The Well-Heeled Dog

The Well-Heeled Dog dog training and puppy training Los Angeles, West Hollywood, Hollywood, Beverly Hills, West L.A, Culver City, Santa Monica, Brentwood, Studio City, Sherman Oaks

< Basic manners
< AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) training
< Solutions to problem behaviors
< Puppy/dog selection guidelines and evaluations
< Private 1-on-1 consultations (following Covid guidelines)
< Family and dog preparation for the arrival of a new baby
< Dog bite prevention

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Mating season for coyotes -- please keep your dogs close!
03/02/2021
Coyotes

Mating season for coyotes -- please keep your dogs close!

Department of Wildlife says that the aggression of coyotes will be on high for the next several weeks. The next 4-6 weeks is mating seaso...

10/13/2020
NatureClutch

NatureClutch

Studies show that watching a beaver eat cabbage lowers stress by 17%

This sweet girl was rescued by my client on a highway in TX. Scars all over her face, enormous teats. We can only imagin...
07/10/2020

This sweet girl was rescued by my client on a highway in TX. Scars all over her face, enormous teats. We can only imagine what she has been through in her 4 years of life. My client is working beautifully with her to build her strength and confidence.

05/22/2020

This is a Quote from the American Veterinary Hospital Association regarding Covid-19 and your dog:

For responsible pet owners, preparing in advance is key. Make sure you have an emergency kit prepared, with at least two weeks’ worth of your pet’s food and any needed medications. Usually we think about emergency kits like this in terms of what might be needed for an evacuation, but it’s also good to have one prepared in the case of quarantine or self-isolation when you cannot leave your home.

Other appropriate practices include not letting pets interact with people or other animals outside the household; keeping cats indoors, if possible, to prevent them from interacting with other animals or people; walking dogs on a leash, maintaining at least 6 feet from other people and animals; and avoiding dog parks or public places where a large number of people and dogs gather.

If you are ill with COVID-19 (either suspected or confirmed with a test), restrict contact with your pets and other animals, just like you would with other people; have another member of your household care for your pets while you are sick; avoid contact with your pet, including petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food or bedding. If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wear a cloth face covering and wash your hands before and after you interact with them. You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people or pets in your home. Additional guidance on managing pets in homes where people are sick with COVID-19 is available from the CDC.

While we are recommending these as good practices, it is important to remember that there is no reason at this time to think that domestic animals, including pets, in the United States might be a source of infection with SARS-CoV-2. Accordingly, there is no reason to remove pets from homes where COVID-19 has been identified in members of the household, unless there is risk that the pet itself is not able to be cared for appropriately. In this pandemic emergency, pets and people each need the support of the other and veterinarians are there to support the good health of both.

04/05/2020

The Well-Heeled Dog - COVID-19 Update

With the Covid 19 pandemic, we hope that everyone is staying well and safe.

You are probably spending more time at home with your dog. Wouldn't this be a great opportunity to introduce or reinforce those cues, tricks and games that your pooch knows and loves?

I offer virtual online video consultations at a 20% discount, using Zoom to connect us. No technical skill or training required on your part!

Did you know:
You and your pooch can learn the same things virtually as in person.
As your trainer, I don't need to see the behavior you want to change in order to address it;
Sometimes my presence can be a distraction or a trigger to your dog;
In the end, your dog needs to do it for you, not for me!

Stay Positive! We can get through this together.

Please don’t rush up to pet my dog!
02/21/2020
Please don’t rush up to pet my dog!

Please don’t rush up to pet my dog!

Dear parents, please stop encouraging your children to come say hi to my dog. It might not turn out well for any of us.

Please see pet foods and treats that have been recalled. To those clients who insist on giving pig ears to their dogs, p...
11/05/2019
11-05-2019 - Important Recall Update

Please see pet foods and treats that have been recalled. To those clients who insist on giving pig ears to their dogs, please take note!

Orion, a 3-yr-old Husky, was bitten by a rattle snake on Saturday and he remains in intensive care, unable to eat or dri...
08/28/2019
Click here to support Help with Orion's Snake Bite Recovery! organized by Bobbi Lynn Caparella

Orion, a 3-yr-old Husky, was bitten by a rattle snake on Saturday and he remains in intensive care, unable to eat or drink. Please support my dear friend and colleague, Bobbi-Lynn Caparella, whom many of you know. Any amount will help.Thank you!

