Author: Nicole Ellis

How to teach your dog to do a handstand

Maggie is an old pro at handstands but my younger dog, Rossi, is just learning. I’ve filmed a lot of our training sessions, which range from genius moments to oops. But that’s how real dog training goes and you just keep at it with patience and consistency. For Rossi’s training, I’m using a Klimb from Blue-9 Pet Products. Back when… Read more →

How to teach your dog to spin in a circle

Spinning in circles!  This is a fun and easy one to teach!  Start with some tasty treats – or your dogs meal. With the treat at your dogs nose height lure them around in a circle and reward with your treat. If needed reward in small steps as you move around the circle. Repeat this and and as your pet… Read more →

Our favorite pet products from SuperZoo 2019

For those of us who live and breathe the pet industry, August means SuperZoo, the weeklong extravaganza when Las Vegas becomes the epicenter of pet products and services. My dogs and I go every year – this was Maggie’s eighth SuperZoo and Rossi’s second. SuperZoo showcases animal products for every sector of the industry: food, toys, beds, habitats, wearables, holistic… Read more →

Earthquake? Hurricane? Fires? What do I pack for my dog in an emergency?

Recently, we’ve had some earthquakes in Southern California which have put lots of people on edge wondering if the Big One will strike soon. During the serious Northridge quake of 1994, I was 8 years old and the world was a very different place. We didn’t have cell phones to call and check on everyone or facebook to update our… Read more →

10 free (or nearly free!) activities you can do with your dog in LA

If you know anything about me, you know my dogs are a huge part of my life. All of the activities I love to do, I try to find a way to take my dogs along. Living in LA, we have great weather and can spend a lot of our time outside, even in the winter months. The downside to… Read more →

Teaching your dog to fetch

If your dog is a natural retriever, fetching might seem like the easiest thing in the world. Your dog does it without prompting and he’ll play fetch for hours (or days!) with you (or anyone). But fetching isn’t just a ‘natural’ game – it’s a skill that any dog can learn. To train this skill, I like to use toys… Read more →

How do I get my dog to stop nipping and biting me!

How do I get my dog to stop nipping and biting me! It starts as play. It’s what puppies do with each other. It’s what puppies do with just about everything they encounter. And some adult dogs still do it when they want you to play with them. Nipping and biting might seem cute and playful at first. But puppies… Read more →

Teaching your dog to go to bed

This is a skill that doesn’t sound much like a ‘skill’ at first but teaching your dog to go to his special place to lie down for quiet time will contribute to greater social opportunities and quality of life for both you and your dog. For example, if your dog is the type to exuberantly greet every visitor to your… Read more →

Itching, red paws, tear stains and a dog with allergies

Itching, red paws, tear stains and a dog with allergies  Why are my dog’s paws red and your dogs aren’t? Where are Maggie’s tear stains? Why is my dog’s beard discolored? Why does my dog constantly lick his paws? Why are my dog’s paws not red like a lot of poodles (and other breeds)? Believe it or not, I get… Read more →