Caryl Wolff has been living in Los Angeles for a long, long time - and remembers when the smog was so thick that you couldn't see across the street. Her first career was as a court reporter, but her first job as a dog trainer was training one of her dogs for the Los Angeles Opera with Placido Domingo. She got tired of not being able to walk and talk (which was difficult as a court reporter) and decided to become a dog trainer since everyone was asking her how to train their dogs - she was fortunate to start at the top.
She was the first dog trainer/behavior consultant concurrently certified by 5 dog trainer organizations - The International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers, National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors, Association of Animal Behavior Professionals, and the American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. She is a professional member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants.
She owns and operates the following websites:
Her writing career was born when she began writing articles for her website DoggieManners.com. She has written several books on dog and puppy training including the first book about Puppy Socialization written by a certified dog consultant. She has a wicked sense of humor and lives in Los Angeles with 2 dogs and a 42-year-old macaw, which she humorously refers to as her longest relationship.
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Disaster Planning for Your Pets
National Pet Preparedness Month is timed for the first month of hurricane season and urges people with pets to make preparations in case they should be hit by a disaster...and that includes making plans for what to do with your dog in case of natural (hurricanes, earthquakes, fires, tornadoes, floods) or manmade (terrorist attacks, power outages, fires, street closures due to traffic accidents, chemical spills, or police activity) disasters. Let's look at ways to be ready in case disaster strikes.
Pros and Cons of Paper Training for Puppies
All puppies have to pee and poop, and each owner/guardian needs to choose where their toilet area is going to be based on their lifestyle and circumstances. There are many toilet options, one of which is paper training along with its very close relative, pee pad training.
Running With Your Dog
Soon winter will be gone, and you may think about taking your dog for a run. How can you do it safely for both of you? How do you prepare your dog for running? What's 's the best gear? While running with your dog, what are some things to be on the lookout for? Here's the "bare bones" to get you started safely.
Puppies for Christmas
Can you get a puppy for the holidays? Sure. But instead of having the puppy pop out of a pretty present, do it differently. First, remember that if you are getting a puppy for your kids, it is still your puppy. Even if you are getting it to teach your kids responsibility, the ultimate caretaker is you. So you have to want a puppy - and the time and expense that comes with it!
Could Pulling on the Leash Hurt Your Dog?
Your dog pulls while walking on a leash, which can lead to gagging and coughing. Your response may be to jerk the leash to stop him, but there can be long-lasting effects on his health. Discover the safest way to walk and stop your dog's pulling.
10 Safety Tips to Prevent Dog Bites
You may think you have the sweetest, best behaved dog in the world, but you cannot guarantee that your dog will never bite. Some dog bites happen when the dog is uncomfortable because someone is trying to take something away from him, make him do something he does not want to do, or making him feel afraid or threatened. Learn how to reduce the possibility that your dog will bite.
Which Puppy Toy Is Best?
Your puppy loves playing with toys because it simulates the "hunt," helps him with teething, and prevents boredom. Boredom means destruction of carpets, furniture, baseboards, etc. Puppies should have safe toys that they like. Here are some tips to choosing the right toy for your puppy.
Your Puppy’s Age Matters
Puppies go through developmental stages just like children do. When your puppy is 6 months old, that's the equivalent of 12 years in a human life. Because of their rapid developmental periods, you can go to bed with one puppy and wake up the next morning with an entirely different puppy. What does your puppy learn how to do at each stage?
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10 Signs Your Dog Is Stressed
Do you know when your dog is happy or sad? How about when he's scared or nervous? We should pay close attention to signs of stress in our dogs because those can lead to unwanted, or aggressive, behaviors. Dogs generally give more subtle signs before aggression becomes full blown. Sometimes we may see all of these signs, but sometimes not - or they progress so quickly that we miss them. Look for these 10 signs to see if your dog is stressed or anxious.