On August 24th, while our family was enjoying a local watershed park, a baby rattlesnake bit our beloved Husky, Orion. After rushing him to an emergency vet, he was admitted to the animal ICU where he still remains, three days later. Orion’s face and neck are visibly swollen and he has yet to eat....

04/27/2019

Hello to my current and former clients:

The Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) is an independent certifying organization for the dog training profession. The Well-Heeled Dog is certified by this organization.
The CCPDT is surveying consumers in order to gain insights into the decisions they make when hiring a dog trainer or dog behavior consultant. The results of the survey will direct the CCPDT consumer marketing plan during the next fiscal year.
The questions should take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete and the survey will remain open until May 6, 2019.
This survey is completely anonymous, and the information will be kept strictly confidential. Please click on the link below to begin the survey.
And thank you!

Please sign this petition supporting 60,000 grocery workers in L.A. who have the right to a fair work contract.http://fo...
04/23/2019

Please sign this petition supporting 60,000 grocery workers in L.A. who have the right to a fair work contract.
http://foodfightus.com

Corporate executives at Ralphs-Kroger Co. are taking a huge bite out of the average grocery worker’s salary—and keeping it for themselves.

Be on the right side of the fight: https://foodfightus.com/

#FoodFightUS #California #EverybodysGottaEat

...and I always thought that the "corn chip" smell on puppies was adorable!! Please read on.
11/14/2018
My Dog Smells Like a Bag of Corn Chips

...and I always thought that the "corn chip" smell on puppies was adorable!! Please read on.

Fungal and bacterial infections could be triggered by food or several other underlying conditions.

PETA has leveled false, despicable claims of abuse at Hemopet, the non-profit canine blood bank that has operated for 25...
11/03/2018
Hemopet needs your help to continue with the care and support of your dog companions

PETA has leveled false, despicable claims of abuse at Hemopet, the non-profit canine blood bank that has operated for 25 years under the skilled, compassionate direction of veterinarian and behaviorist Dr. Jean Dodds. Please read this article and donate, if you can, to Hemopet. If you can, please post this article and condemn PETA for its libelous, baseless rant.

I regretfully announce that Hemopet - the non-profit canine blood bank is in peril due to an unfounded attack from PETA against our Greyhound programs that is alleging animal abuse and trying to close us down.  

Terrific kids + amazing dogs = Success!
09/28/2018

Terrific kids + amazing dogs = Success!

Speaking Dog with Shana
09/24/2018

Speaking Dog with Shana

When giving signs that look like the human emotion, guilt, your dog is actually giving appeasement signs, which in canine language are used to diffuse a perceived threat.

So, it's really your dog saying, "Please don't hurt me" 😳, and it's been proven that dogs show these signs regardless of whether they are actually "guilty" of something or not:

https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/thoughtful-animal/do-dogs-feel-guilty/

https://www.sciencealert.com/dogs-may-look-ashamed-but-they-don-t-feel-guilt-experts-say

Guilt is too complex an emotion for a dog to have. They likely just see changes in our body language or have made an association between you walking in the door and being angry in the past.

Still don't believe me? Check this infographic: http://www.pawculture.com/tips-advice/dog-behavior/decoding-the-guilty-dog-6-behaviors-that-dont-mean-what-you-think/

Dogs live in the moment. If you are angry and directing it at them, dogs will show appeasement. They aren't showing guilt for a behavior. In fact, it's also proven their behavior won't change next time either. Simple as that. #science

09/03/2018

I'm doing an unscientific, anecdotal poll: If you've seen "Pick of the Litter" I'm curious to know what you thought. From a dog-trainer's perspective (albeit not a trainer of guide dogs for the blind), I found it simplistic and misleading. You're thoughts?

06/25/2018
Pittie Nation

Pittie Nation

This pit bull was rescued from the basement of a drug house and was so terrified of everything. But her new dad helped her heal by figuring out her passion in life: hiking! Today on Pittie Nation, watch how Penni overcame her anxiety to climb mountains and even go rappelling with her dad 🐶 ❤️ 🏔️

Jean Dodds, DVM, recommends this vaccination protocol for dogs. Please take note!
05/08/2018
2016 Dodds Vaccination Protocol for Dogs

Jean Dodds, DVM, recommends this vaccination protocol for dogs. Please take note!

