/training

Why Train Dogs With Reward Markers

2016-10-10T15:00:09-07:00October 10th, 2016|

Sometimes anticipating a special gift is as much fun as opening it. That’s the way our dogs feel when we use reward markers (specific words or sounds) to let them know they’ve just earned a treat. That's why we use reward markers to train dogs at Cascade Pet Camp. Dogs naturally respond to all kinds of [...]

Using Treats to Train Your Dog

2016-09-13T09:22:38-07:00September 13th, 2016|

Should I use treats to train my dog? As a professional dog trainer, I hear this question a lot, and the answer is easy: Yes! Definitely! Absolutely! Training with treats is a great way to teach your dog proper behavior. Here’s why. Powerful motivation. Your dog loves treats, right? What dog doesn’t? So she naturally [...]

Drawbacks and Dangers of Dominance-Based Dog Training

2018-03-18T14:22:57-07:00March 8th, 2016|

In my last post, I gave you the real facts about the popular, but entirely mythological, “dominance theory” of dog behavior. I explained that dogs aren’t really pack animals; they aren’t out to dominate anyone; and they respond much better to positive incentives than they do to intimidation and harsh treatment. Here’s the rest of [...]

Debunking the Dominance Myth

2018-03-18T14:22:57-07:00February 8th, 2016|

It happens all the time in my work as a professional dog trainer. I seldom finish a day at Cascade Pet Camp without hearing someone mention the words “dominance” or “alpha” in a conversation. I’m talking about the widespread idea that dogs are pack animals programmed to fight for leadership and either emerge victorious or submit [...]

Studies Shed New Light on Spay and Neuter Recommendations

2016-06-27T21:37:30-07:00January 11th, 2016|

Science is always uncovering new knowledge, so it’s not unusual to find out that yesterday’s recommendations weren’t really the best advice after all. That non-fat, low-cholesterol diet we all thought was good for our health, for instance? Yeah, well, not so much, as it turns out. It’s the same with our pets. For decades, vets recommended that pets be spayed and [...]

Columbia Gorge Cat Rescue

2018-03-18T14:22:57-07:00December 5th, 2015|

At Cascade Pet Camp, we partner with several local organizations to make our community a great place for pets of all kinds. Every now and then, we like to highlight one of those organizations to bring awareness to their cause. This month, we’d like to introduce Columbia Gorge Cat Rescue, a no-kill cat shelter that [...]

Help Your Pets Stay Healthy This Cold and Flu Season

2016-06-27T22:11:36-07:00November 15th, 2015|

You likely know that winter is cold and flu season for humans, but did you also know that our canine companions get colds, too? Canine cough, or tracheobronchitis (often improperly referred to as kennel cough), is a contagious, upper-respiratory disease most often passed from dog to dog through airborne droplets produced by sneezing and coughing. [...]

Support Mt. Hood Meadows Avalanche Dog Program

2018-03-18T14:22:57-07:00October 5th, 2015|

Since the program’s inception, Cascade Pet Camp has been a proud sponsor of the Mt. Hood Meadows Avalanche Dogs. This isn’t simply due to our obvious canine connection. Cascade Pet Camp Director, Jenni Lott, is an experienced dog trainer who works with the avalanche dog handlers on ski patrol in developing and implementing training protocols for [...]

How to Socialize Your Puppy

2018-03-18T14:22:58-07:00September 5th, 2015|

Like children, young dogs need to be exposed to a lot of different stimuli in order to learn and to grow accustomed to changing environments. This way, they don’t become overstimulated and possibly agitated every time they are introduced to a new person, place, or situation as they get older. According to the ASPCA, socialization [...]