The Myth of the “Broken” Shelter Dog

On April 16, 2012, I adopted a Sheltie mix from the Jay County Humane Society in Portland, Indiana. I’ve really enjoyed my journey with Shelby so far, and I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the...

Your Most Versatile Command

The most important command for a dog to know is definitely “come.”  It can literally mean the difference between life or death. However, I have to say that the most versatile command is “place.” ...

Proofing: The Next Level of Reliability

Once your dog knows the basics of sit, down, heel, place, and come, it’s time to up the ante! The time has come to proof those behaviors; you need to gradually increase the expectations you have...

How Important is Dog-Dog Play?

At Flying Colors we often see dogs who are “dog reactive.” Basically, that’s a term to describe the dog who growls, barks, snarls, or makes other unfriendly overtures towards their fellow canines...