The following vaccine protocol is offered for those dogs where minimal vaccinations are advisable or desirable. The schedule is one I recommend and should not be interpreted to mean that other...

04/05/2018
Herb

Herb

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One of my cuter puppy clients, Olive.
08/30/2017

One of my cuter puppy clients, Olive.

Open Letter to Rescue Groups | Dog Star Daily
07/18/2017
Open Letter to Rescue Groups | Dog Star Daily

Open Letter to Rescue Groups | Dog Star Daily

Earlier this year, I had a table at a 'Pet Awareness and Adoption' event that changed the way I feel about these events, and some of the rescue groups who participate in them. I have spent many hours, and sleepless nights, thinking about the events of this day, and what we can all learn from it. I a...

05/27/2017
Planet Paws

Planet Paws

Play it safe and TITER first.

05/04/2017

77% of dog bites come from a family dog or a friend's dog! Please watch...
www.stopthe77.com

Please watch NBC's "Give" on Saturday morning.  Pets for Vets (www.petsforvets.com) will be featured.  Details on exact ...
04/21/2017

Please watch NBC's "Give" on Saturday morning. Pets for Vets (www.petsforvets.com) will be featured. Details on exact time to follow...

Watch Give with Wilmer Valderrama this Saturday morning on NBC, featuring Pets for Vets. We celebrate Veterans who have given so much to our country.

The sweetest pup I've worked with in months!  Otis the Aussie-doodle!
04/14/2017

The sweetest pup I've worked with in months! Otis the Aussie-doodle!

Veteran Stand Down is only 4 days away--please support them and visit the Pets for Vets booth April 8!
04/05/2017

Veteran Stand Down is only 4 days away--please support them and visit the Pets for Vets booth April 8!

The Well-Heeled Dog
03/28/2017

The Well-Heeled Dog

Pets for Vets will have a booth at this event. Please visit!
03/20/2017

Pets for Vets will have a booth at this event. Please visit!

01/23/2017
BARK

BARK

Be polite for Dog's sake ...

Illustrations by Lili Chin.

01/06/2017
That Dog Geek

That Dog Geek

Did you know that puppies have a critical socialisation period that only lasts until they are around four months old? Watch this video to learn what socialisation is, why it is so important, and how to use it to give your puppy the best start in life.

Like That Dog Geek for more videos and graphics on dog training and behaviour.
Subscribe to us on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/ThatDogGeekTraining

NOTE: For those of you asking about older dogs that are already fearful, it is most certainly possible to improve their confidence! It is a much more complicated and often time consuming process than puppy socialisation (hence why socialisation is so important) but it can definitely be done. One of the topics of my upcoming videos will be helping fearful dogs.

MUSIC:
"Fretless" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

The beautiful "Crawler" in the Veterans' Day parade at the VA campus in West LA. We were happy to have introduced the Pe...
11/14/2016

The beautiful "Crawler" in the Veterans' Day parade at the VA campus in West LA. We were happy to have introduced the Pets for Vets program with many veterans that day. www.petsforvets.com

11/08/2016

Veterans Day is Nov. 11. Please support our veterans by visiting the community resource fair at the campus of the VA in West LA, 10 am - 2 pm. Stop by Pets for Vets' booth and say "hi". www.petsforvets.com

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Frustrated because your pooch doesn't understand how you want him or her to behave? Reward-based training is the secret to a happier life with your puppy or dog, whatever the age or breed. WHY is training so important? < communicate clearly, using simple verbal and visual cues < prevent problems BEFORE they start < establish who's in charge < strengthen the bond of trust and respect < develop a confident, happy dog that is a delight to be around Training should be FUN! Using proven techniques that make the training process easy and enjoyable, our program is founded on: < praise and reward < humane, dog-friendly methods < the individual needs of you and your pet Your dog is UNIQUE. Breed, age, s*x, temperament and personal history all influence behavior. Our programs are tailor-made for optimal results. Areas served: Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, Hollywood, Culver City, Santa Monica, Brentwood, Studio City, Sherman Oaks

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Tuesday 8am - 8pm
Wednesday 8am - 8pm
Thursday 8am - 8pm
Friday 8am - 8pm
Saturday 8am - 8pm
Sunday 8am - 8pm

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310-248-2420

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