NOT YOUR AVERAGE BLOG

5 Ways To Optimize Your Day With Your Dog

Hello friends, For the past couple years it feels like I have become a black belt in cramming as many things in a day as possible. However, for the past couple months it has been a refreshing feeling to go at a much slower pace…

Dog Ownership 101: Be Realistic With Your Expectations

The best thing about what I do as a dog trainer is to provide the coaching and guidance for dog owners to live life optimally with their dogs. To deepen the relationship they share, teach them how to communicate in a way the dog understands…

Optimize Your Dog’s Crate Experience

To crate or not to crate…that may be a question running through your head. Well, I for one, say crate. 100%. Bringing a new puppy or older rescue dog into your home is an exciting undertaking. One in which you will be providing leadership, boundaries,…

Be The Bowl

Channel your inner Yoda when viewing your relationship with your dog. You see how exuberant your dog gets when you fill up his bowl for meals – well, you should be the bowl. The relationship you share with your dog should be as exciting for…

Why Your Dog Won’t Listen

Have you ever been to a foreign country or with a group of individuals who speak a different dialect than you? It can be overwhelming trying to understand what others are saying when you don’t know what they are saying (especially if you’re trying to…

Dog Training: Goals & Habits

It’s the year 2020 and what better way to start the year than going over your goals you have for you and your dog. Goals are accomplished through your daily habits and rituals, so ask yourself what current habits do you have with your dog…

Working Dogs Vs Companion Dogs: What's The Difference?

I’ll be the first to admit, I was clueless about dogs growing up. I knew that I loved animals, but I never had the privilege of owning my own dog, so any knowledge I acquired came later in life.  Even still, after owning my first…

Coach Life

Coaching others on a regular basis is both challenging and rewarding. It can also be frustrating. The former should always outweigh the latter, otherwise you aren’t going to enjoy the process. You do have to understand that when you decide to become a coach, it…

We Train For You

Myself, Katrina and Rachel all had the amazing opportunity to attend a 5 day E-Collar Seminar at K9 Connection with one of the best dog trainers available, Tyler Muto. Our mission at KeenDog is to provide our clients and their dogs with the best resources…

Mission In A Bottle

KEENDOG TRAINING PARTNERS WITH MISSION K9 TO LAUNCH ‘MISSION IN A BOTTLE’ CAMPAIGN Sales to Support the Rescue and Rehabilitation of Retired Service Animals Today we announce a partnership with Mission K9 to raise funding in support of rescuing former service dogs through our ‘Mission…

The 3 Words Your Dog Should Know

When getting a new dog there are a slew of articles, training tips, books and so forth that can surely make your head spin. To a new dog owner it can be a little overwhelming. Over time consistency is always the most important aspect when…

3 Tips for Traveling with Dog

Traveling with dogs can be a seemingly daunting task.  Recently, I had the pleasure of taking my KeenDog Puppy Prodigy, Ava, to Buffalo with me to see my family. I was a bit nervous about how she would do in the car for the 12…

3 Tips to Fight Against Training Frustration

How many times have you been to a lesson or a group class and come away from it feeling a bit beaten up?  Your pup may not have been listening, which caused you to get frustrated, they started listening less, and the viscous cycle continued? …

Dog Training 101: Elevator Manners

How many of you live in a place where the elevator is a daily part of your dog’s training? There are several different perspectives to examine when considering how to make these rides more enjoyable for everyone: the average person riding the elevator, the dog owners with their dogs, and the people who are…

KeenDog at the Rescue Me 5k

KeenDog had the amazing opportunity to be a part of this year’s Rescue Me 5k located at McApline Creek Park in Charlotte. This was the third year in a row that the American Pit Bull Foundation has put on this race and it was a…

Pizza Fur A Paws

  About two months ago I received an email from a client from years ago, it was refreshing to not only hear from her and check in on her dog Sticky, but to also be invited to be involved in their Pizza Fur A Paws…

Down. Stay. IPA.

Who doesn’t love when their favorite brewery releases a new batch of beer? We are excited to announce that KeenDog has partnered with Wooden Robot Brewery to release an IPA that will make you want to stick around for a couple of brews. Down. Stay.…

Dog Training: 5 Dont's Most People Do

Dog training is completely unnatural. Everything you’re supposed to do is exactly the opposite of what you instinctively want to do. When you think about it, us following our human instinct may not be the best way to communicate with our dog. We picked the…

Group Dog Training Class = No Judgement Zone

Imagine this – You are in group dog training class which you have gone to dozens of times, your dog knows their stuff and you are so proud of them. All of a sudden right in the smack middle of everyone introducing themselves and their…

Puppy Prodigy: Watson, English Golden Retriever

  Watson was a one of a kind pup when we met her and her littermate at 6 weeks of age at Tanglewood Golden Retrievers. Her breeder, Joanne Cava has been breeding dogs for 40 years, Her passion for the Golden Retriever breed began with…

Living in a Multi-Dog Household

Living in a Multi-Dog Household   “Are those all YOUR animals?!”  I get asked this almost daily when people walk by my computer screen in the office and see my collage of animal pictures.  It wasn’t until I couldn’t photograph all my animals at once…

What To Expect When Training Your Dog

Have you ever seen a well-trained dog in public and thought to yourself, “if only my dog was trained like THAT!” You look down at your pooch who’s choking himself trying to get to the perfectly trained pup, and decide to begin your generic Google…

Charlotte Dog Trainer: The Perks of a Training Vest

Charlotte (and many other cities around the country) are increasingly becoming more and more dog friendly. This means having a well behaved pup is an absolute MUST so that establishments continue to allow us to bring out dogs out. As a Charlotte dog trainer I…

Stop Coddling Your Rescue Dog

Rescuing a dog can be one of the greatest and most rewarding actions you take. There are countless dogs in shelters that are in need of a loving home, ones that were left behind or disposed of by another human. But with an open mind…

A Day At The Wineries: West Bend, Hanover Park and RayLen

When you think of wineries in the United States you most likely picture sipping Cabernet Sauvignon in Napa Valley, or enjoying a glass of Pinot Noir in the beauty of Willamette Valley, however there are so many great wineries at our doorstep in North Carolina.…

We Can't All Be Friends

As you get older you realize that you don’t have to like everyone. In fact, I personally only have a handful of really close friends. To me that’s all I need. Some might feel differently, but to each it’s own. Regardless, I think we can…

Beat the Heat: Three Ways to Make the Most Out of Summer with your Dog

Summer is the time of year where many of us are most active outdoors. Vacations and beach days are at our fingertips, but can often lead to humans having fun while the dogs are left home. It’s important to remember how to achieve fun and…

The BEST Leash To Use For Your Dog

Do you ever look around our dog community and notice what kind of leash people are using on their dogs? There is a lot you can tell about the dog owner and a dog with what leash choice they have chosen. The most common leash…

A NOT To Do List For The Journey With Your Dog

Owning a dog is a life filled with ups, downs, and in-betweens. Sometimes the highs leave you almost euphoric, boasting and bragging about how smart your dog is, and the lows can lead you to believe the dog you’re currently working with is an entirely…

Healthy Dog Snacks: You Eat Healthy. Shouldn't Your Dog?

At KeenDog, we believe in an active approach to dog training – meaning you should be moving with your dog. By keeping ourselves active, we tend to eat in a way in which we should – healthy. Not only is this good for us humans,…