Training Tips & Tricks

Looking for canine training advice? You’ve come to the right place! The AWS Training Team has made a series of videos and blog posts about a variety of training topics. Learn tips to train your dog at home, get ideas on curbing unwanted behaviors, and watch videos on fun “party tricks” you and your dog can use to impress all your friends!

They Did It!

You may recall a story we shared a few months back about local teams of dogs training to sniff out the invasive spotted lanternfly. Well, we’re happy to report that they did it! All their time and dedication paid off…

Drop It!

Are you constantly chasing your dog around the house after a stolen shoe or sock? Does your dog consistantly seem to be stealing things out from under your nose? Are you worried your dog might grab something potentially dangerous to…

A small dog stands inside a crate.

Crate Training Your Dog

Training your dog to be comfortable inside a crate is a terrific management tool. Dogs are natural den animals which means they find comfort and safety sleeping inside an enclosed space. Due to this natural instinct, crates are wonderful for…

A dog and a puppy lay in the grass outside.

Puppy Socialization & Vaccinations

Puppyhood, particularly up until about 4 months of age, is a critical time for dog socialization. This is when your puppy learns how to positively interact with the world and people around them, including other canines. This window of time…

How to Tame Alert Barking

We all get excited when we hear the delivery truck pull up to the curb. But do you have a dog who gets a little too excited? Is there a lot of barking, frantic window watching, or jumping up on…

Two dogs play tug over a toy outside.

Canine Fitness and Nutrition

Dogs feel their best when they have a healthy lifestyle that balances diet and exercise. Same as us humans! It can be hard to make sure that your furry friend stays active and eats right. We’ve gathered some helpful tips…

‘Find It’ Game

Looking for an easy, helpful, and resourceful training game to play with your pup? Look no further than ‘find it’! The ‘find it’ game is a low maintenance training activity for you and your dog. It help your pup focus…

Small dog unrolls a red carpet during training class.

Roll Out the Red Carpet

With our Circus Dog Class only a week away and everyone getting excited for the big event under the big top, we thought it the perfect time to introduce a simple but fun trick. Rolling out the red carpet is…

Headshot of a Boston Terrier out in a field of wildflowers.

Dog First-Aid Kit Essentials

Having a first-aid kit assembled and ready for your dog is an important part of being a pet parent. Emergencies can strike at any time, and it’s always best to be prepared when they do. To help, we’ve assembled a…

Dog chews on a bone while lying on the floor at home.

Why Bother with Mealtime Training?

Mealtime or kitchen training is the act of training your dog to remain calm and out of the way while you are in your kitchen cooking or preparing meals. Many pet parents don’t bother with mealtime training and assume it’s…

Small dog sits on a colorful stand with a circus backdrop.

The Circus is Back in Town!

You heard that right, folks. Our Circus Dog class is back in town and only comes once a year! If you and your dog are graduates of AWS Basic Training (or an equivalent obedience group class), are looking for unique,…

Two small dogs sit in a garden during summertime.

How to Stop Doggy Digging

Do you have a dog who is digging up your yard or garden? We understand that this is a frustrating and destructive behavior that can lead to problems for you and your dog. As such, we want to provide some…

5 Minute Dog Training

We’re sure you’ve heard it before: “you only need to do five minutes of exercise four times a day to stay healthy!” Well, the same is true for dog training! Sometimes dedicating the time to actually working with your dog…

A small dog jumps through an agility hoop outside during training class.

Advance Your Dog’s Training!

Your dog knows basic cues like ‘sit’, ‘stay’, ‘come’, and ‘down.’ They walk well on a leash and know how to alert you when they need to go outside. They can focus well and look to you for direction and…

dog trainer works with a terrier dog

Benefits of Working With a Professional Trainer

January is National Train Your Dog Month, as designated by the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. Did you know AWS has a professional training program? AWS’ team of certified trainers love helping our community of dogs and dog-loving families! Together…

Close up a tan dog sitting outside and smiling at camera.

Trick: Make Focusing Fun

Do you have a dog who loves to pull? What about a dog who easily finds distractions? Or perhaps your pup feels overwhelmed by various stimuli? If so, we have a fun trick for you to learn: making focusing fun!…

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Remember, it’s never a good idea to leave your pets alone in a locked car, even for only a short time. The guide below shows just how quickly the inside of a car can get dangerously hot, even in mild temperatures like today. That means that even “just for a minute” can be long enough to have devastating effects for your pet. In most cases, it’s best to just leave Fido at home rather than risk their health and safety. Let’s keep summertime safe and fun for all!
We have a Happy Homes story about a lovely little cat named Flora who reminds us that even the shy, scared, or timid pets deserve a chance at a loving home. More often than not, once an animal gets adopted, they blossom into a truly outgoing and friendly companion who just needed a home environment to shine! Here's what Flora's parents have to say about her! 

"Flora joined our family about two years ago, and has brought immense joy, comfort, and affection to us since then. The day that I came into to AWS, the member I met with mentioned that this blue-eyed beauty was very, very shy. Nobody other than those caring for her had any luck getting her to trust. With another shy kitty at home, I knew to enter the room cautiously. I remember that Flora was curled up in a corner under a cat tree. I quietly sat on the floor just to get a good look at her. She perked her head up, crawled over, and promptly laid down in my lap. If I hadn’t already had my heart set on her, that would’ve sealed the deal right then and there!
Now, this kitty is THE definition of a cuddle bug. She sleeps in her humans bed each night, purrs louder than any kitty I’ve ever known, and demands attention vocally if it isn’t given in a time deemed appropriate to her. She has two other kitty friends, along with her sister that she loves to play with, and she spends her days either lounging in the sun, or curled up right next to her people. Thank you AWS, for everything you do!"