Most Improved Dog would not exist without Geronimo. When we first brought Geronimo home, it was an exciting time, but we quickly realized he wasn’t well adjusted to the crazy world around him. Instead of feeling excited, I felt fear and isolation set in. As any dog owner who hasn’t experienced reactivity or behavioral challenges,… Continue reading What is Most Improved Dog All About?
I am so pleased to introduce Rufus and his Dog Mom, Amy. Amy is the creator of the blog The Rufus Files, which is a funny and touching look at her life with rescue dogs. She is a finalist for two BlogPaws Nose-to-Nose Awards: the Best Written Pet Blog Post and the Best Pet Humor Blog. … Continue reading March Most Improved Dog Feature: Rufus
We've lived in Kansas for three years now and we are familiar with the tornado siren. Luckily, we've never been directly effected by one, but there is always that potential, especially with tornado season around the corner. Watching the news really brings home the fact that natural disasters can happen anywhere. From the wildfires in… Continue reading Natural Disasters and the Reactive Dog
One of my favorite behaviors to teach a dog and their owner is "Touch." The most basic form of Touch is where we ask a dog to put their nose to the palm of our hand. This is called nose targeting. What's great about Touch is that it is a really easy behavior to teach your dog,… Continue reading How to Teach your Dog to Close a Drawer
Hey guys, Geronimo Cinnamon Bun here. Mom doesn't usually let me do this, but she wasn't really feeling like writing today, so she let me do it. So, as any dog in this situation would do, I sat down to write out my thoughts, consult academic journals, and create a rhetoric on the use of… Continue reading Taking my Human for a Walk: A Reactive Dog’s Perspective
We discovered that Mo liked to climb things at a young age: he likes to jump on top of boulders when we go hiking, he'll sit on the back of the couch, he'll find himself on top of picnic tables at the park, he'll jump on playgrounds, and yes, I have even found him on… Continue reading DIY Dog Ladder
When we first adopted Mo, we were excited for all the dog parks we would visit and all the dog friends he would make. When we realized he was barking and lunging on a leash at other dogs, we really hesitated. We had been to parks where off leash dogs approached us and Mo (on… Continue reading It’s a Date! Top 11 Tips for a Successful Dog Play Date
As Valentine's Day fast approaches, we can get wrapped up in making sure we have a gift for our loved ones or getting a reservation for that fancy restaurant. Valentine's Day is a "Hallmark" holiday, but it can also serve as a great reminder to show the ones that are in our lives that we… Continue reading Allies: A Reactive Dog Owner’s Best Friend
I don't know about you, but I try to schedule all my dogs vet within the first few months of the year. They get their shots, prescriptions for heartworm and flea/tick medications, annual exams, and that big bill out of the way. Then we can move forward on a healthy year. Vet visits can be… Continue reading Top 4 Tips for Visiting the Vet with a Reactive Dog
Who is the expert on your dog? It’s not your vet, it’s not your trainer, it’s not your behaviorist, or your local pet store cashier, or your mom, and it’s not your neighbor, and it’s certainly not the stranger at the park. It’s you! Now hold on, I think experts are great, I want to… Continue reading You are the Expert!