Training Hints

cat and dogWe get frequent questions in our dog training classes about care and feeding of animals and about dog training. We will answer some of these questions on this page. If you have any questions that have not been addressed you can e-mail them to Gail  and she will add the question and answer to this page if it is appropriate.

Destructive Chewing:

Chewing makes a dog feel better, they do it because they need to and it is their nature to chew. When they are puppies they are born without teeth and within 3 weeks they grow their first set of sharp little teeth. These teeth fall out and it can take up to 7 months before their 42 permanent teeth grow in. In this time of teething their gums are sore and itchy and they drool more than normal. This is also the time they have the need to chew!!

It is your job to keep your shoes and other valuables out of their sight since they will chew anything, including furniture, socks, snow boards etc. When you are out of sight, crate your puppy or confine it (use a baby gate it allows the dog to see the rest of the house, just being able to see the rest of the house keeps him/her from becoming anxious or frustrated).

dogchewingboneaFreeze a carrot and give it them to chew. Buy a knuckle bone in the meat department, give it to them raw, it will keep them busy for hours. Fill a “kong” with peanut butter and freeze it before you give it to them. Do not use chew hooves, they can sliver and fragment and be harmful to intestines. Rawhides can be dangerous if swallowed whole.

Dogs chew because they are a puppy or they are bored, lonely, fearful or anxious. Chewing becomes the displacement behavior. If you catch your dog chewing something you don’t want him to, please don’t hit him/her. Simply say “opps, bad choice” redirect them by giving them something else that is safe and OK to chew instead.


If your dog has an “accident” in the house use white vinegar to clean it up. White vinegar removes the smell of urine and will discourage the dog from going in the same spot again. White vinegar is safe to use on carpets and furniture. I use it in the final rinse when washing my dog’s bedding since it is a natural deodorizer.

Taking your dog’s vital signs:

If you want to take your dog’s pulse, find it at the femoral artery inside the hind legs. Normal pulse rate in a dog is 70-130 beats per minute.

If your dog has a fever, you will be aware of it by touch; I feel the inside of my dog’s ears to do this. A normal dog’s temperature is 100-102.5 degrees (puppies may be slightly lower).


Bits and Pieces

  • A dog’s temperature should be between 100.2 and 102.8 Fahrenheit
  • Run, romp and play daily!
  • White vinegar is the best …. Throw away your commercial products. You can add 20 drops of essential oil to a gallon and create your own scent. Use it to wash counters, floors, clean up after your dog’s accidents on the rugs or furniture. Add it to your final rinse when washing dog blankets
  • If your dog jumps up on you tell them “off” rather than “down”
  • Take naps and stretch before rising!
  • Make sure you are the one who walks out the door first. Tell your dog to “wait” and once you are out the door tell them “OK” and let them follow
  • You can fill a Kong with peanut butter, cheese, and kibble or beef broth. Freeze it and give it to your dog for lasting enjoyment
  • If you tell your dog not to do something, always show them what they can do instead
  • Feed your dog a quality healthy diet for more information go to
  • Use apple cider vinegar to clean your dog’s ears
  • When you are happy, dance around and wag your entire body!
  • Begin your day by telling your dog you love it.  End your day by thanking your dog for being your loving companion and tell them how much you love them again

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