails, you will be able to engage with other dog lovers, learn more about our passion for education, and discover interesting ways to prevent and treat behavior problems. Dogs need more than a heart and a home – I believe education comes first! I’ve been teaching dogs and their people since 1999…

Dog Travel Safety Tips: How to Keep Your Dog Safe

Many of our pets travel with us on a daily or regular basis and since this month recognizes National Pet Travel Safety Day this blog is devoted to dogs and their welfare. Here are a few safety suggestions you may not have considered:   1. Identification Tags  When you are heading out the door with the…

3 Tips for Communicating Openly With Your Pet Care Provider

Communication is key for a successful relationship when finding a life long care provider for your dog. As caregivers, we are counting on you, the pet parent to speak on your dogs behalf and your dog is counting on you too! Dogs can’t talk, so if they could speak using words, what would be said?…

Changes at the Doghouse

Wag ‘N’ Tails was founded on a basic principle and goal : ‘We will strive to reduce the number of dogs given away or euthanized due to preventable and treatable conditions.’ Over the years, while we always kept this mission alive, we also added many additional services to accompany pet parent’s needs. From grooming to…

My Dog is My Kid and I’m Proud of It!

Now certainly, dogs are not human, we know this. Although, for most people today who truly view their dogs as part of the family I would venture to say that they call their dog their fur baby or their “kid” knowing full well that their canine is most obviously not a human. People use this…

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