Dog Blog (Training Tips and More!)

Training a dog can be challenging and frustrating. Check out our dog training tips below!

Seizures in dogs

Seizures in dogs

My dog Tiegan, a rescue (pre-DIBS) from a beach town just north of Puerto Vallarta, has seizures. They started just before her second birthday and came on suddenly. So suddenly, in fact, the first one struck in the middle of a walk. After a vet checkup and complete...

Tis the Season!

Tis the Season!

Regardless of what we celebrate this time of year, we all know the vibe is different. Things get busier, louder, and our routines are off.  Just like people, our pets do notice it - the good and the bad.  For a good number of dogs, this has been their first year in a...

Baby, It’s Cold Outside!

Baby, It’s Cold Outside!

If you are reading this, there is a good chance that you are an animal lover! As the snow comes down (and it's only November!), we need to advocate a bit more for our furry friends out there. Here are a few tips / things to consider!         Stay...

Even If You Don’t Win the Lottery…..

Even If You Don’t Win the Lottery…..

Too often we hear "If I won the lottery, I'd help all the dogs!"   We get it, if I won the lottery, I'd be like Oprah "You get a spay/neuter van!  YOU get a spay/neuter van!  Everyone gets a spay/neuter van!!!" and they'd all cheer, and everyone could spay and neuter...

Shy / Fearful Dogs – Navigating the Great Outdoors

Shy / Fearful Dogs – Navigating the Great Outdoors

Showing Your Dog the World Beyond! Lots of dogs are very excited at the word “walk”or a glimpse of the leash. But not all dogs. There is a whole other category of dogs that are terrified to explore outside the safety of their space.  We find it often happens with...

Teaching “Touch” to your Dog

Teaching “Touch” to your Dog

Teach "Touch" or "Hand Target to your Dog" Why should I add this to my training regime? Helps nervous dogs approach people (our focus below) Gives your dog a proper way to say "hello" Allows them a way to focus when needed Provides a new way to communicate with your...

Leash Reactivity in Dogs (and the human at the end of the leash!)

Leash Reactivity in Dogs (and the human at the end of the leash!)

Leash Reactivity - Dogs & You! With leash-reactivity, the common denominator is a dog who feels trapped while on leash attached to the human. That usually points towards a unsure or tense handler. Check to see if YOU are leash reactive?  We don't mean that you are...

Why Hire a Dog Trainer?

Why Hire a Dog Trainer?

Why Hire a Dog Trainer? When you adopt a DIBS dog, the expectation is that you will sign up for training (well...it's more than an expectation: it's actually in the adoption contract). We don't hesitate to have veterinarians and groomers lined up to help with our...