Pet Friendly Travel Blog: Dog Training and Behavior

By Elsa Larsen, Dog Behaviorist & Trainer,  Owner My Wonderful Dog If a young puppy feels overwhelmed and threatened in a social situation, he may respond with threats of his own.  Ifthese threats are heeded, the young pup will add this successful approach to his repertoire.  Thereafter, each...
Author:  Elsa Larsen, Dog Behaviorist & Trainer | Owner: My Wonderful Dog.  When I first started thinking about what I might write for this article, I spent some time re-reading Ray and Lorna Coppinger’s lovely book “Dogs: A New Understanding of Canine Origin, Behavior and Evolution”.  Before I...
Author:  Elsa Larsen, Dog Behaviorist & Trainer | Owner: My Wonderful Dog.  Is there anything that you can do to help me with my shy dog? What can I do to make my dog less afraid of other dogs? Less afraid of men? Less afraid of children? Less afraid of loud noises? How can I socialize my timid...
You love your dog. He’s your loyal confidant, your tireless travel buddy, and your four-legged family member. But when it comes to his play time, do you love him a little too much? Just as with human children, we want the best for our canine kids.  And just like overprotective human parents, we can...
Author:  Elsa Larsen, Dog Behaviorist & Trainer | Owner: My Wonderful Dog.  Half the fun of going to a dog friendly beach or park is being able to let your dog off leash to explore.  Many of the beaches in southern Maine, where I live, require that your dog be under voice control. Voice control...
Author:  Elsa Larsen, Dog Behaviorist & Trainer | Owner: My Wonderful Dog. Dogs that bark in the car.  It seems that this is a common issue for many pet travelers.  And while some of you might have a dog that is a dream to travel with, others may have a dog who is a whiny, barky, drooly mess...
Author:  Elsa Larsen, Dog Behaviorist & Trainer | Owner: My Wonderful Dog.  Now that we've covered some of the things that may influence how you train in Part I, let’s talk about what to train. When I began my dog training career in 1997, I started out by training service dogs. A service dog is...
Elsa Larsen and her wonderful dog, Lincoln Teaching Youngsters and Oldsters Alike (Part I) Author:  Elsa Larsen,  Dog Trainer & Behaviorist             Owner, My Wonderful Dog It’s Spring and now that the snow has melted (for most of us), many would be dog owners are turning their attention to...