Dog Blog

Helpful Dog Tips to Find Your Next THANK YOU

Read our Dog Blog and get training and behavior tips from The Well Heeled Way to achieve a better relationship with your dog. Watch the videos for real demonstrations with dogs Jerry has worked with and see his methods in action. Learn about ways to calm your dog, get him or her to listen attentively, find better ways to stop undesirable behaviors like barking or jumping, walk beside you, and so much more. Our dog blog is full of helpful tips and tricks Jerry has developed over many years of experience; he is an expert when it comes to dog behaviors and socialization. Explore our dog blog to get training and behavior tips with posts from all different breeds and sizes, and find your way to a happy coexistence with your furry best friend!

This MONTH’s Tip

Making It

Making It

This September, PBS’s “Making It” Series aired an interview with our very own Jerry Barnes — showcasing his game-changing custom slip harness.

Recent Tips

Attention Behaviors: Be Your Dog’s Leader

Attention Behaviors: Be Your Dog’s Leader

It’s always a joy to see a new dog in our kennel whose overall behavior is better than average. That is exactly what happened with my new friend Leo, an adolescent chocolate Labradoodle.
Calming a HIGH ENERGY Dog

Calming a HIGH ENERGY Dog

Calming a high energy dog can be as simple as riding a bike! Watch and learn how you can teach your dog to match his gait to you as you ride, giving both of you the benefit of some quality exercise.
COME: The Most Important Command

COME: The Most Important Command

Perhaps the single most important command you will teach your dog is “COME.” This command is one you will use at home, outside, anywhere you take your dog.
Exercise, Conditioning and Reinforcement Training 

Exercise, Conditioning and Reinforcement Training 

This week we take a look at a few of the exercise, conditioning and reinforcement techniques I rely on when working with my own dogs, as well as those who come to me for training and boarding. 
Sit Training to Build Relationship

Sit Training to Build Relationship

Today I am working with Duke on a 20-foot line, and we are practicing 2 things I work on frequently: The “sit” command and Attention training using the “watch” command
Attention is the Key to Dog Training

Attention is the Key to Dog Training

Here I have Maya, a terrier mix with extremely high energy who will come right up and get in your face. It’s important to correct this behavior even if she doesn’t intend to harm—she’s just excitable. So where do I start? At the beginning, and that means I work on Maya’s attention. Keeping your dog’s attention is the key to dog training and guiding her behavior.
Structure Your Dog’s Obsession With Food: Learn how to be in control of strong food drives

Structure Your Dog’s Obsession With Food: Learn how to be in control of strong food drives

On this snowy day in Ohio we are working with Maui, a 9-month-old Rottweiler. Maui has a great food drive—in other words, she is very food motivated! That’s great because it means she’s a good eater.
Walking Your Dog: Will You Willingly Follow Me ONE STEP?

Walking Your Dog: Will You Willingly Follow Me ONE STEP?

Today we meet Willie, an 11-month-old English Setter who is full of energy. Our goal for Willie is to encourage more calm and controlled walking using TWHW harness and leash. We begin with a bit of attention and follow training—remember, the basis for all desired behaviors is getting your dog to honor you. Walking your dog requires that same acknowledgment! 
Leash Behavior Tips – Using Calming Methods & Attentiveness Training 

Leash Behavior Tips – Using Calming Methods & Attentiveness Training 

Meet Shadow, an Aussiedoodle who is easily distracted and struggles with leash behavior. The key to successful walking on the leash starts without using any leash at all! That’s because the key is attentiveness.