E-Collars in 2019

E-collars in 2019…The good the bad the ugly!! Ecollars have come a long way in 20 years. The first collars had 1 setting and was used to train for adverse reactions. Basically,  if you never wanted your dog to do that behavior again ( dig in yard example)  you...

5 tips for easy nail maintenance

Preparing Your Puppies Nail trimming involves a lot of paw handling so consistency is important.  From a young age playing with your puppies paws and toes will set up the fundamentals needed for easy maintenance as your pup grows up. Proper Clippers The key to well...

Life of a Dog trainer

Ridgeside Trainer Jeff working with this Mountain dog. I snapped this picture after the last training rep of that cycle. I went over that afternoon to Jeff’s training yard to link up and problem solve. I could see it in Jeff’s eyes. He was frustrated....

Hiking with Your K9

Hiking in the back country. Let me start by saying I love hiking with dogs; I pursue ways to allow my dogs to simply be dogs. There is no better joy then watching a dog go primordial and simply move through nature. Relaxing obedience and permitting the dog to be a...

House Pets to Working Dogs

House pets to working dogs – is there a difference? In breed, drive and function – yes. However; in behavior, issues and problems – not so much. When training dogs clarity of task is the most important aspect of all training. Whether the purpose is...

Board and Train Concerns/Questions

As the owner of Ridgeside K9 I get asked every question in the book about our board and train programs. Here is a short list of some questions to ask a potential company or trainer. Up front, there are many dog training companies that do “board and train”...