Category Archives: Ask the Trainer

Calm your pooch down with a song

Soothing Pet Sounds: Simple Classics Relax Your Canines

  It’s 11pm. You’re jonesing for sleep, but Fido won’t calm down. You’ve tried placing him in bed, stroking his fur, and talking to him softly, but his head is still filled with frantic thoughts of car rides, squirrel-chasing and that cute Bichon Frise he saw earlier. Before you slip tranquilizers into his Kibbles and Bits, there’s something else you should try: Beethoven. It’s well-documented that certain types of music can work wonders on humans, from relieving stress to aiding the healing process after serious…

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Top 10 Fun Reasons to Exercise With Your Dog

  You know it’s good for you. You know exercising increases energy, strengthens muscle, keeps joints limber and weight down, helps you live longer and simply improves overall health. But, sometimes our motivation to exercise is low.  This is why most of us have workout partners, right? To encourage us, to inspire us, to provoke us to push ourselves to the limit.  But what happens when that workout partner cancels last minute? Or would prefer a leisurely stroll on the treadmill reading US Weekly rather…

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Brother Thomas of the New Skete Monastery

The Dog Training Monks of the New Skete Monastery

    The monks of the New Skete monastery in upstate New York are as traditional as it gets. They are members of the Eastern Orthodox Church, which seeks to adhere as closely as possible to community standards set by the original Christians themselves, Jesus Christ and his Twelve Apostles. Daily regimens of prayer and contemplation continue an age old spiritual tradition. However, there is one aspect of this monastery that is decidedly unorthodox: their dog training business. Though they live a life devoted to…

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Independence Day! Pet Advice To Ensure A Happy 4th Of July!

Independence Day Agenda! The 4th of July is here and Wendy and Baby Hope are wagging their tails with excitement for this year’s festivities. But while Wendy loves the boom and dazzle of Fireworks, Baby Hope is less appreciative of this perplexing and LOUD form of human entertainment. Like any good pet parent, Wendy understands Baby Hope’s needs and now she’s created this handy list of tips for a furtastic 4th that combines canine creature comforts with a great big human hoorah!   Tips for…

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Golden retriever checking fire hydrant.

Fire Hydrants and Dogs! The Facts about Territorial Marking!

The scene is a familiar one: a dog approaches a hydrant, sniffs it, lifts his leg and … well you get the idea. While not exclusive to dogs, territorial marking is certainly one of the behaviors most commonly associated with them. The behavior usually consists of a dog depositing small traces of urine on a particular space, area, or object to claim ownership. It’s also employed to express sexual availability and to establish hierarchy. Although both canine genders are capable of this behavior, female dogs…

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A bride poses with her well-behaved pooch

I Do’s & Don’ts When Taking Wedding Photos With Your Pet!

Many pet parents know that their most difficult hurdle is not house training the new puppy, nor is it teaching the cat that sofas aren’t scratching posts: it’s getting their furry and feathered friends to pose for the camera. Living with a non-photogenic pet is just an unfortunate reality most of the time, but it can turn a pet-inclusive wedding into a shutterbug’s nightmare. Fortunately, Bella Pictures has some tips that could save the day. This innovative company uses its wedding photojournalism expertise to reflect the…

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Did You Ever Wonder How Dogs Speak?

Translating How Dogs Speak with Renowned Dog Trainer Bash Dibra!   The Bark Says— A loud, repeated bark, sometimes accompanied by a growl or snarl: conveys aggression or dominance. (“Get away from here or I’ll bite you!”) Sharp, short barks: alert to intruders or danger (“What? What? What?”) A light, high-pitched bark: an invitation to interact or play. (“Come on out and play!”) A low moaning-type bark: signifies anxiety. (“Who’s out there?”) Short, high-pitched yips: excitement, eagerness, friendliness, or curiosity. (“Hi! Hi! Hi!”)   The…

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In Honor Of Tonight’s Oscars! How To Make Your Pet A Star!

    Bash Dibra, celebrated dog trainer to such human superstars as Mariah Carey, Kim Basinger, Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker, wrote a book titled, StarPet and holds Star Pet Workshops, an animal-actors workshop designed to transform even the most dedicated couch potato pets into bono fido performing stars. If your pet is ready for lights, camera and lots of action, then here are some helpful answers, guides and tips by Bash Dibra to get our pet camera ready for the big time! Dear…

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Dog Trainer To The Stars – Kate Perry Sings to Dog Ears!

  Kate Perry and Yvonne Conza have created a new style to dog training in their“releashed” book titled; Training for Both Ends of the Leash! The training angle of the book focuses on empowering the pet parent through specialized hands-on training, using positive reinforcement (where are the treats?), and incorporating the lifestyles of both pet and parent – the short and long leash of it! Kate Perry has been named “Best Dog Trainer” by New York Magazine, and Yvonne Conza is a leading pet advocate…

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Vladae Roytapel, Detroit's Dog Whisperer

Ask the Trainer: The Russian Dog Wizard – Vladae Roytapel

  Sporting a turquoise sweatshirt with the word “OBEDIENCE” across the front, Vladae Roytapel enters the Birmingham Dog Park and commands respect from every canine. As each defiant dog approaches Roytapel at full speed, barking and ready to pounce, he pronounces an assertive “AAAHHHHHHHCHT!” The dogs become quiet and calm instantaneously. “This sound imitates the real canine mom’s growling,” Roytapel claims.  “It startles most disobedient dogs on the spot because it mimics the canine way of disapproval.”Once Roytapel surprises the dog with his growl spin-off, he follows…

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